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Ardbeg Uigeadail

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@ChooksterReview by @Chookster

31st Mar 2013


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To smell; a medicinal smoke to start; bursts of antiseptic, lashings of band-aids, sprinkle on a little pepper. Mixing in with the smoke rather than distinguishing itself is salted cashews(these tend to always pop up for me in Ardbegs), and plenty of herbs, as well as suggestions of something meaty (those little bacon bits you put in Caesar Salad?).

Given some time in the glass an evolution occurs, something is fighting this uncompromising thick and smouldering smoke. Creamy vanilla gasps for air but the smoke quickly reels it back in. A toffee-caramel screams for help but its cries fall on deaf ears.

To taste; I’m thinking a BBQ on a hot summer day by the ocean, a thoroughly burnt to a crisp sausage with a hot sweet chilli sauce on top, maybe tasted while chewing on a Redskin and puffing on a cigar next to a newly tarred road, all of the above mixed in with the taste of salty sea air. It sounds all fairly pleasant but imagine the salty sea air and cigar notes are a jab and the burnt sausage/tarred road is a left hook.

It makes sense to me, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it doesn’t to you.

Scratch that, even I don’t understand where i was going with that.

A head-scratcher to be sure. Powerful and assertive, yet strangely approachable, be mentally ready for the kick in the taste buds and no one will get hurt.

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Rigmorole commented

This whisky seems mildly psychoactive to me, a bit like worm wood.

6 years ago 0

Russ commented

@Chookster did you try Uigeadail with a some water? I prefer it this way. Without water, I'd grade it lower than 89. With water, above.

6 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

I like water as well in that cask strength dram

6 years ago 0

Chookster commented

@Russ - I did indeed use some water and was mildly impressed, but I found most of the development was due to time in the glass neat.

Full disclosure - my 89 could be someone elses 95. I can see whats good about it, but it didnt blow my socks clean off. Iv still got the rest of the bottle to prove me wrong and improve its score though.

I should have written in my notes, this was the 3rd or 4th dram from a bottle opened in the last week.

6 years ago 0

Bigtuna commented

Great review! However, I'm feeling a little standoffish now. I planned on picking up a bottle, but I may not be ready for such kick in the mouth. I'll taste the 10 and take it from there. I must say however I still want to taste it!

6 years ago 0

Chookster commented

@Bigtuna - it certainly is a big whisky, but at 54.2% abv it was highly drinkable and I am used to cask strength whiskies which can come in much higher. Id look for other opinions on its strength but im sure use of water should make it more than accessible for most palates.

6 years ago 0

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