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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

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

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

addendum

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

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