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Ardbeg Heavy Vapours

(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.

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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.

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Ardbeg Heavy Vapours Reviews

Ardbeg gimmick

A vapour of shite

24th May 2023

Heavy Vapours

The peat is subdued, the dram is quite fruity. Altogether, not the best Ardbeg, but definitely not the worst.

24th May 2023

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.

23rd May 2023


Really nice drink 👍

23rd May 2023

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

23rd May 2023

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