Ardbeg Kelpie
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Islay
  • Distillery Ardbeg
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 51.7%
  • Chill filtered? Yes
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • smoky
  • oily
  • black pepper
  • dark chocolate
  • clove
  • coffee
  • caramel
  • spicy
  • seaweed

Ardbeg

Kelpie (0.75l, 51.7%)
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Character Goatson
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 Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Islay
  • Distillery Ardbeg
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 51.7%
  • Chill filtered? Yes
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Golden. 

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. 

Finish
Long with deep, flavors of clove, tar, and rich toffee.
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  • smoky
  • oily
  • black pepper
  • dark chocolate
  • clove
  • coffee
  • caramel
  • spicy
  • seaweed
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Ardbeg's signature 10YO won "World Whisky of the Year" in 2008.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Ardbeg's signature 10YO won "World Whisky of the Year" in 2008.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
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