Ardbeg 21 OB (2016) Review

This is a recent 21 year Committee release from Ardbeg which was matured in ex-bourbon casks and bottled at 46% ABV.

Nose: Very fresh peat notes with lemon juice and tangerine cutting through. Sour candies, a bit of pine-sol with motor oil and beeswax. Peat is still quite strong for a 21 year malt.

Palate: Very pungent peat up front again with an ashy quality. Tar, lavender, and thyme round out the earthy/peaty profile.

Finish: Peat fades slowly with mint and thyme lingering along a perfect level of oak influence.

Rating: 90/100 – A very solid, no-frills peated dram that is very well balanced. It’s a shame it was cut to 46%, but it’s still quite good.

Value for the money: These retailed around $500 in US at release, and it is most definitely not worth the cost for an entire bottle. I’d pay up to $150-200 for a bottle if it were available at that price.

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