"Quite simply perfect. The smoke is dry, something akin to the ash from a cold peat fire; there are hints, though no more, of fruit, possibly sherry. There are hints, though no more, of slightly overdone roasted potato. There are hints, though no more, of coffee-stained old Demerara rum. There are hints, though no more of sweet grist falling from the mill. There are not hints of perfection: that is stated loud and clear. From the utter silky brilliance of the delivery to the mult-layered middle this simply oozes complexity and on a level only a handful of distilleries in the world can even dream of reaching; a molecule or two of overenthusiastic oak takes this away from a full mark, but I am being harsh; the fruit and barley are in an embrace that only the purest of lovers would know. Some serious caramel from the cask, and a fruity follow through, perhaps robs the whisky of some of its more intricate notes, but again I am being ultra-picky. An unusual oiliness for Ardbeg, though only slight, helps further the finale and encourages some mocha to develop. Massive yet tiny. Loud yet whispering. Seemingly ordinary from the bottle, yet unforgettable...It was one of those most great moments in my whisky life on a par with tasting for the first time the Old Malt Cask 1975 at a tasting in Denmark. There is no masking genius. Named â€˜World Whisky of the Yearâ€™ in Jim Murrayâ€™s Whisky Bible 2009. Ardbeg Uigeadail takes its name from the mysterious loch which supplies the peat-laden water used to make Ardbeg. The only Scotch to come close to this one is another from Ardbeg, Corryvreckan. That has more oomph and lays the beauty and complexity on thick...it could easily have been top dog." -Jim Murray, "Whisky Bible" 98 points
|Ardbeg has been voted the best Whisky in the world; 3 years in a row. And in the world of Ardbeg, peat is important. For it is this soggy, unassuming matter which gives Ardbeg its famous flavour.
Ardbeg is the PEATIEST and SMOKIEST of all the Islay malts, yet has a fruity floral sweetness and complexity to the spirit.