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.
My favorite Islay whiskey. Ardbeg, what masters you are at your craft. Love the smokiness and peatiness of this. Just opening the bottle and smelling takes you to coastal waters. Smooth and delicious.
Hoping for a poor man’s Octomore. On that scale it didn’t deliver, but I’d have another dram.
Lovely islay scotch
Bight sweet notes with a low peat smoke
Aroma that makes you want to crawl in the bottle and take a nap, nice and peaty. Taste has the peat, but also some smoke and spice. Not as earthy as the Ardbeg 10 year, but it does have some good flavor going on. A splash of water seems to highlight the spice aroma, while mellowing the taste a little. Happy to drink this on a chilly winter evening
I must have a bad bottle as it smell like turpentine and don’t taste much better, poured a glass with ice and couldn’t finish, was given to me as a gift, prolly regift the rest, LOL.
Intense Smokey flavor and a perfect amount of smoothness
Just the right balance of smoke , peat and sweet. This may be my favorite of the Ardbeg collection to drink neat.
Very tasty with some peat. Smooth finish.
Great dram if you want to introduce someone to peat. Butterscotch and toffee notes are layered throughout. Lighter than the Argbeg 10 which I prefer because I fell in love with peat. I thank Flaviar and Son of a Peat for that.
Ardbeg is one of the have to have's in the home bar, well along with many others but this one needs to be front and center. It is smooth and delicious with just the right amount of smoke. Keep them coming Ardbeg.
I could just say "it's Ardbeg. You'll love it" and it wouldn't be far off. This is a tame scotch from Ardbeg (no Corryvreckan), but it is smooth, delicious, and still has that smokiness and peatiness that I look for in an Islay scotch. I got it super cheap in a sale in NH, so it was an easy decision all day long. I only knock two stars off because it's not as bold and exciting as some other Ardbegs and Islay scotches. If you're not into those though, you might like this tamer version.
Very peaty - almost too peaty
Heavy smoky taste
My father-in-law loves the stuff, but even he compares it to the bottom of a shoe. If you like peat straight from the decaying swamp, then this is for you. Me, not so much.
As good and strong in taste as Ardbeg should be ;)
Very tasty and it all unfolds the more sips you take.
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.
Has a very harsh taste and leaves an aftertaste.
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.
Very smooth and smoky
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.
Love this. My go to bottle for any occasion
very smokey. need to drink this with a good cigar or pipe. richer oakey flavor
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.
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.
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.
Nice dram - a nose of seaweed with the characteristic Ardbeg smoke.
Really solid Ardbeg variant - peaty, of course, but also spicy and complex.
Very good as you would expect, but not as good as the Uigeadail. A little sweeter and less smokey bite.
Nice mix of sweet and Smokey, smoke is a little subdued but balanced perfectly.
Really like this one. Smokey and caramel
Perfect peat and great price
Pretty much the perfect expression of Ardbeg, in my opinion. Truly outstanding.
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.
Nice peaty whisky. I don’t like when it is too peaty but this one is perfect for my peaty mood.
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.