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Ardbog: Tasting the newest Ardbeg Whisky

By Miguel in Tasting , Featured , Ardbeg

I am a huge fan of Ardbeg since the moment I tasted for first time their 10 years old whisky. I love so much the peat, the honey and the motor aromas that I always have two bottles of Ardbeg around: one of 10 years old and one of Uigeidail when I need a bit more of peat-power.

So there I was at home when the whisky fairy knocked on my door and let a big envelop from Glenmorangie. Umm, could it be… Woof! Woof!

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Right! This is Ardbog! The latest whisky from my beloved Ardbeg to celebrate with all their fans worldwide the Ardbog Day on June, 1st 2013. With the whisky comes also a coin that features JackieShortie on one side and a boat with many rowers on the other side. A delightful allegory of the hordes of fans that will travel to Islay to enjoy Feis Ile festival.

So, the whisky.

This Ardbog is a single malt whisky bottled at cask strength ( right? ) at 52.1% ABV and it is a blend of 10 years old Manzanilla cask aged Ardbeg with a 10 years old ex-bourbon cask Ardbeg whisky.
Manzanilla is a kind of sherry wine created exclusively at Sanlucar de Barrameda, Cadiz and it is very similar to Fino ( like Tio Pepe ). The main difference is that Manzanilla is slightly lighter and more salty than Fino sherries.

It is a slightly different concept to Ardbeg Galileo that was finished in marsala wine casks while Ardbog is completely aged in the sherry cask.

“Fantastic! Can I say that this Ardbeg is even better than Galileo? This have all the delicious aroma of Ardbeg at cask strength with a wonderful touch of sweet almonds”

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Ardbeg Ardbog
Launched to celebrate Ardbeg Day on June, 1st 2013.

It is a cask strength Ardbeg aged in Manzanilla Sherry Cask for ten years and blended with 10 years old Ardbeg aged in Bourbon casks. The result is a wonderful dram that will delight Ardbeg fans worldwide.

This dram has a cooper-like color.

Nose (92): more than average. peat, honey, citrus, wood, almonds, cinnamon, vanilla, coffee. Quite fantastic Ardbeg. Lovely nose.

Palate (93): powerful, oily. peat, honey, earth, citrus, spices, wood, almonds.

Finish (91): longer than average. peat, honey, earth, coffee.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Ardbeg Ardbog with 92 points over 100.

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Miguel says…

First of all a big Woof! Woof!, I mean Thank you, to Ardbeg Distillery for this sample, and second a bigger even Woof! to them for creating a fantastic whisky.

To be clear and sincere, I were going to buy it no matter how good it was but now that I know how fantastic it is I just can’t wait for June, 1st.



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