Ardbeg Blaaack Limited Edition

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Ardbeg released this whisky in 2020, This is Ardbeg's limited edition bottling of their committee release "Blaaack". To mark such a momentous occasion, the Distillery vowed that the casks used to...

Ardbeg released this whisky in 2020, This is Ardbeg's limited edition bottling of their committee release "Blaaack". To mark such a momentous occasion, the Distillery vowed that the casks used to honour their global flock would be right on the nose. For the first time in Ardbeg’s history, they rounded up Pinot Noir casks from the country that lies the furthest distance from Islay – New Zealand, that other remote island nation where sheep have been known to outnumber the locals by 7:1.

  • Region: Islay
  • Distillery: Ardbeg
  • Age/Name: NAS
  • Size: 70cl
  • Strength: 46% ABV
  • Bottled By: Distiller
  • Chill-Filtered: no

COLOUR

Gold

AROMA

The nose opens with syrup soaked cherries, blackcurrants and a little hint of raspberries. Smoke is more muted than you might expect from an Ardbeg. Coal soot and bbq ashes. Slight sugar sweetness in the form of a shortbread/butter pastry note with a gentle marmalade bitterness keeping the nose in balance.

 

TASTE

The palate is more punchy with the fruits than the nose with the more sugar led notes disappearing into the maelstrom of summer and stone fruits. Here is where the wine cask comes through unmistakably with big, bold sweet flavours mingling into a less than typical Ardbeg peat note. Instead we have wet oak burning mixed with spent coffee grounds and honey smoked ham.

FINISH

The finish is long and pervasively smokey. Dense coal ash coats your palate, with the fruits coming back in after it has been sent down.