The general release of 2011's much anticipated Ardbeg Committee Release - Alligator. It's named for the high level of char on the inside of some of the casks used for maturation, which makes the wood look like alligator skin.
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This Islay-gator has a straw-amber complexion, and a nose of sweet caramel, tropical fruit and a hint of pine. I found the palate to be very different to the house style with lots of chewy oak and spicy rich ginger, caramel nougat and a long elegant finish which gave me memories of rooms layered with clouds of cigar smoke and an open fire.
Customer Reviews: (7 reviews)
Sweet barbeque with real spice and a lingering smokiness. It's like a small battle in your mouth. A really special whisky. I remember being bemused by the luke warm reviews at the time of release. The price now proves that those reviews didn't reflect the opinions of dram consumers. I've drunk 3 bottles..I've refrained from opening the 4th. May just have a last one..
- Harpreet Singh, 24th Dec '12
- anonymous, 13th Nov '12
Powerful, fierce, wild and bonfire Islay- gator!
- Peat, 19th Sep '12
It is indeed all gone. We're looking into getting some more, but it's been flying off the shelves everywhere...
- TWE Admin, 17th Oct '11
It's gone already? Any idea if and when you'll get more?
- anonymous, 13th Oct '11
Fabulous! Enjoyed in the bar at the Hotel Balmoral in Edinburgh - the perfect place to taste a wonderful dram.
- Roger, 24th Sep '11
- anonymous, 9th Sep '11
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