Ardbog (Ardbeg)

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Ardbog (Ardbeg)
70cl / 52.1%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
The 2013 Ardbeg Day whisky is called Ardbog, released on June 1st initially as an Embassy exclusive. Taking inspiration from their last few releases, this is a down to earth whisky, concerned with the history uncovered as you dig deep into the peat bogs of Islay. The whisky is a vatting of 10 year old spirit, some matured in bourbon casks and some in manzanilla casks for a balanced of soft, sweet and earthy flavours.

Please note this is limited to 1 bottle per customer.

World Whiskies Awards 2014: Best Islay Whisky NAS

This is restricted to ONE PER CUSTOMER.
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£135.00
(£112.50 ex. VAT)
More Details:
CountryScotlandRegionIslayBottlerDistillery BottlingBottling StatusDiscontinued
Tasting Notes:
Producer's Notes

Colour: deep ochre

Aroma: deep, enticing waves of pecan nuts, salty toffee and caramels, with a distinct whiff of herbs, lavender and violets. Soft, aromatic smoke is interwoven with salty savoury notes. Water brings forth herbal notes, smoked rhubarb and aged balsamic vinegar.

Taste: a full oily/tingly mouthfeel leads into a powerful, savoury burst of flavours – salted cashews and peanuts, clove, aniseed toffee, green olives and a curious hint of anchovy. A lingering aftertaste in which classic Ardbeg sweetness is kept in check by oak tannins, clove and coffee grounds.

Tasting Notes by Billy A

Nose: Underlying candy sweetness with a bit of tar, tyre-fire smoke and preserved lemons (Moroccan style, in salt). Lots of brine and hints of plimsoll rubber and new bandages.

Palate: More brine up front, along with sweet apple and lemon, bitter pith, coal smoke and dust, and a rich earthiness underneath. Quite dry after the initial sweetness, with sour woody notes creeping in around the edges.

Finish: Long, with apple skin, lemon peel, salted caramel, dry oak and a touch of black pepper.

Comment: On my first taste I wasn’t particularly impressed, with my comment being a not particularly disparaging ‘tastes like Ardbeg’. However, after a weekend of the bottle being opened it’s definitely opened up a bit – an interesting balance of salt and smoke, although maybe a little bit dry for some.

Tasting Notes by Tim F

Nose: Sweet honey, old wet mossy oak, some hints of chocolate shavings, then developing raisin syrup and some notes of bandages / elastoplast and balsamic vinegar. Indeterminate red berry fruit, Cadbury’s fruit and nut bar. With time in the glass some lemon and fruit cake notes.

Palate: Sweet and sooty, with a developing strong salted nuttiness, particularly Brazil nuts, hazelnuts and almonds. Also quite citrussy with tart lemon juice flavours, plus burnt wet wood and some strong medicine cabinet / iodiney notes.

Finish: Salt and honey / caramel with the lemon notes becoming more boiled-sweet like.

Comment: Less of the famous tarry rope and more salt than normal Ardbeg. A whisky made for hipflasks.

Customer Reviews: (3 reviews)
As a PX/Oloroso whore and so it was a stretch for me to appreciate a Manzanilla finish but I was wrong. Initial nose was industrial with tyre rubber and wet campfire ash. This followed through to the pallet but never dominant. The manzanilla met the smoke to give a nicely balanced but sweet mouth feel that was on the dry side by not overly so, leaving a long and minty/eucalyptus/dried fruit finish... strangely refreshing! Definitely works for me too.
- Drew - Macquarie Gillies - Sydney, 19th Sep '13
Simply exceptional quality, wonderful, BRAVO!
- anonymous, 28th Jun '13
Nose: oily and salty, cured ham and olives. Peat, but a lot less than expected. Sweet ashes. Wet earth. Rocky coast. The salt might be from the manzanilla of course, as this dry sherry from Spain is known to be a bit salty. TASTE: Soft. Salty. Midpalate some meat and sweetness. Nutmeg, cinnamon. Almonds. Caramelized apples, toffee. Mildly drying towards the end with a grand smokiness. FINISH: long, smoky and dry. Works for me.
- Mark Dermul - The Toshan Man, 5th Jun '13
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