This years special release from a distillery that probably most of the whisky drinking swedes know of - namely Ardbeg. The name Auriverdes is derived from gold (auri) and green (verdes), referring to both their golden liquid and the green bottle it comes in, but also the host country of this years fotball world championship, Brazil.
Matured in american casks with specially toasted oaklids.
bakom detta så hittas även en hel del aska och en dammig/mineralisk ton som påminner mig om när man brukade spela fotboll på grusplan som liten.
Lite sälta med. Mosad potatis med smör. Salubrin. Enbär
My first thought is that this profile is very familiar when it comes to Ardbegs bourbon-ish type of whiskies. Thus - sweet liquorice/fennel, but also herbal, earthy peat.
Behind the familiarities, there's a whole lot of ash and a dusty, mineralic note, reminding me of playing football on the gravel as a kid. There are also hints of salt, mashed potatoes with butter and juniper berries.
First in line comes the salt, quickly followed by grassiness, coffee grounds and dry juniper berries, pushing the liquorice far away, almost making me forget that it was there.
The liquorice comes back here, but compared to the sweet candy, it's transformed to its more natural form, liquorice plant (more bitterness) and alot of sap. A smokey note is also present. A bit like a burning lawn.
Personally, I think Ardbeg has a whole bunch of good whiskies. This is not an exception, but I wouldn't prefer this one compared to their core range - they do hold a very high standard if you ask me.