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Ardbeg Kelpie

(70cl, 46%)

Ardbeg Kelpie

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Ardbeg Kelpie Bottling Note

An Ardbeg that's said to be "as deep as the ocean" thanks to the use of virgin Black Sea oak casks sourced by Dr. Bill Lumsden from the Adyghe Republic in Russia. Whisky from these casks has then been married with regular bourbon cask matured Ardbeg and bottled for Fèis Ìle 2017 at 46%. The kelpie from which this release takes its name is a mischievous water spirit, which might be able to take the form of a horse, or a bull, and may have claws, or be a dog with the head of an ant, that flies. Or Crab Nicholson.

Tasting Note by The Producer

Nose: A wonderful, intense, ‘dancing’ nose, with lots of different, intertwined aromas – powerful, oily peat, dark chocolate, smoked fish, hints of seaweed, and a curious, sharp herbal note. Waves of spicy black pepper.

Palate: A peppery mouthfeel is followed by a crescendo of rich flavours. Treacle toffee, Turkish coffee, smoky bacon and lots of dark, dark chocolate. A curious burst of peachy, estery fruit, hickory wood, clove oil and a suggestion of black olives.

Finish: Seemingly lasting forever, with deep, deep, almost subterranean flavours of clove, tar, and rich toffee.

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Ardbeg Kelpie Reviews

If ya find a bottle- don't buy it... Call me so I can buy it

My favourite Ardbeg expression

12th June 2019

Ardbeg flavor center with a difference

This is good whisky. I don't find it overly complex on the nose or taste but what is there is quality. Has that oily, maritime Ardbeg peat moment with some additional vanilla-ish sweetness from those Black Sea oak casks. The mid palette has a big swell of black pepper and some cinnamon with a nice vegetal sweet peat finish. Definitely enjoyable.

12th November 2018

Kelpie VS Grooves

I loved this but Ardbeg grooves is smokier and more my kind of taste :)

10th June 2018

Unique, "keep you guessing" dram

I think they really did a great job with this one. At it's core you can taste the 10yo, but the Black Sea virgin oak casks really keep you guessing...I love it. Sometimes more intense sweetness,..then not, and then interesting spice and herbaceousness. Glad I bought two bottles.

5th March 2018


Another delicious Ardbeg!

8th February 2018

Great smoky and spicy dram.

Love it! Love it! Nose is likely freshly cracked white pepper over smoked mackerel. The palate is honeyed sweetness with a juxatapose of bacon and slightly unnatural smoke.

10th December 2017

Forgot to rate it!

5 stars for sure.

8th November 2017

Unique, intense but balanced

Lovely unique whisky with intense but balanced flavors. Off the bat it is like chewing on a burnt piece of rope that has been dunked in the ocean and I mean that in a good way. But then other flavors come to the fore.

My favorite whisky is the 2015 Laphroaig Cairdeas but this isn't far behind. It is the best Ardbeg I have had and I am off to buy another bottle.

8th November 2017

Among the best whiskeys I have ever tasted

I and a good friend of mine who once worked for a high-end single malt blend maker in Scotland, are calling this lovely whiskey an "Argisla." We think it combines the best flavors of Campbelltown and Isla malts.
I recently finished off a Ardbeg 17 Year Old and an Ardbeg 24 year old cask (Signatory). Both superb whiskeys, but if you pinned me down I'd be bound to say that this is the best of the three. To me, it ticks off all the boxes of what I love about great Islay and Campbelltown whiskeys.

2nd September 2017

really interesting..

.. in addition to being really good. The wood influence here is remarkable and offers something new. I am enjoying this quite a lot.

13th August 2017

Fantasic release - beautifully moderated Ardbeg

This is a fantastic release from Ardbeg! Although few things can match the Corryvreckan for sheer bombast, the Kelpie takes a different tack, dialing things down a bit (for Ardbeg) and presenting a very well balanced and thoughtful palate of Ardbeg's characteristic "everything" - smoke and sweet and peat all at once. Imagine it as a very happy marriage between the Uigeadail and the Corryvreckan: perfect if you wanted something intensely Ardbeg but not quite as crazy as it can get.

7th August 2017

Price tag shouldn't count but...

This is a good whisky.
The nose is rich and quite intense, true.
The palate is peppery and bitter in the good sense of the term (woodwork maybe?). For those who like the oily texture, the intense peat and the salty taste in the back of the mouth, it's well balanced. There is also a kind of fruitiness going on (but not very subtle and detailed).
The finish is long and enjoyable. But... At the price tag, Uigeadail or Corryvreckan are far better.
At least Kelpie's got a name you can pronounce and spell without much hesitation and is better than the awful Perpetuum, the forgettable Auriverdes and the overpraised Dark Cove.
I'm quite surprised by most tasting notes I can read across the Internet, looking exactly like an official press release.

1st July 2017

Fantastic - buy while you still can

Great release! Got this one, could not get my hands on the committee release. When I first opened it up, VERY intense. Less peat smoke than TEN but more smokey like on the palate. Quite spicy white pepper but fades nicely to Deep oily dark cocoa. Medium viscosity. After 24 hours had another dram and it was more divine. Made me craving a nice espresso. After one week, just had another dram and all I want is another bottle. Better than uigeadail. Don't remember Corryvreckan. I'm sure I stand alone with these. A must for an Ardbeggian.

28th June 2017

Maritime of the ardbegs

Overall an it's a great ardbeg but with some interesting subtleties. This does taste "different" from the other ardbeg line ups but exactly how is difficult to really describe. The maritime notes are undoubtedly more pronounced and by virtue the peat is less relevant. A really good example of how small shifts in production greatly change the profile

8th June 2017

The label description does not disappoint.

Very intense as soon as the bottle opens. Not like any other Ardbeg. Less peat smoke than Ten. More smoked than peaty. At first salty on the palate. Loads of spice that smooths out and gives way to deep rich dark chocolate. Hangs around for a long finish that is reminiscent of smoked fish, like the type you'd put on a cracker for a picnic by the sea. Begs for a hot cup of espresso following this one. Very Ardbeg! A gem of a dram for Ardbeg day. Highly recommend for a $109 price tag in MI.

4th June 2017

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