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Ardbeg Auriverdes

(70cl, 49.9%)

Ardbeg Auriverdes

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Ardbeg Auriverdes Bottling Note

A special edition single malt launched on Ardbeg Day 2014 - a day celebrated both at the Islay festival, Fèis Ìle and around the world. Auri(Gold)verdes(Green) is a name used to refer to Brazil's sports teams (including the football team, of course), but in this case it refers to the golden whisky and the iconic Ardbeg green bottle it dwells within. Striker!

This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos just get in touch!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Smoked bacon, Tarry ropes on a not-long-dry seashore. Loads of Vanilla. Pomegranates, Fizzy-sweets (refreshers, Sherbet Lemons) and Lemon-zest. Not convinced I’d have got Mocha, if not for the autosuggestion, but it’s definitely there now I think about it.

Palate: Initially sweet, restrained, more of that bacon, but this time it’s been cured with Muscovado sugar and maybe a touch of Juniper? Progresses through the inevitable onslaught of peat, but it’s there in a slightly different way – more ‘high’, medicinal phenols than we've come to expect with Ardbeg. From the palate alone, I’m not even sure I’d peg this as Ardbeg – I might be tempted to go two distilleries further down the coast…

Finish: Long. Cocoa, Charred corners of a pulled pork butt, becomes more ashy as it fades, but clearly from good honest casks albeit with charred heads.

Overall: It’s good. Funnily though, as the spirit’s not being bombarded with finishes/extreme cask-techniques the difference between this and the 10yo is strangely pronounced. There are palpable elements of Bowmore, and Laphroaig in this dram, whilst it does absolutely retain the overall Ardbeg character we know and love. To my mind that’s a good thing.

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Ardbeg Auriverdes Reviews

A great surprise for one not a fan of the distillery

This whisky surprised me very much. I tasted smoked pork and notable sweetness. I don't like any Ardbeg but I very much enjoyed this one. In fact I don't enjoy any islay other than Lagavulin, which is my favorite. Although I do drink Laphroaig quite often as it's my girlfriend's dram of choice.

13th February 2017

Much ado about nothing (perhaps a bit)

I had the luck tasting it before ripping my wallet off for a bottle on ebay (which would have been 110£ with delivery costs).
Yes it a pleasant whisky, less Ardbegish than expected but far overpriced compared with the quality.
It's too sweet sometimes, especially the finish and tastes aren't so easy to distinguish.
At 50£ a bottle, the Corryvreckan is way above this one (Uigeadail also). Thanks but no thanks

7th August 2016

Empty botell

Found the last 6 cl. Now have to wait for mext purchase. Look forward to it!

6th May 2016

Silly

Look at the comments below. The Ardbeg craze have got people into forcing themselves to enjoy stupidly young whisky for expensive prices. The Uigeadail and the 10 year old are the only decent bottles these days and even those are overpriced.

1st April 2016

One of the greats

We will look at its extinction with great sadness as we have with the Alligator, the Beast, and other truly great expressions of Ardbeg. I was fortunate enough to get 2 bottles. One I got at %15 off on Robbie Burns day :)

29th January 2016

ÓWK

Its better then the 10yo but I expect much more. The Perpetuum is much better...

13th November 2015

Amazing

My wife gave this to me as a gift for our anniversary. I absolutely love this Arbeg. I have Uig, Corry, and Perpetuum in my collection and I enjoy the taste of this one over the rest. There is a subtle coffee tone that thoroughly enjoy.

23rd July 2015

Not quite as smooth as I thought, but still good.

I bought two bottles from BC Liquor in Canada based on the reviews here. I have to say it's peatier than I thought it would be. However, that bacon really shines.

23rd November 2014

As Good as I had hoped 2

139 bottles now left on west coast of Canada according to product listing of BC liquor board ...Dan

26th October 2014

As Good as I had hoped

I purchased a bottle with the intention of hanging on to it for a while to enjoy sometime down the road. But without trying it how would I know if it was all that special. only had the bottle a few months and decided I had to know for sure, so I opened her up and sampled it. One taste was not enough I needed another and one more. well I liked it so much I rushed out and found another to keep. It is definitely as good as I hoped it would be and maybe even a little better. Even blindfolded anyone could tell this is an Ardbeg product but that is not a bad thing that it tastes similar to other Ardbeg whisky's. It seems just wrong that there should be a shortage in Scotland of this incredible whisky when on the west coast of Canada, the Liquor stores still have a few hundred bottles available. Hope there is now more bottles around there as well. ...Dan MacDonald

26th October 2014

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