Ardbeg Rollercoaster NAS
Whisky: Ardbeg Rollercoaster NAS, 57.3%
£50 ≈ R550 (Excluding shipping)
This is a vatting of ten different casks from ten different years, 1997 to 2006, each contributing various proportions ranging from 5.4% to 14.2%. It was released earlier this year in February through the Ardbeg online store which experienced such traffic the site was crippled. For further details on this read about it on Whisky For Everyone’s blog here.
Nose: Whoa… like having your head shoved into a peat fire, awesome! Gorgeous bonfire smoke, a soft sweetness, salt and citrus. Lots going on, and all of it youthful and vibrant.
Taste: This is a powerful dram! A wonderful oiliness, but not overly viscous, wave upon wave of crisp popping peat smoke. Spicy after a few seconds with a tad dryness and an overarching subtly sweet backbone of dried pears and apples.
Finish: Back into the peat fire, this time with some heat from the flames. A touch of spice (cloves), more dryness, a little liquorice, and lots of medicinal notes.
My Score: 90
This is one hell of dram and testament that a young whisky can throw a seriously solid, heavy-weight slug. Yes, you can tell it’s young and brash, and for some, even peat lovers, this may be too much, but its hard to deny that this is an impressive accomplishment and a fantastic whisky.