Whisky Review #118 SMWS 33.124 ‘An Engineer’s Lunch-box’ 59.7%

ardbegArdbeg time! This Ardbeg was distilled back in 2005 and after 7 years in a first fill sherry butt, the SMWS decided to bottle it. This Butt gave 602 bottles in total.

On the nose: Rich and big sherry! Leather, dusty smoke, furniture polish and wet cardboard. Absolutely FAB! Young/green apples in the background. Some cigarette ash. More ashes with water. It’s seems to me that ash is sort of a signature for young Islay whiskies.. Anyway, furthermore I’m getting gunpowder/fireworks, wet sand and wet embers from a bonfire. Kind of has an iron scent to it as well.

On the palate: Dry, ashy and concentrated smoke, but it also has a juicy zing to it. Big and mouthcovering. Herbal. With water the sherry get’s sweeter with more dried fruits ect.. really improves the experience. Getting some black pepper as well now. Clean smoke, dark and dry sherrywood in the finish.

This is one furious whisky, not for the faint of heart! Ardbeg and winecasks is still a winner..

89/100 points

(Thanks to Johan)

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