Ardbeg Traigh Bhan Batch 2, Single Malt Whisky, 70cl
This is Batch 2 of Ardbeg Traigh Bhan
Originally released in 2019, Ardbeg's Traigh Bhan single malt whisky is a 19-year-old expression named after the local Traigh Bhan beach on Islay, sometimes known as the Singing Sands. The first core expression from Ardbeg in 20 years to be released with an age statement, this is an impressive dram that captures the character of the coastline brilliantly. It was drawn from a combination of American oak and Oloroso sherry casks, and has been bottled at 46.2% ABV.
- Region: Islay
- Distillery: Ardbeg
- Age/Name: 19 years old
- Size: 70cl
- Strength: 46.2% ABV
- Bottled By: Distiller
- Chill-Filtered: no
Nose: On the nose, faint ripples of sweet wood smoke and tart crème fraîche flow gently into bold notes of savoury fennel, celeriac and roasted tea leaves. Plunge further and discover alluring aromas of charcoal and lightly burnt toast. A splash of water releases a gust of fresh sea spray, followed by eucalyptus oil and pine. Finally, this irresistible nose ends with an unmistakable top note of saddle soap and leather.
Palate: An intensely salty mouthfeel shifts like the tides into soothing medicinal notes, followed by salted peanut brittle, smoked pineapple and lime juice. Waves of aniseed lap over the palate, before rich fudge, birch tar and peat smoke crash down wildly. This is a dram that coaxes you in, and all assumptions are best left behind. Simply let this alluring spirit surprise and delight.
Finish: Savoury and smoky notes collide in a sharp, intense, yet satisfyingly long finish.