A fine drop of Ardbeg bottled at cask strength. A marriage of Ardbeg from bourbon barrel and sherry butt which gives a sweet and smokey finish to this malt. Uigeadail is the loch from which all Ardbeg water flows.
Ardbeg is the last of the three distilleries near Port Ellen and may be the most picturesque distillery of the three. A distillery was founded in Ardbeg in 1794 by Alexander Stewart but Ardbeg Distillery was not licensed until 1815 by the MacDougalls. The distillery was closed for many years yet is now a true flourishing brand in the Scotch Whisky industry. All the distilleries have their names painted on the side of their warehouses and this was to help the ships and sailors to know which distillery to collect whisky from or drop off supplies too. Ardbeg was known to be the toughest of the lot and claimed many ships over the years. The bay that is in front of Ardbeg Distillery has nine known shipwreck sites and it is believed that there could be many more in the bay. Ardbeg is owned by The Glenmorangie Co which is owned by Moët Hennessy. The distillery has one wash still and one spirit still. They produce 1,150,000 litres a year. House Style: Earthy, very peaty, smoky, salty, and robust. A bedtime malt.
Nose: The undiluted nose is deep and rounded â€“ chocolate caramels and barley sugar combine with dates, raisins and smooth sherry notes. Later, you find leather and linseed oil.
With water the sweetness gives way to malted honeycomb, with flowering currants emerging through the smoky sweetness of a well-fired fruit pudding.
Taste: Sweet, chewy and oily with a silky mouthfeel. The flavour is initially sweet, revealing fruit cake and treacle. This is followed by barbecued or honey roast food with the slightest hint of olives.
Finish: Again long, both sweet and dry with honey, treacle and a trace of lint.
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