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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

Better than the 10, not as good as Uigeadail, solid value

Solid dram neat, but also fine with a little water. Nothing wrong with it, still Ardbeg peat and balanced with some sweetness. I like this one better than the ten but does not compare to Uigeadail or Correyvrekan. But it is a good value being less than each of these more celebrated Ardbegs. I paid $60 for An Oa in NC and Uigeadail is $90 And Correyvrekan $120 in my market. So, at that price point I give it 3.5 stars. Uigeadail remains my favorite Ardbeg.

6th February 2023

Unbelievably disappointing. Why!

N: Wonderfully balanced peat smoke dissonance.
P: Tart. Tart. Tart. Ughhhhhh.
A: Return to sweet peat....thank God.

12th January 2023

Another great Ardbeg

No mistake it’s an Ardbeg. Yes I might prefer the 10y but this is a bit gentler and I might add more sophisticated on the palate. There is still plenty of peat here but more going on. Nose comes across as sweet but palate has lots going on with cigar box etc and finish is long and complex though not punchy.

27th December 2022

Softer, but not for softies ?

Pretty good. As suggested rounder and less in-your-face than the 10 Yo, but without losing essential Ardbeg character.

7th December 2022


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


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

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