Scotch Single Malt - Islay - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Islay Special Editions - 2014
The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
Nose: Smoked bacon, Tarry ropes on a not-long-dry seashore. Loads of Vanilla. Pomegranates, Fizzy-sweets (refreshers, Sherbet Lemons) and Lemon-zest. Not convinced I’d have got Mocha, if not for the autosuggestion, but it’s definitely there now I think about it.
Palate: Initially sweet, restrained, more of that bacon, but this time it’s been cured with Muscovado sugar and maybe a touch of Juniper? Progresses through the inevitable onslaught of peat, but it’s there in a slightly different way – more ‘high’, medicinal phenols than we've come to expect with Ardbeg. From the palate alone, I’m not even sure I’d peg this as Ardbeg – I might be tempted to go two distilleries further down the coast…
Finish: Long. Cocoa, Charred corners of a pulled pork butt, becomes more ashy as it fades, but clearly from good honest casks albeit with charred heads.
Overall: It’s good. Funnily though, as the spirit’s not being bombarded with finishes/extreme cask-techniques the difference between this and the 10yo is strangely pronounced. There are palpable elements of Bowmore, and Laphroaig in this dram, whilst it does absolutely retain the overall Ardbeg character we know and love. To my mind that’s a good thing.
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I bought two bottles from BC Liquor in Canada based on the reviews here. I have to say it's peatier than I thought it would be. However, that bacon really shines.
23rd November 2014
139 bottles now left on west coast of Canada according to product listing of BC liquor board ...Dan
26th October 2014
I purchased a bottle with the intention of hanging on to it for a while to enjoy sometime down the road. But without trying it how would I know if it was all that special. only had the bottle a few months and decided I had to know for sure, so I opened her up and sampled it. One taste was not enough I needed another and one more. well I liked it so much I rushed out and found another to keep. It is definitely as good as I hoped it would be and maybe even a little better. Even blindfolded anyone could tell this is an Ardbeg product but that is not a bad thing that it tastes similar to other Ardbeg whisky's. It seems just wrong that there should be a shortage in Scotland of this incredible whisky when on the west coast of Canada, the Liquor stores still have a few hundred bottles available. Hope there is now more bottles around there as well. ...Dan MacDonald
For those who are interested there are still bottles (4 that I know of) left in edinburgh if you know where to look. Picked one up yesterday and can't wait to drink it. Lovely scotch.
2nd August 2014
DM in australia apparently just got about 120 !
20th July 2014
Managed to get three bottles of this from various sources after trying at a tasting. It's as good as the 10, but Oogie and Corry still have my vote.
19th July 2014
Managed to find a bottle online from a shop in Nottingham, arrived today. Won't be cracking this one open, a keeper. There's still a few bottles from various suppliers on Amazon, but between £138-£150 a bottle, they can keep them lol!
26th June 2014
Hello there! We're very sorry that you were unable to get a bottle of the Ardbeg Auriverdes, but it did indeed sell out in under 2 minutes. We did have a small allocation (greater than 5 bottles, though...), and we have not held back any of it. Here is a blog post detailing our stockholding policy: http://www.masterofmalt.com/Blog/post/Our-Stockholding-Policy.aspx. We understand your frustration, and we will do our best to secure more Ardbeg (if we can), which will go live on this page as and when we've managed to acquire it. So do check back (and follow us on Facebook and Twitter) to keep up to do with the news. --The Chaps at Master of Malt
23rd June 2014
...cant be true, stop bait people with 5 bottles in stock.
20th June 2014
very disapointed after 2 minutes sold out.........think a case of friends looked after first. extremely disapointed
... a keeper, not a drinker.
The price point and the rather inoffensive blandness (once you get past the burnt wood note that dominates the nose) make this Oman vs Yemen rather than Brazil vs Germany.
19th June 2014
Initially hot bordering on volatile, Classic Ardbeg notes missing. Absent midpalate. Finishes sweet, almost to much. While good, not worth the dollar compared to previous versions at 140 AUS. Past 2 years far superior and Corry and Supernova a mile above this. If I didn't want to keep the collection going I would not have bought.
13th June 2014
I think is a great Ardbeg more than one hater will end up eating their hat once it starts winning awards.
Difficult to get- Yes
Too much marketing- Yes
Pricy- Not yet
Great Whisky- No doubts
12th June 2014
Picked up a regular bottle at my local Ardbeg distributor. Also bought a gold bottle version; don't know why it was for sale, and it was the only one, but it is a damn cool bottle. Definitely can smell the vanilla and warmer notes on top of the traditional Ardbeg medicinal peat. Subtle variation on a classic. I highly recommend grabbing some before it is all gone.
I'm really not sure what Ardbeg has to do with the Brazilian soccer team, but just comes across as a marketing / PR bulls**t. Either way, it's really not too bad---personally, prefer the Corryvrecken to this. It's available in the US around $80-90 USD.
11th June 2014
Why dont you pre-book so that it is a level playing field and fair to all.Different time zones make it unfair to a lot of us.
Fantastic dram but could do with a longer finish. Still worth every penny.
10th June 2014
But i like Ardbog better.
9th June 2014
This one tastes a bit like a mix of Uigeadail, 10yo and Alligator. I first tried it on Ardbeg Day in Stockholm and liked it, so I bought a bottle which is now open. I liked it even more the second time around and am considering buying another for the collection. It's much smoother than the salty Ardbog (which I didn't care for) or the peppery Corryvreckan (which I never learned to enjoy). It's kind of sad that it doesn't carry an age statement, but in the end who cares when the taste is this good and the price tag isn't too bad, considering.
7th June 2014
I've had every committee release and special release of Ardbeg over the last 10 years and this is as good as any. I like the fact they are going more mellow with this one and stands away a little from the core line-up which gives the drinker the choice of going for a more peat heavy dram if they want or trying something a little different. Is it worth £80? Yes I think so, I don't regret buying mine one bit and I'm really enjoying it, so for me that's value for money.
5th June 2014
Its available in US and that too at 110$. Stocked up 3 bottles. Love it.
4th June 2014
Had a taste, I recommend you save your money and give this one a miss. A very disappointing ardbeg
I had the same experience as the contributor on 31 May. Total waste of a day trying unsuccessfully to buy a bottle on the Ardbeg website. The same fiasco as last year. The guys at Ardbeg seem to put their budget into marketing when they should do something about their underpowered website. Hoping for better luck with Master of Malt later in the month. Ardbeg used to be a very user-friendly distillery with helpful staff - now it is impossible to telephone and they don't answer emails. Too busy counting their money probably.
2nd June 2014
Also wasted a day on Saturday on the Ardbeg website. Kicking myself as could have made my way to an Arbeg Embassy and picked one up in person as I did last year for my Ardbog. Anyway, I will have to wait until the 20th then. Fingers crossed
It will indeed be the 20th June, sadly. Keep an eye on our Twitter account (@masterofmalt), as we'll announce it before it goes live. --The Chaps at Master of Malt
1st June 2014
was at the Scotch Whisky Experience and Kenny our barkeep said he'd grab one if he could find one and had been looking online...asked around negative...today Royal Mile Whiskies had it! pounced!
back to the room...wow! too notch - full of character - peat vs bacon!
31st May 2014
I would not know what it tastes like, wasted a day on the Ardbeg website trying to buy a bottle...
Get a third to collect mate. This is bound to go up in value.
Found a bottle in Texas. Knew nothing going in, just looked interesting, so bought a bottle for a buddy. Read more about it here the next day...couldn't help breaking in to the bottle. Loved it! Big flavor! Went back the next day to get another bottle for my buddy (I'm keeping the first one).
30th May 2014
20th or 2nd of june? I think 20th it´s too late. ¿?
I somehow managed to get a bottle early. It is fantastic! In my opinion, the best scotch I've ever had.
27th May 2014
I am lucky...I have taste ............. yammmmy.
23rd May 2014
Looks great and even better when I have in my hand
20th May 2014
Love the Atlas holding the Ardbeg Earth
3rd May 2014
"Sold Out" Before it´s released... okidoki
30th April 2014
What ???? is so special with this..
28th April 2014
Hi there! Not planned as yet, those were editions sent out to bloggers and retailers. However, do keep an eye on Twitter as we'll announce anything like that on our feed. --The Chaps at Master of Malt
14th April 2014
Will you be selling any of the special Gold bottle editions?
11th April 2014