Whisky Review: Ardbeg An Oa

[46.6%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Earthy peat filling out the initial scene, it’s organic but it is not at all confronting.  Oomph of peat burning away like glowing coal toasting sheets of nori but at the same time it feels mellow and very much approachable with the sugary aromas, some fine vanilla followed by…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 33.133 Ardbeg “Whipped with happiness”

Style: Honey and Smoky Nose:  Begins with salty breeze, seaweed and soft mineral notes. Then unveiled the thick pancake stack steaming with honey maple syrup! Powerful spice, going slightly vegetative, aroma of sizzling pan fried onions and crisp bacon. A lick of strawberry jam at the bottom. A Scottish breakfast indeed! Palate: Heading happily to…

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Whisky Review: Ardbeg “Galileo” 1999 Aged 13 Years  

Style: Rich and Sweet Nose: Rich, invigorating aroma on the nose. Delicate but solid red fruits underlining the peat and maritime influences while the intensity is amped-up by dry mineral spices. Lovely milk chocolate and Limoncello striding across, while soft tropical fruits walking with mossy steps. Tarry peat smoke. Chilli flakes lightly scattered around for…

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Whisky Review: Ardbeg Supernova 2015 Committee Release

Style: Smoky and Peaty Nose: Citrusy spices aroma buzzing on the nose. Slightly tight and quite dry. Seaside minerals twinkling alongside with mossy peat. Light peppermint hue, lemon peels transfigure into subtle orange drops, the sweetness is rather soft and buried underneath with the malt. Palate: A rather herbal and sooty entrance on the palate.…

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Whisky Review: Ardbeg “Kelpie”

Style: Lightly Oaky and Peaty Nose: Lemon jam and apricots leading the dance, swiftly followed by a deeper aroma of toasted vanilla bean. Green pine, maritime nicely weaved into it. The peat is on the softer side but it gives a great balancing touch. Sufficiently rich and complex as the elements are nicely integrated with…

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Side by Side: Comparing the Ardbeg Kelpie General Release and the Kelpie Committee Release

Last year, the Darkcove General Release really won our hearts, so with Ardbeg continuing to roll out the General Release (“GR”) and Committee Release (“CR”) for the Kelpie, it’s natural to repeat this question – which is better? Nose (CR): Seaweed, but also a rich toffee note, chocolate milk, salty but surprisingly the peat comes across as…

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Whisky Review: Ardbeg “Kelpie” Special Committee Only Edition

  Style: Smoky and Peaty Nose: Sooty peat teams up with fragrant wood spices on the nose. A deep wave of dry punchy spices rushing in together with brushes of sardines, minerals and seaweed. Gradually chocolate and subtle lemon sponge cake approaches with a peppermint kiss. Rather dry and spicy aroma, especially at this strength.…

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Whisky Review: Ardbeg Supernova 2010

Tasting Notes: Ardbeg Supernova 2010 ☆☆ [Highly Recommended] Style: Peaty and Complex Nose: Dense aroma of dry tobacco leaves and charred oak with a breath of sea breeze, leading the wonderful, enigmatic sweetness in to impress, it is a complete amalgamation of vanilla milk, caramel, peat, subtle tropical fruits with nice wrap of smoke. Palate: Fireworks!…

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Whisky Review: Ardbeg Twenty One

Tasting Notes: Ardbeg Twenty One ☆☆ [Highly Recommended] Style: Sweet and Delicate Nose:  Milky coat of vanilla icing, dustiness sediments in the aroma. Toasted almonds, lemon aloe vera wrapped around by peat smoke. Briny, a handful of salted pecans, almost meaty with a deeper whiff at the back. Palate:  Balmy sweetness on the palate. Fragrant…

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Side by Side: Ardbeg Twenty One and Ardbeg 1977

The Ardbeg Twenty One certainly took the Australia by storm a couple of weeks ago, the 90 units allocated to the country were sold out in a matter of minutes, “gone in 90 seconds” as one friend commented.. Of course, there are a few factors behind the phenomenon.. for one, the exclusivity-orientated marketing strategy proved to be…

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