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Ardbeg 1990 'Airigh Nam Beist'

(46%, OB, 2008)
Average Score: 88
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameArdbeg
Year Distilled1990
Bottling NameAirigh Nam Beist
Alcohol By Volume46%
Average Score88

Maniac Ratings
Robert Karlsson90
Lawrence Graham90
Pit Krause90
Tim Puett88
Keith Wood85
Oliver Klimek87

Tasting Notes
Keith WoodGlass: Classic Malt - Colour: Light yellow, 9 carat gold - Nose: This is not so much 'in yer face' and takes a couple of minutes to work, eventually opening to (Boskop) apple, lightly peated smoke and hints of sweet rubber. - Palate: Initially a rich creaminess which soon turns to lightly peated apple pie transcending the palate and fading slowly. - With 3 drops of water: A more penetrative nose and slightly spicier palate where the peat comes first, followed by a fruity and smoky finish. - Finish: Long, fruity, smoky. - Overall Impression: A slightly more unusual beast which is gentler, softer and much more reserved, but still an obvious and very enjoyable Ardbeg.
Oliver KlimekColor: Gold - Nose: Smoked ham, sea shore, mild citrus fruit, a touch of honey. - Palate: Peat, honey, lime, grapefruit, cinnamon and just a little chili catch. - Finish: Long, smoky and sweet - Overall: The nose is terrific, but on the palate the sweetness is a little too much for my taste. But that's just complaining on a very high level. It still is a damn fine malt.