This year, Ardbeg are adding a dash of carnival colour to their customary Ardbeg Day ritual, in celebration of the Islay’s passion for festivity.Inspired by Islay’s rich history of carnivals, Ardbeg have released a limited edition bottling imbued with the ultimate influence of carnival spirit, rum. In a first for the Distillery, Ardbeg have taken Ardbeg Scotch Whisky from ex Bourbon casks, rested it for a while in ex rum casks from the Americas.
Ardbeg Drum is non chill-filtered and bottled at 46% ABV.
Colour: Dark Gold
Nose: In Drum, fragrant pine resin and woodsmoke dance alongside ripe banana and pineapple in a downright wondrous paradiddle of aromas, before parading into smoked apples and dry cocoa powder. Distant ginger, spiced dates and cinnamon sway into floating notes of lavender.
Taste: On the palate, waves of smoke, tar and creosote cascade into a dry peppery mouthfeel. Clove, liquorice and ginger strut towards rich notes of dark chocolate and smoked vanilla.
Finish: Intense smoke, roasted coffee liqueur and a treasure trove of sweet spices come together in one deliciously complex crescendo.
Tasting notes courtesy of Ardbeg Distillery.