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The most deeply charred casks ever deployed at Arbeg yield an Islay dram more smoky and briny than good manners might allow, but for which Islay lovers will be grateful.
In an age of Whisky start-ups, Ardbeg is a refreshing blast from the past. They have been making Malt Whisky on the same site since 1798. The product was so popular that they ramped up production to commercial levels in 1815. That’s more than two-hundred years of Single Malt wonder. Like nearly all of her Islay sisters, Ardbeg is a peated dram. But Ardbeg is known for gentle smoky smoothness with the vast majority of production going into the world’s greatest blended Scotches. But true Single Malt releases are in high demand and they consistently deliver.
In their promotion for this release, Arbeg called it a "Flavor Breathing Dragon." Whereupon we all slapped our collective Flaviar foreheads wishing we’d thought of that first.
Ardbeg Scorch Limited Edition Fiercely Charred Cask is anything but shy. Picture if you will, Ardbeg’s signature peat-infused Islay Single Malt aged in ex-Bourbon casks that have been re-charred to the point of near oblivion. And while many Scotch aficionados are fond of sipping Single Malt while enjoying a cigar, in the case only the dram is needed.
"Scorch" is the semi-official name of the mythic dragon of Islay. More marketing myth than Druidic legend, but a fun mascot nevertheless.
*This bottle is a collector’s item, we will not be able to entertain any refunds or exchanges.
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Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is an intense exercise in soot, ash, campfire smoke, and brine with a waft of incense over the top.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate opens with a slick, almost oily mouth-feel leads to layers of rich, smoked lemons and oranges, exotic woods, menthol, and a nice sweetness hiding nearby.
The finish has been called heroically long with little but thick puffs of smoky brine crashing on your palate.
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Ardbeg Scorch Limited Edition Fiercely Charred Cask and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.