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.
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!
Soooo mcuh complexity and depth, but also sweet and fruity! Cant recommend it enough.
The best i've tasted. So powerful, so rich. Love it.
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!
What a great whisky!
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!
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
Its' a really fantastic whisky! Ardbeg..king of Islay!
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.
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.
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!
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.
but not as good as "Almost There - Ardbeg 9 yr old" in my opinion...
but still a good whisky
This "dark and mysterious" dram stood out out for me in a tasting field of over 30. Highly recommended. Do yourself a flavour.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Outstanding whisky. Son brought a bottle back to me and we enjoyed it all winter. Got to get another.
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
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.
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.
worth the money - tried several bottles of this liqid
Intensely smokey and spicy, somewhat sweet, and with a great and long finish; exactly what I want from an Islay. Highly recommended.
Well it is up there with the best. Highly recommended.
I found this resembled smoking a massive cigar, if I had to sum it up in one sentence - in a good way though.
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.
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!
incredibly smooth, yet powerful, smoky, silky, sherry at the end...One of my favorites! Truly recommendable.
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.
1st or 2nd on my list. like a 16 lagavulin blended with sex.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I once saw a man drinking this. It was in his glass and some in a bottle.
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.
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
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.
My favorite at the moment. Very very good balance between the flavours. I can't recommend it enough! Greetings from Norway.
Balance between peat monstrosity and sherry, something amazing. Highly recommended.
If I had to have only one whisky for the rest of my life, it will probably be this one!