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Ardbeg Uigeadail

Se7en deadly sins in one palate

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@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

22nd Apr 2013


  • Nose
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  • Balance
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Ardbeg Uigeadail turned out to be just as good as everyone was talking about it. Though bottled at cask strength, I still managed to make it brilliant for my taste with few drops of water (I usually don't like the strengthy ones). Uigeadail was like the movie Seven. I could've used this reference for many other whiskies as well but I wanted to wait for the right moment. And with a track record of 11 over 90 point whiskies so far, I'll make the reference now.

Ardbeg Uigeadail was in many ways very dark, just like Seven. Like Seven had lots of rain scenes and a touch of the well known burning sensation in the story, 'uige' had the usual Ardbegian salt and smoke in it. Uigeadail managed to offer some nice tension between sweet and smoky spots. Just like Seven managed to offer some laughter into it's dark story through the tension between Mills and Somerset. Especially in the scene where Somerset, played by Morgan Freeman, is invited to Mills' house for dinner.

After taking few sips of Ardbeg Uigeadail, I could easily relate to all the modern day deadly sins:

  • Feeling lust for the smoky tar and experiencing gluttony with the sugary peat.

  • Feeling greedy and lazy — wanting all the bottles from my local liquor shop and laying at my sofa all day drinking them.

  • Feeling wrath and envy for people who still have a Uigeadail in their cabinet...mine's finished.

  • Being too proud of the fact that I've tasted a whisky this great and I know it's that great...pride is actually something that the makers of this whisky should feel as well.

Nose: Nice touch of smoke and tar that slowly fade away and keep dropping by, like nosing a slowly burning driftwood. Sugar and peat are the main characters here, with barley and wee salt.

Taste: Fruity malt which has a very powerful peat and a touch of honey. After the addition of water I got nice tones of crisp and smoky licorice.

Finish: Long, dry and peaty. Hints of smoke and sugar come flailing away in the aftertaste.

Balance: In great balance with a big finish. Complex, especially for a smoky dram. The sherry influence is nice.

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