Ardbeg Traigh Bhan: 19 years in Bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks
A small-batch release that will join the permanent range of the Islay distillery
With the Ardbeg Traigh Bhan a new single malt with age statement will enter the permanent portfolio of the Islay distillery: From September 2019, the 10-year-old Ardbeg will be in company of a 19-year-Ardbeg edition and this new Small Batch Edition will stay, as Moet Hennessy officially announced today. The whisky was matured in ex bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks and bottled without chill-filtration at 46.2% ABV.
An annually newly batched small series
There will be a new batch of Ardbeg Traigh Bhan every year, but nothing was said about the number of bottles we can suspect. The respective batch number is printed on the label and the box of the whisky- Further information on the expected slightly different taste profiles of the batches will be provided by the distillery on its homepage Ardbeg.com.
Mild and rough at the same time
The Ardbeg Traigh Bhan (pronounced Träi Wan) is named after the "Singing Sands”, a beach whose fine, white sand is sometimes "quietly singing" when you walk over it. This enchanting impression is countered by the treacherous, harsh dangers on the beach through volcanic rocks, says Ardbeg, just as the Ardbeg Traigh Bhan would present mild and fine aromas in the nose, then on the palate, a raw and harsh aroma.
Tasting notes for the Ardbeg Traigh Bhan
In the nose: Gentle waves of smoky pineapple, sour cream and wood smoke create an irresistible aroma. Newly planed oak and supple leather open the hearts, followed by sweet toffee and licorice. A splash of water releases a surge of unexpected notes: flint, pine resin and coal tar sparkle to the aromas of lemon sorbet with a sweet, sweet vanilla cheesecake.
On the palate: The peaty power of this alluring bottling is obvious and plunges the palate into a smoky depth. An intense salty mouthfeel followed by sweet and sour notes of smoked chili chocolate and paprika. Waves of toasted oak and toasted tea leaves emerge before revealing fresh peppermint cream and white chocolate with salt.
The Finish: A firm, gentle, soothing wood smoke merges into a long lasting finish that swings significantly beyond the glass.
Images: Moet Hennessy