Ardbeg An Oa70cl / 46.6%
- Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
- Milk Chocolate
Ardbeg An Oa Reviews
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.
14 Customer Reviews
Easily one of the best. Of Ardbeg or any other. Perfect balance of flavor, strength, and smoothness.
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!
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.
What can I say?? Ardbeg's and in my opinion, Islay's greatest offering! First whisky I've become stingy with!
great Balance.... love it
Class in a glass! Another splendid release from Ardbeg.
Deffinetly buying another bottle
Sweet delight 12/10
love it will buy another bottle well recomended
Off the scale, 98. And this is from the normal range! Different but as good as Uigeadail. More treacle . My third bottle soon to be brought home.
My goodness!!!!! I have only just sampled this (and purchased a bottle) at the midlands whisky festival in Birmingham....Ardbeg have created an absolute gem here. The creamy, chocolatey, citrus, tobacco and menthol and cereal (to name a few) notes beautifully hugged with peat smoke is so moorish!!! A must have to any whisky lovers collection.