Ardbeg An Oa

70cl / 46.6%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Ardbeg An Oa
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The first addition to Ardbeg's ongoing range for a decade when introduced in 2017, An Oa is a combination of spirit aged in Pedro-Ximenez sherry casks and bourbon barrels. Married in a French-oak marrying vat, this is rounded and smoky with notes of toffee, aniseed, date and banana.

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  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Orange Orange
  • Banana Banana
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Milk Chocolate Milk Chocolate
  • Cream Cream
  • Toffee Toffee

Ardbeg An Oa Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting notes by Billy Abbott (The Whisky Exchange)

    • Nose:

      Damp earth and leaves with softly building smokiness, lime peel, wine gums, limestone minerality, and a touch of swimming pools and sea spray freshness.

    • Palate:

      Sweet smoke and chocolate, tarry notes, bung cloth and dunnage warehouses. Rich sweetness cuts through the centre, wrapped with smoke. Gentle creaminess develops, with caffe latte dusted with cocoa and icing sugar. Water adds to the creaminess with toffee sweetness.

    • Finish:

      A burst of berry fruit disappears to reveal stony minerality, brine and a pinch of white pepper.

    • Comment:

      More approachable than the 10yo but without losing any depth. Rich and smoky, with everything from rich coffee and chocolate to fresh sea breezes.

  • Tasting Notes from the Producer

    • Nose:

      Rounded and subtly smoky (applewood), with creamy toffee, aniseed, treacle and dates. A curious suggestion of juicy fruits, such as peach and banana. With a drop of water, reminders of Ardbeg’s classic fragrance: lime, pine resin, fennel, saddle soap and tar. A gentle waxiness, like fragrant candlewax, and hints of smoked herbs.

    • Palate:

      A smooth, creamy texture leads into a huge syrupy sweetness, flavours of milk chocolate, treacle toffee, aniseed, orange and smoky tea leaves. Gentle, sweet spices (nutmeg and cinnamon), some cigar smoke, and a very unusual flavour of grilled artichokes. Long and sweet, with floral overtones, mint toffee and some gentle malty, biscuit notes.

    • Finish:

      Lingering, seductive, gentle yet intense, with flavours of aniseed, hickory and distant subtle smoke.

23 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    1 May

    As described.. Very pleasing.

  • 5
    10 February

    It is simply amazing.

  • 4
    3 December 2018

    One of the first bottles from Islay I've had that I've immediately tasted fruity/berry notes in. Big fan of Islay scotch and this one is no different, would purchase again.

  • 5
    15 November 2018

    I really like it. I find its more complex and bigger on taste than the ten year old. I also really like citrus and slightly sweetness combined with the smoke fennel etc. Maybe my second best islay after lagavulin.

  • 3
    7 August 2018

    First impression: not 'subtly' smoky, on the edge of overwhelmingly so, but pulls back from the edge with a range of other flavours kicking off and then coming through. But too smoky for me.

  • 3
    10 May 2018

    Disappointing. Strange nose, slightly sweet, I'd take the standard 10 over this. I expected more from Ardbeg

  • 2
    26 April 2018

    Tastes and smells like liquid smoke. Very smooth though, no overwhelming bite.

  • 3
    6 April 2018

    Over all, quality here is ardbegian high. However, An Oa is little bit simple and straight forward. Not a big surprise. For more experienced whisky drinkers the reason is very clear: when you hugely pump up the production volume, you just cant keep up with quality. It's just law of nature, good casks are with limited supply. That shouldn't be surprise either.

  • 5
    16 March 2018

    I think this is one of the best from Ardbeg and I do recommend it...

  • 5
    22 February 2018

    Easily one of the best. Of Ardbeg or any other. Perfect balance of flavor, strength, and smoothness.

  • 4
    12 January 2018

    Not a massive fan of the typical Islay peat monsters but decided to give this one a try and it did not dissapoint. So much going On, beautiful!

  • 5
    8 December 2017

    Gold colour, legs slow to run, oily, waxy. Nose - smoke, cigar ash, chocolate, aniseed, orange, black pepper waxes and wanes as do most of the flavours, strongly tannic, dry to the nose. Palate - smokey, black pepper, cigar ash, orange, very tannic from the 8% tannin content of the Limousin Oak and the PX casks. Virgin wood comes through a little piney and resinous. Spicy clove cinnamon ginger nutmeg from the virgin wood . IMO some wine casking here, possibly Cabernet Sauvignon. Finish - smokey and dry, spicy, orange, very tannic, some background chocolate. Conclusion - best of the NAS Ultimate range IMO. Excellent blending of different cask types. A fantastic whisky. Proof, if it was needed that NAS whiskies can taste absolutely Devine. Better than Dark Cove, Corryvreckin or Uigedail, all of which IMO are great whiskies, but this latest addition is superb.

  • 5
    8 December 2017

    What can I say?? Ardbeg's and in my opinion, Islay's greatest offering! First whisky I've become stingy with!

  • 5
    21 November 2017

    great Balance.... love it

  • 5
    24 October 2017

    Class in a glass! Another splendid release from Ardbeg.

  • 5
    16 October 2017

    Deffinetly buying another bottle

  • 5
    9 October 2017

    Sweet delight 12/10

  • 5
    9 October 2017


  • 5
    3 October 2017


  • 5
    2 October 2017

    love it will buy another bottle well recomended

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