This is a 28 year Ardbeg distilled in 1972 and bottled under Old Malt Cask at 50.1% 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: Much ashier than the other 72 OMC Ardbegs I’ve had. Rubber glue with toffee and banana. Peat is there in spades, but has more of a burnt note lending to the ashy profile.
Palate: Burnt rubber with strong peat, smoke, brine, and spiced jerky.
Finish: Bitter and full of peat and ash with slightly tart fruits.
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.