About This Dram
About a year and a half ago we had a whisky miracle at the Dram Association when we were given access to the Kelpie Committee Release. Now lightning has struck twice, and just in time for Ardbeg Day!
This year Ardbeg is feeling particularly festive for the annual Islay festival – Feis Ile. They brought a carnival atmosphere with a rum cask finished special edition that reportedly boasts intense tropical notes with Ardbeg’s signature smoke.
We managed to get our hands on a decent amount of this whisky – but still, it sold out in record time via email. Of course, we couldn’t resist saving one bottle to share with everybody. Especially as Ardbeg Day happened to land on the last day of our second year as a club. So if you are curious to see how this one turned out, swing by the store and have a dram!
My my. A brinier nose than I was expecting. Salted dutch licorice danced around on a conga line of peat-smoked kippers, grilled pineapples lemons, and mangos.
The palate presented us with chocolate chip banana bread and caramel corn at first, before giving way once more to the tropical fruit medley. Then we found lemon oil and polished wood, and a resin-like oiliness that reminded me of a cellist preparing their bow. The smoke came through strong with a touch of iodine and a salty ashy finish that draws you in for another sip.