ARDBEG THE ‘BLAAACK SHEEP’ OF ISLAY
Among the whitewashed walls of Islay stands a black sheep: Ardbeg. The island’s divergent distillery. Defined by its turbulent history, revered for the drams it produces and envied for its unorthodox attitude, Ardbeg is a whisky that stands out in a crowd. This year’s whisky has been bottled to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Ardbeg Committee, our dyed-in-the-wool fans.
ARDBEG DAY CELEBRATION UPDATE:
Usually held on the final Saturday of Islay’s Festival of Music and Malt (Fèis Ìle), Ardbeg Day is a global, annual celebration of all things Ardbeg. This year, with the festival sadly cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Ardbeg is taking its celebrations online, and inviting malt whisky lovers everywhere to join them as they toast two incredible decades of the Ardbeg Committee.
Aroma: On the nose baked fruit pudding knits together seamlessly with cedar wood and aromatic cigar box. Oak tannins and rich truffles then break away to reveal subtle notes of smoky jam tart. With a splash of water, intense aromas of bitter cherry and a curiously zesty note emerges. Naturally, this dram then travels in a different direction with lovely fragrant violet notes.
Taste: A velvety and surprisingly furry mouthfeel drives your palate into a complex symphony of contrasting flavours. Aniseed, soot and summer fruits – such as cherries, strawberries, apricots and pears – give way to crumbly pastry, dark chocolate, coffee and almonds.
Finish: A long, lingering sooty finish.
Casks: Pinot Noir
Colour: Deep cherry blossom