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Ardbeg Perpetuum, 47.4%

Price: $100 Issue: Summer 2015 Reviewer: Dave Broom

“Ardbeg in Perpetuum” would mean “Ardbeg forever.” It's made up of a mélange of different casks: American oak, refill, French oak…and others. Intense, marine, with pineapple, wet moss, tar, cracked black pepper, and a nuttiness. The palate is oily, sweet, with smoked cream, balanced by a very pure acidity, then soot and char. Will the fact that it isn't an extreme Ardbeg satisfy everyone? Probably not. Is it a bloody good session drink? Damn right it is. (200th anniversary bottling)