‘ Traigh Bhan ’(pronounced Tri Van).
The beach of Traigh Bhan is known locally as the ‘Singing Sands’.
Exceptionally rare, this small batch 19 year old Ardbeg displays notes of herbal pine, bracing mint chocolate and citrusy lemon on the nose. A rich smokiness gives way to peanut brittle and smoked currants, with waves of aniseed, hazelnut, and pepper. A satisfyingly long finish brings with it notes of vanilla fudge and clove.
From the Ardbeg Distillery to Port Ellen and beyond, follow the rocky coast and you will discover the heavenly vista of Traigh Bhan, the beautiful beach known locally as the Singing Sands. This captivating place has white soft sands that sing beneath your feet, a hum that ebbs and flows with the winds and the tides. But beguiling as this place is, do not drop your guard. Bathing is ill advised in the seemingly tame crystal waters where jagged, volcanic rocks piece the sands along the shore, and plenty of this you will see on the packaging itself.
Produced in a single batch each year, each annual batch of Traigh Bhan features a unique code on the carton, bottle and foot label.
Ardbeg Traigh Bhan is non chill-filtered and bottled at 46.2% ABV.
Maturation: Ex Bourbon & Oloroso Sherry Cask
Colour: Sunset Gold
Nose: On the nose, rising aromas of herbal pine and fennel flow into sharp notes of citrusy lime sorbet and medicinal lozenge, while eucalyptus and saddle soap follow on the breeze.
A splash of water releases a cascade of hazelnut, sweet vanilla, and currants, before rich minted chocolate brings the nose to a close.
Taste: An intense wave of wood smoke crashes over the palate, leaving ripples of decadent dark chocolate and ground coffee in its wake. Sweeter notes of lemon curd and peanut brittle cut through the swell to reveal delicate hints of creamy raisin fudge and hazelnut.
The allure of this rare dram continues with suggestions of more medicinal, spicy notes. Menthol, fresh lemongrass, aniseed, clove and white pepper emerge from rich, smoky depths.
Finish: Sweet and peat collide with creamy vanilla fudge, dark cocoa powder, and a warm, woody clove tingle. A sharp, intense, and satisfyingly long finish.
Tasting notes courtesy of Ardbeg Distillery.