Posts Tagged “Ardbeg”

Ardbeg Kelpie – Committee Release (51.7%)

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Ardbeg Kelpie – Committee Release (51.7%)

I approached this expression with caution, after being quite underwhelmed with the Auriverdes, Perpetuum and the Dark Cove, and figured the NAS road chosen by Ardbeg will inevitably lead to  progressively uninspired festival bottlings. But I’m always open to be surprised, and indeed, I have been. The Kelpie is finished in virgin oak taken from…

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Big Peat Christmas Edition 2016 “All Islay” (54.6%)

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Big Peat Christmas Edition 2016 “All Islay” (54.6%)

It’s that time of year again when the nights are getting longer and we drop back into standard time (or ‘winter clock’ as they call it in Israel) and at long last, temperatures begin to enter a comfortable zone. Sadly it’s nowhere near “fireplace range” here, but we can always imagine it. That of course means…

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Ardbeg Dark Cove Committee Edition (55%)

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Ardbeg Dark Cove Committee Edition (55%)

Ardbeg is crazy to put out the Dark Cove. Or brilliant. Having previously posted about the marketing strategies they have mastered, it’s probably the latter. Drinking it feels like this a collection of the casks that didn’t make it into (the new, lesser sherried) Ardbeg Uigeadail. It’s not bad whisky, mind you. It’s just not stellar in any…

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Big Peat Christmas 2015 Edition – The Cask Strength Peat Monster….

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Big Peat Christmas 2015 Edition – The Cask Strength Peat Monster….

I visited Douglas Laing in Glasgow the other week. I will have a full report of the most enjoyable visit, but for today I wanted to review the Christmas edition of Big Peat, out every year for the holidays at Cask Strength. This year there were two important developments, both of which were mentioned on this blog,…

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A 23 Year Old Ardbeg

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A 23 Year Old Ardbeg

Honestly, I don’t have all that much to add to this one beyond the tasting itself. This is a beautiful example of the old peat you just don’t come across today. Not coming from a sherry cask, this whisky if very different to the Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 1975 Ardbeg I reviewed here. Gordon…

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Cult of Ardbeg Day is Here – The Brilliance of Guerrilla Marketing

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Cult of Ardbeg Day is Here – The Brilliance of Guerrilla Marketing

Ardbeg, masters of marketing hype that they are, have attempted (and are reasonably successful) to make the Fèis Ìle open day into something more global than just the festival on Islay. Despite being a rather small operation (1.3 million liters per year, smaller than Bruichladdich and about a third of Laphroaig). How was this done? The…

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A Perennial Favorite Revisited: Ardbeg 10

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A Perennial Favorite Revisited: Ardbeg 10

The Ardbeg 10 is a longtime daily dram favorite of mine. So much so, that I recently finished a bottle I opened in June without even taking tasting notes for the blog for it….Thankfully it’s so popular that getting hold of a bottle wasn’t difficult 🙂 The south shore of Islay is home to three…

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Big Peat: Tasting Notes for a Blended Malt that is a Brand

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Big Peat: Tasting Notes for a Blended Malt that is a Brand

Despite it being 24°C in Tel Aviv, and winter seeming to be worlds away, it’s deep winter in most of the Northern hemisphere and everybody is gearing up for Christmas (or Hanukkah). Nothing spells winter more than a nice peated whisky, and so we check out the most recent addition to Israel’s whisky scene, Big Peat…

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Smokehead – Teaching First Grade on Islay Whisky Tasting Notes

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Smokehead – Teaching First Grade on Islay Whisky Tasting Notes

This whisky is another Islay mystery malt, thought to be a young Ardbeg and bottled by Ian Macleod. Given the current Islay craze, it seems like anything that is distilled on the island is bound to fly off the shelves. Thus, Smokehead joins Finlaggan (who’s cask strength expression was reviewed here), the Ian Mcleod As…

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One Quick Dram: Ardbeg Supernova Whisky Tasting Notes

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One Quick Dram: Ardbeg Supernova Whisky Tasting Notes

  As Ardbeg craze goes into high fever with the announcement of the release of the newest release for 2014 Ardbeg  Kildalton, I’ll go back to the Supernova for a quick Dram. The Supernova is the most peated expression by Ardbeg, peated to over 100 ppm and is highly popular with the “Ardbeg heads”, with a very…

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