Ardbeg An Oa

Ardbeg An Oa

(0.7l, 46.6%)


8.3/10
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$66.99
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An impeccable single malt.

The Ardbeg Distillery is arguably one of the greatest distilleries on Earth. It produces some of the most peated Scotch Whiskies. The distillery was started in the early 18th century on the south coast of the Isle of Islay, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, and is now owned by Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy. During the years it was closed and reopened several times, as the majority of other distilleries in Scotland, and changed owners many times; however, it has never lost the genuine devotion of producing The Ultimate Islay Malt.

This is a new addition to the Ultimate range. Ardbeg An Oa is aged in a bespoke oak Gathering Vat where several whiskies from several cask types coalesce to form an impeccable Islay dram with smoky intensity, harmonized by a delectable, smooth sweetness. Signature Ardbeg peat, dark chocolate, and aniseed are wrapped in smooth, silky butterscotch, black pepper and clove, before rising to an intense crescendo of flavor. 
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    46.6%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS
  • Chill Filtered?
    No
  • Maturation
    A bespoke oak Gathering Vat

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smoky
dark chocolate
caramel
charred
oak
spicy
black pepper
anise
tobacco
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Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland and some other parts of the world distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and USA they spell it Whiskey.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Golden honey.

Smell / Nose / Aroma
Smoky, charred applewood, toffee, aniseed, treacle, dates, peach, banana.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Smooth and creamy, sweetness, chocolate, treacle toffee, aniseed, orange and smoky tea leaves. Gentle, sweet spices (nutmeg & cinnamon), some cigar smoke, grilled artichoke, wood.

Finish
Long and lingering floral and sweet, mint toffee, malty biscuit notes, aniseed, hickory and distant subtle smoke.
Ratings & Reviews
Derek
Derek,
Extreme level of pepper and spice. I like this bottle way more than I expected to. Very little peat or smoke. A very unique taste and probably not for everyone.
 
Aimee
Aimee,
Has a very harsh taste and leaves an aftertaste.
 
Justin
Justin,
I''ve tried this side by side with the Ten year and the Uigeadail, here are my thoughts for those looking to pick one: An Oa - As stated on the bottle: smoky, sweet, singularly rounded. I emphasize the singularly rounded because it's very straight forward. It''s not as complex as the 10 or the Uigeadail which makes it more accessible. If you're looking at your first Ardbeg, aren't already a smoke head, or aren't into really complex flavors, then this is the Ardbeg for you. Ten - As stated on the bottle: sea spray, tarry rope, immense smoky intensity. More smoke than An Oa and a bit more complex. I prefer it over the An Oa because I like the extra phenol to balance it out. Consider this the definitive / standard Ardbeg. Uigeadail - Also from the bottle: Deep smoke with raisiny tones from old sherry casks This one is my personal favorite. It's rich and complex, sweet and smoky, but not what I would recommend for those new to the higher end Islay scotch. It's about 10% higher ABV than the others (bottled at 54.2%) and they sherry adds a rich and heavy sweetness which may be over the top in comparison to the light, zesty sweetness of the Ten.
 
Mary
Mary,
Very smooth and smoky
 
Navdeep
Navdeep,
So a dram of this is a little bit of a side step from the peaty-ness and smoke you’d expect from Ardbeg. A refined pour. Very smooth neat. If you want to try a peated scotch, but are afraid and can drop a few extra bucks, this is a wonderful bottle.
 
Shaun
Shaun,
Love this. My go to bottle for any occasion
 
Scott
Scott,
very smokey. need to drink this with a good cigar or pipe. richer oakey flavor
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Smooth.
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Very peaty and smoky, but subtle and complex as well. It balances out with some spice and sweet and salty finish. It is definitely a step up from the original.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
This is a whisky that needs a few drops of water. In return you will be rewarded with a sweet anise nose within the smoke, and a very well balanced whisky. The water really brings out the tobacco and anise favors. Very interesting whisky but I highly recommend! the water.
 
David
David,
This is my current favorite. Heavy peat and smokey flavor . Ardbeg is the perfect drink when out or relaxing at home. Generally an after meal drink it goes great with a cigar or just breathing in the evening air.
 
Doug
Doug,
Nice dram - a nose of seaweed with the characteristic Ardbeg smoke.
 
Sireesh
Sireesh,
Really solid Ardbeg variant - peaty, of course, but also spicy and complex.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Very good as you would expect, but not as good as the Uigeadail. A little sweeter and less smokey bite.
 
Chris
Chris,
Nice mix of sweet and Smokey, smoke is a little subdued but balanced perfectly.
 
Perry
Perry,
Really like this one. Smokey and caramel
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Perfect peat and great price
 
Zack
Zack,
Pretty much the perfect expression of Ardbeg, in my opinion. Truly outstanding.
 
Jason
Jason,
Very good but more sweet and rounded than the 10 year. I'm sure many prefer this but I like as much smoke and peat as I can get.
 
Piotr
Piotr,
Nice peaty whisky. I don’t like when it is too peaty but this one is perfect for my peaty mood.
 
Alon
Alon,
Very good scotch. Milder than the other Ardbegs I've had. Smoky and salty - full of flavor. You know you're drinking scotch and not brandy or bourbon. Love it.
 
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