70cl / 46% abv
A limited edition celebrating Ardbeg Day at the 2017 Fèis Ìle, this Islay single malt is the distillery's first to use virgin oak from the Black Sea coast for maturation. Known for imparting incredibly deep flavour notes, only a handful of whiskies have ever been matured in these casks. Combined with hallmark ex-bourbon Ardbeg, the result is a whisky that tells of its ties to the Black Sea and the waves of flavour taken from the casks.
Nose: powerful, oily peat, dark chocolate, smoked fish, seaweed and a curious herbal note intertwined with waves of black pepper.
Palate: a peppery mouthfeel with a crescendo of rich treacle, Turkish coffee, smoky bacon and dark chocolate, before a curious peach note, hickory wood and clove oil with a suggestion of black olives.
Finish: deep and long lasting flavours of tar, clove and rich toffee.