This rare and legendary expression of Ardbeg was released in small batches between 2001 and 2007 and celebrates a period in Scottish history which saw Islay as the stronghold of Somerled, the Lord of the Isles. Unofficially released as an approximately 25 year old whisky, comprised of 1976 and 1977 casks, which it is said to always contain (so the whisky would be older as each bottling run was released). Non-chillfiltered and bottled at 46%.
Nose: Deep, rich and sweet: the sweetness of chocolate, marzipan and cherries surrounds a deep and peaty centre revealing the warmth of leather and a heady oily characteristic. Beneath the oil, cocoa and a rich maltiness are discovered.
Palate: Powerfully peaty and chewing, with a luscious silky and oily mouth-feel balanced by a mouth-watering effect. The taste is initially sweet with vanilla and chocolate giving way rapidly to a crescendo of peat and cocoa.
Finish: Long and dry with chocolate malt and crushed peat resting satisfyingly on the palate.