Ardbeg Kelpie, Committee Release

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17214
Ardbeg
Scotland, Islay
Single Malt Whisky
2017
51.7%
0.7 l
Original bottling
new Oak Casks from Rand of Schwarzen Meeres
Chill filtration - Without Artifical colouring - With
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Average tasting notes Tasting Notes
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Nosing
Peat Smoke:
Dark Chocolate:
Sweet:
Herb:
Chocolate:
Fruit:
Heather:
Salt:
Seaweed:
Herbs:
Maritime Notes:
Coffee:
Lemon:
Oak:
Plum:
Spices:
Zitrus:
Tasting
Peat Smoke:
Sweet:
Pepper:
Spices:
Dark Chocolate:
Ham:
Heather:
Malt:
Nuts:
Oil:
Salt:
Herbs:
Maritime Notes:
Herb:
Alcohol:
Barley:
Caramel:
Coffee:
Fruit:
Honey:
Oak:
Seaweed:
Finish
Peat Smoke:
Alcohol:
Fruit:
Oak:
Spices:
Maritime Notes:
Dark Chocolate:
Pepper:
Salt:
Seaweed:
Sweet:
Herbs:
Herb:
Apple:
Chocolate:
Coconut:
Coffee:
Green Apple:
Heather:
Malt:
Medicinal Smoke:
Mint:
Nutmeg:
Nuts:
Oil:
Plum:
Sherry:
Tobacco:
Vanilla:

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18. Jul 2017
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Davisscholar
20. Mar 2017
What a nice treat that hundreds (!!!) of Committee bottles were sold through premier US retailers this year.

Little fruit or distillery character initially. Strong earthy barley and that often absent Ardbeg note of smoked ham and fish - think honey-glazed Unagi.
Round, oily palate with a touch of sweetness. Rarely found in current releases, reminds me of the glory days of the "Almost there" and original Uigeadail releases 10-12 years ago. The smoke quality is almost only medium, but deliciously present and lingering. Does not need water, but takes it well.
The "fresh" casks integrate seamlessly without any char or tannin.

After a few days of opening, the Malt opens up, and some signature Ardbeg characters of candied citrus and stewed fruit appear, while the palate becomes slightly warmer and grittier.

The real winner is the finish, which leaves you with earth, smoked fish and campfire for minutes. Wish I had bought more, and can only hope the regular release will be comparable.
mwrock
21. Apr 2017
Nosing: Salt Salt Seaweed Peat Smoke Dark Chocolate Herbs

Taste: Salt Salt Peat Smoke Dark Chocolate Herbs Pepper Ham Caramel Oil :tar:

Finish: Salt Alcohol Peat Smoke Pepper Spices Oil

Comment: Very nice, but very different than other Ardbegs, the smoke is not as prominent, well balanced and salty.
27. Apr 2017
Nosing: Someone’s briny peat bog has caught fire, near a fishy marina! But then, more delectable aromas arise from the glass, like raw dark chocolate and even darker ground espresso, faint fruity esters of British bitter ale and lemon skins, and nicely reeky peat.

Taste: A buoy of high quality pure malt spirit is tossed about by a tempestuous current of dark green herbs, bitter cacao, fresh coffee, black pepper, and peeled sugar cane swimming alongside hickory smoked fish

Finish: Smoky brine drifts ever onward.

Comment: But show really starts when you add a Tablespoon or two of water. I can't wait for the broader release to come out next month!

With a portion matured in virgin European oak from near the Black Sea, Kelpie is aptly named for a mythic shapeshifting aquatic nature spirit, as its unbridled flavors gallop along, ever changing around a golden heart swathed in seaweed.

"But that sinewy tendril of seaweed winding its way through the palate acts like savory herbs for the tasty elements of raw cacao, roasted coffee, maple sugars, buttery scallops, a dab of vanilla bean to go with the coconut, and a ghostly memory of smoked fish. And that scrumptious nutmeg continues to surface, along with other spices bobbing up from the deeper riptides of this compelling dram with the deceptively serene looks of a burnished sauternes lake."

Read the full review at 1mansmalt.com

http://www.1mansmalt.com/reviews/single-malt-whisky-reviews/ardbeg-kelpie-committee-release/

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