The mysterious brooding loch, that provides the peat-laden water for Ardbeg distillery, lends its name to the unique single malt. It is a special vatting of different styles of Ardbeg, marrying together its traditional deep, smoky notes with the luscious, sweet, raisiny tones of old ex-sherry casks.
The unusual spirit still with its purifier is what many believe contributes to the balance and complexity of spirit that is revered as one of the peatiest and smokiest; that somehow doesn’t flaunt the peat rather it gives way to the malt and the natural sweetness of which subtly intrudes. A perfect balance.
Colour: Deepest gold
Nose: Rich and weighty with heady and smoky aromatics. At full strength, the in aroma is a beguiling mix of warm Christmas cake, walnut oil and parma violets fused with fresh ocean spice, cedar and pine needles falling from the Christmas tree. A smouldering coal fire and the scent of well-oiled leather brings warmth. The sweetness of treacle toffees and chocolate coated raisins emerge through the smoke.
Palate: Full flavoured and rich with deep mouth-coating texture, the taste is an intriguing balance between sweet, spicy and deep smoky flavours. The flavour is initially sweet. A burst of winter spices sets off a smoky-spice explosion countered by a sumptuous mid-palate of honey glazed smoked food and chewy treacle. Waves of deep smoky tones and rich aromas build up on the palate like a fine Montecristo cigar
Finish: Amazingly long and chewy with lingering raisiny, deep mocha tones and rich aromatic smoke into the perfectly integrated finish.
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