Ardbeg Scorch and Ardbeg Day 2021

Casks heavily shaped by fire provide intense soot and smoky aromas

 

Like every year there will be an Ardbeg Day in 2021, too. It will be celebrated on June 5th and it will be celebrated completely online as it was last year. Of course, a special Ardbeg Day 2021 bottling will be released: Ardbeg Scorch is the name of the whisky dedicated to the fire-breathing dragon in Warehouse 2 of the distillery - according to the official announcement published today.

To be exact, there will be two Ardbeg Scorch bottlings like we are used to: On April 29, 2021, the Committee Release with 51.7% ABV will be available to members of the Ardbeg Committee via a link in a personal email, from May 25, 2021 there will be the Ardbeg Scorch General Release with 46% ABV available at special retailers and Ardbeg.com.

Both whiskies are neither chill-filtered nor coloured. Incidentally, the bottle of the Committee Release is apparently equipped with a completely different label than the General Release as you can see on the images below.

What is special about the Ardbeg Scorch?

The whisky for the Ardbeg Scorch was matured in heavily charred ex-Bourbon barrels. The press release describes intense aromas of soot, smoke and grilled food, and liquorice. So the name “Scorch” has once again been chosen very appropriately by the marketing team.

And of course there is also a little story spun around the Ardbeg Scorch: There is an aroma- and fire-breathing dragon sitting in Warehouse No. 3, roasting the barrels and barrel lids.

Tasting notes for the Ardbeg Scorch

Colour: light brushed gold

On the nose: frightening, intense aromas of soot and smoke. Hints of aniseed and fragrant patchouli are intertwined with strong notes of hardened steel and saddle soap. With a drop of water, herbal top notes of briar, sage and pine come to the fore.

On the palate: With the first sip, an abundance of aromas opens up. Oily, meaningful with a cloud of sweet smoke and dragon-charred oak. Grilled food is interwoven with notes of black liquorice and medicinal lozenges.

Finish: A long and heroic finale, with a light, tarry aftertaste that stretches happily and far to the end.

Images: Moet Hennessy