PIRATE OF THE HEBRIDEAN!
After 13 years at the helm, Mickey Heads - Distillery Manager and Committee Chairman is departing. It’s true, the captain of the good ship Ardbeg is retiring. Mickey’s leaving has been hard to fathom for all of the crew, but to commemorate the skipper and his service, Ardbeg have created an extra-special bottle of Ardgrog–a treasure fit for even the saltiest of sea dogs.Wholly matured in ex-rye casks, timber smoked banana and pear drift into vanilla and rye on the nose. A spicy mouthfeel hoists up and ignites a blunderbuss of fruity flavours. An armada of aniseed is tailed by smoked toffee and a distant hint of sourdough biscuits. The long finish lingers, with gentle smoke listing on the palate.
Ardbeg - Arrrrrrrdbeg has been matured in Ex-Rye casks.
A first for Ardbeg!
Non chill-filtered and bottled at 51.8% ABV.
Nose: On the nose, aromas of smoked banana and pear drift into hints of rye bread, sweet vanilla toffee and the gentlest breeze of aniseed. With a splash of water, citrusy lemon and lime make course through the senses, while refreshing notes of sherbet and sweet pastry come to the fore.
Taste: A spicy mouthfeel hoists up and ignites a blunderbuss of fruity flavours, such as melon and kiwi. An armada of aniseed appears, tailed by notes of smoked toffee and a distant hint of sourdough biscuits.
Finish: Finally, the long finish lingers, leaving sea spray, Brazil nuts and a faint smoke listing on the palate.
Tasting notes courtesy of Ardbeg Distillery.