A few months ago there was a new Ardbeg release: Ardbeg Twenty One. The bottle is sold exclusively to the comittee members of Ardbeg and as it goes with their limited releases, the Ardbeg Twenty One was sold out in no time. On sale for £ 310 it was quite expensive. Let’s see if it’s worth the price..

This Ardbeg has matured in ex-bourbon casks and is bottled at 46% ABV.

Ardbeg Twenty One tasting notes:

Nose: smoke, hay and yoghurt. Now this sounds weirder then it actually is, all topped with some sugar. The sourness for me is quite dominant, but I also get some nice fruits in there with some herbs. A lemony touch which is fighting with the sourness / yoghurt. After a while I get also more of a plastic smell to it.

Taste: Interesting, fresh and light fruits. A little bit of smokiness and lemons. Plastics, oily, iodine, definitely something else then the normal current ardbegs out there. For me it starts very sweet and fruity but quickly turns into a more chemical / plastic taste. Oily mouthfeel.
Finish: Short to mid-long finish, peppery, smokiness or a bit of ash. Drying and a bit of sea sand. Weird if you ask me, it’s fun.
It’s quite a good whisky but not for this price, price / quality ratio is not right if you ask me.
A love it or hate it dram I guess. It has a lot of interesting aspects, it’s exploring and not an easy to drink dram. Right now I would score it 86 but it could be something totally different if I am in a different mood or have the chance to taste it more often. But then again, it could also stay the same. 😉