Ardbeg Uigeadail

This was the first bottling of the newly opened Ardbeg distillery under the new banner. It was bottled from 90% ex-bourbon casks and 10% ex-sherry casks. The Ardbeg Uigeadail is fruitier and smoother than the normal Ardbeg TEN.

This was the first bottling of the newly opened Ardbeg distillery under the new banner. It was bottled from 90% ex-bourbon casks and 10% ex-sherry casks. The Ardbeg Uigeadail is fruitier and smoother than the normal Ardbeg TEN.

Details about this bottle Edit
464
Ardbeg
Scotland, Islay
Single Malt Whisky
54.2%
0.7 l
Original bottling
Bourbon, Sherry
Chill filtration - WithoutArtifical colouring - Without
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Nosing
Peat Smoke:
Sweet:
Sherry:
Herb:
Fruit:
Vanilla:
Maritime Notes:
Tobacco:
Bonfire Smoke:
Seaweed:
Oak:
Spices:
Coffee:
Leather:
Herbs:
Cake:
Malt:
Salt:
Nuts:
Raisin:
Alcohol:
Chocolate:
Ham:
Honey:
Caramel:
Medicinal Smoke:
Zitrus:
Floral:
Dried Fruit:
Iodine:
Dark Chocolate:
Oil:
Clove:
Grape:
Grass:
Plum:
Berries:
Orange:
Pepper:
Anise:
Blackberry:
Fig:
Heather:
Lime:
Peach:
Pear:
Almonds:
Apple:
Banana:
Chili:
Date:
Ginger:
Lemon:
Mint:
Tropical Fruit:
Walnut:
Tasting
Peat Smoke:
Sweet:
Spices:
Sherry:
Malt:
Herb:
Fruit:
Oak:
Maritime Notes:
Nuts:
Vanilla:
Honey:
Oil:
Pepper:
Salt:
Alcohol:
Chili:
Dark Chocolate:
Cake:
Coffee:
Dried Fruit:
Ham:
Tobacco:
Bonfire Smoke:
Chocolate:
Seaweed:
Medicinal Smoke:
Leather:
Iodine:
Raisin:
Zitrus:
Caramel:
Orange:
Herbs:
Cinnamon:
Heather:
Anise:
Berries:
Blackberry:
Date:
Fig:
Ginger:
Hay:
Nutmeg:
Plum:
Tropical Fruit:
Walnut:
Finish
Peat Smoke:
Sweet:
Spices:
Malt:
Sherry:
Oak:
Herb:
Fruit:
Nuts:
Maritime Notes:
Pepper:
Oil:
Salt:
Bonfire Smoke:
Chili:
Chocolate:
Coffee:
Dark Chocolate:
Tobacco:
Vanilla:
Leather:
Raisin:
Seaweed:
Herbs:
Heather:
Iodine:
Cake:
Dried Fruit:
Lime:
Medicinal Smoke:
Nutmeg:
Pear:
Plum:
Zitrus:
Alcohol:
Caramel:
Cinnamon:
Fig:
Floral:

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4.6 Rate
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Tasting Notes 27

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12. May 2015
Nosing:
Very intense, very smoky and a little sherry fruitiness. A faint note of tabaco. Caramel, fudge and some vanilla
Taste:
Also strong and intense, with sweetness. A bit oily and the smoke is coming back. A bit dry
Finish:
Long aftertaste
Nosing:
Rich and weighty with heady and smoky aromatics, this expression of Ardbeg is both intensely flavoured and perfectly integrated. At full strength, the initial aroma is a beguiling mix of warm Christmas cake, walnut oil and parma violets fused with fresh ocean spice, cedar and pine needles falling from the Christmas tree. A smouldering smoky coal fire and the deep scent of well-oiled leather brings warmth to the scene. Smoke
Taste:
Full flavoured and rich with a deep mouth-coating texture, the taste is an intriguing balance between sweet, spicy and deep smoky flavours.
The flavour is initially sweet as Christmas cake begins to soak into the tongue. A burst of winter spices sets off a smoky spicy explosion countered by a sumptuous mid-palate of honey glazed smoked food and chewy treacle.
Finish:
Amazingly long and chewy with lingering raisiny, deep mocha tones and rich aromatic smoke into the perfectly integrated finish

19. Mar 2016
Nosing:

Taste: SaltIodineAlcoholMedicinal SmokeCoffee

Finish:

Comment: rough if you are not a fan
18. Jul 2020
Nosing: Peat SmokeBonfire SmokeFruit
Peat smoke, but ashy, not phenolic. There is an underlying fruit note, but it is well buried. It actually reminds me of a full hoover bag - dusty.

Taste: Peat SmokeDried FruitZitrusMaritime NotesBonfire Smoke
Vegetal peat initially. Has a sort of cabbagey note to it. More of that dustiness, some dried fruit buried in there. Still very ashy. Some citrus acidity. Good flavour intensity througout. Quite a lot of minerality.

Finish: Peat SmokeBonfire SmokePepper
Residual peat, tarriness. Black pepper heat. Charred wood and ash. Dying campfire. Long duration

Comment:
Given what I knew about this release before tasting it I was surprised how little sherry influence there is in it. I was expecting something more along the lines of the Smokehead Sherry bomb (which I suspect is an Ardbeg also). That said there's a lot to like here. The peat smoke is way over to the wood smoke end of the spectrum. Not a lot of phenolic smoke here. There's an overriding ashiness which reminds me of cold campfires going on throughout. It does enough to not be one dimensional though. The sweetness overall shows through on the finish, and there's a little dried fruit one the palate, maybe a little citrus which helps just lift the whole thing. Pretty solid.

86/100
10. May 2015
Nosing: Peat SmokeBonfire SmokeSweet

Taste: Peat SmokeSweetMalt

Finish: Peat Smoke

Comment:
Peat Smoke
29. Jun 2016
Nosing: Peat SmokeSweetSherryTobaccoVanillaFruitBonfire SmokeOakHoney

Taste: SweetPeat SmokeSpicesMaltFruitSpicesOil

Finish: Peat SmokeMaltSweetSherryOakSpices

Comment: My first taste of this was after only a short time tasting whisky, it was too much for my uncultured palate, now it opens up, so much more than just peat smoke, sweetness and complexity, a lovely, lovely dram!
29. Nov 2017
Nosing:
SweetCaramelCakeNutsPeat SmokeTropical FruitDark ChocolateOak
Taste:
SweetCaramelRaisinDried FruitTropical FruitMedicinal SmokeBonfire SmokeTobaccoAlcohol
Finish:
long SweetDried Fruit
Comment:
one of the best
Davisscholar
23. Mar 2015
What a disappointing development to compare Uigeadail bottlings from its release in 2003 and bottlings ten years later.

The original Uigeadail epitomized all the amazing qualities observed in the re-opening editions ("almost there", "still not there" etc.)
The original peat qualities ranged form hickory-smoked bacon and Unagi to Barbeque sauce and leather, supported by a delicate quality of orange peel and fresh Meyer lemons.

All of the above have faded into the background behind a pronounced, solvent-like alcohol note, and the peat is nowhere near as complex, with faint phenolic, musty qualities left.

Whereas it used to be enjoyable and intense neat, the pungent alcohol has become unbearable and seems to deliver only half as much intensity and aroma on the finish.

The demise of this bottlings has been even faster and more painfully apparent than that of Lagavulin 16, which is saying a lot.
milkbonez
08. Apr 2020
Nosing: Peat SmokeHamSherryBlackberryTobacco

Taste: Peat SmokeHam candied bacon SherryHerbMaritime Notes

Finish: HerbCoffeePeat Smoke

Comment: an interesting one. ardbeg not my favorite but i like the sweet and the peat in this one. still prefer Talisker Distiller's Edition for this category but this one is more savory.
DRV12
14. Jan 2016