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Ardbeg Uigeadail

(70cl, 54.2%)

Ardbeg Uigeadail
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Ardbeg Uigeadail Bottling Note

This stunning expression from Islay's Ardbeg distillery on the Kildalton Coast is named after a nearby loch (pronounced "Oog-a-dal"). It's the perfect example of how sweet and savoury notes can work together spectacularly - you'll find Ardbeg's maritime salinity intact here, combined with dried fruit notes imparted by time spent in sherry casks. Kind of like when you mix sweet popcorn and salty popcorn together, it results in something absolutely wonderful.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Multifaceted, notes of peat and little flourishes of dark sugar, freshly ground espresso beans, cereal notes and a most sophisticated tar.

Palate: Led by sweet, ripe fruit and black forest honey. A good helping of malt. The throne then usurped by a powerful peat and smoked barley.

Finish: Very long, caramel and malt weave their way through peat smoke and dark sugar and just a hint of fresh espresso coffee before it finally peters out.

Overall: Such deft balance! How wonderful to sample Ardbeg so beautifully complimented by sherry.

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Ardbeg Uigeadail Reviews

Desert Island Whiskey

May not be a whiskey for everyone as it has a complex variety of flavours that may not be to everyones tastes, but for me this is absolute whiskey heaven. Brings together so many of my favourite elements from the balance of the bourbon and olorosso to the hefty peaty kick and oily finish. It is very surprising that it is 54% as the only way you can tell is that a large glass leaves you feeling the effects of the alcohol more than usual. The taste, however, is not compromised by that extra percentage. I've never needed to add water to this dram, it stands up perfectly.

Very surprised by some 1 star reviews on here. Granted it might not suit everyone's palate but personally I never want my house to not have a bottle of this in it. It is the desert island whiskey, if I had to make the choice...truly stunning! Treat yourself and buy it!

15th January 2023

Nice and peaty, but you knew that anyway!

As I would have expected from Ardbeg, it’s gorgeous! It’s everything that I enjoy in a Islay whisky! I’m NOT a connoisseur, I just know what I like!

1st October 2022

Ardbeg , you’d beg for it too.

I first purchased a bottle for a good friend who loves his Peaty Whisky. I was then fortunate enough to share a dram with him, if simply blew my mind. So I purchased another for myself.
The whole of that weekend I just couldn’t get it out of my mind.
There’s no sin in Whisky promiscuity and if there was I’d happily pay penance to have a dalliance with this remarkable NAS gem.

30th September 2022

Uppercut to the mouth 🙂

This Ardbeg is a hard hitter, so full of punch and flavour! It's medicinal, caramel and smoke all wrapped up in an uppercut to the mouth! Awesome 👍👍🙂🙂

22nd July 2022

Loses to the 10

Love ardbeg so much but this is overpriced. Loses to 10 and Laphroaig QC and Loch Lomond Inchmoan. Guess I'm one of those who don't get the greatness of this but I stand what I taste. Not bad, just ridiculous price. Still good stuff to drink . Not excellent, but ardbeg is still better than 90% other whiskys.

18th July 2022

One of my all time favourites

Love it. It’s smoky of course but not just for smokiness sake like some Islays—rather, it has an amazing blend of flavours. Really love the Sherry influence. After trying about 230-40 scotches, this is in my top 3

22nd April 2022

I changed my opinion

Have to say my first impression on opening was 'not a fan' but gave it another try a few weeks later with a drop of water and it seems to have changed totally. Its one that in my opinion needs time to open up with oxygen and needs to calm down a bit before I can fully appreciate. I have since changed my opinion and enjoyed many times and csn appreciate the quality

16th April 2022

Aggressively smoked

This took quite a while to get used to. I'm not sure I'll buy it again but it really was one heck of an experience. If you're a fan of smoky, slightly herby, sweet and aggressive whiskies then you really should buy one of these.

3rd April 2022

Recommended for Islay enthusiasts...

A Christmas gift for me. Recommended by a savvy whisky friend. Not disappointed. Yes, the Islay peat, smoke and salt but just a bit sweet. Added just a few drops of water to open up the flavour.

25th December 2021

They seem to have purged all the Ardbeg-ness from this

I think you need to update your tasting notes on this.

This bares no resemblance to the last bottle I had a few years ago, or to the tasting notes above.

The nose is faint. Just a little malt coming through.

The pallet is very subtle for 54%. Mostly, I detect a sour note.

The finish is long, mostly tasting watery, akin to something resembling Laphroaig.

To me, Ardbeg was always signified by a tar and phenolic weirdness, very distinct from other Islays. Though the 10yo changed 10 years ago to be more subtle, Uigeadal still had that full on vibe, complemented by the sherry finish. Instead, this now tastes as if they have purged all that away - maybe by cutting away the foreshots and feints. What's left is something very akin to one of Laphroaig's budget offerings, only watery with it.

Hearing that Ardbeg are adding new stills in order to double production, suggests to me volume and profit are now everything to them. LVMH may be coining it, but at at the cost of killing Ardbeg, in search of mass market appeal. A travesty.

19th December 2021

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