Ardbeg Grooves Committee Release

Ardbeg Grooves Committee Release

Paid: $115 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Ardbeg / LVHM

Region: Islay

51.6% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Undisclosed, spends a portion of time in heavily charred red wine casks with grooves

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Burnished

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Berries, peat smoke, pineapple, oak, lime, vanilla, and salt

Feel: Full bodied

Taste: Hit of vanilla, followed by pepper, cinnamon, and leather, ending in cream and butter

Finish: Raspberry, cloves, char, smoke, floral, medium warmth and long lasting

Thoughts: I liked this more than Kelpie, but about on par with Dark Cove. Love the nose on this especially.

Score: 86 out of 100

Ardbeg An Oa

Ardbeg An Oa

Paid: $55 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Ardbeg / LVHM

Region: Islay

46% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Bourbon, Virigin oak, and PX Sherry

Chill Filtered : No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Gentle sherry, honey, smoke, heather, vanilla, pine, salt, and citrus

Feel: Light bodied

Taste: Peat and gentle smoke, sherry, citrus, vanilla, salted meat, and seasoned oak

Finish: Pepper, tobacco, clove, gentle fruit, and mossy peat smoke

Thoughts: It’s a very tame and gentle Ardbeg, with more focus on fruit than peat.

Score: 84 out of 100

Ardbeg Kelpie Committee Release

Ardbeg Kelpie CR

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Ardbeg / LVHM

Region: Islay

51.7% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Virgin oak casks from the Black Sea

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Pale yellow

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Sweet peat, vanilla, oak, caramel, heather, salt, and seaweed.

Mouthfeel: Oily and medium bodied

Palate/Taste: Peat, vanilla, smoke, apple, similar to a toned down Corry.

Finish: Warm, with a linger of oak, vanilla, and salted chocolate.

Thoughts: It’s good, but considering that I think Corry does everything this does better it does not make for a great limited release.

Score: 84 out of 100

Ardbeg Dark Cove

Ardbeg Dark Cove

Price: $120 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Ardbeg / LVHM

Region: Islay

46.5% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in “Dark” sherry casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

 


 

Color: Amber

Nose: Sea air, peat smoke, pipe tobacco, vanilla, coffee and just a slight hint of sherry and blueberry.

Taste: Dark chocolate and vanilla (Bourbon casks showing), sea spray, raisins, cherry, pine wood, char, and tar.

Finish: Gentler than oogie (Obviously due to the ABV) but has a similar fruity linger. The difference being this has more of a caramel slant.

Thoughts: I enjoyed this, but I would pick up an oogie or corry as they are better priced. I think this sits right between to two as far as flavors are concerned.

Score: 86 out of 100

Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Ardbeg has really grown on me since first trying the 10 year. I truly enjoyed the Oogie so wanted to finish tasting the core range. Before tasting for this review, I went a little overboard late fall and before I realized it had consumed about a 5th of the bottle which is far more than I usually drink. Dangerous stuff here!

Paid: $78 for 750ml

Distilled / Owned By: Ardbeg / LVHM

Region: Islay

57.1% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and French oak, rumored there could be red wine casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

 


 

Color: Amberish Gold

Nose: Costal peat blended with black currant and pomegranate. Heather and tar with notes of dark chocolate.

Taste: Very elegant, starts gentle and smooth on the palate and then intensifies. Tastes of smoke, red meat, blueberry and sea brine. A bit of barley malt to round it out.

Finish: Long and warming. Refreshing. Like a think black coffee next to a fire with the taste rolled oats.

Overall: It got me good and smashed because it was delicious and a wonderful drinker. Not the punch in the face that Laphroaig is, but it’s sexy younger sister that gets you in trouble. Hard for me to determine if I like this or Oogie more.

Score: 91 out of 100

Ardbeg Uigeadail

Ardbeg Oogie

Paid: $95 for 750ml

Distilled / Owned by: Ardbeg / LVHM

Region: Islay

54.2% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and Ex-sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

 


 

Color: Yellow Gold

Nose: Blackberry, sea brine, smoke, peat, honey, and sherry swirl around to make quiet the nose. Beautifully complex.

Taste: Smoke rushes to the palate, followed by a tarred sherry, blueberries, cigar tobacco, and vanilla oak. I am absolutely loving the different flavors as they ebb and flow. Oily and rich.

Finish: Smokey and warm peat. Strawberry, honey, and dried fruits with a lovely tinge on the tongue that I find hard to place. There is a sherry fruit aftertaste laced with smoke that remains in the mouth long after the liquid has left the mouth leaving a dry finish that I adored.

Overall: I can see the reason this one gets loved. It was complex, delicious, and had excellent mouth feel and finish. I now want to seek out the corryvreckan to see how that compares to this offering.

Score: 91 out of 100

Ardbeg 10

Ardbeg 10

Paid: $55 for 750ml

Region: Islay

46% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years

Cask Type: Ex-Bourbon

Chill Filtered: No

Chill Filtered: No

Drank: Neat in a glencairn

 


 

Color: Straw Gold

Nose: Salty sea air with brine hits the nose. The unmistakable scent of rich peat and bog moss. Like an extinguished camp fire.

Taste: Licorice and smoke with bits of tar thrown in for good measure. Followed by the development of oaky vanilla and scones.

Finish: Complex and of medium length, it left a feel in my mouth long after. Good legs cover the glass. Costal with a bit of a medicinal aftertone.

Thoughts: Ardbeg’s 10 year is a solid affordable and easy to find peat bomb that has grown on me over the years.

Score: 80 out of 100