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Ardbeg Heavy Vapours Whisky

(70cl, 46%)

Ardbeg Heavy Vapours
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Ardbeg Heavy Vapours Bottling Note

A fascinating one from Ardbeg, Heavy Vapours is the Islay distillery's whisky with the gloves taken off. Meaning it was distilled without using Ardbeg’s purifier. Typically, vapours that rise up the still are captured by this piece of equipment, which sits on the lyne arm of Ardbeg’s spirit still. It captures heavier compounds and condenses them, causing them to fall back into the still. The vapours fall back into the still, are heated again, and so rise again. This purifying process is said to bring a floral fruitiness that balances the spirit's powerful peat, but that's been avoided here to bring a more full-throttle Ardbeg whisky, which was bottled without chill-filtration at 46% ABV.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: It's so deep and earthy Alice might think it's a route into Wonderland. There's smouldering soil and rock pool salinity (almost bordering on chlorine), as well as a minty/eucalyptus quality that develops into After Eight mints. Cardamom follows, as well as sweetness from tinned peaches and treacle, as well as a strange funkiness akin to Gruyère. Interesting stuff.

Palate: You would think Ardbeg without the purifier would come out punching, but this is a more relaxed intensity. Thick ashy smoke drifts through a palate rich with dark chocolate, apples, charred honeyed meat, and a little cumin.

Finish: Old coffee, more chocolate, smouldering wood, and minty herbs.

Reviews for Ardbeg Heavy Vapours
Hate to say it
The soul seems gone, not a connoisseur or an expert. I'll just say it seems like more energy went into the packaging than the whiskey. Been enjoying the distillery since 2006 and at this point might as well keep with the ten year and there is no shame in that
, United States
2 months ago
Grabs you by surprise
This is another phenomenal limited release from Dr. Lumsden. I’ve bought it after reading all the bad reviews and thought it couldn’t be. No, this is not an Ardbeg 1977 BUT it bears its name and shares a component: a really long finish. Ash and smoke that sticks in your mouth for hours and some dark chocolate that lingers on your tongue forever. This is definitely a mixed Ardbeg blend with older years in the making; yes there are some younger (8-9 year old) thing in there but there is definitely much older than 13-14 years in that batch as the mouth feel is so complex, the arrival very smooth and the finish lingering. Is it the best bang for your buck? No, get the Uigaedail! But is it worth it as a one off? Absolutely!!
, Canada
3 months ago
Ardbeg gimmick
A vapour of shite
, Malaysia
4 months ago
Heavy Vapours
The peat is subdued, the dram is quite fruity. Altogether, not the best Ardbeg, but definitely not the worst.
4 months ago
Downfall of Ardbeg
As someone who has previously loved Ardbeg, this bottling is an example of a distillery heading in the wrong direction. Young whisky with Gimmicky names and labels aimed at sucking people into paying a high price for a half assed dram. This is not one for people looking for excitement or complexity.
, United Kingdom
4 months ago
Really nice drink 👍
, United Kingdom
4 months ago
Shocked how poor this bottling is.
Been collecting Ardbeg day releases since Ardbog. This without doubt is the worst they ever released. Half arsed, young and truly terrible. It’s not even remotely interesting as a dram. Shame
4 months ago

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