Ardbeg Blaaack Committee Release

Ardbeg Blaaack Committee Release
WhiskyArdbeg Blaaack Committee Release
TypeSingle Malt
CaskPinot Noir
Abv50.7%
Rating 88/100

About

Ardbeg is a whisky distillery in Port Ellen, on the south coast of the isle of Islay in Scotland. The distillery has been producing whisky since 1798 and is owned by Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy. Ardbeg whisky is considered to be among the peatiest in the world, while many whisky experts rank their Uigeadail bottling amongst the world's best whiskies.
Reviews of Ardbeg Blaaack Committee Release
says on March 10, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Deep copper

General description

With the peated wine cask kick I'm on, this was like a sign from on high that I'm not crazy and these flavours go beautifully together. However I will say that while this one has all the classic peat, the wine influence is fairly slight. Pinot Noir may be too delicate a red to stand up alongside Ardbeg's heavy-hitting peat. Still an excellent whisky though

Nose

Sea salt and honey glazed ham, studded with cloves and cinnamon spice... theres no way you wouldn't know this as an Ardbeg with that distinct nose. But its wrapped up in silky sweetness

Palate

Spices are immediately apparent. Peppery notes, smokey spicey paprika heat and sweeter clovey cinnamon flavours prickle your tongue, and theres really very little fruit immediately apparent. It's quite light, actually, with a bit of the alcohol sneaking in. An impression of blackberries and balsamic sweet-salty tang round it out.

Finish

Its dry wine, and a rather shorter finish. There's a vein of fresh dirt and salt, and just the most sneaking smoke filtering through.

says on March 10, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Deep copper

General description

Can you call an Ardbeg subtle? probably not, but by Ardbeg standards this one is not the big, dark and punchy flavour you might expect.

That's not to say it isn't there though. There are some real characterful moments the whole time but they need to be looked for on a deeper level than you might be used to with this gorgeous Islay distillery.

Am I glad I tried it? Absolutely. Would I buy a bottle? Quite happily. Would I pay over retail price for it? Maybe not.

Nose

Subtler than expected with a touch of wine fruityness and a light smoked ham note. Nary a hint of higher alcohol or even that big Ardbeg smoke you might expect.

Palate

Beautiful and smooth, an oily mouthfeel coats your whole tongue before a touch of rich red grapes come in to play with a smoke that is building and building from the moment it lands in your mouth.

Finish

And then here it is. Ardbeg in all its glory comes marching along, beating its chest with big smoke, leather and spice. But then, somewhat strangely for a high strength Ardbeg, it is all over before you have time to register whats happened.

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Flavour profile

  • Smoke
  • Cherry
  • Sweet
  • Peat
  • Spice
  • Dark
  • Seaweed
  • Caramel
  • Chocolate
  • Tart
  • Cigar
  • Wood
  • Fruit
  • Clove
  • Warming
  • Candy
  • Old
  • Dark chocolate
  • Complex
  • Truffle
  • Cedar
  • Lingering
  • Ash
  • Oak
  • Dry
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