Category: Single Malt
Manufacturer and bottler: Ardbeg Distillery (LVMH)
Volume: 700 ml
Bottling date: 07/29/2019
Min. age: no indication
Nose. Powerful, direct, but rustic. Lots of smoky, marine flavors, lots of spices, some medicine and very little fruity sweetness. At first it is a little closed and knocks down the nose with alcohol, but then it opens with tones of creosote, ammonia, camphor oil, salted ship ropes, iodine, Vishnevsky's ointment, motifs of burnt white bread (toast), baked chestnuts and baked potatoes, smoked bacon. Spices such as pepper, nutmeg, anise, cloves periodically come to the fore and occupy the entire space of the aroma. Only subtle nuances of vanilla, dried prunes and blackcurrant add sweetness to the nose.
Taste. Oily, extremely rich, pungent, even extreme. It starts with a little citrus-honey, vanilla sweetness, to then literally drag you into a whirlpool (hence, apparently, the name was chosen) of coals, creosote, sea salt, iodine, grapefruit partitions (its white part), black ground and chili pepper, richly spiced meat steak, anise, camphor, coffee grounds, tobacco. This burning mixture softens a little (just a little bit, so don’t expect to be released from this abyss) dark berries (black currant and cherry, blueberry and blueberry) and dark chocolate on the background.
Aftertaste. Long. Bacon with black pepper, black cherry, camphor, ash.
Summary. Angry, vigorous whisky for hard lovers, the ultimate expression of all the "dark" sides of Ardbeg aged distillate. The use of mainly virgin oak alcohols in the “batch” gave the final product a powerful peppery profile, but removed all the space, complexity of taste and aroma inherent even in an ordinary “ten”, but not this whisky. The result was an extremely powerful whisky, well made, but simple, extremely unbalanced. For me, this is more of a minus than a plus, so for myself I prefer Uigeadail or Ten.
Rating: 86 out of 100.