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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, 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

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

Sweet and Very Smokey balance

Very nice dram indeed. There's lots of flavours you can pick apart here. Sit down, relax and spend some time with it. I find An Oa a much better whiskey than the regular Ardbeg 10. Delicious 👌

16th December 2020

Maybe one of my new favourites.

Sweet/salty licorice, dried seaweed, warm earthy smoke, complex, baked yellow apples and much more...
Don't review the "neckpour". It gets even better... with some time and air in the bottle.

28th September 2020


Just as I posted my review, I got what this whisky is about. I'm sticking to my original score, what I said about it not being a traditional Ardbeg stands and it won't be everybody's cup of tea. The "missing" bit at the front of the nose is there from the PX, I guess I was just so overwhelmed by the minty/menthol/eucalyptus vibes that I couldn't focus on it. So actually I maybe would buy it again, but it won't be what what comes to mind when I want Ardbeg.

8th September 2020

What is it?

We've all got our personal tastes and whilst I would go so far as to maybe agree this is more complex than 10, I just don't dig it as much. The composite flavours just don't mesh well to me (and I like many different whisky styles), and it certainly doesn't taste like an Ardbeg. The nose is great, the taste is alright, but the finish is very dry and a bit eucalyptus like. Overall it is missing something to balance it out... this might sound bananas, but I think in 3D with flavour and I'd say this is harsh on the front of the tongue and back of the nose, and is missing something in the front of the nose and sides of the tongue. Good luck figuring out what that means.

My curiosity is satisfied but I don't think I'll buy this again. It is by no means a bad whisky, so don't let this review put you off, but don't buy it expecting the usual Ardbeg fare.

8th September 2020

A perfect cigar malt

I think this is my 2nd favourite Ardbeg. It's not as rich as the Uigeadail and not as high strength as the corry. But it has something unique. It's reminiscent of a well stored cigar. Its a wee nip of smooth sweet wood. For the price, can't fault it.

8th August 2020


Big fan of Ardbeg, usually stick with Uigeadail but have finally decided to try this one. Straight away forget people who are saying the 10 is better than this. It's not. There is another level of complexity and an unmistakably deeper flavour profile, whilst at the same time is a lot smoother, which makes it more pleasant and that makes a big difference. There is a more underlying dried fruit sweetness carried through this one but at the same time, which I find interesting has an aniseed mint note coming through, whilst holding the usual peat. Add in the salt and toffee vibe in the finish and to be honest, you're talking a top whisky. Right up there with Uigeadail. This is definitely more complex and rounded than expressions such as talisker 10 and lagavulin 16. Highly recommend.

11th July 2020

Fantastic, let it rest a while

I've just got back to my An Oa, after sitting for 6 months at a 1/2 gone in the bottle. I liked it before but now after resting in the opened bottle for a while it is now fantastic. All the nose and flavours are there but the Fresh punchiness has gone, now its so smooth on the nose and palate and so rounded and smooth all over, lovely smoke and fruits, and nice finish. Definitely worth opening taking a couple of drams then put it back in the cupboard and leave it for a while. Its taken on a whole new dimension, Fantastic!
(any original hammy ness has dissipated, which I think is good)

25th June 2020

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