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Ardbeg Blasda

Islay, But Softer

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@AlanjpReview by @Alanjp

8th Jul 2012

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Ah Ardbeg, generally the beast of Islay, and the Blasda is promoted as essentially the softer side of the distillery and region. After getting through a bottle of this, I find it hard to disagree! Of course, the peatiness and smoky characteristics you associate with an Islay malt are here in abundance, but as described, it’s not as powerful or as meaty as the standard Ardbeg. It’s a very pale, light yellow whisky, looking deceptively young. When tasting the dram, the Islay character is there, but there’s almost a lighter, fruity hint to it, making the whole thing softer round the edges and easier to handle. Actually I think the best way to use this would be to introduce whisky drinkers to the Islay region, not as heavy as others, but with enough of a kick to welcome you aboard! It’s a good whisky, nothing too amazing, I’d buy the standard bottle over this is pressed, but still enjoyable and worth taking the time to explore in order to expand your whisky experiences!

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@Pierre_W
Pierre_W commented

This is one of those Ardbeg expressions that I have not tried, but I feel tempted to so after having read your review.

7 years ago 0

@Alanjp
Alanjp commented

Thanks for the feedback, glad my review has helped! It's a decent little dram, worth a go!

7 years ago 0

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