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Ardbeg - Uigeadail

93.09 / 100

Smoky & Earthy Flavours

Visual: 4.62 /5  •  Aroma: 23.08 /25  •  Taste: 37.53 /40   •  Finish: 27.82 /30

Dram Code: E49

Producer: Ardbeg

Bottler: Official Bottling

Type: Single Malt Whisky

Cask: Refill American & Ex-Sherry

Age: Unknown

Country: Scotland

Region: Islay

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: No

ABV: 54.2%

Cask Strength: Yes

Release: Standard

Price: $146.87 (at time of review)

Dram Code: E49

Producer: Ardbeg

Bottler: Official Bottling

Type: Single Malt Whisky

Cask Type: Refill American & Ex-Sherry

Age: Unknown

Country: Scotland

Region: Islay

ABV: 54.2%

Cask Strength: Yes

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: No

Release: Standard

Price: $146.87 (at time of review)

About This Single Malt Whisky

About This Dram

What’s left to say about Ardbeg Uigeadail that hasn’t already been said? Probably nothing to be honest – so I’ll keep my words short. It’s been named whisky of the year by several whisky reviewers (Jim Murray included), won more gold medals at international awards than anyone can keep track of, and been voted by Ardbeg’s legions of fans as the best Ardbeg ever released.

Well, Uigeadail (pronounced “oog-a-dal” by the way) is a sherried version of Ardbegs peaty malt, which was the first to truly master that mix of peat and sweet. It’s a style that’s seen a huge revival since Ardbeg’s victory in the 2009 Whisky Bible and has influenced a myriad of the Dram Association’s best scoring whiskies – such as the Williamson and the Old Perth 22. It’s named after a nearby loch, and well, that’s about all you need to know really!

 

Tasting Notes

On the nose, we found a soup made of shrimp tail broth, nettles and smoked pork hocks. There was a good hit of smoke and salt, like burning driftwood wrapped in leather. Then a fruitiness appeared. Golden raisins, lime and salted watermelon.

The palate gave us red wine jelly on smoked cheddar and digestive biscuits. Sweet barbeque sauce with made winter spices and red berries. There was wave upon wave of smoke, massively flavourful yet somehow gentle at the same time.

By Adam Bradshaw on April 27, 2019

Score & flavour profile voted on by members who sampled the whisky

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Score

Whiskies are rated by our members on the visuals (out of 5), aroma (out of 25), taste (out of 40), & finish (out of 30). With a total score out of 100.

Based on how scoring occurred for our early reviews, the following guide is given to members –

0-60 awful • 60-70 bad • 70-80 okay • 80-85 good • 85-90 great • 90-95 awesome • 95+ amazing

The individual scores are collected, and outliers are removed via the “agreeable group” statistical method to reduce bias and taste preferences (ie, people who score a peated whisky lowly because they don’t like peat). This gives us a better idea of the overall quality of the whisky in the eyes of our members.

 

Flavour Profile

Along with scoring the whisky, members are invited to choose up to three of the below flavour profiles which they think match the whisky. The profile that is most commonly chosen is then the official flavour profile for the dram.

fresh & floral
eg – blossoms, cut grass, apples, pears

fruity & spicy
eg – peach, vanilla, coconut, nutmeg

malty & dry
eg – breakfast cereal, nuts, cookies

rich & round
eg – raisins, figs, oak tannins, dates

smoky & earthy
eg – wood smoke, bacon, iodine

 

Dram Association Nickname

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