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They say history has a habit of repeating itself. Oh if that were only true of Ardbeg. If you are lucky enough to have encountered of these legendary bottles along life’s peaty path, then you have tasted one of life’s rarest delights.  

Ardbeg Supernova Committee Release
Ardbeg Supernova Committee Release
2015
Ardbeg Supernova Committee Release

Ardbeg Supernova Committee Release (2015)

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR: Shimmering pale gold.

NOSE: A shower of peppery, aromatic herbs shoots through the air, scattering particles of effervescent perfume. In its wake, smoked fruits, briny seaweed and fennel. The sensation comes full circle with the earthy, grounding aroma of vetiver root. Add a few drops of water and luscious linseed oil comes to the surface, sending wafts of sweet smoked toffee, brazil nuts and soot into the atmosphere.

TASTE: At 100ppm, the peat is firing on all cylinders, with blasts of spice, salted caramel and billowing smoke. And then it’s back to the laboratory, where antiseptic lozenges, medicinal notes and zingy aniseed intermingle with dark tar and intense chilli-spice.

FINISH: Prepare for a long, lingering, peppery aftertaste that goes on and on and on…

ABV: 54.3%

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Ardbeg Perpetuum Limited Edition
Ardbeg Perpetuum Limited Edition
2015
Ardbeg Perpetuum Limited Edition

Ardbeg Perpetuum Limited Edition (2015)

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Deep Amber

Nose: Tar, soot and pine resin leads to dark chocolate, treacle toffee, and a distant, nutty/oaky note. Water initiates fresh, briny sea-spray, linseed oil, and a pine resin/lime top note. Remarkably fresh for such a peaty whisky.

Taste: Intense, robust peat smoke, savoury smoky bacon, cinnamon and nutmeg, but also an incredible creamy, sweet vanilla/milk chocolate note.

Finish: The never-ending aftertaste sees more linseed oil (a hint of the Sherry Casks), creosote and tar, but understated, always gentle.

ABV: 47.4%

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Ardbeg Perpetuum Committee Release
Ardbeg Perpetuum Committee Release
2015
Ardbeg Perpetuum Committee Release

Ardbeg Perpetuum Committee Release (2015)

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Deep Amber

Nose: Tar, soot and pine resin leads to dark chocolate, treacle toffee, and a distant, nutty/oaky note. Water initiates fresh, briny sea-spray, linseed oil, and a pine resin/lime top note. Remarkably fresh for such a peaty whisky.

Taste: Intense, robust peat smoke, savoury smoky bacon, cinnamon and nutmeg, but also an incredible creamy, sweet vanilla/milk chocolate note.

Finish: The never-ending aftertaste sees more linseed oil (a hint of the Sherry Casks), creosote and tar, but understated, always gentle.

ABV: 49.2%

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Ardbeg Kildalton
Ardbeg Kildalton
2014
Ardbeg Kildalton

Ardbeg Kildalton (2014)

Award(s) won 2015

Colour: Deep gold

Aroma: Seductive, exotic bouquet. Hints of smoked apricots in syrup, salt and pepper with soft, creamy vanilla. Smoky and herbal notes of woodsmoke and fennel. Water releases pine resin, vetiver root, coriander, liquorice and a curious soapy note.

Taste: The texture is soft and ‘sappy’, gently coating the tongue. An explosion of coal tar soap, aniseed, peppermint, coffee, sweet barley malt, and a lingering, aromatic smokiness.

Finish: Lengthy and fresh, with menthol, and spicy. Hints of allspice, clove and bitter almonds, revealing a distant vanilla essence sweetness.

ABV: 46% 

Gold – Best Islay Single Malt – 2015, World Whiskies Awards
Gold – Islay No Age Statement – 2015, The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)

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Ardbeg Auriverdes
Ardbeg Auriverdes
2014
Ardbeg Auriverdes

Ardbeg Auriverdes (2014)

Award(s) won 2014

Colour: Gold

Nose: Tarry and herbal notes with hints of mocha

Taste: Coffee grounds pass to smoked root vegetables, while maple-cured bacon collides with hot-smoked salmon

Finish: A lingering, smoky vanilla note.

ABV: 49.9%

Gold – Scotch Single Malt – Islay – 2014, International Wine & Spirit Competition Gold
Gold – Islay Special Editions – 2014, The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)

 

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Ardbeg Supernova Committee Release
Ardbeg Supernova Committee Release
2014
Ardbeg Supernova Committee Release

Ardbeg Supernova Committee Release (2014)

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR: Bright, bright gold

NOSE: Intense zestiness of smoked lemons and pears, lemongrass and pine needles, Water droplets trigger billowing, aromatic smoke, peaty earth, heather root and applewood smoked cheese.

TASTE: Gentle warmth ignites and builds to be peppery, spicy and electric. Powerful peppermint, antiseptic lozenges orbit the peaty core. Dark, dark birch tar intermingles with spicy-sweet chilli flavoured chocolate, with coating linseed oil.

FINISH: Rich flavours of tar, creosote, briar wood, spicy tobacco and liquorice root. The aftertaste disappears into infinity...

ABV: 60.1%

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Ardbog
Ardbog
2013
Ardbog

Ardbog (2013)

Award(s) won 2014

COLOUR: Deep ochre

NOSE: Pecan nuts, fudge, leather and a whiff of lavender and violets. Aromatic smoke, with salty Iberico ham and olives. With water, smoked rhubarb, aged balsamic vinegar and salty, 'graphite' notes.

TASTE: Oily/tingly mouthfeel leads to salty, savoury cashews, peanuts, clove, aniseed flavoured toffee, green olives and a curious hint of anchovy.

FINISH: Long and lingering with maple syrup sweetness kept in check by oak tannins, clove and coffee grounds

ABV: 52.1%

Gold – Islay Single Malt No Age Statement – 2014, World Whiskies Awards

 

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Ardbeg Galileo
Ardbeg Galileo
2012
Ardbeg Galileo

Ardbeg Galileo (2012)

Award(s) won 2013

COLOUR: Deep Golden

AROMA: Spicy toffee, tropical fruits and a puff of soot.

TASTE: Salty, yet sweet with cream and a burst of smoking apricots.

FINISH: Long and smoky with tarry espresso.

ABV: 49%

Winner – World's Best Single Malt – 2013, World Whiskies Awards
Winner – Best Islay Single Malt – 2013, World Whiskies Awards

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Ardbeg Day
Ardbeg Day
2012
Ardbeg Day

Ardbeg Day (2012)

Award(s) won 2014

COLOUR: Deep Gold

NOSE: Smoky, mint toffee, hints of banana, apple, dark chocolate, leather and cinnamon. Oily crushed peat and a hint of lime juice. With water, roasted coffee, smoked almonds, smoked fruits.

TASTE: Chewy, warming mouthfeel. Soot, coal tar soap, aniseed, leather and some distant herbal notes. Sweet, maple-cured bacon, creamy coffee, salted cashew nuts, and delicate, tangy citrus.

FINISH: Long and gentle, revealing soft, creamy vanilla, milk chocolate, and a malty, biscuit-like, barley base.

ABV: 56.7%

Gold – Liquid Gold Award – 2014, Jim Murray's Whisky Bible

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Ardbeg Alligator Limited Edition
Ardbeg Alligator Limited Edition
2011
Ardbeg Alligator Limited Edition

Ardbeg Alligator Limited Edition (2011)

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR: Mahogany

LONG NOSE: The warning comes in smoked root ginger and barbecue sauce, while chocolate, cumin and warm oak shavings lie in wait.

BIG TASTE: Rearing up hot and spicy, smoked and charred with a leathery and sooty mouthfeel. Smoky pak choi and barbecue bite, while chocolate and black bean sauce roll around and around.

FINISH YOU OFF: Slow and long with mocha espresso and ginger, while cigar smoke ebbs away.

ABV: 51.2%

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Ardbeg Alligator Committee Release
Ardbeg Alligator Committee Release
2011
Ardbeg Alligator Committee Release

Ardbeg Alligator Committee Release (2011)

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR: Mahogany

LONG NOSE: The warning comes in smoked root ginger and barbecue sauce, while chocolate, cumin and warm oak shavings lie in wait. BIG

TASTE: Rearing up hot and spicy, smoked and charred with a leathery and sooty mouthfeel. Smoky pak choi and barbecue bite, while chocolate and black bean sauce roll around and around.

FINISH YOU OFF: Slow and long with mocha espresso and ginger, while cigar smoke ebbs away.

ABV: 51.2%

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Ardbeg Rollercoaster Committee Release
Ardbeg Rollercoaster Committee Release
2010
Ardbeg Rollercoaster Committee Release

Ardbeg Rollercoaster Committee Release (2010)

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR: Rich gold

NOSE: Perfect fusion of sweetness, spice, creamy malt and deep smoke; sensational example of multi-layered classic Ardbeg. With water, smoke bellows from the glass.

TASTE: Smooth and peaty, silk-velvet smoke, black cherries, cloves, chocolate ganache and fudge. Fresh coriander, menthol and violets, chewy sugared almonds and tangy lime juice.

FINISH: Long and scented with fragrant wood smoke, spices and clotted cream.

ABV: 57.3%

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Ardbeg Supernova Limited Edition
Ardbeg Supernova Limited Edition
2010
Ardbeg Supernova Limited Edition

Ardbeg Supernova Limited Edition (2010)

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR: Deep gold

NOSE: Powerful peatiness with deep herbal and creamy malt notes. Creosote-soaked elm with flowering red currants, green tomatoes, juniper and pine needles. Peppercorns in butterscotch and salted honeycomb fudge.

TASTE: Hot, sizzling black and white crushed pepper, chilli, and chocolate.  Chewy sweet rolling tobacco and newly tanned leather, brininess and a burst of juicy lime marmalade. Cigar smoke, roast espresso coffee, toasted almonds and liquorice root.

FINISH: Long, deep and powerful – tarry sultanas in fudge, cocoa and chilli.

ABV: 60.1% 

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Ardbeg Supernova Committee Release
Ardbeg Supernova Committee Release
2010
Ardbeg Supernova Committee Release

Ardbeg Supernova Committee Release (2010)

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Deep gold

NOSE: Powerful peatiness with deep herbal and creamy malt notes. Creosote-soaked elm with flowering red currants, green tomatoes, juniper and pine needles. Peppercorns in butterscotch and salted honeycomb fudge.

TASTE: Hot, sizzling black and white crushed pepper, chilli, and chocolate. Chewy sweet rolling tobacco and newly tanned leather, brininess and a burst of juicy lime marmalade. Cigar smoke, roast espresso coffee, toasted almonds and liquorice root.

FINISH: Long, deep and powerful – tarry sultanas in fudge, cocoa and chilli.

ABV: 60.1%

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Ardbeg Supernova
Ardbeg Supernova
2009
Ardbeg Supernova

Ardbeg Supernova (2009)

Award(s) won 2014

COLOUR: Deep gold

NOSE: Powerful peatiness with deep herbal and creamy malt notes. Creosote-soaked elm with flowering red currants, green tomatoes, juniper and pine needles. Peppercorns in butterscotch and salted honeycomb fudge.

TASTE: Hot, sizzling black and white crushed pepper, chilli, and chocolate.  Chewy sweet rolling tobacco and newly tanned leather, brininess and a burst of juicy lime marmalade. Cigar smoke, roast espresso coffee, toasted almonds and liquorice root.

FINISH: Long, deep and powerful – tarry sultanas in fudge, cocoa and chilli.

ABV: 58.9%

Gold – Liquid Gold Award – 2014, Jim Murray's Whisky Bible

Winner – Scotch Whisky of the Year – 2010, Jim Murray's Whisky Bible

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Ardbeg Blasda Limited Edition
Ardbeg Blasda Limited Edition
2008
Ardbeg Blasda Limited Edition

Ardbeg Blasda Limited Edition (2008)

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR: Light Gold

NOSE: Banana and toffee, roast chestnuts, pine cones and vanilla custard. Spiced pears and almonds. With water, sherbet vanilla, chocolate limes, chrysanthemum and violet. White pepper and cinnamon, leafy mint.

TASTE: Refreshing, silky and creamy – sugared almonds and parma violets, tangy lemon juice and orange rind. Creamy cappuccino and gentle spices.

FINISH: Medium and fragrant with chrysanthemum tea, lemon zest and vanilla.

ABV: 40%

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Ardbeg Renaissance
Ardbeg Renaissance
2008
Ardbeg Renaissance

Ardbeg Renaissance (2008)

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR: Luminous gold.

NOSE: A blast of peat soaked in tropical juices. Toasted vanilla, sizzling cinnamon, sherbert and smooth Swiss chocolate. Water adds juicy melons, pineapple chunks and bursts of aniseed and spiced rum.

TASTE: Cinnamon-spiced toffee and smoked chocolate limes, warm toasted bananas and bitter almonds. Ginger-spiced apples and pears and Seville orange crystals. Dark espresso coffee, sticks of liquorice root and a bowlful of sugared almonds.

FINISH: Goes on and on with simmering peat oils, wispy vanilla cream and chewy liquorice whirls.

ABV: 55.9%

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Ardbeg Corryvreckan Committee Release
Ardbeg Corryvreckan Committee Release
2008
Ardbeg Corryvreckan Committee Release

Ardbeg Corryvreckan Committee Release (2008)

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR: Deepest Amber

NOSE: Creosote, waxy dark chocolate, blackcurrants and muscovado sugar. Plump cherries and earthy pine needles. With water, cayenne peppered steak, smoky bacon, cloves and blueberries.

TASTE: Deep, peppery and chewy – pepper sauce, crispy seaweed, espresso coffee, dark fruits and star anise.

FINISH: Long and deep with chocolate-coated cherries, tarry coffee and pepper sauce.

ABV: 57.1%

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Ardbeg Lord of the Isles
Ardbeg Lord of the Isles
2007
Ardbeg Lord of the Isles

Ardbeg Lord of the Isles (2007)

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR: Deep gold

AROMA: Sweetness of chocolate, marzipan and cherries with a deep and peaty centre. Wood smoke, tarry rope and leather. Mandarin fruit and hints of heather and lavender.

TASTE: Powerfully peaty and chewing. Initially sweet with vanilla and chocolate giving way to a crescendo of pest and cocoa.

FINISH: Long and dry with chocolate malt and crushed peat resting satisfyingly on the palate.

ABV: 46%

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Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist
Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist
2006
Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist

Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist (2006)

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR: Straw gold

AROMA: Sea spray and vanilla ice-cream infused with peat oil and finished with gooey fudge sauce. Fennel, pine nuts, lime and sherbet follow. With water, fruit salad meets dried fruit to give rum and raisin chocolate and heather smoke.

TASTE:  Bold peat oil, salty seaweed and bonfire smokiness. Crisp smoky bacon, burnt maple syrup and antiseptic lozenges. Ripe autumn fruits and chocolate limes slice through the smoke. Dark notes of black coffee and liquorice melt into powdery Parma violets.

FINISH: Long, sensate and dry on the finish with sizzling crushed dried peat, fresh pine nuts and walnut skin surrounding flint and oil notes.

ABV: 46%

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Ardbeg 1965
Ardbeg 1965
2006
Ardbeg 1965

Ardbeg 1965 (2006)

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR: Rich amber gold

NOSE: Wafts of sea spray, luscious summer fruits enveloped in ripe peaches. Nutty chocolate and vanilla notes. Sweet smokiness, coal tar and gentle peat oils. Chocolate raisins and rich fruitcake.

TASTE: Tingly mouthfeel. A salty sea breeze with fish smoked over an open heather and peat fire. Rich dried fruits (raisins and sultanas), elements of cherry pie and cream. Vanilla, espresso coffee and berry fruits.

FINISH: A long finish with peat smoke and blackcurrants, hints of dark chocolate, dried fruit and traces of sea salt.

ABV: 42.1%

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Ardbeg Serendipity
Ardbeg Serendipity
2005
Ardbeg Serendipity

Ardbeg Serendipity (2005)

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR: Deep orange/gold

NOSE: Sweet, fruity and floral with hints of smoke. Flowering currants and brambles, apricot syrup and figs. Rich chocolate notes. Water reveals chocolate limes, orange blossom and honeycomb.

TASTE: Sweetness of toffee and barley sugar, wafts of smoke, treacle and Parma violets. Sugared almonds, chocolate powder and ground nutmeg resting on the palate.

FINISH: The finish is long with a curious mixture of sugared almonds, mint humbugs and smoke.

ABV: 40%

 

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Very Young Ardbeg Committee Release
Very Young Ardbeg Committee Release
2004
Very Young Ardbeg Committee Release

Very Young Ardbeg Committee Release (2004)

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR: Delicate gold.

NOSE: Sweet toffee, chocolate, hints of treacle and Butterkist popcorn. With water, vanilla, honey and almonds are revealed, along with gentle spices, particularly cinnamon.

TASTE: Peppery and warming. The delicious, treacly, charcoal smoke reveals itself fully, with hints of herbs and malt.

FINISH: A long treacle and cloves aftertaste.

ABV: 58.3%

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