Ardbeg

Airigh Nam Beist, 1990, 16 Years Old

ABV 46%
REVIEWED Issue 61
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Specifications
Brand: Ardbeg
Expression: Airigh Nam Beist, 1990, 16 Years Old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 16 years old
ABV: 46%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islay
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Awards
Recommended
Issue 61
Tasting notes
Taster   Arthur Motley
Nose: Ashy, smoky and lemony. Seaweed, apple, mint and tea tree oil. Intense, snarling and complex.
Palate: Not quite the assault I'd expected but delicious all the same. Lots of sweetness, tea tree, ash and a vegetal/autumn leaf flavour.
Finish: Smoked meats and a persistent seaweed.
Comment: For all its chest-beating, smoking-gun aroma, the palate is softer and more approachable. Compelling.
9.0
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Weighty, phenolic. Foggy coal smoke, then more lifted and complex. Arbroath smokie, tar.
Palate: A lick of cream brings to mind an alcoholic Cullen skink. Shows maturity along with toasted almond, biscuity cereal. Not overly heavy, a good tongue-coating texture with persistent smoke.
Finish: Caramelised, smooth, then smoke returns.
Comment: A welcome addition to the range.
8.0
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Ardbeg Distillery, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Islay, Scotland
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