70cl / 52.1%
- Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
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.
9 Customer Reviews
Absolutely one of my favorite Ardbegs. Assuming you like smoky whisky you can not go wrong here. Stunning whisky.
I’ve been through four bottles in two years time and it’s such an enjoyable drink... I like it with just a touch of water to bring out the cloudiness... Both fiery and relaxing... Love it!!!
Had this at Ardbeg day last week, amazing bottle, one of the best Ardbeg day releases.
This is a fantastic Ardbeg expression and still worth the price! Complex and wonderful with so many sides to it. It's powerful yet smooth. Something I savor on special occasions only.
As a scotch this is fair at best to be kind.it should not sell for what it does.
smoothest scotch I've ever had
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.
Simply exceptional quality, wonderful, BRAVO!
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.