The Ardbeg Kildalton is a limited release made from a mixture of smoky and creamy whisky aged in bourbon casks and first-fill and refill sherry casks; creating is big, bold and complex whisky.
The whisky is matured in ex-bourbon barrels, to amplify Ardbeg’s characteristic style creating incredible wholesome depth. The whiskey leaves an extraordinary tastes with hint of mouth-watering tarry rope and salty seaweed. A true inspiration from the depths of flavour imparted by the Black Sea casks that import deep flavours.
A limited edition bottling celebrating Ardbeg Day at the 2017 Islay Festival, Kelpie is the distillery’s first whisky with a heart matured in virgin oak from the Black Sea coast. Only a handful of whiskies have ever been matured in Black Sea casks, renowned for their deep flavour influence. When married with ex-bourbon cask matured Ardbeg spirit, the resulting Islay single malt tells of its ties to the Black Sea and the waves of flavour its casks have created.
The whiskt leaves an extraordinary tastes with hint of mouth-watering tarry rope and salty seaweed. A true inspiration from the depths of flavour imparted by the Black Sea casks that import deep flavours.
Grooves is a mellow whisky released in celebration of Ardbeg Day 2018; the distillery’s open day during the Islay festival. Matured in ex-wine casks that have been heavily charred to form heavy grooves in the surface of the wood, this product is beautifully aromatic, with notes of smoked paprika, bonfires, sea spray and leather. All of this accompanied by hints of chili-seasoned meats, lavender and herbs.
Ardbeg Grooves has been inspired by “the alternative lifestyle and unorthodox spirit of a previous generation”, and uses a proportion of the whisky that has been matured in re-toasted red-wine casks.
These ex-red wine casks were heavily charred to produce grooves in the surface of the wood, producing more intense flavours in the whisky.
This technique produced a whisky which has “intense aromas of smoked cinnamon and paprika, pine resin and briny sea spray”, and a “powerfully salty mouthfeel” which “drifts into sweet vibes of treacle toffee, vanilla popcorn, salted fruits with soot and tar”.
Ardbeg An Oa is the first new addition to Ardbeg’s ongoing core range for more than a decade when introduced in 2017. It is a combination of spirit aged in Pedro-Ximenez sherry casks, charred virgin oak and ex-bourbon barrels which were all married in Dr. Bill Lumsden’s new ‘Gathering Vat! The result is subtly smoky whisky with creamy toffee, fresh peach and bananas flavour with sweet spices coming to the end.
This classic Ardbeg 17yo, is somewhat of a rarity nowadays. It is still one of the finest Ardbegs around and it was the first bottling of this, which triggered a revival in Ardbeg’s fortunes. One not to be missed.
For peat lovers, Ardbeg 10 Year Old is one of the highest-quality ‘entry-level’ single malt on the market, and is the distillery many Islay connoisseurs would choose as their favourite. A whirlwind of peat and complex malty flavours. It’s a true classic from Islay, and a must have for any fan of single malt whisky.