Distillery/Brand: Ardbeg | Region: Islay | ABV: 54.2% | Colour: Full Gold
Nose: 24 | Taste: 23 | Finish: 23 | Balance: 23 | Rating: 93
It’s been a while since my last review. And to be completely honest I wasn’t feeling up to it. Don’t know why. Just being plain lazy, I suppose. I would sit down with something and then decide to just drink it for the pure enjoyment of it. No notes, nothing.
So it needed something special to get me off my lazy ass and put pen to paper. And so I naturally went back to the whisky that gave me my first Holy Mother of God what witchcraft trickery is this? moment.
For me it was the Ardbeg Uigeadail.
I don’t even know what year bottling it was. I just remember closing my eyes and savoring the moment. But in order for me to get back to writing it had to be a special Uigeadail. And so I rummaged in my closet for my Peat Pack which, along with the 10, 17 & 1981 Kildalton, had a 2005 bottling of said Oogy.
I knew that the earlier Oogies were far more delicious than what we’ve been tasting of late. Just how good I had no idea.
My sample is from the 5cl mini which is part of the Peat Pack collection with the bottle code L5 300 11:29 5ML. This makes it bottled towards the end of 2005 and at a strength of 54.2%
Nose: Beautiful. Smoke. Iodine. Salt. Fresh oysters. Eucalyptus. Balanced peat. Vanilla. Dark chocolate. Hint of freshly shaved grass. Citrus. Orange marmalade. Touch of black pepper. So robust. Just perfect. Hard to find a nose more balanced or captivating as this. 24/25
Palate: Just the loveliest mouthfeel one can imagine. Oak. Cinnamon. That orange marmalade again. Black salt. Black peppercorns. Bitter chocolate. A little char. Soot. Singed kippers. Just a lovely juxtaposition of sweet and salty. 23/25
Finish: So long. Peat. Smoke. Slightly drying. Cinnamon. Oak. 23/25
Overall Comments: This is what Ardbeg tasted like back when they had re-opened and were releasing new whiskies into the market. Even though it was NAS no one really cared to bring that up. Probably because they were, and still are, priced quite decently and just a lovely whisky to hold in your mouth. This is just the right dram to get you back into the groove of things.