Like every year for the Ardbeg Day, the annual limited edition is awaited like the messiah. This year, with the World Soccer Cup pending, they choose to refer to the Brazilian flag colors (gold-green). After a few bottlings that didn’t enchant us these last years, did Ardbeg get to goal before the final? Some answers…
Nose : We have a peat that revolves around all profiles: rubber, hydrocarbons then a vegetal aspect that persists. It is salty with malt, green apple, banana. The whole is very round, easy to comprehend. It opens a bit on creamier notes (the banana lingers towards the milkshake) with some vanilla. The peat then gets more vegetal with a return on caramel/liquorice candies (Krema Batna). It’s very well done, more interesting than the last releases of the Ardbeg Day.
Mouth : It is pretty sweet, still with a big presence of liquorice to assist the vegetal peat. Then we drift towards green apple, still with an important glucose stock. A pretty successful profile but it gets a bit homebody on the end.
Finish : We find again the vegetal peat, some green apple with butter and paprika. The aftertaste is on apple and Granny Smith peel.