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It's finally here! The hotly anticipated official release of Ardbeg Alligator will simply fly off our shelves! It's aged in a similar style to the standard 10 year old, except for the fact that a portion of the whisky was aged in heavily charred barrels. The barrels are charred to such an extent that they start to crack a little on the inside, and this resembles alligator skin, thus the name. The committee release of Ardbeg Alligator was exceptional and incredibly popular. This will follow suit...
Nose: Stunning aromas of charcoal, mulled wine and lemon icing sugar. Very creamy, with notes of vanilla and yoghurt, with a huge BBQ note. Some gingerbread and tangy apricots, and burning brown sugar.
Palate: Creamy and zesty, with a huge whack of grapefruit and lemon, as well as BBQ sauce, ginger and orange zest. Like a really toasty rye whiskey in parts, with hints of icing sugar, cocoa, gingernut biscuits and intense smoke.
Finish: Sweet and creamy with peppery, crackling peat smouldering away for hours.
Overall: One of the best Ardbegs we've ever tasted. A mind-blowing malt!
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20th December 2016
Ardbeg are masters of packaging and branding. You will see 17 year olds from a previous life..the distilkery closed and was subsequently rescued by Glenmorangie..but they have no real old whisky being released now. We ll have to wait. So, they release - aside from their damn good,salty,peaty natural coloured 10 yr old - annual releases. 2011/2 ..They released Alligator. The insides of the casks were charred giving the appearance of Alligator skin. Far from being a gimmick the resulting whisky ( perhaps 8-10 yrs old) was beautiful. Barbeque, burnt umber, demerera sugar, perfectly balancedWow
22nd December 2015
Just delightful! The smile and peat are still there but it has been smoothed out without losing the essential qualities that makes Islay Islay.
16th December 2015
This is a wonderful whisky I would highly recommend, my favourite Ardbeg I have tasted
16th September 2015
And best whisky I have ever tasted
25th December 2014
Hyvällä maulla tehty whisky ,sopii suuhun ei liian savuinnen koko arvosanan arvoinen
26th November 2013
Briny leather nose with lemon cream and a multitude of other complexities. Peppery palate with leather and vanilla. Bitter nut and tobacco finish. If you thought the Uigeadail was not salty/tangy/bitter enough, try this. Bottle aging enriches with more toffee and orange, plus more char on the palate.
8th August 2013
Wow sir, realy good wiskey, my quest to find the greatest wiskey has ended!
29th March 2013
25 years working, and now a gift from my colleagues. The Ardbeg Aligator, what a hell of a gift mmmmmmm
18th September 2012
I like these one a lot. I got 2. One is drunk up, the other one is for keep.
26th July 2012
It has a somewhat slippery initial texture that becomes almost scaly as it wraps you up.. It takes you into an amazing death roll of surprises before the dark inexplicable satisfaction overwhelmes your tongue and you gasp for air.. An eternal aftertaste lingers on and on once you see the light.. I've got two bottles and I'm scared to touch them..
24th July 2012
I´m new to Whisky and honestly I don´t always find whisky drinkable but this Alligator stuff is "the water of life", the best I´ve tried so far!!!
7th January 2012
Superb whisky, great peat and very smooth. Slightly different to the committee release but nearly as good and for half the price of a CR bottle. Well done Ardbeg.....
8th November 2011
Sorry - that last review should have been a 10. My slow brain fixated on the 5 star display and assumed the rating dropdown worked on the same scale. Master of Malt - a free website usability assessment for you there.
5th October 2011
Extraordinary stuff - just incredible and to my mind worth every penny. If it's back in stock snap it up. You won't regret it.
A great malt just the taste i like not to smokey or peaty just the right size to try
I found the peat in this Ardbeg to be quite soft and smooth. Great flavours, quite different from the other Ardbegs in the current range. Lovely whisky.
24th September 2011