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Ardbeg Day Feis Ile 2012

Marshmallow

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

24th Jun 2012

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Worldwide, Islay-limpics were held on the so-called Ardbeg Day on 2nd June 2012. In Belgium, there were several festivities where you could taste the new release. To get a hold of a bottle, that was something else. But as Ardbeg Committee Member, I succeeded in securing a couple of bottles. Ardbeg Day is a combination of 8, 9 and 12 Year Old bourbon casks, married for 6 months on sherry casks.

The nose starts sharply on paraffin, tar and cow stable, but then opens up beautifully on burnt toffee and marshmallows over a campfire. A lot of earthy notes and flints. Spicy on dried ginger, vanilla and woodspice. Not much sherry influence on the nose.

The attack is very spicy (pepper and cinnamon and again dried ginger), waxy and hot. Toffee turns butterscotch, tar turns iodine. Charred wood. Slightly drying, now, with a wonderful hint of brown sugar and caramelized apple. The peat is anything but subtle, the sherry rears its head now. Great pinch of salt.

The finish is more than decent in length on dried fruits and coffee beans, with a bit of mint and dark chocolate on the deathbed.

Wonderfully drinkable Ardbeg, that rivals the Rollercoaster and Alligator. Unfortunately completely sold out at the moment. So let us look forward to the Ardbeg Galileo, the next release of this popular distillery.

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7 comments

@Wills
Wills commented

Thx Mark. Sounds very interesting to me. Seems like a widespread of tastes: marshmallows, toffy but then spicy and even iodine.

But I dont get which bottle this is? Which name I have to search for?

6 years ago 0

@CaptinTom
CaptinTom commented

It's just called "Ardbeg Day".

6 years ago 0

@DaveWorthington
DaveWorthington commented

Just been trying this myself Mark, wonderful stuff. I was getting some fruit which reminded me of grapefruit pith until a fellow taster mentioned rabbit hutch straw, then by auto suggestion that's all I could smell! I love it though, and need to get some Uigeadail to taste it against.

6 years ago 0

Jason0142 commented

How does this compare to the Ardbeg Uigeadail? Also been a sherryed whisky.

6 years ago 0

@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

Hmm, you would need to taste them H2H, I presume. I did not do that. However, from my notes, I can see that I prefer the Uigeadail. And let's not forget a nice little detail (that I forgot to mention before): the casks used to marry this Day were in fact ex-sherry casks that had previously been used for the Uigeadail. So it stands to reason that they are similar.

6 years ago 0

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