After the long intro post, It’s high time to taste this lovely new expressions everyone is waiting to put their hands on. It will be available starting June 2nd, at selected Ardbeg ‘Embassies’ worldwide, so check out where you can get you hands on a bottle. Sadly as there is no such embassy in Israel, this is maybe the closest i can get to a full bottle, and a wee sample is as good as any (thank you for the official sample , Ardbeg!) . A bit of information about this one: This one is a limited edition of ~12,000 bottles and is a marriage of two different styles of Ardbeg, which have been re-racked in ex-sherry casks for the last six months. It has been bottled at 56.7% ABV and will be priced at about £60 a pop.
Nose: We’re starting our journey with peat reek. Sweet Oloroso sherry with wet bandages dipped in diesel fuel. Cinnamon and wood spice Mushrooms and teabags. Also sweet with vanilla . With water – the peat reek gets even stronger adding notes of damp wood and dry Cherubs.
Palate: Wham. Very powerful. Hitting the palate with peat, burnt sugar espresso and ginger. Smoke and ash are there alright. On the second wave burnt crust of crème brûlée and dried fruit. Creamy and savoury. It’s like the Uigedail but a tad darker. The Oloroso stands out adding Creaminess. With water – it gets fruitier with enhanced feeling of dried fruit and sweeter sugars.
Finish: Dried fruit, ash and double espresso. With the burnt sugar lingering.
So how is it?
Terrific dram, lovely, very drinkable. If you liked the uigedail, and peat’s your game, you are on friendly grounds here. It’s more intense, and very rewarding. I like it very much.Good Sherry integration too. If you can get one, buy one. I would love to have a bottle handy. now, how? anyone fancy getting one for me?
Official sample provided by Ardbeg