Ardbeg whiskey is one of the finest single malts available on this planet. Now, you don’t have to just believe in the written word but actually taste it to know the power and the flavor of this spirit.
The beauty of this whiskey is such that if you have tasted it once you will easily identify it the next time around. Also known as the islay malt there is nothing that comes close to it in the single malt category. Those who have tasted it swear by its distinctive taste and powerful flavor. It is not for nothing that this whiskey is what coinsurers prefer when they chose to relax with a few drinks of single malt.
This whiskey has more than two centuries of history behind it and it was in 1815 when the Islay distillery was first built along the sea. The key here is that the distillery is along the sea and not close to it. In fact the place where the whiskey barrels are stored is separated only by a stone wall from the Atlantic Ocean.
The whiskey has more body than other single malts; this is due to the fact that it is not chill filtered and hence is oilier than others. It sticks to the glass unlike other whiskeys. The presence of impurities ensures that each batch of whiskey tastes different from the other. It is also 6% stronger than the usual 40% that other whiskies claim. The bottling is simple the drink goes into the cask from there into the bottle and eventually into your glass. Lack of filtering process helps it to maintain its aroma and flavor and in view of this many distilleries are now following this practice.
This drink is not for the novice or the faint hearted. Not only is it powerful but has the flavors of seaweed, chocolate, peat, and smoke along with a tinge of sweetness. Sipped with a dash of water this drink will ensure that the flavors linger in your mouth for a long time after your drink is over. This is perhaps the only drink where you can actually taste the smoke and combined with peat, chocolate, seaweed and the inherent salt of the sea leaves you yearning for more.
On the flip side this drink is not for you if you are new to malts. This is a drink that slowly grows on you and if you are new to malts then the lighter versions with lighter flavors of the highland will be best suited for you. However, once you acquire a taste for this drink there is nothing else that will satisfy your palate.
The price too is not beyond reach and if you are ready to pay £25 for ardbeg whiskey you can surely taste greatness. Having tasted it once there is every possibility that your cabinet will always host a few bottles of this fantastic drink. Not only do you get bragging rights when you serve this to your friends and family you can also gift it to your loved ones during special occasions like Christmas or New Year’s.