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Ardbeg Almost There
distilled 1998, bottled 2007, 3rd release
colour: very pale gold.
nose: gentle citrus/lime blending into the sweet peat and smoke, soft oak, sea spray, integration coming along nicely, attractive, soft nose.
palate: sweet, coating, spice/abv buzz
finish: trademark Ardbeg emerging, citrus/lime integrating with big peat and smoke, salty sea spray, soft oak, vanilla tones, touch of honey & caramel, long finsh, complex and balanced.
notes: this whisky just keeps getting better, no wonder the ‘new’ Ardbeg 10 scores so high (I’m not really that big on markings myself, though I’ve had the new 10 and it’s a stunning dram), this whisky has all the trademarks of the 10, not quite there but then that’s why it’s called….Almost There! Get as many of the series as you can. Well done Ardbeg for a fun look at a developing whisky!

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