This is a 28 year Ardbeg distilled in 1972 and bottled under Old Malt Cask at 50% ABV. These 1972 Ardbegs are supposed to be some of the best Ardbeg stock out there, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to try a few of them lately.
Nose: Pungent, damp peat with overtures of turpentine, old oak, brackish seawater, lemon hard candies, and decaying leaves.
Palate: Tangerines and lemon curd up front before turning to heavy ash and peat. Very peppery with sea salt and mature oak.
Finish: Wave of vanilla custard at first as peat mellows. Long finish with sugar water soaked oak and some iodine.
Value for the money: These types of Ardbegs go for $1500+ at auction I believe, and I would not pay that. At that price, I’d rather go for Brora or maybe 60s Bowmore.