A glorious single malt from the Island of Islay, Ardbeg 10 year old. Beside the classic peat, it gives way to the natural sweetness of the malt, producing a whisky of perfect balance. This single malt has won several awards including World Whisky of the Year in 2008 by Jim Murray. Simply a dram not to miss out on.
In 1815, John McDougall founded the distillery that now sits along the south coast of Islay beside Laphroaig and Lagavulin. Ardbeg, has a much smaller scale of production than that of it's neighbors, remaining very sought after indeed.
Like many other Scotch distilleries Ardbeg, has closed and reopened it's doors once or twice itself. The distillery first closed down and stopped production in 1981 after funds became problematic. Several years later in 1989, it reopened on a small scale which then lead to another closure in 1996, leading the owners to put the place up for sale. Not long after, the distillery was bought by Glenmorangie Co which, indeed, lead to a brighter future for whisky production at Ardbeg. One of their staples, Uigedail, is now an ever popular whisky inspired by and named after the distilleries water source. Uigedail was later titled 'World Whisky of Year' in 2009 by enthusiast and author, Jim Murray. Ever since, Ardbeg has continued to overwhelm the world of whisky drinkers with it's unique, unbeatably rich peated charcter.
Aroma A burst of intense smoky fruit escapes into the atmosphere – peat infused with zesty lemon and lime, wrapped in waxy dark chocolate. Bold menthol and black pepper slice through the sweet smoke followed by tarry ropes and graphite. As you dip your nose in further, savour the aroma of smoked fish and crispy bacon alongside green bell peppers, baked pineapple and pear juice. Add water and breathe in the vortex of aromas rising from the glass. An oceanic minerality brings a breath of cool, briny seaspray on chalky cliffs. Waxed lemon and lime follows with coal tar soap, beeswax and herby pine woodlands. Toasted vanilla and sizzling cinnamon simmer in the background with warm hazelnut and almond toffee.
Taste An explosion of crackling peat sets off millions of flavour explosions on the tongue: peat effervesces with tangy lemon and lime juice, black pepper pops with sizzling cinnamon-spiced toffee. This is followed by a wave of brine infused with smooth buttermilk, ripe bananas and currants. Smoke gradually wells up on the palate bringing a mouthful of warm creamy cappuccino and toasted marshmallows. As the taste lengthens and deepens, dry espresso, liquorice root and tarry smoke develop coating the palate with chewy peat oils.
Finish The finish goes on and on – long and smoky with tarry espresso, aniseed, toasted almonds and traces of soft barley and fresh pear.
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