The range

Ar8

Islay single malt scotch whisky

A single cask aged in an ex-bourbon barrel, this whisky promises full-on peaty flavour of the classic Ardbeg style. Only 345 bottles were produced.

  • Core Flavour

    Dark chocolate with ginger
  • Cask details

    Distillate from the early 2000s matured in a bourbon barrel
  • Strength

    54.3%
  • Distillery

  • Distillery status

    OPEN
  • Approved by

Tasting notes

  • Nose

    Sea brine and caramel wafers to start, with sweet barbecue smoke followed by an undercurrent of summer fruit. Darker notes of old floorboards and smoked herring marry with spicy vanilla and chocolate shards studded with raisins and nuts.
  • Palate

    Juicy with a background note of cranberries, sooty smoke and salted caramel. The fresh first-fill cask character comes alive and leads the palate. The spiciness of the nose comes through with a much bigger kick, while the whisky becomes creamier. Herbaceous smoke leads, walking beside fresh lemon and lime zestiness.
  • Finish

    A lingering spicy finish that dries out nicely, leaving sooty smoke.

Flavour

  • Cranberries
  • Chocolate
  • Smoked herring
  • Vanilla
  • Lime
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