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Ardbeg 1998 (bottled 2004) Very Young Whisky

(70cl, 58.3%)

Ardbeg 1998 (bottled 2004) Very Young

Ardbeg Very Young Bottling Note

The first part in the Young series from Ardbeg, tracking the development of Ardbeg whisky, aged for just a few years, all the way up to the standard Ardbeg at 10 years old. Very interesting indeed, and now extremely rare.

This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos just get in touch!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Very peaty and spicy. Notes of cut hay, fresh herbs, smoke, kippers. Hints of the coast, lime juice, coal tar.

Palate: Rich and thick. Very malty, hints of salinity, very phenolic, black pepper, chilli, digestive biscuits. Huge and intense.

Finish: Smoky, spicy, peaty. Tarmac on a hot day. Some caramel sweetness and citrus.

Reviews for Ardbeg 1998 (bottled 2004) Very Young
Still brilliant
Same as the reviewer below, except that I recently discovered (2019) an opened but 3/4 full bottle that I'd tucked away and forgotten (along with a similar bottle of 15YO Dalwhinnie). Neither have lost anything for being opened. They might not gain anything in the bottle, but they haven't lost anything in my opinion.
, United Kingdom
3 years ago
Bought a bottle in 2005 for £24. Had always been a huge fan of the Islay's but got absolutely floored by the outstanding flavour and phenomenal complexity of this young fellow. I developed a deep and profound love for it very quickly and managed to share some with my number one single malt whisky friend who not surprising felt exactly like I did about it. A truly phenomenal whisky.

If only I knew then what I know now..I would have bought everything in sight. £24...

Outstanding and likely never to be matched again, ever.
6 years ago

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