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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Ardbeg Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review

Arbeg 2012 RangeTasting Notes


Arbeg Blasda 40% ABV Single Malt Scotch Whisky 


We all know Ardbeg packs a peaty punch, but if you remove some of that peat, can Ardbeg still retain its perfect balance? The mind bog-gling answer is "yes"! By taming the usual mighty peating levels the distillery created Blasda, peated to an average of just 8 parts per million phenol (8ppm) compared to the more usual 24ppm. Blasda is still perfectly balanced, but light, sweet and delicious.


Arbeg Blasda Tasting Notes

Colour : Light gold


Aroma : Deliciously sweet and refreshing. On first nosing, the aroma is reminiscent of baked banoffie pie and roast chestnuts. On further nosing, cloves, pine cones and fresh mint rise from the glass, softened by creamy vanilla custard. A tingle of lemon and lime marmalade cuts through the vanilla with spiced pears followed by a breath of menthol and sea salt. Deep ripe fruits fuse with almond and vanilla.


With water, the sweet effervescence of sherbet vanilla and chocolate limes burst from the liquid. A bouquet of scented violet, narcissus and chrysanthemum bring a sparkling ethereal fragrance. Cured ham with a dusting of white pepper and cinnamon is served with gentle smoked fish and green peppers, with a sprig of leafy mint on top.


Taste : Refreshing, silky and creamy to the palate, the initial sip is sweet with a mixture of sugared almonds, marzipan and hints of dried fruits. Gentle peat oils well up on the palate, remaining soft, clean and dry with a dusting of powdery parma violets. Tangy lemon juice and orange rind freshen the palate with a gentle fizz. Later tingling spices and creamy cappuccino bring a gentle warmth.


Finish: The finish is medium in length and tingly with a refreshing balance of chrysanthemum

tea, clean lemon zest, creamy vanilla and hints of cinnamon spiced apple.



Ardbeg Corryvreckan 57.1% ABV Single Malt Scotch Whisky 


Corryvreckan takes its name from the famous whirlpool that lies to the north of Islay, where only the bravest souls dare to venture. Swirling aromas and torrents of deep, peaty, peppery taste lurk beneath the surface of this beautifully balanced dram.


Like the whirlpool itself, Corryvreckan is not for the faint-hearted!


Ardbeg Corryvreckan Tasting Notes


Colour : Deepest amber


Aroma: Heady, intense and powerful.


With the first sniff, encounter the deep and turbulent force of Corryvreckan as it pulls you inwards. Swirl the glass and dip your nose into the torrents of tarry ropes, creosote and linseed oil rising from deep within the vortex. As you succumb to its power, a collision of waxy dark chocolate, warm blackcurrants and muscovado sugar pulls you under its spell with a burst of plump cherries and earthy pine needles leaping from its depths.


Swirl water into the glass, and observe the magical collision of whisky and water. As the liquid warms up, the seething cauldron bubbles and bursts, as you edge closer to sniff a pot full of gutsy cayenne-peppered steak and oysters smothered in hot pepper sauce. Salty seasoning brings a briny character with tangy crisp seaweed and smoky bacon swirling on the surface with hints of sweet vanilla, spicy cloves and blueberries.


As the whirlpool narrows and quickens moving ever deeper, surrender to its dangerous depths with the heady force of menthol, treacle and chilli sauce.


Taste: Plunge into the whirlpool and taste the mysterious depths of Corryvreckan. Torrents of taste well up on the palate; deep, peppery and chewy, bombarding the tongue with its intense tastes and textures.


The first plunge brings forth chewy peppered steak soaked in pepper sauce with the tang of crispy seaweed. As you descend deeper, encounter a mouthful of black tarry espresso coffee that coats the palate with rich melted dark fruits (blackcurrants, blueberries and cherries) and bitter almonds. As the taste soaks in deeper, star anise and hickory dry out the palate before a surprise of chalky effervescent violets fizz to the surface.


Finish: Long, deep and remaining powerful into the finish with black tarry coffee, chocolate coated cherries and hot pepper sauce, the lingering memories of your mysterious and daring journey into Corryvreckan.


Ardbeg Rollercoaster 57.3& ABV Single Malt Scotch Whisky

To create Ardbeg Rollercoaster the Distillery dipped into the casks of Ardbeg past. Selecting the perfect amount of whisky from different cask types from the years 1997 to 2006. The result? A thrilling whistle-stop tour through Ardbeg’s flavour highlights.


Ardbeg Rollercoaster Tasting Notes

Colour: Rich Gold


Aroma: An enormous whisky, embodying the perfect fusion of sweetness, spice, creamy malt and deep smoke; this specially selected whisky is a sensational example of multi-layered classic Ardbeg.


Fudge, burnt sugar and treacle toffee emerge first with peat encased in dark chocolate. Cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg spices bring warmth and richness before a wave of iodine, coal tar and linseed oil takes hold. Fresh top notes of menthol, fennel and pine resin lift you higher. Then, as you dip further into the glass, deep notes of liquorice root, leather, brambles and black cherries crescendo from the glass along with hallmark Ardbeg beeswax.


With water, smoke bellows from the glass with smokey chimneys, leafy bonfires, charcoal and tea leaves. A stoney beach is discovered next, covered with crispy seaweed, creosote and resinous tarry ropes. A bowlful of apples and pears awaits you, dipped in toffee with dates and spices. Smoky asparagus and sweet potato emerge with pepper and earthy peat.


Taste: Big, rich and exceedingly smooth and peaty, with a fusion of Ardbeg tastes rolling over the tongue. The mouthfeel is at once creamy and chewy, coating the entire palate with a wave of silk-velvet smoke.


Fragrant peat smoke rolls over the tongue bringing black cherries, cloves, chocolate ganache and fudge; a deliciously smoky dessert. A breeze of fresh coriander, menthol and violets lifts to the roof of the mouth, followed by chewy sugared almonds and tangy lime juice. Waxy peat smoke is present throughout, constantly filling the palate with rolling cooca, clotted cream and scented smoke from beginning to end.


Finish: The taste refuses to go away. The finish is long and scented with fragrant wood smoke, spices (cloves and aniseed) and clotted cream.


Ardbeg Single Malt Scotch Whisky Uigeadail abv 54.2%


Nose:- The undiluted nose is deep and rounded – chocolate caramels and barley sugar combinewith dates, raisins and smooth sherry notes. Later, you find leather and linseed oil.


With water the sweetness gives way to malted honeycomb, with flowering currantsemerging through the smoky sweetness of a well-fired fruit pudding.


Taste:- Sweet, chewy and oily with a silky mouthfeel. The flavour is initially sweet, revealing fruit cake and treacle. This is followed by smoked barbecued or honey-roast food with the slightest hint of olives.


Finish:- Again long, both sweet and dry with honey, treacle and a trace of lint.

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