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Ardbeg Uigeadail

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@MaltmaniacmateReview by @Maltmaniacmate

9th Sep 2013

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A beautiful combination of sweet influences and peat. Here's a lot going on from saltiness to sweetness and all kinds of wet burned wood in between. It's like being in a sauna with sherry on the coals...

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@Nock
Nock commented

Do you mind sharing the batch number of the bottle you are drinking from?

5 years ago 0

@vanPelt
vanPelt commented

It seems I have a chance to get this batch-- but for a 50% higher price than recent L14 batches. Any opinion or words of wisdom, from your experience?

4 years ago 0

@Maltmaniacmate
Maltmaniacmate commented

@vanPelt. I have tried 3 different batches and the L12 134 was the best of them. However, having said that, I think 50 % more is a steep price. It depends on where you are in your Uigeadail experience? If you've tried many batches I might recommend you to consider the steep price, since it's a really good batch. However, if you're new on the Uigeadail I would go for the cheaper.

4 years ago 0

@cherylnifer
cherylnifer commented

Maltmaniacmate: what were the other two batches you have tried, besides L12 134? And what rating score would you place on each of those?

4 years ago 0

@Maltmaniacmate
Maltmaniacmate commented

Don't know the batch numbers since it was at tastings. I would rate them in the upper 80's.

4 years ago 0

@vanPelt
vanPelt commented

Thanks @Maltmaniacmate ! Well, I've had several, including L12 206 and L10 151, so I don't want a substandard one.

So I might just spring for the L12 134, then. I hope it is more on the "sherry-fruity & charry-smoke"-side of things, rather than "lemon-juice and iodine"... I really don't like sourness or excessive iodine.

4 years ago 0

@Maltmaniacmate
Maltmaniacmate commented

It certainly is on the "sherry-fruity & charry smoke" side of things. Looking forward to a hearing your thoughts on this batch!

4 years ago 0

@vanPelt
vanPelt commented

Got it! I also saw it got the 4th highest ranking among 10 batches in 2012, according to whiskybase: whiskybase.com/whisky/39423/… It's noticeably darker than the L10 151, and the nose is closer to the L12 206 I remember: charry, floral, and some chili-powder sauce. There is quite a smack of iodine throughout the palate, I think more than I remember in the other 5 batches I've had-- closer to a Laphroaig that way. It's less malty than a recent L14 batch I tasted, and heavier in peat influence. Of course I can't settle judgement from the first dram, I'll have to come back to it and see how the iodine treats me. This strikes me as showing the strength people expect from a good Uigeadail. Thanks for the guidance!

4 years ago 0

@vanPelt
vanPelt commented

Okay, last thoughts on this batch: I did a comparative tasting tonight, pitting this against the L12 206 and L10 151. The L10 151 is the oddball, with grapier and lemony-salt notes, less iodine. My old L12 206 had a strange duality, with soft pitted fruits on the one hand, and tabasco sauce (spicy-heat) on the other. What's interesting about this L12 134 is that it doesn't really have either of those, but they get blended into what I find "chili powder". I guess I could like more fruits, whereas here they are kind of hidden behind the big smokiness, but this is anyway a good batch for sure. It does have more iodine than other batches, but this only gets obvious when you add water-- which I find is often the case with Islays. So this is one to drink closer to full strength, where it also has a nice thick honey-ness in the palate.

4 years ago 0

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