Sunday, 6 April 2014

Ardbeg Auriverdes

2014’s Ardbeg day whisky, to be released on May 31st.  Matured in American oak casks with specially toasted cask lids.  I didn’t get Ardbog until recently, I’m pleased to be on the front foot this time.

Ardbeg Auriverdes, 49.9% A⊕

ardbeg_auriverdesNose - Classically sweet, peat Ardbeg, certainly not too tarry or ashen, with a rather lovely balance.  A little bit of medicine, a little bit of meat, a lot of sweet peat and a beautifully earthen edge to it that I find instinctively addictive.  The whisky, like most Ardbegs (except Corryvreckan in my humble opinion), ably demonstrates why people get so hooked on Ardbeg.

Body - Unexpected chocolate with the smoke.  The rich, creamy oak blends very well with the milk chocolate and vanilla.  Why didn’t they think of this before?

Finish - Here’s the ash, but its not tarry - it’s toasted and a belt of espresso in the (medium, but reasonably uneventful) finish.

What's not good about it: I hesitate to call out a lack of intensity, given the intensity of the single cask IBs I’ve been considering recently, but it’s a little bit like that.  However, I don’t always want the insanity of single cask, and this is fab.

What’s good about it:  Sweet peat, and extra cream and vanilla from the toasted lids - Compass Box must be pretty flattered by this homage.  I love the cream, depth, and balance.  It’s a strong buy.

Thanks to Ardbeg distillery for the official sample.

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