Stats – 52.1% alcohol, sherry cask and bourbon cask aging
Price – $125
Color – Coppery and amber
Nose – Very meaty, salami or prosciutto
Palate – Named as a nod to the bogs where peat is harvested then dried before being fired to dry and smoke the barley used in making their whisky. This is a vatting of multiple vintages of Ardbeg, over a third of which is aged 10-12 years in Manzanilla Sherry casks, the remainder is aged in several Bourbon casks. This one is rich and savory with an iodine and sea-spray brine. While it’s not a heavy-handed heaping pile of peat, Ardbog still has a subtle and pleasant smoky character. The sherry cask finishing brings in some stone fruit and sweetness. A touch of citrus zest bitterness rounds things out. The savory quality of cured and smoked meat gives this Ardeg a unique angle without being gimmicky or lackluster, a worthy addition to their product line.
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