Ardbeg Dark Cove
70cl / 46.5% abv
Matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks, this deliciously dark release from Islay's Ardbeg Distillery was released to mark the end of Ardbeg Day at the 2016 Islay Festival of Music & Malt and celebrates the history of Scotch Whisky, when bootleggers smuggled casks from Ardbeg bay to waiting ships to the mainland, hoping to avoid running into the dreaded Excise Men.
Nose: enticing with dark chocolate, treacle toffee and distant bonfires.
Palate: smouldering with charcoal and wood polish with raisins and dates emerging from the shadows.
Finish: long and spicy with cured ham and squid ink noodles lingering.