The rumour mill has been rumbling about this Ardbeg release for some time. In April 2012 Ardbeg sent some of their new-make spirit up into space to make Ardbeg the first inter-stellar whisky, so it came as little surprise that in September 2012, at the British Space Centre, the Ardbeg Galileo was LAUNCHED (apologies). All of this marketing aside, it's still pretty damn good, unlike recent Ardbegs the Galileo features an age statement (1999-2012) and contains whisky matured in both ex-Marsala and ex-Bourbon barrels.
Nose: Pineapple slices and desiccated coconut rocket out of the glass followed by toffee and spice, finally there is a big phenolic launch-pad of peat.
Palate: When the Ardbeg smoke clears the first step is salty, before cream and dried apricots land.
Finish: The finish is soft and sweet, with earthy smoke swirling about.
Overall: This is a fairly sweet Ardbeg and at 49%abv not there strongest offering, however it is as smoky and complex as you could want it. An inter-stellar Ardbeg indeed.
Thats more like it!
fantastic dram. very complex and good finish. not as good as oogie and 3 times as expensive. my advice, buy 2 oogie and 1 QC laphroig for same price. no brainer
23rd November 2013
Such a well balanced drink. Lots of pete and smoke that covers the mouth for a while- along with caramel, salt, leather, dried fruit and some sweet pineapple. I don't smoke but after I had a dram, I felt like I had just smoked a fine Cigar. Bravo.
23rd August 2013
Almost as good as the Uigeadail and that says alot!
After the disappointing Ardbog the Galileo restored my faith in Ardbeg.
22nd August 2013
Overall: pineapple and roasting macadamia nuts. The nose has banana and anise character; the palate, mineral; the finish, dried apricots. Less prominent accents are pine, lemon, salt, caramel. A few months aging improves richness. The Galileo is lighter and less peaty than other Ardbegs. Very good and smooth, but also hard to understand as a 2013 winner.