Ardbeg Distillery is located on the south coast of the island of Islay and has been producing whisky since 1798. Ardbeg is considered to be one of the most heavily peated whiskys in the world.
Every year on Ardbeg Day (June 1) the distillery releases a special bottling of their single malt, and 2013 was not an exception, but the whisky was exceptional! Ardbeg Ardbog is a combination of 60% ex-bourbon cask and 40% Manzanilla sherry butts. After aging for ten years the spirit is bottled at a potent 52.1% alc/vol. It is a very refined Ardbeg, very complex and elegant. If you are an Ardbeg fan this is definitely a must have for your cabinet.
NOSE: Deep, enticing waves of pecan nuts, salty toffee and caramels, with a distinct whiff of herbs, lavender and violets. Soft, aromatic smoke is interwoven with salty savory notes. Water brings forth herbal notes, smoked rhubarb and aged balsamic vinegar.
PALATE: A full oily/tingly mouthfeel leads into a powerful, savory burst of flavors – salted cashews and peanuts, clove, aniseed toffee, green olives and a curious hint of anchovy. A lingering aftertaste in which classic Ardbeg sweetness is kept in check by oak tannins, clove and coffee grounds.
FINISH: Long, peppery, lemon peel, coffee, smoke.
Very limited availability, while supplies last.