Type: Scotch Single Malt
Region: Scotland – Islay
Strength: 46% alc/vol
The first in the series â€“ Ardbeg Smoketrails Manzanilla Edition 1 litre â€“ marries whisky aged in the finest Manzanilla sherry casks and classic Ardbeg American oak casks. The result is a taste adventure that takes in dark chocolate, salty sea spray, Brazil nuts and saddle soap.
Nose: Deep, pungent flavours take to the air, a curious combination of tar, saddle soap, pine resin and Brazil nuts. A very aromatic whisky, with lovely herbal notes and a hint of moist peat bog, while storm-churned sea spray soars overhead. With water, some chocolatey notes appear, along with a touch of engine oil.
Palate: A slightly drying mouthfeel, followed by deep, pungent flavours that hurtle across the palate: tar, soot, dark chocolate and a very distinctive nuttiness, like Brazil nuts or hazelnut.
Plumes of fennel and pine billow up, leaving a long, lingering trail of carbolic soap, aniseed and leather
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