The island of Islay (pronounced eye-la) lies in the southern Inner Hebridean isles of Scotland and boasts 8 producing single malt distilleries: (Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Kilchoman) and one closed (Port Ellen). Islay is home to some of the most famous distilleries in Scotland, and while the majority produce a heavily peated and pungently smoky whisky, there are excellent un-peated styles made here too.
The distinctive smoky aroma and flavour is imparted by the drying of barley over smouldering peat fires, with this character diminishing and softening with time in the cask. Islay whiskies are connected strongly to where they are made, and a visit to the island is among one of the best whisky experiences available in the world.
The Whiskies of Islay — Ardbeg
Ardbeg 'Traigh Bhan' 19 years old 46.2%
For the first time in 20 years, the Ardbeg distillery on Islay has released a new age statement whisky, Traigh Bhan (pronounced tri van) which is matured for 19 years in ex-bourbon and ex-Oloroso sherry casks. The tasting notes from Mickey Heads and Dr. Bill Lumsden describe a wonderfully complex dram, with notes of smoky pineapple, pine resin, ...
Ardbeg Corryvreckan 57.1%
Ardbeg Corryvreckan is one of two constantly available Ardbegs bottled at high strength. It is made up of a combination of Ardbeg matured in standard Ex Bourbon casks and in French oak casks. This maturation gives the Corryvreckan great balance of sweetness and spiciness backed up by a huge punch of drying, ashy smoke.
Ardbeg 'An Oa' 46.6%
Ardbeg 'An Oa' is the latest release from the iconic Ardbeg distillery on Islay, named after the southern point of the island known as the Mull of Oa (pronounced 'oh'). A creation of three different cask types that are married in a new 'gathering' vat which allows these flavours to mellow and mingle. The aroma is classic Ardbeg - sooty, ashy pea...
Ardbeg Uigeadail 54.2%
A fine drop of Ardbeg bottled at high strength. A marriage of Ardbeg from bourbon barrels and sherry butts which gives a sweet and smokey finish to this malt. Uigeadail is the loch from which all Ardbeg's water flows. This year's batch of Uigeadail has more sherry influence and is an absolutely stunning whisky. Nose: the nose is deep and rounded...
Ardbeg 10 years old 46%
Legendary to those who have come to crave Scotland's big peat-flavoured drams, Ardbeg achieves a balance between surging smoke and peat, with notes of fresh tar, medicinal carbolic soap, wood smoke and a distant coastal element. The palate has a surprising sweetness and an oilyness that is offset by a fruity, citrus hint. One of our most popular...
TASTING: Ardbeg Day 2020 (11.30am)
A low key tasting to celebrate Ardbeg Day featuring the new Ardbeg Blaaack and three very special Ardbeg Committee releases. WHEN: Saturday 30th May, 11.30amWHERE: The Howff at Whisky Galore, 834 Colombo Street Please note that you will not receive a ticket but an e-mail conformation of your attendance. Tickets are limited to two per person.
TASTING: Ardbeg Day 2020 (1.30pm)
A low key tasting to celebrate Ardbeg Day featuring the new Ardbeg Blaaack and three very special Ardbeg Committee releases. WHEN: Saturday 30th May, 1.30pmWHERE: The Howff at Whisky Galore, 834 Colombo Street Please note that you will not receive a ticket but an e-mail conformation of your attendance. Tickets are limited to two per person.
Ardbeg 'Blaaack' 46%
This years Ardbeg Day 2020 release is particularly special as it marks the 20th anniversary of the Ardbeg Committee. To mark such a momentous occasion, the Distillery decided that the casks used to honour their 'global flock' would be for the first time in Ardbeg's history, ex-Pinot Noir casks from the country that lies the furthest distance fro...