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This was the Single Malt Scotch (no age statement) of the Year as well as the World Whisky Of The Year at the highly coveted First Annual Totally Subjective Whisky Awards. Yes, that’s from my blog. Thanks to @Nozinan I was able to secure a bottle of this whisky at a civil price. And I’m very grateful.
- Nose (undiluted): some flavours in common with Ardbeg 10 are “amplified” in Uigeadail- dark chocolate, coffee and licorice - and some flavours here that aren’t in the 10 - blackberries, chocolate-covered raisins, walnuts, a bit of leather. There’s also a good deal of Ardbeg smoke.(D’uh!)
- Palate (undiluted): surprisingly friendly for something bottled at over 50% ABV. Rich, oily mouthfeel. Dark fruit (dates, figs) walnuts, black pepper.
- Finish: long. Really long. More chocolate. Black liquorice. Fresh tobacco and cigar ash. A finish that stops you in your tracks.
A little splash of water brings more big, dark fruit notes out. I’m reminded of a blackberry tart with dark chocolate, paired with a cigar. This whisky really develops beautifully on the palate. I'm a big fan of this whisky, age stated or not.