Ardbeg presents a truly innovative and luxurious creation of single cask bottlings – Ardbeg ‘Double Barrel’.
Inspired by the tradition of a shooting party, Ardbeg have created a ‘Double Barrel’ guncase, crafted by a traditional guncase maker.
Only 250 of these exquisite cases exist anywhere in the world -The ultimate in luxury for the ultimate Islay Malt.
Two hand-stitched leather-bound books – a ‘Sampling Register’ with full tasting notes of the 1974 cask bottlings and ‘Double Barrel’, a quirky miscellany of Ardbeg single malt and shooting traditions.
Tasting Notes by John Hansell, Malt Advocate
After nosing and tasting both of them, I must say that they're both pretty damn good. I feared that this many years in oak would have the whiskies tasting tired and woody. I was wrong. They still maintain a vibrancy and balance of flavour, along with all of the depth and maturity one would expect in an older whisky.
Cask #3145 is the lighter in colour, and the sweet notes that balance the smoke and seaweed are not as caramelised as cask #3524. I'm tasting hints of shortbread and caramel, which show through the peat smoke, tobacco, toasted nuts, firm spice notes (cinnamon, clove and mint) and lingering brine.
Very complex. 95 points
Cask #3524 is darker, with notes of sticky toffee pudding and chewy caramel that firmly support the polished leather, cigar box, roasted chestnut, smoked seaweed, tar, dark chocolate and, on the finish, espresso
A meditative whisky. 94 points