Ardbog Bottling Note
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.
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.
Not what I was hoping for...
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.
22nd August 2013
My first Ardbeg ever and there are bottles all over the place here in Dallas...
I can't wait to try the rest of the Ardbegs.
2nd August 2013
Lagavulin-y Ardbeg / after water (by Audrius Darguzis)
Ardbeg-sy Ardbeg (by Audrius Darguzis)
I’m not the person who puts water in his whisky, I very very rarely do so – almost never, but Ardbog seemed to have some kind of secret it wanted to reveal. So here I am – couple of evenings later – with a teaspoon of water over a Glencairn glass... I sit back in a cool balcony, swirl it around, take a minute ... and then feel an immediate kick of cinnamon – you know the kind of kick that rockstar guitarists do... The very distinctive flavour of cheap bitterish cinnamon biscuit cake from the 80s. Very cinnamony indeed.
The water really calms down Ardbog and let’s it tell a very intriguing sequel. The taste? The very much Lagavulin–y pine nuts spring forward. And they remain quite comfortably there in the finish, which is rather nutty. Some soviet tiny candies in a tin box, something very herbal too. The mouthfeel is fairly bitter and grassy ... the bitterness is on the verge of crushed pills in a spoon, but knows when to stop and doesn’t cross the line.
At times you feel you could briefly be tricked into thinking it’s actually Lagavulin 16.
I usually don’t stop after one – or five – glasses, but Ardbog is the kind of whisky you get overwhelmed – or rather, satisfied – with, after that one hug.
It’s a whisky I know I’m gonna enjoy on those cold autum...... I mean – summer – evenings. It’s the malt you wanna share with your two best friends and sip it in a friendly silence.
22nd July 2013
Drumroll, please. I have anticipated this liquid like Britain anticipates the little Katelliam. And so, my baby daughter is finally sleeping, it's time to dig in. The Nose. The unmistakably-Ardbeg whiff of damp stables serves the first ball of the match, then it gets a return from flavours much more fresh and mild, like candies and green tea … It's a long rally, where the more syrupy notes get the edge and win the first game by eventually converting a break-point. We're approaching the end of the first set with some apple skin and camomile honey (the one that mom used to make during the summer in the country - if yours didn't, just think regular honey). You sit down for a breather and find some toffee lost in a grass - perhaps a ballboy has dropped it from his pocket. Is it starting to sound a little awkward? OK, let's finish all this tennis-talk by just saying everything of the above has that subtle yet ever-present racquet-slice of peat lingering in the air. Some sauna stones and a well as well.
The Taste. Is it still relevant to talk in tennis terms? The answer is quite simple: NO. It's the whole different game now. It's huge, so huge it feels like a reason the word 'huge' was invented. You take a sip and then your senses think they're about to cling onto something, it's just a matter of fractions of a second before you will identify the flavours…uh oh - BAM… it knocks you out before you can get your thoughts around it; it's like getting punched while kissing. It's an avalanche with Big Foot riding it on two snow tigers. Except it's HOT, very hot, bloody hot, it burns like bonfire and feels like putting a torch into your mouth. Somebody call the fire brigade.
… And then some saltiness, caramelised salty peanuts; carrot juice (hello, Quarter Cask). This is a whisky that doesn't negotiate. It's a malt you cannot invite for a drink, show up in summery shorts and say 'hey there', no, you have to make an appointment and buy some regular trousers. In fact, if you're reading this in shorts, you seriously should be ashamed of yourself.
It's like Magelan siding with Marty McFly and travelling in a time-machine to wrestle with the dinosaurs. The woody finish is so long it could time-travel barefoot, without needing any machines.
From the Ardbeg range, Ardbog is closest to Corryvreckan; only more straightforward, honest and down-to-earth. If Corryvreckan is Zidane, Ardbog is Cantona. But don't get it wrong - it has the same complexity, it's just that probably it's the fiercest Ardbeg there is. 'Bog is the sort of dram a conquistador, a bearded braveheart explorer would take on a trip.
It's like a book; you have to sit, shush, and read it from cover to cover, until you find the meaning of life - or at least, find out why the dinosaurs have extinguished (there was a hint in there somewhere).
Is it a great whisky? Yes. Was it challenging enough? Probably not. It is complex and powerful, but it's the sort of Ardbeg you would expect from Ardbeg. So ... the real question is: why spend a lot more, when you can get something very similarly great in Uigeadail and Ten.
20th July 2013
Ardbog is a great whisky and it was well worth the wait in my opinion. I agree that Corry and Oogie are in the same ball park and pound for pound Oogie is hard to match. However, for the interest and excitement generated by Ardbog Day and the fun drinking it.... top marks to Ardbeg. By the way you should try 'Pink Laphroaig Islay Festival 2013' lovely drop!
8th July 2013
Ardbog is not bad but it's plaing wrong for a one-dimensional and flat noted dram like this to carry such a price tag (talking about local retail price of bit over 80 euros, at the abovementioned 180 euros a purchase would be nothing short of lunacy - idiotic lunacy). Both Corry and Uige are explosions of glorious aromatic richness with intense, satisfactory flavours. Following a Corry glass with the 'bog, there's nothing the 'bog can say the Corry can't match and surpass. The 'bog is certainly not the worst thing I've tasted but it did let me down some.