Country of Origin: Scotland-Isla

Brand: Ardbeg

Series: Dark Cove Committee release 2016

Price: $133

Overall Description:

THE DARKEST ARDBEG EVER

Take this whisky and hide it well.  for its heart has been matured in DARK SHERRY CASKS.  Importing waves of treacle toffee, coal tar, squid ink, noodles and toasted coffee grounds. The DARKEST ARDBEG ever.  https://www.ardbeg.com/

Trident

Trident

 

Color: Oak

Nose:

  1. Port Wine
  2. Smoked pork
  3. Molasses

Palate:

  1. Brine
  2. Apricot
  3. Port wine

Finish: Long

  1. Long and savory

Overall:  The warm BBQ pork nose leads into a nice smoky flavor.  A touch of water releases the smoke on your palate leading into a delicious mix of salt and fruit.  The finish is long and savory.  This is in the running for one of the best scotches.

Hatchet

Hatchet

 

Color: Honey

Nose:

  1. Smoke
  2. BBQ pork
  3. Raisin

Palate:

  1. Salt Water
  2. plum
  3. Citrus

Finish

  1. Long and warm

Overall:  the first sip is overwhelming with smoke, but quickly opens to savory barbequed pork, sweet dark fruit, and bitter citrus rind, a dash of water brings forward a salty note. The finish lasts forever, hands down the best Ardbeg I’ve had to date.

Bear

Bear

 

Color: deep gold

Nose:

  1. Sherry
  2. Port
  3. Peat

Palate:

  1. Sherry
  2. Fire & Ash
  3. Brine

Finish

  1. Long and oily peated perfection

Overall:  I had the Committee Release neat for this review(bottled at 55% vs 46%). Wow! Unlike any Ardbeg, other than perhaps Uigeadail, the Sherry sweetness was very pronounced and lends great balance to the overall depth of flavors. Also intriguing, was the very distinct  smoke flavor. Ardbeg is naturally a heavily peated dram, but I have never received such a clear and clean smoke flavor in any other core offerings. Peat and smoke are two very different and distinct flavors for my palate.  Huge, long lasting, and oily  finish with resurgence of the briny, smoky, peaty, dark fruit, and nuttiness balanced very well with the treacle sweetness provided by the sherry finishing.

Robin

 

Color: Dark Rose Gold

Nose:

  1. Wet Cedar
  2. Black Cherries
  3. Salt Water Marsh

Palate:

  1. Strawberry preserve
  2. Black Currant
  3. Carmelized Sugar

Finish

  1. Long, peaty with salt flakes and Unami

Overall: It starts slowly then explodes with flavors of pine and achiote chili initially leaving your tongue numb before opening up into leather, strawberry preserve, black currant, and burnt sugar from the top of creme brûlée. Finishes with peat, salt flakes and umami. Delicious, deep complex but very approachable scotch.

  • Peaty 100%
  • Fruity 66%
  • Winey 50%