Ardbeg has been voted the best Whisky in the world; 3 years in a row. And in the world of Ardbeg, peat is important. For it is this soggy, unassuming matter which gives Ardbeg its famous flavour. Ardbeg is the PEATIEST and SMOKIEST of all the Islay malts, yet has a fruity floral sweetness and complexity to the spirit.
A welcome new addition to the Ultimate range, Ardbeg An Oa Single Malt Scotch Whisky is singularly rounded, due in no small part to time spent in our newly established bespoke oak Gathering Vat where whiskies from several cask types – including; sweet Pedro Ximenez; spicy virgin charred oak; and intense ex-bourbon casks, amongst others – familiarise themselves with each other. The result is a dram with smoky power, mellowed by a delectable, smooth sweetness. Hallmark Ardbeg peat, dark chocolate and aniseed are wrapped in smooth, silky butterscotch, black pepper and clove, before rising to an intense crescendo of flavour.
NOSE: Rounded and subtly smoky, with creamy toffee, aniseed, treacle and dates.
PALATE: A curious suggestions of juicy fruits – peach and banana. A smooth, creamy texture leads into a huge syrupy sweetness, with flavors of milk chocolate, treacle toffee, aniseed, orange and smoky tea leaves.
FINISH: Gentle, sweet spices of nutmeg and cinnamon, and soft cigar smoke. Lingering, seductive, gentle yet intense.