Type: Single Malt
Region: Scotland – Islay
Strength: 46.6% alc/vol
An Oa is the first addition to the respected Ardbeg’s core range in over 10 years, and offers up a somewhat more approachable expression due to it’s aging in combination PX, charred virgin oak and ex-bourbon casks. But make no mistake, this is still Ardbeg and you will find all the ruggedness you’ve come to expect from this team of Ileachs.
Nose: Rounded and subtly smoky (applewood), with creamy toffee, aniseed, treacle and dates. A curious suggestion of juicy fruits, such as peach and banana. With a drop of water, reminders of Ardbeg’s classic fragrance: lime, pine resin, fennel, saddle soap and tar. A gentle waxiness, like fragrant candlewax, and hints of smoked herbs.
Palate: A smooth, creamy texture leads into a huge syrupy sweetness, flavours of milk chocolate, treacle toffee, aniseed, orange and smoky tea leaves. Gentle, sweet spices (nutmeg and cinnamon), some cigar smoke, and a very unusual flavour of grilled artichokes. Long and sweet, with floral overtones, mint toffee and some gentle malty, biscuit notes.
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