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Islay single malt scotch whisky

A single first-fill oloroso-sherry hogshead bottled in 2017 for the Islay Festival. Dark chocolate intertwines with rich espresso notes and luxurious dried fruit, while layers of dense smoke finish off this intensely satisfying Ardbeg expression.

  • Core Flavour

    Rich espresso
  • Cask details

    Distillate from the early 2000s matured in a first-fill oloroso-sherry hogshead
  • Strength

    51.6%
  • Distillery

  • Distillery status

    OPEN
  • Approved by

Tasting notes

  • Nose

    Densely packed with blackcurrant concentrate and an underlying note of grilled mackerel skins adding a savoury note. Black cherry mingles with fresh coffee beans, building to become thick and dark like roasted game – venison or wild boar with a dark, sticky red-wine source.
  • Palate

    Old-fashioned cough medicine and dark fruit lozenges at first. The mouthfeel is thick and heavy, reminiscent of a rich porter. Beautiful bitter chocolate and espresso blend with macadamia nuts and dark treacle. The smoke is herbaceous and rich.
  • Finish

    The dense texture shows walnut skins and a salty tang lingering on the palate, with thick medicinal smoke coating the sides of your tongue.

Flavour

  • Espresso
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Cherry
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Smoke
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