STRICTLY ONE PER CUSTOMER
A limited edition Ardbeg released during the Fèis Ìle whisky festival. Aged in a combination of bourbon as well as some Manzanilla sherry casks, it was produced for 'Ardbog Day', which was celebrated around the world on 1st June 2013.
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Nose: Sea salt and brine with some dark fruit and hints of barbecue. Maple syrup, plum, orange, mint and more herbal notes with a touch of tomato vine. White coffee develops.
Palate: Big - it feels like all the moisture is being sucked out of your mouth at first but in a good way(!). Salt crusted raisins, rich nuttiness, pickled onions. Sounds odd but it’s honestly superb!
Finish: There's red chilli heat on the finish as well as paprika.
Overall: Ardbeg should be celebrated for their measured use of Manzanilla casks here - one of the best bottlings at Fèis Ìle 2013.
My Ardbog Story
This one is special for me. After reading all the reviews I had to track it down. I live in US state that controls the sale of hard liquor - not beer and wine - it distribute only through state owned outlets. Benefits of that is a set price list and a sophisticated yet accessible online inventory. I found one bottle at a location almost 2 hours away. Packed the kids on a Saturday afternoon and drove up. We arrive only to be told someone has reserved it. I was bummed. I start my search again by calling many many private shops in the neighboring state. We found one - a three store family owned chain that carried it. Wife goes to a baby shower that weekend, somewhere close to one of their stores. They didn't have it on the shelf. wife asked for the manager and one of the owner's sons comes out. He goes out back and finds a dusty case of 6. List price is 93$US. She asks him what kind of discount for 2. He said, 70 a piece since these things aren't selling anyway. She buys them and runs. Wish she bought more. On to my review.
This is a very special very beautiful scotch. I have had the ugie and the Corry. corry comes a little close but remains well behind. I don't drink warm whisky - usually a cold stone. But this one is best savored at room temp. the nose is unlike anything I have ever experienced. for me when the nose is complex, I let the scotch sit in the dram for 5 mins or so before a first sip. drink some water a few minutes beforehand to really wash your palate. take your first sip and let it sit on your tongue moving it side to side to let it touch every single taste bud. you can easily do that with ardbog because it is mature enough that the tongue burn is all but gone. I poured a nice dram - a double by barkeep standards - 30 mins after dinner. I savored it for 3 hours. each sip is an awesome pleasure - more of a privilege to enjoy. take your time with it and see how new hints come forward with each palate and finish. the best way to describe this is to take your favorite part of Lagavulin 16, Talisker Storm, adding the finish of a highland park 18 to the smoothness of a good 21 or 25 yr old like Balvenie or Dalwhinnie. smooth smoke and full peat. I think ardbog nails it.
6 weeks since - I plan to keep a bottle in the box for as long as I can. the other is half way through. I shared 3 drams with my brother and close friends who appreciate it. Hell of a dram.
7th December 2014
falling short last few years
Exactly what I was hoping for.
Add a few drops of water and let it rest for two minutes, and Ardbog delivers a fantastic after taste that lasts and lasts, ever evolving. True bliss!
23rd September 2014
Ardbeg is simply not what it was years ago, it simply does not compare to say even kilchoman machir bay and def stands no chance against laphroaig in any offering last few years very disappointed with LVMH ownership of such a classic brand
15th June 2014
Reading all reviews Ardbog proves to be a do-or-dier... Is this not what's it all about ? Ardbog (and Ardbeg in general) does not want to be a walk-in-the-park whisky, it wants to be a damn straight on collision Islay-drink. This dram screems for (and deserves) a "real" man/woman... Take the commercials from William/Lawson, replace the W/L-bottle with an Ardbeg and it speaks for itself...
28th May 2014
With the name Arbog I expected a more peated flavor or something a little different-- this bottle was hard to find and more expensive than Corry and Oogie which in my opinion are better-- price is never a concern with me bjt Cory remains my favorite
1st March 2014
I was lucky to be in the Finnish Alko in time to buy a full box of Ardbog( 6 bottles). It seem to be out of stock everywhere, at least in Finland.
30th November 2013
Is this really that rare?
I'm not sure what's going on across the pond, but in my local bottle shop out in semi-rural Virginia, there are no fewer than 8 bottles of Ardbog collecting dust on the display shelf just inside the door. They're going for around $95 a pop. They also had the last two bottles of Uigeadail within 100 miles, one of which I bought (Only ~20 bottles left in the entire state, I've been told they'll no longer be selling it once it's all gone). Is Ardbog going to end up becoming a collector's item? Is Uigeadail?
7th November 2013
nice one !!!!
Very good Ardbeg, similar to Uigeadail but not as much toffee, fruits and smoke with a hint of BBQ, feel very lucky to have found this bottle collecting dust in a corner of a store, who didn't know what they had.
29th October 2013
very nice whisky smoky small as you want and bit fruity on the nose and a very smal sugar test !!! tot much $$$$ but worth it !!! the reason why i give 9 insted of 10
18th October 2013
I was hoping for a new dram from Ardbeg that would blow the Uigeadail away,
but the Ardbog didnt.
Dont get me wrong, its a great Ardbeg but not mind blowing by any means.
At £80 I would rather buy a bottle of Laphroaig Cairdeas 2013.