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Ardbeg Alligator - Committee Release

(70cl, 51.2%)

Ardbeg Alligator - Committee Release

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Ardbeg Alligator Bottling Note

The Committee Release of Ardbeg Alligator, so named for the barrels it was aged in; the American oak casks were given such an intense char, the resulting charcoal surface resembled alligator skin! This stuff is very special indeed - one of the best Ardbeg whiskies we've ever had the pleasure of trying!

This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos just get in touch!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Quite lemony against the obvious peat on the nose, and very, very sweet. It’s soooooo creamy and buttery; we get lemon curd, then peach, particularly peach skins, then a little bit of red currant and some latte coffee with just a sprinkling of ginger, black pepper and mace. On the back-end of the nose, there’s a decent hit of Barbecued goodness that put us in mind of a really, really good rack of ribs (can you guess where the inspiration for last week’s feast came from?).

Palate: Big creamy sweetness, the expected hit of vanilla comes later. We get peaches in syrup, maple syrup, and then onto citrus, with zest, pith and fruit. Blood oranges, and grapefruit late palate. This has a huge maltiness, with ginger, fivespice and Crêpes Suzette.

Finish: Confectioners’ sugar, lemon meringue pie and vanilla cream. Subtle smoke integrates very well.

Overall: Wowser. Not at all what we were expecting from a cask that’s received such aggressive treatment. This is by far and away the sweetest, most approachable and most drinkable Ardbeg we’ve had in years. At the same time though, the sweetness hides a BBQ-y, Chocolatey complexity the likes of which we’ve not experienced for quite a while.

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Ardbeg Alligator - Committee Release Reviews

One of Ardbeg's greatest

One of the best releases from Ardbeg, to bad it's hard to come by nowadays..

8th February 2018



4th February 2018

Great whisky

I liked alligator allot. But the current price is way out of line with the quality of this malt.

30th March 2014


I like also these expression a lot.

26th July 2012

Not For Me

Sorry, this one is not to my liking, left a bitter after taste. Glad I bought 3cl taster bottle rather than spending money on full bottle. Not a patch on Ugeadail, in my opinion.

16th July 2012


any information on which year is this Ardbeg stilled and bottled?

16th January 2012

Not a fan.

The smell was fantastic, but tasting it all I really got was an unpleasant, bitter charcoal. It became less overpoweringly bitter after about two months of the bottle being open, but remains the only truly disappointing Ardbeg I've ever had. The general release is more drinkable, though I'd still give it a miss and get some Uigeadail or Corryvreckan instead.

2nd November 2011

I disagree...

Creed is an awful band that did a pretty good job in their efforts to kill everything that is good about Rock and Roll.

That is all. Long live Ardbeg & Master of Malt!

21st October 2011

Greed - Response from MoM

well said, it's yours to sell for what you think the market will bear. Quick question though, is this bottle part part of the original release, it's my understanding there has been a second release, is that why there's such a big price difference?

23rd September 2011

My two cents

Da botle is glass. Da liquid is good. You thirst - you drink. Don't make much difference, but still. Guess I had 2 much.

1st September 2011

Committee Price BP 55.- ( 149.- to 199.- to 189.- to 179.- in 2 week time )
Goldprice goes up Whisky goes down.
Any Questions?

19th August 2011

Creed/Greed/Capitalism - Response from MoM

Assuming we’re talking about Greed, and ‘creed’ is a typo (much as we’d love to respond to a comment about Creed – Human Clay is perhaps one of our favourite albums)… We felt compelled to respond to this, as we think people can often get the wrong end of the stick with regard to bottlings that appear at a much higher price than that at which they’re initial released...

In the case of this particular bottle, we were never given an allocation by the producer - it’s a committee-only bottling (meaning that you can only buy it if you’re a member of the Ardbeg Committee). This means that the only bottles we’ve ever had available for sale are those that have been offered for sale to us by committee members. These bottles are now changing hands for very sizeable amounts of money, and bottles that we’re currently being offered by members of the public reflect this jump in price. Should we refuse to buy them if we think there’s a market to sell them on to people who want them? We don’t think so, no. If people feel the price is too high, of course, they don’t have to buy it (and if they can find a bottle elsewhere for less money – they should do just that).

We think that in the scheme of things, our policies are pretty tame with regard to this sort of thing. We never hang on to any bottles in the hope that the market for them will rise in the future, we don’t ‘pump and dump’, and we don’t play games with regard to the price on bottles - we simply respond to market demand. I can think of dozens of occasions where holding on to bottles would have been tremendously profitable (Snow Phoenix, every single official Port Ellen release ever, and many of the Octomores and Supernovae spring immediately to mind) but regardless, we don’t do it. We list the items for sale, sell them, and then move on.

Right, now back to some superb East-Coast Rock.

22nd July 2011

Great new Ardbeg

Got this from ardbeg when they still had the committee stock. Very different from other Ardbeg bottles. I Love it. Complex, smocky and actually is BBQ like, the price here is a little excessive though it is pretty hard to find now. Still a great dram. Can't wait for the general release.

12th July 2011

creed for money

Priced higher than the Supernova 09 not even quiet that good.
Shame on you MoM creed for money

10th July 2011

Splendidly Ardbeg

It has that fantastic Ardbeg peat and smokiness to it. Smells like a bit of a barbecue or bonfire with a very smooth finish. Add a little water to it and it brings out the sweetness. Under that barbecue lies just a hint of brown sugar. Fantastic dram, I'll be buying more of it.

9th July 2011

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