Tasting Date: 2021-03-21
Region: Scotch Whisky – Islay
Type: Single Malt Whisky
Age Statement: NAS
ABV: 54.2% ABV
Cask Type: Oloroso Sherry casks and Bourbon barrels
Distiller: Ardbeg Distillery
Location: Ardbeg Distillery, Port Ellen, Islay, Argyll, Scotland
Bottler: Ardbeg Distillery
Purchase Location: BSW Liquor 55 Salisbury Way #300, Sherwood Park, AB T8B 1K4
Purchase Date: March 13, 2021
Cost: $105.09 including GST & Deposit
Tasting Notes From The Ardbeg Website:
AROMA: Rich and weighty with heady and smoky aromatics. At full strength, the initial aroma is a beguiling mix of warm Christmas cake, walnut oil and parma violets fused with fresh ocean spice, cedar and pine needles falling from the Christmas tree. A smouldering coal fire and the scent of well-oiled leather brings warmth. The sweetness of treacle toffees and chocolate-coated raisins emerge through the smoke. With water, the deep smokiness increases in intensity, reminiscent of a fired Christmas pudding. Rich flowering currants and warm baked banana and walnut bread are served with simmering mocha espresso.
TASTE: Full flavoured and rich with a deep mouth-coating texture, the taste is an intriguing balance between sweet, spicy and deep smoky flavours. The flavour is initially sweet. A burst of winter spices sets off a smoky-spicy explosion countered by a sumptuous mid-palate of honey glazed smoked food and chewy treacle. Waves of deep smoky tones and rich aromas build up on the palate like a fine Montecristo cigar.
FINISH: Amazingly long and chewy with lingering raisiny, deep mocha tones and rich aromatic smoke into the perfectly integrated finish.
Colour: Non-chill filtered, Deepest Gold
TransparentSmoke: Not your everyday whisky. Notes of sea brine and boggy peat smoke at first overwhelms and then as you look deeper inside, you fins a sweetness and ease of drinking that belies the smoke forward initial smell. If you can give this one a chance it will step up and impress. I have to admit I didn’t even know this existed till I watched the Whisky Tribe Guys. When I found a bottle I have to admit I bought two and it was well worth it. Scoring way up there, this is worth it.
Our Score: 95/100
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