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Ardbeg Ardbog

Soft Smoke Ardbeg

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JReview by @Jason0142

3rd Dec 2013


Ardbeg Ardbog
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A review for Ardbegs 2013 official special edition. Thankfully I was able to find one before they sold out.

Nose: Oily, tar and coal smoke notes, a saltiness carried on a sea breeze, maybe a hint of green olive, citrus peel oils (lemon and orange), ginger bread, a hind of nuttiness, becomes sweeter over time with slight hints of golden syrup.

Nose with Water: Becomes sharper, more ginger an malt notes, maybe a hint of cumin spice, slightly more citrus peel, buttery cooked vanilla.

Palate: Very oily, some fruit (Mellon, lemon zest, white grape peels), the peat is every gentle and soot like and the smoke is smooth, some hints of nuttiness (hassle and almonds), a nice saltiness, some dissertation spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of clove), a nice drying in the mouth sensation.

Palate with Water: very similar but lighter, becomes more creamy.

Finish: mouth begins to salivate after drying, a nice slight saltiness, soft smoke, hints of dessert spices, some brown burnt sugar.

I found this quite a soft Ardbeg in a way, while cask strength there wasn't any kind of overpowering notes or sensations. Extremely smooth for a cask strength Islay whisky.

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ozmalt commented

Sounds great @Jason0142. I like everything I've tried so far from Islay and have almost finished an Ardbeg 10 so based on your notes I'll go in search of an Ardbog. Cheers

10 years ago 0

Jason0142 commented

I would strongly recommend ardbegs uigeadail and corryvreckan bottlings both are awesome. Though if you find any of ardbegs yearly special bottlings make sure to get some because they sell out fast.

10 years ago 0