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Ardbeg Uigeadail

Wow!! Too good.

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@UisgeJonReview by @UisgeJon

4th Jan 2013

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  • Nose
    23
  • Taste
    24
  • Finish
    24
  • Balance
    24
  • Overall
    95

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If you read my last review, of Bunnahbhain 12, this dram followed that one. Sitting at an extensive bar, tasting new things... what an awesome night. So I was talking to the bartender and told him that I've never really explored a peated Islay malt before, so I asked him for his suggestion between the Ardbeg Uigeadail and the Coal Ila 12. He suggested the Ardbeg.

Well, alrighty then Mr. Barkeep, lets do the damn thing! I'll take it.

So he turns and climbs his rolling ladder to the very tip top, reaches for the bottle and brings it down. He pours me a rather healthy dram in a nosing glass, and leaves the bottle with me to continue my exploration.

Arbeg Uigeadail (pronounces "Oog-a-dal"):

Nose: Holy cow, this is great... Smoked meat, heavy, calm, a ton of personality and swagger here, like John Wayne. What's the ABV here... reaches for bottle 54.2%?! Never would have known.

Palate: Oh this is good... it's very warm, smokey, coats the tongue nicely with a bit of a syrupy viscosity. A mouthful of campfire and smoked meat, light raisins and dried plums. Simply awesome. Looking at my notebook from my notes a couple nights ago, I wrote "like taking a bite of smoked ribs with a bit of tangy BBQ sauce, all while sitting around a mesquite wood fire." I am a huge, huge fan.

Finish: More of that soothing warmth, smoke and meat. Some light hints at Raisins or other dried dark fruit. Maybe plum. It's all real subtle. Like a good BBQ sauce, those flavors aren't subtracting from the flavor of the main course, which is that awesome smoked meat.

This is one of those drams that takes you on a journey to a different time and place. I couldn't shake images of the Wild Wild West as I was drinking this - images of sitting around a fire at night, smoked ribs, mesquite wood. So great.

Balance: Amazing. Simply stunning. Not a single flavor out of place here... everything is remarkably tuned and refined, and I'm in love with this dram.

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9 comments

@Wills
Wills commented

Man this is a great review. I just want to grab a bottle of this while reading. I am salivating... Unfortunately I just had a little bottle to taste it but this is definitely a whisky I am looking forward to buy a bottle in the future. It's a little pricy, so I am going for the Ardbeg TEN first. Also great stuff, you should give it a try.

But in my memory the Oog-a-dal is one of the best I had so far. So great it is in the standard range of Ardbeg, no time to hurry then. As you might know this isn't usual for Ardbeg...

6 years ago 0

@UisgeJon
UisgeJon commented

Thanks man! Appreciate the kind words. This dram straight up rocked my socks. This was my first real Islay, smokey and peaty, and by george it was downright amazing.

The 10 and the Uigeadail were the same price at this pub! Loved it. And, no, I'm not sure what you mean at the end of your comment there. What are you referring to?

6 years ago 0

@Wills
Wills commented

Ardbeg has a well working marketing. They are hyped alot, something I don't really like. But they are making great whisky and I guess that is weighting more ;)

In 2012 e.g. they released the Galileo, pple were going crazy and a huge run started. The bottle was expensive but who cares, lots are collecting and the bottles are selling well over ebay etc...

For my part I will go with the TEN and the Uige, great bottles. And I don't have to fight pple to get a 'special' release.

6 years ago 0

@Pudge72
Pudge72 commented

@WhiskyJoe and I had a tasting last week that included cracking open an L12 bottling of Oogie that he picked up in November. We both found it really 'heavy' with the smoke/peat element coming across like charcoal and a more prominent 'seaside' component. I don't usually write imagery for my tasting notes, but this one just screamed the need to do it... 'a seaside campfire that included the barbequing of seafood'. I greatly enjoyed it, but wonder if the open bottle will dial back the charcoal and allow this great dram to become a little more balanced.

6 years ago 0

@UisgeJon
UisgeJon commented

@Wills I getcha, that makes sense. So since you aren't a fan of over-hyping, what do you tend to go for that might "fly under the radar" a bit?

And @Pudge72, I can see how you could get the seaside campfire aspect! That isn't where my tasting led me, but that's the great thing about tasting - you can't be wrong with what you taste! Different people will pick up on different things. I got more smoked meat than seafood in my experience. I was a big, big fan of this dram.

6 years ago 0

@Wills
Wills commented

@Jon I just noticed a hype for Ardbeg and Macallan. But ofc this may be very subjective. But I heard several times 'I have to taste this stuff from the new Bond movie'. Kinda hate this...

Macallan btw. is producing nice whisky too, I don't want to denounce them.

Don't want to go off topic here. Lots of great distilleries and whiskies out there!

6 years ago 0

@Devo
Devo commented

Glad to see you liked the Uigeadail, Jon!

6 years ago 0

@UisgeJon
UisgeJon commented

It was awesome!! Thanks!!

6 years ago 0

@Pudge72
Pudge72 commented

@WhiskyJoe and I went back to the Uigeadail this past Saturday (bottle now one week open) and we both found that the bottle had indeed 'settled down' with the heavy charcoal presence lightening to 'only' heavy smoke and peat (distinct notes, and with more integration of the various notes in the profile). The integration/blending of notes seems to be replacing the seafood with grilled meat (more airy smoke notes, less citrus-like notes, and less brine).

A great bottling that will likely produce more intrigue as it develops further.

6 years ago 0

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