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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

One I will buy again

So I tried this maybe 2013 and didn’t like it as much as I wasn’t acclimatised to peat.

However it’s 2021. And now I love it.

High abv, no age statement however don’t let that deter you and a nice mix of peat and Sherry.

One thing I would say about this is experiment with the water - you can drink it neat and it’s good however I prefer a little. If it takes too much water it tastes just of peat and you loose the Sherry… take my tip …

Ant

30th August 2021

Best Ardbeg ever, ever.

This bottle right here is why i got into whisky, taste like a dark storm on the Irish sea, with a sweet lady waiting for you at home.
Legendary whisky.

7th August 2021

Like a slow Barry White song

Aw yeah babyyyy
Sooo goooodddd.
Deep dark savory sweet voluptousness…

8th July 2021

Dr Jekyll really is a pleasant fellow.

Addendum to "Not quite perfect"
I added 10ml of water to 40ml of whisky, taking the ABV down to just over 43%.
This now gives me a common baseline to judge the spirit against others.
I have to say, it changes the character significantly, opening up and smoothing the texture and notes. I am also pleased to report that behind the cask strength bottling lies a very pleasant, well balanced, not overly Peated dram. Even if you prefer your single malt bristling and crazy, I recommend this procedure. I feel you will understand Uigeadail more.
Well done Ardbeg

21st June 2021

Very very nice, but not. Quite. Perfect.

This is already an established classic. I have very little to add except that while I like it very much, it is not.. quite... complete.
Few whiskies have the oomph that this has. It is impressive. And it's by no means a one-dimensional, thin dram. There's a lot to enjoy. Peat certainly, but you can taste the barley, the sea and even some sweetness.
But this.... focus rather deprives the whole palate. Lately I've been concentrating as much on which parts of my mouth the taste is found as on which tastes there are. This dram is satisfying because it is straight down the middle, but it is less open, less airy and relaxed than I would like.
I will update after the bottle has breathed for a few days.

17th June 2021

The wonderful epitome of weird

When they changed the recipe 10 years ago, and ruined Ardbeg 10, I mourned, as they just killed my favourite whisky.
Then I found this....and rejoiced. It's everything Ardbeg should be. Tar, phenols, smoke, iodine.
This is rich, pungent, strong, take no prisoners whisky. It's not really like other Islays. It's it's own bag of weird, and I absolutely love it.

4th June 2021

Great for peeling paint off a wall.

When I opened my one and only bottle, I couldn’t decide whether I smelled road tar or a skunk. Barely made it through the bottle and had a hard time foisting it on my friends. Also kept it away from an open flame. Sorry, but never bought another one.

25th May 2021

The best of the Ardbegs

Wonderful wonderful stuff. Having tried so many of the Ardbeg limited releases but I always go back to this as my favourite

The finish is the stage out, lip smacking and makes you crave more. Beautifully complex layers throughout

26th March 2021

Awesome Islay

Just the best Islay style whisky on the planet for me, complex Smokey with loads of layers of flavour. The intensity at times almost too much then another flavour bursts through, a true taste journey, a real treat.

21st March 2021

Wonderful peaty complex malts

Only bettered by Corryvrekan

13th March 2021

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