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Ardbeg 'AuriVerdes'

(49.9%, OB, NAS, 70cl, 2014)
Average Score: 86
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameArdbeg
Bottling NameAuriVerdes
Alcohol By Volume49.9%
Average Score86

Maniac Ratings
Robert Karlsson84
Ho-cheng Yao88
Pit Krause90
Thomas Lipka86
Rich Howard83

Tasting Notes
Ho-cheng YaoGolden yellow. very tarry indeed, very smoky, reminds you lot's peaty and medical flavor, not really that Ardbeg, still some citrus peel and light vanilla. but would be a very thin and one direction Ardbeg. quite grassy actually, with some Chinese medicine and herbal roots. The palate brings more cake and vanilla flavor, quite robust and spicy. Mocha? probably, if you take the creaming finish and yes somewhat Espresso ending. Dilute brings out more fruity nose and makes the taste rounded with more connection to Ardbeg house character. Question: still very robust, not stable yet? might taste better some months later.
Rich Howardthe nose starts off on freshly cut wood, charred oak, barbecue sauce, cumin, field grasses, and a distant farminess with hints of manure, cut through with the "sweetness" of strong cider and lingering notes of mocha and vanilla. the palate is drying, with soot and ashes, quite spicy with cinnamon and nutmeg, plenty of wood tannins, with apple peel and strong cider, and no shortage of classic Ardbeg herbal notes on the finish. it's a bit chaotic... don't expect much integration with this one. a few drops of water dampens both the ash and the earth on the nose, and brings out a light, fruity sweetness... fresh cut strawberries, still hints of sweet vanilla against a distant backdrop of barbecue sauce (a bit like the Alligator in that way, now that i think about it...), and still those cider-ish and butyric notes on the tail. the palate is initially a bit sweeter now, mostly on simple sugars, before moving quickly onto quite some gingery notes, green tea and tree bark. with even more water, the nose settles into more of the mocha and coffee notes, which is nice, but the palate gets increasingly herbal (much like the Ardbog), of which i'm personally not a fan. for my tastes, this presents best as bottled. i just don't like where it goes with water.