• Ardbeg An Oa Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml - Gift Box 94

    Ardbeg An Oa Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml - Gift Box

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    Whisky Advocate:  "Ardbeg is launching a new single malt as part of its permanent range, the first addition since it debuted Corryvreckan in 2009. Ardbeg An Oa (pronounced “an-oh”) is a combination of whiskies aged in different cask types, including Pedro Ximénez, virgin oak, and ex-bourbon barrels. The casks are married in Ardbeg’s new Gathering Vat, a large vat made of French oak, for three months before bottling. The whisky is named for the Mull of Oa on Islay, a rocky promontory that is buffeted by Atlantic winds on its northern side while sheltering Ardbeg Cove to the south. An Oa joins three other single malts in Ardbeg’s permanent lineup: 10 year old, Uigeadail, and Corryvreckan.

    Ardbeg’s official tasting notes for An Oa come from Dr. Bill Lumsden, director of distilling, whisky creation & whisky stocks. He describes the whisky as smoky, sweet, and rounded, with aromas of toffee, anise, dates, peaches, and banana, a creamy texture, and a syrupy-sweet palate. The flavors include milk chocolate, orange, tea leaves, spices, cigar smoke, “and, unusually, grilled artichokes” with a lingering smoky finish."  Aug 2017

    Ultimate Spirits Challenge:  "Toasted butter, freshly popped corn, and grainy cornbread are playful on the nose. Spicy, woodsy and robust in the mouth, flavors of cornmeal and green peppercorn are invigorating. Cherry wood smoke lingers pleasantly in the mouth after each sip."  2018  

    Distillery:  "In 2017, Ardbeg introduces An Oa – our first new permanent expression in a decade. An Oa brings together the finest casks in a specially designed marrying vat, resulting in a whisky of complex contrasts: all the power and intensity of Ardbeg wrapped in an alluring silkiness, at 46.6% and non chill-filtered. It’s an entirely new Ardbeg experience; Smoky. Sweet. Singularly rounded.

    A smooth, creamy texture leads into a huge syrupy sweetness, with flavors of milk chocolate, treacle toffee, aniseed, orange and smoky tea leaves. Gentle, sweet spices of nutmeg and cinnamon, and soft cigar smoke."

    Region Islay, Scotland