Speciality Drinks

Elements of Islay

Ar4 (Ardbeg)

ABV 58.1%
REVIEWED Issue 121
Brand: Elements of Islay, Speciality Drinks, Ardbeg
Expression: Ar4 (Ardbeg)
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 58.1%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islay
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Bottled by: Speciality Drinks
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Ardbeg Distillery, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Islay, Scotland
Taster   Neil Ridley
Nose: Full-on BBQ pork, a touch of medicinal bandages and smoked nuts liven up the senses first. Some drying woodiness follows up next.
Palate: Big hitting coal dust, chargrilled meat and then a sweet Demerara sugar brings out the detail. The smoke is bold, but not cloying.
Finish: Wafts of medicinal peat and seasoned oak.
Comment: Nicely done. Campfire sing-songs all round. One for a chilly night at Glastonbury.
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Intense. Rich oak. Smoky. Phenolic. Tar, liquorice. An earthy touch. Wet straw. Farmyard. A sweeter note on time. Mint toffee. A hint of walnut.
Palate: Smooth at first then dry and smoky. Quite a big whiff of smoke. Bacon Sherbety. The alcohol bite numbs the tongue.
Finish: Dry, smoky, warm.
Comment: A strong phenolic profile framed in solid oak. The alcohol is not totally mastered. Adding water brings out bitterness.
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