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Ardbeg An Oa

(70cl, 46.6%)

Ardbeg An Oa

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Ardbeg An Oa Bottling Note

An Oa is named after the Mull of Oa in the south west of Islay, which offers the Kildaton coast (where Ardbeg distillery is situated) some protection from the worst the Atlantic has to offer! As such, Ardbeg An Oa is intended to show a more approachable side to Ardbeg single malt that's as rounded as the Oa peninsula, without losing the characteristic distillery style. In the summer of 2017 this became the first addition to Ardbeg's core range in over a decade.

Maturation took place in a combination of casks including Pedro Ximénez, charred virgin oak and ex-bourbon, which were all brought together to marry in Dr. Bill Lumsden's new 'Gathering Vat'!

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: This sweet, creamy Ardbeg offers notes of butterscotch, fennel seed, tobacco leaf, Honey Nut Clusters and hints of mixed boiled sweets (fruit, Everton mint and menthol). The citrus notes are subtle and rich, coming through as flourless orange cake.

Palate: Still plenty of peaty oomph, although perhaps lighter in body. Notes of cigars and golden syrup flapjacks with sweet black tea on the tail and hints of chocolate limes.

Finish: Smoky treacle lingers with a little peanut brittle.

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Ardbeg An Oa Reviews

Excellent

I thought that this was lovely, not too full on like some Ardbegs (which I love btw). I will be buying this again before Christmas. & for the price you won't get much better at this price level.

16th November 2022

The Approachable Ardbeg

Ardbeg is not for the faint of heart, but An Oa will appeal to a lot more folks because of its smoothness. It is approachable on the first taste; however, the taster beware that the long finish and linger is all smoky peat.

1st November 2022

Islay cream

All the “Islay tough guys” moaning about how this “doesn’t have the Ardbeg ooomph” and going on about how much they love peat are both tiresome and parochial.
I don’t believe this whisky would ever have been released say…30 years ago. It was a very good idea. Despite being over 46% abv, this is complex, soft & soothing. It definitely doesn’t need water. If you are a Highland drinker, if you prefer your whiskies sweet and soft and unctuous, this might be the Islay for you.

31st October 2022

Not my favourite Ardbeg

I tried quite a few whilst visiting the distillery, some I love, but this one lacks something, now I get that this is probably aimed at a palate not used to the full on Islay peat punch, but it lacked character to my personal taste.

5th August 2022

Surprising

First it smells heavily peated, the it starts to develop towards a gentle, floral taste. What a surprise!

10th February 2022

Not a characteristic Ardbeg

I didn't expect the mild flavour in an Ardbeg. It's lost it's character, in fact its lost it's Ard and is left Beggin. A nice drink, but not an Ardbeg

27th December 2021

What I’d expect a whisky to taste like at £100+

I’ve become wary of reviews of malt whisky. Some are dismissed and I wonder whether the reviewer has been eating chocolates or something beforehand. On a clean palate then, this is sensational. The creaminess envelopes all the other flavours listed above while giving each a pure identity. Maybe the best whisky I’ve ever had.

7th December 2021

Good, but not great

I have tasted Ardbeg many years ago, don't even remember which one. Now I wanted to try again. An Oa kicks very hard, if you take it neat, so don't. Add some water and let it rest a couple of minutes. After s few sips it begins to taste better. Finnish is quite long, a bit grassy and slightly dry. Not bad, but... (R)

21st April 2021

Sweet and Smokey, A Very Good Ardbeg But there Are Better Options

Nose: Smoke (woodsmoke) immediately with a hint of vanilla. Smoke fades and is replaced by sweetness and a hint of mulling spices (anise is notable)

Palate: Smoke (woodsmoke) blending into fresh tobacco, a touch of seasalt, juicy oranges and molasses sweetness.

Finish: smoke lingers, long, with a touch of lingering sweetness.

Recommended to Ardbeg and Islay fans, although personally this is neither here nor there for me. The Ardbeg 10 is still perfect for that Ardbeg character at a decent price discount from, while a step up to the Uigeadail (bottled at 54.2% abv) is more rewarding.

13th January 2021

What a taste!

Outstanding ballance of smoothness , sweetness and peaty taste.

24th December 2020

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