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02 Nov 2010

Ardbeg 1993 (Duncan Taylor cask #1724)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Ardbeg

This Ardbeg 1993 seems to be the first Ardbeg bottled by Duncan Taylor (let me know if you know another one).


Ardbeg 1993 Duncan Taylor 1724 Ardbeg 15 yo 1993 (58,9%, Duncan Taylor 2009, cask #1724, 292 btl.)

Nose: nice combo of heavy smoke notes and floral elements. Soot and coal with a few farmy notes (stronger when you add water). Heavy peat. Brunt heather. A few marine notes (brine, tarry rope). Rough like most official Ardbegs lately and a little mono-dimensional. Mouth: oily, very very peaty, dry and ashy. Sea brine and lemon. Rather grassy as well. An independent Supernova, so it seems. A little sweeter in the aftertaste, especially when you add water. Finish: long, peaty, fading on salty liquorice.

Intense Ardbeg. Recommended for those who liked the Supernova and are looking for a single cask variation on the theme. Don’t expect major complexity though. Around € 95 at the time. Now sold out.

Score: 85/100

Ardbeg 1993 (Duncan Taylor cask #1724) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2010-11-02
  • johan brugge

    I agree with a lot of what you wrote, but I scored it higher than you. I wouldn’t call it an independent Supernova though. I think it’s too different. And yes, it’s sold out for a long time now. If I’m not mistaken there were only 6 bottles for Belgium (at about 119 € per bottle) and also 6 for Holland (at +/- 82 € at the time). Guess who has the 2 bottles for Holland in his collection. :-)

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