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Ardbeg Grooves

(70cl, 46%)

Ardbeg Grooves

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Ardbeg Grooves Bottling Note

Ardbeg Grooves was released in celebration of Ardbeg Day 2018, and as ever, the Islay-based distillers have created a most intriguing expression. Part of the whisky that makes up Grooves was matured in red wine casks that were very well-charred, resulting in heavy grooves in the surface of the wood. A mellow though flavoursome dram.

To quote Ash Williams; "Groovy".

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: A thick, spiced aroma of iodine, seaweed and golden syrup leads among a herbal note of lavender. An earthy funk from damp bonfire wood, old oak and dried grass is complemented by lighter touches of butterscotch, stone fruits and a little marzipan icing.

Palate: Vanilla fudge, toffee popcorn and tarred orchard fruits rise through a big, salty opening. Savoury BBQ notes of cured Italian meats are percolated by paprika, green chilli and scorched herbs. Antique leather and damp oak form an interesting backdrop.

Finish: Seaside bonfire and smoked salts percolate through a mellow sweetness.

Overall: Ardbeg has certainly found its groove with this beauty...

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Ardbeg Grooves Reviews

It's definitely groovy

It's a good one. Nose immediately reminded me a bit of a slightly funkier Talisker 10. A bit Less briny. Good smoke and tropical fruit denseness. Palette is thick, tarry earth, smokey meat/pork, syrupy sweetness, iodine, ash, charred oak and slight over ripe pineapple. Yum.

7th July 2018

Clever maturation

Heavily charred wine cask, limousin or Troncai. The Independent Wave Stave Company produced waves or grooves in their Wave Stave production. Benefits are heavy charring one side of the groove and fresh wood exposure the other. The contrast is spectacular as it is here. Long Oxidation of the spirit in the glass brings out the best, at least three quarters of an hour. Visit the glass throughout and you will see what I mean in terms of aroma and taste. It's an oily waxy texture, but high level char would produce this. The carmelisation of the lignin compounds would greatly reduce vanillan oils and acids and lactones explaining why I didn't really find these much, caramel cherries, candy and chocolate were much more prominent. The syringol and guaiacol and Eugenol produced by the high level char are very evident in the aromas and taste. Longer oxidation makes these more prominent, while early after the pour the resinous nature of the exposed fresh wood is there. Tanins are very high in Limousin a Oak, around 10% and only slightly lower in Troncai oak, so this explains the dark colour and astringent, tartaric acidic nature of the spirit, also the lower ABV of the previous occupant which is less solvent will remove fewer of the compounds in the wood, leaving the cask richer in these. Very clever maturation.

28th June 2018

Fantastic!

A fire and smoke taste with a oily calm smoothness on the way down. Easy B+/A- product for most, an A for me.

13th June 2018

It's a great release from Ardbeg!

I've tried both dark cove (2016) and Kelpie (2017) and I really enjoyed Kelpie but this is even better and have more smokiness. You should add half a teaspoon of water though in 4-5cl whisky.

10th June 2018

The best Whisky from Ardbeg distillery since years!

Absolutely the best Whisky from Ardbeg distillery since years. He is well matured and has a perfect creamy symbiosis with the alcohol. Sweetness and gentile spices are over flooding You tongue. Absolutely perfect for this price!

6th June 2018

Excellent but a little pricey

Managed to grab two bottles of the committee release of this directly from Ardbeg in March. It’s pretty good especially when left to open up for a month or two. I agree with the first review, not sure it’s worth the extra on the Uigea and Corryvreckan. I’ll probably keep the second bottle as it’s value outstrips it’s quality sadly now. But that’s the Ardbeg roundabout.

5th June 2018

Perfect

I found this similar to Kelpie but even sweeter with more smokiness. Lots of complex flavors including pepper, brine and fatty ham.
$165 Canadian which isn't cheap but I will buy a couple more.
For reference, my favorite Scotches are Laphroaig Cairdeas 2015, Laphroaig Lore, Ardbeg Kelpie, Balvenie 12 and Octomore 10.

3rd June 2018

Very good.

This is a very decent offering from Ardbeg. It's pretty mellow in comparison to most others in their range. The classic Ardbeg flavour is there, with the wine cask influence being fairly subtle. I have the committee release unopened that I am looking forward to trying, to see if the higher a.b.v. has much effect. My only problem with this bottling is the price, as I personally prefer the Uigeadail and Corryvreckan at £30-£40 less. Definitely worth a try though.

3rd June 2018

Price & Love

Once again the marketers caught me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good dram but it does not deserve all this noise. So, buy 2 An Oa or 1 Corryvreckan for the same amount of money and you will not regret it.

2nd June 2018

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