Ardbeg 18, 1991-2009, Whisky Live Spa, 55.6% – La Maison du Whisky

I bought a sample of this some years ago and put it in my stash upstairs. Then I forgot about it for three years. Since I’m going through that again to get rid of the endless number of mini bottles with random whisky and other booze I encountered it on Saturday and thought the time was right for a peaty dram in 2014.

I’ve been going through some slightly more luxurious whiskies for a couple of days now and this fits that line-up nicely.

The bottling done by LMDW is very limited to only 30 bottles, with the whisky being matured in a sherry cask.

Ardbeg 18 for Whisky Live Spa. Image from Whiskybase.

Ardbeg 18 for Whisky Live Spa. Image from Whiskybase.

Light and fruity sherry with a lot of peat. It reminds me heavily of the Uigeadail. Some tropical fruit, rather sweet but the smokiness is a bit coarse.

The palate is sharp and peppery, with smoke, soot and straw. It’s rich with fruits after the initial blast, slightly greasy and sweet.

The finish is rather long and sweet. The smokiness is still here but diminishes quickly. What it leaves behind is the same fruitiness as before, but with a more bitter edge.

This is a belter. Although the ABV sits nicely at 55.6%, it comes off much sharper than I expected. The sweet fruitiness behind it all works very well. A rather typical Ardbeg with the quintessential straw flavours also being present.

Ardbeg 18, 1991-2009, Whisky Live Spa 2010, 55.6%, La Maison du Whisky. According to Whiskybase it sits at € 150, but I expect that you have to pay much more if you can find it.

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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