Yes, you heard it here first!
Edencroft’s has the Ardbeg Galileo back in stock … and it’s available at a cracking price.
You’d be mad not to check this one out!
||Ardbeg – Galileo
Country: Scotland Region: Islay
Age: 13Year Old. Strength: 49%
Summary: Specially bottled to celebrate the most audacious adventure ever undertaken by Ardbeg, this dram fires up your taste buds with spectacular aromas and tastes. Smokin’…
Aroma: A burst of intense smoky fruit escapes into the atmosphere. Add water and breathe in toasted vanilla, sizzling cinnamon and warm hazelnut.
Taste: An explosion of crackling peat ignites flavour explosions. Tangy lemon and lime juice, spiced toffee, followed by smooth buttermilk, bananas and currants. Smoke brims with creamy cappuccino and toasted marshmallows.
Finish: Long and smoky with tarry espresso.
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||Glen Albyn – 1976 Gordon & Macphail Rare Vintage
Country: Scotland Region: Highlands
Age: 36 Years Old. Strength: 43%
Summary: The original Glen Albyn Distillery was founded in 1844 by the Inverness Provost at the time, James Sutherland. Three years later, fire destroyed the main building of the distillery and production did not resume until 1852. However, misfortune continued when the owner went bankrupt another three years later and the distillery closed. Although used briefly as a flour mill, Glen Albyn lay silent until 1884 when it was purchased by A.M. Gregory who rebuilt the distillery, kept the same name and had his own railway which linked to the main line.
During World War I, Glen Albyn was closed once again as it was occupied by the American military and used as a U.S. Naval base. In 1920, Charles Mackinlay and the distillery manager, John Birnie, acquired the Glen Albyn distillery. They also owned the neighbouring Glen Mhor Distillery. In 1972, Glen Albyn was acquired by DCL.
Due to cutbacks, DCL closed the Glen Albyn Distillery in 1983. A few years later, the distillery was demolished to make way for new development.
Nose: salty and nippy. And the theme thunders into an early Kentuckian drawl, with red liquorice and hickory prominent;
Taste: I am shaking my head in disbelief. Not through disappointment, but wonder! How can something of this antiquity still fill your mouth with so much juice? The barley still offers a degree of grassiness, though this is camouflaged by the softest bourbon characters I have seen in a long time. The honeycomb is in molten form, as is the vanilla which appears to carry with it a fabulous blend of avocado pear and ulmo honey;
Finish: a pathetic degree of oaky bitterness tries to interrupt, but it is swept aside by the residual and very complex sugars. There remains some spicy activity and even some Kentuckian red liquorice and hickory, but that South American honey really does the business;
Balance: wow! My eyes nearly popped out of my head when I spotted this in my sample room. Glen Albyns come round as rarely as Scotsman winning Wimbledon. Well, almost. When I used to buy this (from Gordon and MacPhail in their early Connoisseur’s Choice Range, as it happens) when the distillery was still alive (just) I always found it an interesting if occasionally aggressive dram. This masterpiece, though, is something else entirely. And the delivery really does take us to places where only the truly great whiskies go…
© Jim Murrays – 2013 Whisky Bible.
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