Ardbeg The Rollercoaster as an exclusive duet
The whiskies from 1981 and 1989 are a reminder of the highs and lows of the
Ardbeg presents a very special distillery. The distillery was closed from 1981 to 1989, as the whisky industry experienced a significant downturn after a good period. Then new owners dared to reopen and things started to pick up again, a bit like a rollercoaster.edition. Only 143 sets of Ardbeg The Rollercoaster are available worldwide. These are two that mark a very difficult phase in the history of the Islay
Different base malts for the two Ardbeg The Rollercoaster
The first whisky in the Ardberg The Rollercoaster duet is a single malt from 1981, which was distilled on 11 March, two weeks before the distillery closed. According to Ardbeg, it is the last remaining of this year. It was based on two different malts, one a very heavily peated (110 ) from the company's own maltings, the other a very lightly peated malt that Ardbeg only used for a short time for a special Kildalton style. The in was combined with a subsequent maturation in an Oloroso . at 47.3% vol.
The second The Rollercoaster whisky run out of the on 6 December 1989, a few weeks after the reopening of Ardbeg. The malt produced by Ellen Maltings had 30-35ppm, which was ideal for the use in at the time. Ardbeg has since increased the phenol content of the malt to at least 50ppm. In order to preserve the that had developed during the initial maturation in bourbon casks, it was later transferred to bourbon casks and spent a total of 33 years in the cask. Bottled at 45.3% vol.
Two whiskies, two styles
Dr Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg's Director of Whisky Creation, said that Ardbeg The Rollercoaster is a unique opportunity to experience two very different bottlings of Ardbeg's heritage. A 1981 single malt made from Ardbeg's own malted , with sweet, spicy sherry notes and a hint of Ardbeg's savoury side. Classic notes of lime and vanilla combine with sea spray and very subtle tones in the 1989 Ardbeg. Ardbeg The Rollercoaster is like a time capsule, according to Dr. Lumsden, a snapshot of those days that will go down in Ardbeg history.
The two bottles are presented in a solid wooden box created by designer John Galvin and made from Scottish Ardbeg's British homepage. A contact form is offered there to express interest in purchasing the cask, which mentions "£85,000 / €100,000".. In Germany and Austria, Ardbeg The Rollercoaster is available on a limited basis from Moët Hennessy Private Sales (firstname.lastname@example.org), Moët Hennessy Germany announced in a press release, with the price available on request. To get an idea of the approximate order of magnitude, you can take a look at
Official Cask No.1 1981notes for The Rollercoaster: Ardbeg
Aroma: A beautiful combination of Brazil nut flavoured toffee, orange syrup, linseed oil, the gentlest hint of woodsmoke, some touches of grilled asparagus and pepper and a soft but distinctively savoury note like sourdough bread. A few drops ofreleases more toffee notes, a touch of Viennese coffee and some distant herbs.
Taste: A rich, warming and peppery mouthfeel leads into a symphony of incredible flavours – soft burnished leather, aniseed, toffee, demerara smoke flavour. Then the spices appear; clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and some sweet, malty biscuity notes.and a gentle tarry
Finish: The, which is soothing and gentle, goes on forever, with a balanced combination of dates, toffee, leather and creosote
Official tasting notes for The Rollercoaster: Ardbeg Cask No.17 1989
Aroma: Sooty and drying, with wax crayons, fennel, mustard seed and water releases a creaminess, with a gentle touch of vanilla and smoked pear, along with some briny sea spray.bread, along with that most distinctive of Ardbeg aromas of pine resin or smoked lime skins. A splash of
Taste: A creamy and effervescent texture is followed by a burst of aniseed, toffee, hints of popcorn, smoked paprika and gentle, soothing antiseptic lozenges. The tarry smoke is always present, but always beautifully integrated.
Finish: The finish is long, vibrant and effervescent, with a suggestion of lemon balsam, soot, tar, liquorice and gentle, toasty oak.
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