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Inspired by the alternative lifestyle and unorthodox spirit of a previous generation, Ardbeg have released this year’s celebratory Limited Edition, Ardbeg Grooves. This unconventional whisky is produced using wine casks which have been intensely charred to produce heavy grooves in the surface of the wood. The result is a whisky aromatic with smoked spices and distant bonfires, sweet vibes of vanilla popcorn and smoky soot fading into a mellow haze of apples, fresh flowers and smoked pear.
Ardbeg Grooves is non-chill filtered and bottled at 46% ABV.
Colour: Burnished gold.
Aroma:Intense aromas of smoked cinnamon and paprika, antique leather and saddle soap, with classic Ardbeg scents of pine resin, tar and briny sea spray in the background. A distant hint of a fragrant bonfire by the shores of the distillery and, finally, an unusual savoury note, like chilli-seasoned meats. A little splash of water releases some beautiful, unexpected aromas: lavender scented soap, ground white pepper, floral and herbal notes entwined. Fresh flowers mix with coriander leaves and mint.
Taste: A powerfully salty mouthfeel drifts into sweet vibes of treacle toffee, vanilla popcorn, salted fruits (peaches) with soot and tar. Again, those distinctive savoury notes of smoky BBQ, paprika and mustard spice, fading into an unexpected haze of smoked pears and apples, almost like pear cider
Finish:Smoked paprika and bonfires with a mellow sweetness throughout.
Tasting notes courtesy of Ardbeg Distillery.