Whisky Advocate Top To 20 Spirits 2020: #6
There are plenty of things in the world that cannot be fully explained. One such peculiarity has emerged from the peat bogs of Islay. Said to be a feisty young creature, witnesses have spoken of its formidable bite.
Senses are heightened with each encounter. First comes an intense aroma of cracked black pepper, mingling with sappy pine resin and sharp tang of smoke. Suddenly, the explosive mouthfeel bursts forth with chocolate, creosote and tar. Savory meats sink into the palate, before the long salty mouth-coating finish slinks away.
At just 5 years old, the legendary smokiness of Ardbeg is untamed by age, revealing the inner beast of this Islay icon.