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20 May 2014

Ardbeg 21yo P.X. (Darkness!)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Ardbeg

This Ardbeg 21yo was finished for three months in a tiny 50 litre Pedro Ximénez cask. It’s part of the Darkness! series by Master of Malt, but… well… it isn’t dark at all. They say it has taken over the dark character of the sherry cask though. Another funny thing is the low ABV – I suppose it’s cask strength, which probably means the cask had to be emptied due to exceptional angel’s share?

 

Darkness Ardbeg 21 YearsDarkness! Ardbeg 21 yo (40,1%, Master of Malt 2014, P.X. finish, 50 cl.)

Nose: maybe not a classic sherry influence, but rather a deep sweetness coating the usual Ardbeg spirit. Apple butter, sweet lemonade, peaches on syrup and blackberry jam. It’s so thick it manages to get on top of the Islay character. Sooty notes, sweet tobacco and just tiny hints of olive brine are in a second row. Mouth: very thick and sweet again, which helps to mask the relative softness. Semi-dried plums, golden raisins and caramelized apple. Melon candy. Lots of sugared almonds. Still a background of smoke and sweet peat. Hints of lacquered bacon as well. Fades on milk chocolate. Finish: not very long, chocolaty and candied.

You really have to have a sweet tooth to appreciate this one. Very sugary, really candied. I wouldn’t call this dark, at least not darker than regular Ardbegs… but tasty it is. Around € 150 – sold out seconds after its release last week.

Score: 88/100

Ardbeg 21yo P.X. (Darkness!) 4 Ruben Luyten 2014-05-20
  • http://www.whiskyisrael.co.il Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

    that’s a really nice dram. hope people who bought it will actually open it and enjoy it rather than collect it on a dusty shelf…

  • Roberto Sikora

    Too expensive in my opinion. But that´s the truth this days with Ardbegs + those funny little stories they can simply sell everything…

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