Grooves Committee Edition

ABV 51.6%
REVIEWED Issue 151
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Brand: Ardbeg
Expression: Grooves Committee Edition
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 51.6%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islay
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: A serious full on peat monster, turf fires, smoked oysters and air dried ham. Grilled pineapple, red chilli jam, bbq king prawns and cumin, oak smoked paprika. Lincolnshire sausage spices.
Palate: The sweetness of honey here is short lived, everything is consumed with the smoke. There is a minerality, sweetcorn and smoked sea salt, then those oysters.
Finish: Short, crisp and sweet for a little then the chilli spices cut in.
Comment: One of the peat heads, but nicely put together and has such balanced.
Taster   Sam Coyne
Nose: Undoubtedly something peaty going on, as you'd expect. Reminds of artificial grass. Nothing too overwhelming, but a gentling crackling fire.
Palate: Sea-salt chips, and the some classic Islay trademarks. Opens up a little sweeter, but is all wrapped up in a lovely smoke, that drifts slightly towards cured meat near the end.
Finish: That meaty note makes itself known, before the smoke becomes earthier.
Comment: Really easy drinking. A good drop for the peat-puritans, while a nice sighter for those trying something new.
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Ardbeg Distillery, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Islay, Scotland
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