Ardbeg Alligator
Untamed Release

70cl / 51.2%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
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The general release of 2011's much anticipated Ardbeg Committee Release - Alligator. It's named after 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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Ardbeg Alligator Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by The Whisky Exchange

    • Nose:

      Vanilla ice cream, citrus, charred pineapple, cherries, pine and an initially light smokiness.

    • Palate:

      Buttery vanilla, chocolate limes, orange peel, oaky spice, and soft wood and charcoal smoke.

    • Finish:

      More citrus, ash and lingering fruit.

  • Tasting notes by Toby Q

    • 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.

11 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    2 February 2017

    Exceptionally balanced and morish dram, inspiring campfire nostalgia. Savour every drop!

  • 5
    19 August 2016

    I tried this Whisky 3 years ago at the Ardbeg Distillery. I immediately fell in love and have been searching high and low for a bottle since then. Just got one as a present from my better present ever. It's smoke and fire like most Ardbeg's but I also find it lighter and more elegant. It's amazing and I'm thrilled to add a bottle to my collection.

  • 5
    2 June 2016

    best I have ever tasted

  • 5
    24 December 2014

    Incredible! I am a huge Ardbeg fan, but this takes it to another level even when compared with the exquisite uigeadail. I will treasure every drop of this bottle as seems to be very difficult to find... Definitely one to be kept hidden from guests or for your very nearest and dearest. I won''t attempt to go in to tasting notes, but if you are a fan of Ardbeg, this superb bottle will have you grinning from ear to ear at every sip. Can be drunk neat comfortably.

  • Harpreet Singh 24 December 2012

    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..

  • Anonymous 13 November 2012

    Well Nice..

  • Peat 19 September 2012

    Powerful, fierce, wild and bonfire Islay- gator!

  • TWE Admin 17 October 2011

    It is indeed all gone. We're looking into getting some more, but it's been flying off the shelves everywhere...

  • Anonymous 13 October 2011

    It's gone already? Any idea if and when you'll get more?

  • Roger 24 September 2011

    Fabulous! Enjoyed in the bar at the Hotel Balmoral in Edinburgh - the perfect place to taste a wonderful dram.

  • Anonymous 9 September 2011