We all know that Ardbeg is one of the world´s most renowned whiskies for its bewildering character, its incredible smokiness, and all of its unique complexities. This whisky has a surprising character that was not manifested by accident. This whisky´s ability to perfectly integrate its subtle sweetness into a harmony of flavors and balance may help to explain its fame.
It is believed that this whisky´s unique still character is gained from the island of Islay where this whisky has gained its incredible balance and complexities. This smoked whisky, Ardbeg Uigeadail, pronounced Oog-a-dal, gets its name from the lake that provides the water for the Ardbeg distillery. This lake contains very special natural peat-laden waters. In addition, during this whisky´s ageing process, the malt savory qualities are enriched.
This whisky is aged in old Sherry barrels which give Ardbeg Uigeadail smooth and nuanced notes of Jerez oak. In addition, to make this whisky even more special, this 54.2% alcohol by volume whisky is not cold filtered in order to preserve the maximum flavor and body from this whisky, without losing depth. If you wish, it is acceptable to drink this whisky with some water, and this can actually help to bring out the natural peat sensations in this whisky.
This single malt whisky from Islay presents itself with a profound bright gold color in a glass. The aromatics of this whisky, Islay Ardbeg Uigeadail, can seem a bit alcoholic, but there are also nuanced peat aromas along with persistent and nuanced smoked notes. Little by little we can sense Jerez barrel notes that are reminiscent of a dessert wine along with chocolate notes that are intense and appetizing. The palate of this whisky presents a pleasant glyceric sensation that is silky. The high alcohol content in this whisky prevents us from drinking sip after sip, and we would recommend drinking this bottle very slowly. The complexity and intensities of this whisky are very supportive of its smoky character, with its barrel and peat notes, along with its sweetness, which all helps us to drink this whisky slowly. This malt whisky, Ardbeg Uigeadail has a long finish that is smoky and leaves a pleasant sweet sensation on the palate.