This is another non-age stated Ardbeg from the core range and usually goes hand in hand with the sherry matured Uigeadail. This one is matured in bourbon and french oak casks (possibly some wine casks, but they’re quite hush-hush about this). This expression is supposed to focus more on the pure Ardbeg character. Named for a huge whirlpool located off the Scottish coast.
For the longest time this was not available in Israel, but last week at Whisky Live it was on display and I was ecstatic to learn that the importer YD, have added it to their portfolio. As importers go, they respond quite well to the whisky nerds here and have really done a good job since taking over the Glenmorangie and Ardbeg brands.
Aged 3 years*. 57.1%ABV. No colourant added and non-chill filtered.
Nose: Rubber. Mineral peat. Grassy peat. Old sea shells. Overripe apples. Lemon rind. Fennel. Mulch. A dentist’s room. Acacia sap. Charcoal.
Palate: Thick tar. Earthy peat. Tobacco. Iodine. Woody vanilla. Honey. Salt. Pine cones.
Finish: Long. Oily smoke. Lemons. Dirt. Brine. Rubber. Bitter coffee. Honey.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This really puts a focus on what Ardbeg is, lots of thick smoke, quite juicy. I do think I prefer the Uigeadail, but just a little bit, this is fine stuff.