Ardbeg NAS ‘Uigeadail’ (54.2%, OB, +/-2007) Lot L7 325 – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note
Ardbeg NAS ‘Uigeadail’ (54.2%, OB, +/-2009) Lot L7 325
Jim Murray’s 2009 World Whisky of the Year (6th Annual Whisky Bible 2009) available in only a few markets and reported in the 2009 W.B. with an incorrect ABV of 52.3% which caused some what of a stir….mistakes happen, it’s nae the end of the world, it’s a dram not a drama…
The nose is of vibrant peat reek along with some good citrus, malt, oak, fruit and some more peat in the form of peat toffee (if such a thing exists!). The aromas are stupendous and after a few minutes in the glass cocoa emerges from behind the other aromas. After a further few minutes the aromas expand to reveal some coal smoke and some brine. It would seem there is some youth in the glass; it does not nose like an older whisky. The taste is peated malt right off followed by the coal smoke and then a blast of the cocoa but the peat reek and the coal smoke lurk in the back ground and are the spine of the taste. After a short while in the mouth the vibrant peat reek is really very evident and very good. One is tempted to down tools and simply enjoy this. The finish is warming and once again of the peat reek and coal smoke along with the cocoa and some of the fruit and honey. There is a moment of creaminess and then some rich wine like notes however this is in second place to the peat reek and coal smoke. The finish is very even and very long.
What an enjoyable dram.
Score 88 Points
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The last tasting note from ‘Peat Week’!