Nose: 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.
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.
drinksbiz Magazine, July 2020
"The Ardbeg distillery is on the south coast of the isle of Islay (pronounced EYE-lah) in Scotland’s inner Hebrides. Ardbeg has been producing whisky commercially since 1815 and is renowned for using highly peated malt in its whiskies. The name Ardbeg comes from the Scottish Gaelic “An Àird Bheag”, meaning a small promontory.
This classic expression from Ardbeg is renowned as one of the peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malts around. It has aromas of intense smoky fruit, zesty lemon and lime and dark chocolate overlaid with a sea spray minerality. On the palate, chewy peat meets citrus, black pepper, cinnamon and toffee sweetness with smooth buttermilk, ripe bananas and currants. The finish lingers with tarry espresso, aniseed, toasted almonds and hints of soft barley and fresh pear."