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A limited edition Ardbeg released during the Fèis Ìle whisky festival. Aged in a combination of bourbon as well as some Manzanilla sherry casks, it was produced for 'Ardbog Day', which was celebrated around the world on 1st June 2013.
This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed info and/or photos just get in touch!
Nose: Sea salt and brine with some dark fruit and hints of barbecue. Maple syrup, plum, orange, mint and more herbal notes with a touch of tomato vine. White coffee develops.
Palate: Big - it feels like all the moisture is being sucked out of your mouth at first but in a good way(!). Salt crusted raisins, rich nuttiness, pickled onions. Sounds odd but it’s honestly superb!
Finish: There's red chilli heat on the finish as well as paprika.
Overall: Ardbeg should be celebrated for their measured use of Manzanilla casks here - one of the best bottlings at Fèis Ìle 2013.
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On several occasions where we tasted many high end - quality Whiskeys, This Ardbog was the best to end with. The taste is so intense, that it would easily dominate more fine and smooth Whiskeys. Now thát says a lot oubout the character. I am not saying its the best, i am saying that this one is one, u cant miss having!
11th December 2016
Nose is bold with hints of sherry and stone fruits, strong overtones of marshmallows and burnt sugar. Not a strong peat, but hints of earth and grass. The saltiness that seems to be a part of the core Ardbeg expressions are limited here by the overwhelming sweet tones - much more so than even than Uigeadail. Palate is pungent and overwhelmingly alcoholic - likely because the more subdued sherry notes in the flavor aren't masking the alcohol in the way the heavy sherry notes do in Uigeadail. The alcohol breaks for a warm, earthy, wheat flavor in the center; reminiscent of the smell of water grasses and wetland mornings. Finish retains the pungent alcoholic flavor with a strong emphasis on the wine like tannin feel (imparts a bitterness which is very satisfying alongside the sherry notes) as the liquor evaporates away, leaves you with a nutty, peppery flavor like you might find on piece of meat encrusted with red pepper flakes. Paprika and phenolic sweetness. Overall, this is an excellent Ardbeg that plays hard and loose with the core expression characteristics by departing from the profile of the Uigeadail. This malt emphasizes much more subdued sherry tones and placing the bitterness of a good sherry to the forefront of the palate, thereby allowing the more peppery flavors traditionally associated with Ardbeg to the finish. Without consideration of price, this bottle would be a 94/100, but considering that this is a limited release and was considerably more expensive, I'd have to give it an 89/100. For the money (about twenty dollars less), the Uigeadail is still the superior drink. The stronger emphasis on sherry tones and fruity balance to the overwhelming peat and density of the Ardbeg whisky is preferable in the Uigeadail.
20th March 2016
Very citrus-You clearly have not tried this bottle, as Ardbog tastes nothing like bourbon. Your review is misleading. It tastes more like a complex uigeadail, probably due to better ageing. And lets not forget won gold in the world whisky awards.
9th December 2015
This is coming from an Ardbeg fan. I've had many of their variations. This is probably the worst I've had. That being said, everyone has their own tastes. It's has a moderate orange flavor and is very thick. Taste is very reminiscent of bourbon. If that's something you like this may be for you. But if your mouth favors Ardbeg 10 or uigeadail -- then I'd pass on this one.
18th November 2015
Lots of whiskys gets me enthusiastic, yet Ardbog stands out as the single most giving whisky I've ever tasted. It's rough and raw, but leave it a couple of minutes, add a few drops of water to open it up and you'll be rewarded With a fantastic range of developing tastes, 10, 20 even 30 minutes after the last sip. If you find it, go for it!
22nd July 2015
Since it's release, this has built up quite a stir. Becoming ever hard to get hold of.I think its mainly retailing for around £150 - £200, if you can find it. It definitely falls into the bracket of their better expressions and has gained huge regard in its reviews. Rightly so.I found this to be awesome. If you like the Ugidal, this is the next step. As there's the same sherry influence, but there's more punch, with more smoked meat and savoury, earthy undertones. The twist of what can only be described as salty, toffee, syrup mixed with hot chilli peat. very addictive.
13th January 2015
Sea shore, smoke, tar, nuts, crude oil, sherry, barrel age, chili pepper, and peat. Excellent! With every offering I buy of Ardbeg, I'm falling more and more in love with the product. My advice is to try the Ugidal first. Then go to this one which tastes like a more concentrated version of it. Good luck finding it. If you see it, I suggest picking it up!
6th January 2015
This one is special for me. After reading all the reviews I had to track it down. I live in US state that controls the sale of hard liquor - not beer and wine - it distribute only through state owned outlets. Benefits of that is a set price list and a sophisticated yet accessible online inventory. I found one bottle at a location almost 2 hours away. Packed the kids on a Saturday afternoon and drove up. We arrive only to be told someone has reserved it. I was bummed. I start my search again by calling many many private shops in the neighboring state. We found one - a three store family owned chain that carried it. Wife goes to a baby shower that weekend, somewhere close to one of their stores. They didn't have it on the shelf. wife asked for the manager and one of the owner's sons comes out. He goes out back and finds a dusty case of 6. List price is 93$US. She asks him what kind of discount for 2. He said, 70 a piece since these things aren't selling anyway. She buys them and runs. Wish she bought more. On to my review. This is a very special very beautiful scotch. I have had the ugie and the Corry. corry comes a little close but remains well behind. I don't drink warm whisky - usually a cold stone. But this one is best savored at room temp. the nose is unlike anything I have ever experienced. for me when the nose is complex, I let the scotch sit in the dram for 5 mins or so before a first sip. drink some water a few minutes beforehand to really wash your palate. take your first sip and let it sit on your tongue moving it side to side to let it touch every single taste bud. you can easily do that with ardbog because it is mature enough that the tongue burn is all but gone. I poured a nice dram - a double by barkeep standards - 30 mins after dinner. I savored it for 3 hours. each sip is an awesome pleasure - more of a privilege to enjoy. take your time with it and see how new hints come forward with each palate and finish. the best way to describe this is to take your favorite part of Lagavulin 16, Talisker Storm, adding the finish of a highland park 18 to the smoothness of a good 21 or 25 yr old like Balvenie or Dalwhinnie. smooth smoke and full peat. I think ardbog nails it. 6 weeks since - I plan to keep a bottle in the box for as long as I can. the other is half way through. I shared 3 drams with my brother and close friends who appreciate it. Hell of a dram.
7th December 2014
Exactly what I was hoping for. Add a few drops of water and let it rest for two minutes, and Ardbog delivers a fantastic after taste that lasts and lasts, ever evolving. True bliss!
23rd September 2014
Ardbeg is simply not what it was years ago, it simply does not compare to say even kilchoman machir bay and def stands no chance against laphroaig in any offering last few years very disappointed with LVMH ownership of such a classic brand
15th June 2014
Reading all reviews Ardbog proves to be a do-or-dier... Is this not what's it all about ? Ardbog (and Ardbeg in general) does not want to be a walk-in-the-park whisky, it wants to be a damn straight on collision Islay-drink. This dram screems for (and deserves) a "real" man/woman... Take the commercials from William/Lawson, replace the W/L-bottle with an Ardbeg and it speaks for itself...
28th May 2014
With the name Arbog I expected a more peated flavor or something a little different-- this bottle was hard to find and more expensive than Corry and Oogie which in my opinion are better-- price is never a concern with me bjt Cory remains my favorite
1st March 2014
I was lucky to be in the Finnish Alko in time to buy a full box of Ardbog( 6 bottles). It seem to be out of stock everywhere, at least in Finland.
30th November 2013
I'm not sure what's going on across the pond, but in my local bottle shop out in semi-rural Virginia, there are no fewer than 8 bottles of Ardbog collecting dust on the display shelf just inside the door. They're going for around $95 a pop. They also had the last two bottles of Uigeadail within 100 miles, one of which I bought (Only ~20 bottles left in the entire state, I've been told they'll no longer be selling it once it's all gone). Is Ardbog going to end up becoming a collector's item? Is Uigeadail?
7th November 2013
Very good Ardbeg, similar to Uigeadail but not as much toffee, fruits and smoke with a hint of BBQ, feel very lucky to have found this bottle collecting dust in a corner of a store, who didn't know what they had.
29th October 2013
very nice whisky smoky small as you want and bit fruity on the nose and a very smal sugar test !!! tot much $$$$ but worth it !!! the reason why i give 9 insted of 10
18th October 2013
I was hoping for a new dram from Ardbeg that would blow the Uigeadail away,but the Ardbog didnt.Dont get me wrong, its a great Ardbeg but not mind blowing by any means.At £80 I would rather buy a bottle of Laphroaig Cairdeas 2013./mike-stockholm-sweden
22nd August 2013
My first Ardbeg ever and there are bottles all over the place here in Dallas...I can't wait to try the rest of the Ardbegs.
2nd August 2013
I’m not the person who puts water in his whisky, I very very rarely do so – almost never, but Ardbog seemed to have some kind of secret it wanted to reveal. So here I am – couple of evenings later – with a teaspoon of water over a Glencairn glass... I sit back in a cool balcony, swirl it around, take a minute ... and then feel an immediate kick of cinnamon – you know the kind of kick that rockstar guitarists do... The very distinctive flavour of cheap bitterish cinnamon biscuit cake from the 80s. Very cinnamony indeed. The water really calms down Ardbog and let’s it tell a very intriguing sequel. The taste? The very much Lagavulin–y pine nuts spring forward. And they remain quite comfortably there in the finish, which is rather nutty. Some soviet tiny candies in a tin box, something very herbal too. The mouthfeel is fairly bitter and grassy ... the bitterness is on the verge of crushed pills in a spoon, but knows when to stop and doesn’t cross the line. At times you feel you could briefly be tricked into thinking it’s actually Lagavulin 16. I usually don’t stop after one – or five – glasses, but Ardbog is the kind of whisky you get overwhelmed – or rather, satisfied – with, after that one hug. It’s a whisky I know I’m gonna enjoy on those cold autum...... I mean – summer – evenings. It’s the malt you wanna share with your two best friends and sip it in a friendly silence.
22nd July 2013
Drumroll, please. I have anticipated this liquid like Britain anticipates the little Katelliam. And so, my baby daughter is finally sleeping, it's time to dig in. The Nose. The unmistakably-Ardbeg whiff of damp stables serves the first ball of the match, then it gets a return from flavours much more fresh and mild, like candies and green tea … It's a long rally, where the more syrupy notes get the edge and win the first game by eventually converting a break-point. We're approaching the end of the first set with some apple skin and camomile honey (the one that mom used to make during the summer in the country - if yours didn't, just think regular honey). You sit down for a breather and find some toffee lost in a grass - perhaps a ballboy has dropped it from his pocket. Is it starting to sound a little awkward? OK, let's finish all this tennis-talk by just saying everything of the above has that subtle yet ever-present racquet-slice of peat lingering in the air. Some sauna stones and a well as well. The Taste. Is it still relevant to talk in tennis terms? The answer is quite simple: NO. It's the whole different game now. It's huge, so huge it feels like a reason the word 'huge' was invented. You take a sip and then your senses think they're about to cling onto something, it's just a matter of fractions of a second before you will identify the flavours…uh oh - BAM… it knocks you out before you can get your thoughts around it; it's like getting punched while kissing. It's an avalanche with Big Foot riding it on two snow tigers. Except it's HOT, very hot, bloody hot, it burns like bonfire and feels like putting a torch into your mouth. Somebody call the fire brigade. … And then some saltiness, caramelised salty peanuts; carrot juice (hello, Quarter Cask). This is a whisky that doesn't negotiate. It's a malt you cannot invite for a drink, show up in summery shorts and say 'hey there', no, you have to make an appointment and buy some regular trousers. In fact, if you're reading this in shorts, you seriously should be ashamed of yourself. It's like Magelan siding with Marty McFly and travelling in a time-machine to wrestle with the dinosaurs. The woody finish is so long it could time-travel barefoot, without needing any machines. From the Ardbeg range, Ardbog is closest to Corryvreckan; only more straightforward, honest and down-to-earth. If Corryvreckan is Zidane, Ardbog is Cantona. But don't get it wrong - it has the same complexity, it's just that probably it's the fiercest Ardbeg there is. 'Bog is the sort of dram a conquistador, a bearded braveheart explorer would take on a trip. It's like a book; you have to sit, shush, and read it from cover to cover, until you find the meaning of life - or at least, find out why the dinosaurs have extinguished (there was a hint in there somewhere). Is it a great whisky? Yes. Was it challenging enough? Probably not. It is complex and powerful, but it's the sort of Ardbeg you would expect from Ardbeg. So ... the real question is: why spend a lot more, when you can get something very similarly great in Uigeadail and Ten.
20th July 2013
Ardbog is a great whisky and it was well worth the wait in my opinion. I agree that Corry and Oogie are in the same ball park and pound for pound Oogie is hard to match. However, for the interest and excitement generated by Ardbog Day and the fun drinking it.... top marks to Ardbeg. By the way you should try 'Pink Laphroaig Islay Festival 2013' lovely drop!
8th July 2013
Ardbog is not bad but it's plaing wrong for a one-dimensional and flat noted dram like this to carry such a price tag (talking about local retail price of bit over 80 euros, at the abovementioned 180 euros a purchase would be nothing short of lunacy - idiotic lunacy). Both Corry and Uige are explosions of glorious aromatic richness with intense, satisfactory flavours. Following a Corry glass with the 'bog, there's nothing the 'bog can say the Corry can't match and surpass. The 'bog is certainly not the worst thing I've tasted but it did let me down some.
26th June 2013
Ardcheese... i.e. what it is when it sells out quickly and you don't get a bottle!! Fortunately I've got an Ardbog waiting for me at the Whisky Shop, picking it up later for £72 (that's minus my member discount, makes it easier to swallow the pricetag), though gutted I hesitated buying a 2nd bottle on here yesterday, already sold out! Again!I've not tasted it yet, but if it's a drier version of the Corry or Oogie I'll be a very happy indeed... happier than a pig in ... bog.
LOL - why not mix all three bottles and create your own limited edition expression! Try calling it Ardlines!................anyone else got some name suggestions?
25th June 2013
Being a newcomer to the world of malt, I have to say that I was struck down with the sublime Uigeadail and became hooked with Ardbeg. I have been fascinated with the various 'special' releases and, of course the prices that various expressions of Ardbeg seem to command. I was hooked, and the prospect of getting a bottle or two of Ardbog set my pulse running. However, the locusts passed and I missed out on achieving my goal. A friend of my managed to get a bottle and we ceremoniously opened the bottle, poured a dram, took a sip and..............wondered what all the fuss was about. A good whisky yes, but not deserving of all the hype. I think we're all falling for the marketing techniques of 'scarcity' and 'limited edition' and frankly I'll look away when the next marketing money-maker is launched. I love the above review, but I'll take three bottle of Uigeadail instead any day!
24th June 2013
Get a ten year old, an Uigeadail and a Corryvrecken - all three bottles together will be £6.20 cheaper and more fun!!
21st June 2013
Very good and tasty stuff. But the price is too expensive here, not worth it. I got a bottle for 84,60 € from Finland.
19th June 2013
Unfortunately, there is very little we can do about that. We bought the bottles at RRP on Islay ourselves, and there was no allocation. We have always bought the bottles and shared with those who can't make it to Feis Ile. -- The Chaps at Master of Malt
10th June 2013
Twice the RRP after 4 days of release and already sold out? I got one from Ardbeg for £80, and this is plain cheek. I also notice that the other Feis Ile bottlings are being sold at TWICE their RRP too, so thats £100 pure profit on the Laga then? Tut tut.
6th June 2013
Already sold out at nearly 180€ a bottle!!Welly well..marketing in its purest form! Congrats Arbdeg.
5th June 2013
In my opinion the best Ardbeg in a long time. Reminds me little of Uigeadail. (My personal favourite)3 bottles - check!