Ardbeg Uigeadail Cask Strength 54% 700ml
Pronounced â€˜Oog-a-dalâ€™, itâ€™s a special vatting that marries Ardbegâ€™s traditional deep, smoky notes with luscious, raisiny tones of old ex-Sherry casks. Ardbeg Uigeadail was voted by the 120,000+ strong Ardbeg Committee as their favourite Ardbeg.
A special vatting that marries Ardbegâ€™s traditional deep, smoky notes with luscious, raisiny tones of old ex-Sherry casks. It's non chill-filtered at high strength, which retains maximum flavour and gives more body and added depth. In 2009, Jim Murrayâ€™s Whisky Bible named Ardbeg Uigeadail â€˜World Whisky of the Yearâ€™ â€“ in praise of its â€œutter silky brillianceâ€ and â€œcomplexity on a level only a handful of distilleries in the world can even dream of reaching.â€
Full-flavoured and rich with an intriguing balance between sweet, savoury and smoky flavours. The mouthfeel is full, chewy and oily with a remarkably smooth effect. The flavour is initially sweet with Christmas pudding smothered in treacle, followed by honey glazed smoked food, barbeque sauce and olives with a burst of tingly spices (cloves and wild mint). Rich, sweet and smoky, this expression of Ardbeg is both intensely flavoured and well-rounded. At full strength, the aroma is an amazing symphony of chocolate caramels and fudge with gentle smoke. Dried fruits (date and raisins) and smooth sherried notes are discovered followed by linseed and walnut oil and hints of leather. With water, the deep smokiness increases in intensity, reminiscent of a Christmas pudding on fire. Rich flowering currants and the herbal scent of pine woodlands emerge with cinnamon balls and mint humbugs.
Full flavoured and rich with a deep mouth-coating texture, the taste is an intriguing balance between sweet, spicy and deep smoky flavours. The flavour is initially sweet as Christmas cake begins to soak into the tongue. A burst of winter spices sets off a smoky-spicy explosion countered by a sumptuous mid-palate of honey glazed smoked food and chewy treacle. Waves of deep smoky tones and rich aromas build up on the palate like a fine Montecristo cigar.