Ardbeg Kelpie

Ardbeg Kelpie

(0.75l, 51.7%)


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Long Live The Sea.

Ardbeg Distillery is located on the southernmost of the Inner Hebridean Scottish Isles, on the island of Islay (pronounced EYE-lah). Islay is teeny tiny, being only 240 square miles and home to just over 3,000 inhabitants. Still, the island is one of just five distilling regions in Scotland whose identity is protected by law.

Ardbeg was founded in 1815, by the MacDougall family. Ardbeg is first and foremost one of the classic, peat-laden single malts in the smoky, Islay style. But it is also one of the sweetest, so you get an interesting combination of smoke, fruit, peat, and honey vanilla. And since the distillery sits right on the coast (seriously, any closer and it would have to float), you definitely get hints of sea salt and lime. It's not a "peat monster" test of manhood kind of Whisky, but it has a full-throated flavor to spare.

Ardbeg Whiskies are distilled twice, first through a copper-pot wash still and then again through a copper-pot Spirit still. The Spirit still is equipped with a purifier, causing a portion of the evaporating vapors to be pumped back into the pot and then re-distilled. This purification process, which is rare in the industry, results in a Whisky full of fresh and malty flavor.

Ardbeg Kelpie is a limited edition, single malt release, named for the legends of the sea around Ardbeg. Expect powerful aromas of peat, salty sea, and tarry rope. Wooden wash backs yield a lighter and richer Whisky, and estery, carbolic compounds. Kelpie is nonchill-filtered and bottled at a solid 51.7% ABV.
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
  • Chill Filtered?

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Scotch Whisky is almost never aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation, while many times ageing process and flavour finishing is concluded in various wine casks, such as sherry or port.

Tasting Notes

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Nose / Aroma
Oily peat, dark chocolate, smoked fish, hints of seaweed, waves of spicy, black pepper and herbal notes, creamy coffee, smoked fudge and pine resin, hints of smoked coconut. 

Taste / Flavor / Palate
Pepper, Treacle toffee, Turkish coffee, smoky bacon and dark chocolate, peach fruit, hickory wood, clove oil and subtle black olives. 

Long with deep, flavors of clove, tar, and rich toffee.

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