Ardbeg “Ardbog”

Ardbog 3One of Ardbeg’s annual Committee releases, the Ardbog was put out as a limited edition of 3000 bottles during the Islay Festival, celebrated by a worldwide Ardbog Day on June 1, 2013. It’s name connotes the peat bogs scattered across Islay.

Distillery: Ardbeg
Age: At least 10 years
Strength: 52.1%
Region: Islay
Age: NAS
Price: $79.98
Location: Islay
Maturation: Mix of Bourbon and Manzanilla Sherry casks
Nose: Smokey, caramelized sap, ocean brine (unwatered), brine and peat, applewood smoked maple bacon (water)
Palate: Prickly, pear, liquorice, citrus zest, allspice (unwatered), peat, oatmeal (water)
Finish: Salt, peat, smoke

Comments: Adding a touch of water can bring out the rich complexities this whisky has to offer.

Adam – A rise of tempered peat that fades to smoke like the morning mists off a loch. Like smoking a cigar on the front porch at twilight. One of my favorites, hands down.

Kate – This is very complex. Toasted marshmallows over a campfire in an apple orchard in the fall. Hard to define individual tastes and notes. This tastes like meeting your idol, and having them be everything you ever thought they’d be and more. Instant love. The perfect balance. I prefer to have it unwatered. The finish is like cuddling after the best sex of your life.

Meghan– The nose borders on being a bit too peaty for my taste but the richness of pipe tobacco brings it back into balance. I end up ignoring the palate because the deep smokey finish is so divine: feeling like you can breathe fire never tasted so good!

 Henry – Smoky and cool as Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca. Finish seems like it’ll go on forever. Inspires long periods of silent appreciation.

Michael – Really balanced and integrated.