The newest addition to the permanent lineup at Ardbeg is a little guy who packs a huge punch. Produced from whiskies matured in ex-bourbon and ex-Oloroso casked this Islay malt has everything you love about Arbeg and then some. Meant for your cocktails, this will still drink well on its own, but this is definitely worthy for branching out
It opens with bright, fresh, herbal tones leading to a robust cavalcade of aromatics including vanilla, pear, freshly cracked black pepper, honey, and Turkish coffee. A bold mouthfeel with heaps of chocolate, tar, creosote and smoked bacon, followed by a burst of eucalyptus and licorice. A long, salty and mouth coating finish with
hints of toffee and cocoa, with a touch of that smoky bacon character again. You'd be shocked to know this malt is one of the youngest released in Ardbeg's illustrious history, this drinks well above its age.
Follow your nose along the famous road from Port Ellen and you will eventually come to Ardbeg Distillery nestled in a rocky cove on Islay's southern tip. Since inception, Ardbeg has dealt with many trials and tribulations. From over-taxation in the late 1700's, to being mothballed in the late 1900's (much like Islay's indigenous townsfolk), it has seen it's fair share of hardships. Fortunately, a team of dedicated souls from Glenmorangie set about repairing and reviving the distillery and saved this historic brand from extinction. Utilizing divine older stock, they have crafted a few signature bottlings - including this one - that are highly coveted by malt enthusiasts.