Ardbeg sure knows how to pick unpronounceable names. It’s funny to hear what people make of this… The name refers to the second lake down from Uigeadail and means ‘place of the beast’.
Ardbeg 1990 ‘Airigh nam beist’
(46%, OB 2006)
Nose: starts surprisingly floral and fresh. Over time, with a bit of hand warmth, it changes to a more powerful, medicinal profile. Some lemon, peach, even vanilla ice cream. A few salty notes. Overall nicely integrated with the peat smoke.
Mouth: creamy impact. Less fruity than on the nose. Lemon again. Seaweed, pepper and more extravert peat. Smoked bacon. Some chocolate.
Finish: long with predominant liquorice and smoke. Sweet coffee as well.
Ardbeg at its (affordable) best, I would say. Strong and sharp but balanced with a good foundation of sweet malt. Still available (newer batches). Around € 65.
Thanks Johan, for this sample.