Liquid Gold Award - 2014
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible
Single Malt Scotch - to 12 Yrs - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
World Whisky of the Year - 2009
What's in a name? Ardbeg Uigeadail whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Ardbeg Uigeadail whiskey, rather than whisky.
Nose: Multifaceted, notes of peat and little flourishes of dark sugar, freshly ground espresso beans, cereal notes and a most sophisticated tar.
Palate: Led by sweet, ripe fruit and black forest honey. A good helping of malt. The throne then usurped by a powerful peat and smoked barley.
Finish: Very long, caramel and malt weave their way through peat smoke and dark sugar and just a hint of fresh espresso coffee before it finally peters out.
Overall: Such deft balance! How wonderful to sample Ardbeg so beautifully complimented by sherry.
A masterfully designed dram that transcends the senses. fiery...peaty...smoky then pepper, coffee grounds, dark chocolate, burnt orange and leather, followed by the sea- salty brine, kelp and iodine. Long lingering finish of Christmas cake and sherry.
2nd March 2014
Have tried and loved lots of Islays ....always whiskies of choice... over the last couple of decades and always considered Lagavulin 16 yr old the all round standard bearer, at least for me. A blind tasting of this Ardbeg blew me away. I think I'll easily be able to manage a bottle (or more) a month. A sublimely addictive revelation. Would welcome recommendations of any other Islay in the same kind of price band that might match it. As for now, am more than thoroughly content.
21st February 2014
Truly excellent. If I had just one single malt in my possession this would be it. You'd have to be dead or dumb not to appreciate how phenomenal a drink this is. Long finish, lots of peaty smoke but it's not like drinking a campfire. It gives way to one flavor after another over minutes. Lingers. A couple drops of water are essential.
8th February 2014
Of all the Islays I have at home at the moment, Ardbeg 10, Laphroaig 10, Laphroaig Qtr, Bowmore 12, it is the least expressive on the nose (supressed by the sherry?), and completely out of whack on the palate-with an astringent burn, burnt finish although given 30-40 seconds a pleasurable, very Islay aftertaste. But what's gone wrong in the middle? Although I like all of the above, the pick is the Laphroaig Qtr for me, lovely balance at higher strength, very complimentary sherry and absolutely none of the Islay hit missing-and a lovely long, pleasant smokey finish. In fact, basically what I was hoping for but didn't find in the Uigeadail!
21st January 2014
If you love peat then you will love this. Smokey, brown sugar, last a long time, simply amazing. Worth very penny.
18th January 2014
It's been a couple of years since I last bought a bottle of Uigeadail. I'd forgotten how amazing this Whisky is. I won't be leaving it so long again to buy another bottle.
16th January 2014
Very moorish dram! Smoke, peat and well balanced - this is my whisky of choice with 'Lagavulin 16yo' a very close 2nd!
15th January 2014
Great with or without a sprinkle of water. Its complex enough to fit just about every mood.
9th January 2014
Drinking this makes me wonder why I would bother buying anything else in this price range.
4th January 2014
Not sure if the bottle I got for Xmas was just a bad batch, but this whisky tasted really muddy and earthy, not what I was expecting and not enjoyable at all
30th December 2013
This is not the same whisky as Uigeadail produced before 2010. It's much more immature and lacks the depth of the ones from even a few years ago. It tastes less rich, and more like a cask strength version of the Ten that was finished for a short time in a sherry cask.
23rd December 2013
So smoke. Much peat. Many fruit. Malt lvl 10. So balance. Wow.
21st December 2013
I bought a bottle of this fine single malt yesterday all I can say it is a heavy hitter and I find it to be very complex this is sit down stuff to be enjoyed slowly cheers to the aredbeg distillery keep up the great work-FC.
15th December 2013
Lately if I've had Uigeadail next to a Corryvreckan I find the Uige somehow much less expressive and strong than I remember from previous years. It always seems to lose although I remember preferring it more originally. I hope it's me, not the whisky.
3rd December 2013
Wow! as above review, this will always be in my life.
2nd December 2013
Don't think I could ever be without this in my life! Truly amazing!
21st November 2013
Deep, dark peat, smoke and licorice. Phenolic. (you love it or you hate it)Syrupy sweetness and lots of sherry-like dark fruits. Briny, seafood... Add 2 teaspoons of water and let it sit for 10 minutes to release the flavors and get ready for the ride of your life!
10th November 2013
I too sit nosing and sipping a glass of this ardbeg thinking its a great scotch. My wife puts her nose up as I pour it but as she smells it on me later on ... She admires it. Lagavulin, Oban ... Ardbeg, uigeadail is tops.
This is the real 'Nectar of the Gods'! Superb Islay and (relatively) affordable. Such a fantastic nose and palate. Add two teaspoons of water and let it sit for 10 minutes to release the aromas. Then get ready for the ride of your life...
8th November 2013
Incredible. By far the most fantastic whisky I ever had.
26th October 2013
Could you tell us some high end tipple that you've enjoyed? It's always good to hear what others have enjoyed.
I can understand the good comments about this whisky, and I enjoyed it, but am in two minds about the hot alcohol on the finish. I prefer the Corryvreckan to this.
25th October 2013
This is in the top 3 whiskys i have ever tried. The pricetag is a joke... It should cost much more. But hey... i'm not complaining ;)
9th October 2013
This is a fantastic drink. Had it for the first time yesterday, and I'm still smiling as I remember how good it was. Long, beautiful finish as well. Giving this bad boy full marks for taste and character.
4th October 2013
I only tried this today. I was at Frankfurt airport and there was a tasting desk there. It would have been rude to walk on by wouldn't it? I'm glad i didn't. This simply blew me away. I am a fan of the 10, but i had heard that this was just too peaty, so i had avoided it. Not anymore i won't be. It is quite simply beautiful, add a bit of water and it is peat sent from heaven. This is the best Islay i've tasted yet.
22nd September 2013
Imagine a beautiful, dark mysterious leather clad woman, dipped in smoked honey. Her perfume intoxicates you, she then makes violent, passionate love to your tongue. She has her way with you and leaves you breathless, wanting more and ruining all others for you. Such is the nature of Uigeadail....
20th September 2013
Dark mysterious! Great balance with intensity!
13th September 2013
I find that this stuff is great for cleaning toilets, as that is where it went after one taste.
Those on here who suggest that this is a great Whisky obviously do not partake in the higher end tipple.
12th September 2013
Dark and light, ashen and honeyed, peat and sherry, with a finish that seems to never end, careening from tar to caramel. You will want to share with the world, and hide it away for yourself, a sip before the last gulp of air. It's that good.
24th August 2013
Ten stars of course
Just openened the bottle and tasted it for the first time, i'm still smiling.
This is an unbelievably complex Islay Malt, very intense.
Put your nose in the glass and the first impression is: Smoke and salt. A lot of smoke.
Add a tad of water and nose again: very rich still, fruit and leather, tobacco and caramel.
Then take a sip: Oily, smoke is still very present, smooth and then it explodes in your mouth, licorice, fruity again, malt, a tad of honey.
Finish: Looooong, charcoal fire, chocolats raisins, and mocca.
Truly, a revelation. The best Islay malt i have had so far, period.
Probably the best Islay Whisky in the world?!
If I was to choose one bottle to bring to a deserted island this would def be the one!
Perfection by Ardbeg!
22nd August 2013
I read so much about this Whisky and all of it positive. I was not disappointed. Amazing taste and nose. Unbelievable. Look no further, this is the only stuff you need.
15th August 2013
Scent of flaming raisins and vanilla. A syrupy palate of cherry and hot ash. 100 further subtleties. This malt manages to simultaneously challenge and reward: delivering full and fiery complexity while you bask in its sweet balance.
8th August 2013
Wow!....what a brilliant whiskey, tastes like it should cost more
24th July 2013
And you can also drink it without water! Very difficult for a gask strength Islay whisky but you can and you SHOULD drink it straight.
17th July 2013
Believe the hype. This dram is so smooth you can't even tell that it is cask strength. pure quality
15th July 2013
This took me to a fine place on the very first sip
9th July 2013
It may seem laughable to call this an "affordable" whisky. It's usually far more expensive than most drinkers are willing to pay for, particularly here in Australia. However, this is, in some ways, at a perfect point of price versus quality. You can pay much more for something less complex and worthwhile, and of course, paying less, you will usually get something less engaging than this.
This whisky is almost the perfect balance of things that aficionados talk about as counting towards a quality dram. Naturally, it has the peaty punch, being Ardbeg, but it also has a welter of flavours beyond that. You can taste leather, cured meat, rich and dark compost to name a few. But lo and behold, the sherry finish has also given it a delicious sweetness that almost perfectly tempers those more pungent flavours. For those trying to get a sense of it, it might best be described as a less iodine-laden Ardbeg, married with a small amount of Glenmorangie Lasanta, which is particularly apparent on the finish.
It is best to taste this one neat, then add some water to taste. Despite its high alcohol content, it doesn't need that much to open it up even more. If you're even considering buying this, then you simply must. Your tastebuds will thank you for it and you will surely have one of the most rewarding flavour experiences you've had. It's worthwhile to note that this has something for everyone, not only the peatheads. And yes, it's better than the standard 10 year. MUCH better. It's hard to top this.
1st June 2013
The best islay there is on the market! This is truly the king.
/Mike Sthlm Sweden.
29th May 2013
forgot to rate :)
the wife always knows when i'm drinking oogy as she can first smell it across the room, then she gives me the occasional annoyed look as I constantly nose and sniff it right through the movie, taking in the wonderful aromas. I like to try a few different whisky's through the course of an evening but generally finish with an ardbeg, its wonderful.
If I had to have only one whisky for the rest of my life, it will probably be this one!
17th May 2013
Balance between peat monstrosity and sherry, something amazing. Highly recommended.
7th May 2013
My favorite at the moment. Very very good balance between the flavours. I can't recommend it enough! Greetings from Norway.
28th April 2013
Now if this malt doesn't put hair on your chest, check your pulse. I was taken back a bit with how much peatiness this Uigeadail has, despite reading many reviews. I had to drink this one a bit slower than other malts, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I have a sense that I will like this malt more so after having a few more glasses. For now, 9 out of 10 is pretty good as it's a very well crafted malt. I almost gave it an 8, but I think this one will take some time for me to get familiar with.
12th April 2013
i am no Scotch reviewer but i know what i like, i have been a long time fan of the 10yr Ardbeg and decided to throw caution to the wind and spend the money on this, money WELL spent, big peat but sweet undertones, crosses the tongue like velvet, a slight burn going down that leaves a taste of honey, in short YUM
1st March 2013
What a dram! While I really enjoy the Ardbeg 10 and the Lagavulin 16, Uigeadail kicks it up two or three notches on each. Where the Ardgeg 10 is big and peaty, the Oogie is bigger and peatier and far more complex. Where the Laga 16 is a complex and smooth and sherried whisky, Oogie, again, is more of each. The unimaginable balance combined with what I can only describe as unbridled passion, Oogie is the guy or gal you know you shouldn't pursue and yet you cannot, or choose not to, resist.
26th January 2013
I once saw a man drinking this. It was in his glass and some in a bottle.
24th January 2013
My husband and I are new to the single malt world, but have been really enjoying ourselves. We were set on the Lagavulin 16 being our preferred scotch and this one puts it to shame. So glad I listened to the reviewers on this site and gave it a try. It is absolutely just as peaty as the Lagavulin 16 but is much more well balanced and rich. The smoothness was extraordinary and a single drop just spread like butter over every taste bud in my mouth. It hits all the notes in perfect harmony. The caramel at the end was a nice finish in conjunction with the smokiness. Never thought I'd get turned on by a scotch, but this one blew me away.
20th December 2012
I got a bottle of this for my birthday a couple of years ago. Having been a bit underwhelmed by the 10 yr old, this was just in a different league to anything I've tried before or since. An absolute beauty that gave Lagavulin 16 a comfortable nudge off my top spot. Shame I can rarely afford to buy this, but if it comes along once in a while for a special occasion, then it makes it all the better to look after and enjoy. Brilliant, brilliant stuff!
11th December 2012
Stick to water its suits you best.
For the ardbeg whisky its a complex assortent of sweetness,peatyness and slight medicinal/aniseed taste.Medium/oily bodied, Very smooth, even at 54% I add just a teaspoon of water to bring out the flavours.very easy drinking and well balanced.I would score this 93 points its just amazing dram.
9th November 2012
I have for many years enjoyed my malts by adding Irn Bru. I find this adds flavour and body to the malts and really does smooth them. However this Ardbeg really did not work with the Irn Bru. In future I will be more selective with the whiskies I choose.
1st November 2012
Drinking this whisky is the ultimate, the taste, wonderful, the smoke, the peat, the balance is bang on perfect. This is a whisky that will be in the back of my cabinet for my consumption only.
17th October 2012
1st or 2nd on my list. like a 16 lagavulin blended with sex.
5th August 2012
I haven't tried the above, being a big Talisker fan and somewhat underwhelmed by the Ardbeg 10 year old. However, I'm very impressed with all your comments. I will take the plunge and when I resurface, I will no doubt be praising it.
12th May 2012
incredibly smooth, yet powerful, smoky, silky, sherry at the end...One of my favorites! Truly recommendable.
24th April 2012
I recently first tasted the Corryvreckan and was blown away, it immediately became my new favorite. Now I fear the Corry was already replaced by the Oogy. Great stuff!
18th April 2012
This lad is like a rich mans Talisker. It is definitely in the heavyweight division when it comes to flavor and the finish is longer than a stretch limo. All in all a must try.
Tip: If you are decking your mates supply of whiskys make sure you roll with this one last as any other whisky u taste after it is ruined.
3rd March 2012
I found this resembled smoking a massive cigar, if I had to sum it up in one sentence - in a good way though.
29th December 2011
Well it is up there with the best. Highly recommended.
27th December 2011
Intensely smokey and spicy, somewhat sweet, and with a great and long finish; exactly what I want from an Islay. Highly recommended.
27th November 2011
worth the money - tried several bottles of this liqid
5th October 2011
I never thought this was worth the money. Ardbeg is getting a reputation for hype and price. Did you get the emails and posted fliers re Alligator - proves my point.
21st September 2011
I would describe Uigeadail to be a thorough upgrade from the regular 10 yr Ardbeg. Kind of like the difference between a model of car with standard features (still a great car) to the model with all the upgrades. Seemed to have a brown sugar flavor mixed with coffee. This is the immediate flavor that is quickly transitioned to what you expect from an Islay. More complex peaty and smoke flavors and a generous portion of malt followed by honey and back to the smokey flavor. Surprisingly good since I prefer Speyside scotch as a general rule.
20th September 2011
Massive flavour, so smooth and such well defined sherry sweetness and smoke. My favorite whisky at current time. I have a 2 cases in the mail ;D
17th September 2011
Outstanding whisky. Son brought a bottle back to me and we enjoyed it all winter. Got to get another.
22nd August 2011
I love a good peaty whisky and was excited by the reviews above. It is definitely yummy but the aftertaste left me feeling like I had smoked a couple of cigarettes! Prefer the Laphraoig eleven year old.
2nd May 2011
in our 2011 blind tasting of 15 whiskies, this was a winner again - to match its victories in 2009 and 2010. You really can't go wrong - even though it may vary slightly batch to batch. For those who are interested the Talisker 175th Anniversary Edition was a close second - indeed, on a FPTP system it had most 1st places and would have won! But using AV, and also using average scores, the Ardbeg held up as the favourite.
18th April 2011
By definition whisky is not whisky without oak. I know everyone will be looking for TCP,smoke,tar, and then go in search of the honey and sherry notes,(and everything from wet clothes to whatever). Keep in mind the cask. The effect of the oak on this whisky is fantastic and there is even that wee lemon oak note if you wait.It might be a bit brash but this is really splendid stuff that clearly shows the skill of the people behind it. I agree with all the opinions before - just wanted to give a shout for the oak.
17th March 2011
Under details this is listed as chill filtered is it - don't think this is right is it?
Also don't think it's single cask is it.
How does the Corrtvreckan comapre to this?
9th March 2011
It's the best whisky I've tasted in years. Gone through three bottles already. A real pleasure, every dram. I'll have to buy a bottle and tuck it away for future years, as I'll want to visit this old friend down the road. Buy this with no hesitation, trust me.
21st January 2011
Won our blind tastings (comprising regular and non-regular whisky drinkers) 2 years in a row. Though given how distinctive the taste is whether it is truly blind is another matter... Huge whisky and worth the few pounds over a standard malt.
11th December 2010
This "dark and mysterious" dram stood out out for me in a tasting field of over 30. Highly recommended. Do yourself a flavour.
7th December 2010
but not as good as "Almost There - Ardbeg 9 yr old" in my opinion...
but still a good whisky
30th October 2010
This is just unbelievably good. The nose hits you with smokey chunks of charred rock-salt drizzled in dark honey, cracked pepper, cocoa, pecan toffee and brown butter, then a bonfire on a sandy beach, salt spray on seaweed, and ashes. The official house dram. I want to be buried with a bottle of it, Egyptian style, for the next world.
18th September 2010
Simply the best, i've ever tasted - sooo deep tart smoke, sweet dead fallen leaves, nuts and dark chocolate - and the whole mix is flaming with hot fire. Super!
6th September 2010
I'm a huge fan of the 10 year old, so though't I'd give this a go today, its certainly very different and benifits from the addition of water (though I normally wouldnt). Without water this whisky is almost oily, popcorny start, then a bit hit of smokey, peaty flavour with a very long finish of white pepper. Water softens the whisky and defines the peaty notes much more, very impressed.
20th August 2010
I purchased this along with an 18 yr old Highland Park, to be honest this is in a different league to the HP. More flavour than I knew what to do with, I will ensure I drink this one as slowly as possible.
18th July 2010
Its' a really fantastic whisky! Ardbeg..king of Islay!
27th May 2010
this whisky has a great taste that will transform you as you sit back and sip it. its just beautifull.buy two bottles well worth the price
25th January 2010
Given most reviews then the reputation precedes this whisky - it can't be that good can it? It most certainly is! A masterpiece of the art of vatting Single Malts. Superb from nose to finish. Immaculate! Bruichladdich eat your heart out!
15th December 2009
What a great whisky!
2nd November 2009
Powerful, deep, very rich – it’s like bacon and Nik Naks in whisky form. One of my favourite malts of all time – keep up the good work Ardbeg!
27th October 2009
The best i've tasted. So powerful, so rich. Love it.
6th October 2009
Soooo mcuh complexity and depth, but also sweet and fruity! Cant recommend it enough.
Your senses tell you that Ardbeg Uigeadail is a £80+ bottle. Even at that price, it would be an absolute steal. Of all my personal whisky stock Uigeadail has by far and away the highest turnover. It is so complex, feisty and delicious that i don't think I'll ever get bored of it. What an offer!
6th August 2009