smoky
sweet sherry
sweet
phenols
leather
oily
dark chocolate
spicy
raisin
Spiral Ardbeg Uigeadail

Ardbeg
Uigeadail
Reviews and Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color 
Deepest gold.

Smell / Nose / Aroma
Christmas cake, walnut oil, parma violets, spices, cedar and pine needles.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
A balance between sweet, spicy, and smoky.

Finish
Long, intense and chewy.
Price:
$74.99
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Ardbeg Uigeadail is adored for its smoky, sweet sherry, sweet and phenols flavor notes.

This Scotch is carefully distilled at Ardbeg distillery, Islay.

Based on 624 votes, the average rating for Ardbeg Uigeadail is 8.5/10.

Top reviews for Ardbeg Uigeadail:

— My absolute favorite. Like drinking a campfire. Can't beat it.

— Tastes like a sweet plum lightly roasted over a charcoal flame. Gorgeous blend of sweet and smoky.

— I love Lagavulin 16. That was my favorite Scotch. This turns it up to 11. I love smoky Scotches, but also love a good Sherried Scotch. That’s why I love Lagavulin 16. Both ends of the spectrum are intensified in this one. So is the proof, but it’s not near as bitey as most in the same range. This is definitely one of my new favorites.
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    54.2%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS
  • Maturation
    Bourbon barrels and sherry butts

Ardbeg Uigeadail

(0.75l, 54.2%)


8.5/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Ardbeg Uigeadail
Seth
Seth,
My absolute favorite. Like drinking a campfire. Can't beat it.
 
Bob
Bob,
I love the smokiness and complexity of this one. A real treat.
 
Niko
Niko,
Absolutely one of the best ever. So full of taste, I will get some more of this.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Tastes like a sweet plum lightly roasted over a charcoal flame. Gorgeous blend of sweet and smoky.
 
brad
brad,
I love Lagavulin 16. That was my favorite Scotch. This turns it up to 11. I love smoky Scotches, but also love a good Sherried Scotch. That’s why I love Lagavulin 16. Both ends of the spectrum are intensified in this one. So is the proof, but it’s not near as bitey as most in the same range. This is definitely one of my new favorites.
 
Michael
Michael,
This is a great whisky. For the price it is fantastic, however I prefer to spend the extra money to grab a bottle of the Corryvreckan instead.
 
Eskil
Eskil,
Wonderfully complex.
 
Joakim
Joakim,
Dark and smokey with lingering flavour. Perfect when you want a glas to sip on and relax in the evening.
 
Tom
Tom,
You know how some people think cilantro tastes like soap or dirt? I think I have one of those gene types. I didn't like my first taste and after that I couldn't even open the bottle. Ended up giving it to a friend.
 
Timothy
Timothy,
Like thick cut bacon...after you unwrap it from butcher paper...sitting by a campfire... on the shores of the North Sea. Glorious.
 
Simon
Simon,
An awesome whiskey - makes the Lagavulin 16 seem quite light and airy. The bottle states "treacle, bacon and bonfires" and it's pretty spot on. So meaty and salty and smoky. Quite a lot of alcohol burn - a smooth whiskey this isn't, but more flavour than anything else I've tried. Unctuous and mouth-watering, and the best bit? Almost none of that TCP/antiseptic smell synonymous with Islay whiskies.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
I've never had a more immediate visceral reaction to a first sip of a whisky ever. For the love of all things holy....what an exquisitely bold punch in the face! Smoke all day, charred meats, wood, leather, and an ever-so-delicate touch of sherry sweetness. What I especially loved about this upon first try is that I got very little to none of that medicinal band-aid flavor that can turn me off a bit. A stunning expression by Ardbeg.
 
Adam
Adam,
One of my favorite Islay single malt scotches, super smoky and complex, and gives you something to look forward to with every additional taste. My wife and I keep a bottle around at all times.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Oh my yes! Smoked meat and dark dried fruit sweetness. This is what scotch is all about.
 
Sharif
Sharif,
Wowza, this one is a good one. Apart from the strong peat smoke there is this wonderful woodyness, very much like the smell of an old wooden building with exposed timbers, or an old library. It has this deep, rich sweetness with some fruitiness from the ex-sherry cask. This is one of my personal favorites.
 
Keith
Keith,
Smoke. More smoke. Double that smoke. Great "liquid camp-fire"
 
Todd
Todd,
Smokey and peaty on the nose. The pallet is dynamic. So much going on. It’s rich, sweet, fruity, Smokey - and all done with a remarkable finesse. Definitely hot when neat, but still very enjoyable. One of the most complex drams I’ve had.
 
Johannes
Johannes,
Personal Favourite. Peaty, that just keeps changing as the ice melts. Gorgeous.
 
Tim
Tim,
Respect it, however the leather overtone was just to much for my pallet when it didn’t go down but stayed high in the back cheeks.
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Christmas cake really shines. Delicious
 
Zach
Zach,
Very tasty but the Corryvreckan is peatier which I favor
 
Angel
Angel,
Priced high but the return is grand. NAS no matter. This will please your peaty palate in an instant. Lush wood fire smoke mixed with dark fruits and berries and complexities for days.
 
William
William,
Honestly I had to get used to it. Peaty, almost an iodine taste at first. But after working through the first bottle, I went back for a second, a third, and a fourth. Unforgettable.
 
guest
guest,
One of my favorite whiskeys! Smoky and brine on the nose. Initial taste has more smoke and some medicinal flavors, but then I got some sweetness and sherry notes. Finish had some chocolate and pepper.
 
Reynaldo
Reynaldo,
Great Scotch. Starts of with a hint of sweetness then turns smoky and peaty. Enjoyable.
 
Charles
Charles,
Amazing! I can't put into words but it'll put hair on your chest for sure!
 
Lawrence
Lawrence,
The complexity of this peated whiskey is wonderful. Lots of great tasting notes to explore and a nose to enjoy as well.
 
Desmond
Desmond,
I love it. Very smoky, strong mouth feel, slight burn, long after taste
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Smoke and fresh cooked bacon on the nose. Savory meat, sea salt and brine on the palate. Sweet berry and extinguished campfire on the finish. Non chill filtered and 54.2%
 
Laura
Laura,
Very smokey and in your face but also delightfully complex. Nose - pure smoke and damp ash up front, some iodine and brine, with chocolate notes and raisin as well. Taste - the smoke hits you first, big and bold but rapidly tapers off leaving behind salty chocolate and dark fruit. Finish - really pleasant with some noticeable burn, the smoke takes a back seat here, it’s more of a dark sugar sweetness that lingers for awhile.
 
Chris
Chris,
Wonderful start of brine and fruit with just enough smoke and finishing as savory ham with a long pleasant finish.
 
Daniils
Daniils,
Fell in love with this bottle. Smokey, with great taste and amazing aroma.
 
Stefan
Stefan,
Too smokey even for my liking, I would not buy this one again.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
i've only had a small glass once, but it stuck with me as one of the best libations i've ever had
 
Max
Max,
This was the scotch that got me understanding what complexity can do for a spirit. A massive upfront aroma that translates into a changing journey from rubber smoke all the way to honey and dessert sweetness. This opened my eyes to how delicious Ardbeg can be.
 
Sarah
Sarah,
Surprisingly sweet.
 
Michael
Michael,
It smells like a nice barbecue in the distance, along with earthy notes with dark fruits. It tastes like peat and smoke with a nice bright honey note shining through. The finish is long and savory and coats your mouth with oil. Adding some water brings the intensity of the smoke through the roof. A new favorite for sure.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Not really sure if I got a bad bottle, the quality has gone down, or what happened but something is slightly off for me on the Uigeadail. If I had to guess, I'd say the sherry cask just doesn't play well with the other finishes. Both the 10 year and the Corryvreckan (my personal favorite Ardbeg) outshine this one, in my opinion.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Love it...will definitely buy this one again...and again...and again...
 
Paul
Paul,
On the nose- Smoked meats, prunes, raisins, citrus, salt water taffy, Tar, Pete, wet Earth, sea air, cherry pipe tobacco, leather, pepper, Fruit and berries Palate- Sweet, smoky, Savory, complexity, brisket, figs, chocolate covered salted Carmel's, Taffy, tobacco, citrus peel, Sherry, candied Ginger, old leather and Cayenne pepper, and ofcourse the peat punch. Conclusion- Very oily dram, A wonderfully long long long finish. Each and every single flavor gets its own time to shine in and unfold in your mouth. Truly intense in bold and worth every single penny
 
Stephen
Stephen,
So far the best of the Ardbeg series that I've tried. This will definitely have a regular in my bar rotation.
 
Marcus
Marcus,
When I want a drink to awaken my taste buds and grab my attention, this is my go to. Bold and complex, this is what Islay is all about.
 
David
David,
Simply the best Islay I have yet had in my price range ($50-$80).
 
Mark
Mark,
My favorite Ardbeg so far. Not as overwhelming as the Corryvreckan, smoother than the 10 year, more personality than the An Oa--a near-perfect middle ground, still with peat and smoke to spare.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Take the Ardbeg 10 year, shave off a bit of the harshness, keep the peat, and add a lot more flavor. Instead of feeling like you're drinking a forest fire, you'll feel like your drinking an orchard... that's on fire.
 
Peter
Peter,
superb
 
Robert
Robert,
Peaty, Smokey
 
Qi
Qi,
Peat it peat it
 
GRADY
GRADY,
this is the epitomy of drinking liquid smoke. Peaty and smooth
 
Charlie
Charlie,
My favourite!
 
Bill
Bill,
Smokey, with a saltiness that reminds me of bacon. Could use a touch more sweetness though
 
Jyrki
Jyrki,
My favorite of Ardbeg whiskeys. Others are also great but this is so far best balanced.
 
Elvis
Elvis,
Perfection!
 
Matthew
Matthew,
My absolute favorite Ardbeg expression.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Could not take my nose out of the glass. Just took it all in, then a taste that completely backed up the nose and then the finish.
 
guest
guest,
Perfection. The best of both worlds - smoky yet fruity and subtle
 
Michael
Michael,
Really smooth...I got a nice mossy taste out of it
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Spicier Ardbeg 10. Love it!
 
Christopher
Christopher,
My favorite deep smokey Scotch, like a campfire in a bottle
 
Steven
Steven,
Complex, Smokey, spicy, full of flavour. Perfect with some chocolate and a cozy fire
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Smoky, peaty, delicious
 
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.
 
Petr
Petr,
nice smoke flavor
 
Alex
Alex,
Hands down the best Ardbeg to me. Love the sherry mixed in with the smoke.
 
guest
guest,
This peaty monster is my favorite scotch. Give me all of it.
 
Navdeep
Navdeep,
Wammy!!! Just wonderful. Peat, smoke, and medicine on the nose. Taste is very strong, a little bit of a burn. But a couple of drops of water and one of the best drams I’ve had.
 
Andilee
Andilee,
Love the smokiness and earthy flavors. Smooth with a little bite. I could drink this one all night long.
 
Matt
Matt,
I met a guy at Total Wine and More who had done the whisky trail in Scotland. He recommended the Ardbeg Uigeadail after I told him I liked smoky, peaty flavors. This is one of my favorite bottles I own. Smoky and peaty, but warm and smooth. Smells great with some sweet aroma to it. Affordable enough to drink often.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Great dram. Big fan of Ardbeg in general and this is one of their best.
 
Charles
Charles,
It's Whiskies like this when age statements, chilfiltration and natural color are irrelevant.....a masterclass.
 
guest
guest,
Love it! Big kick ass flavours of peat and moss, just keeps on going and the intensity doesn’t stop.
 
Tim
Tim,
Holy (peat) smokes! Ardbeg has the peatiest malt in the biz, and they have their own water source in Loch Uigeadail. All of this gives the scotch an extremely unique taste - deep, full, sweet but not overly so. Very complex taste that opens up with a touch of water. This whisky will warm you up in the wintertime - have a dram while sitting next to the fire after a day in the snow.
 
Randi
Randi,
This is a most beautiful class of whiskey in my opinion sweet with a slight cherry after taste. I am buying it again
 
Chris
Chris,
My personal favorite, there is so much going on with this flavor wise it's a must try and experience it. The aroma is amazing keeps calling you back for more.
 
Bill
Bill,
Very nice - sweet peaty and smoky - a good relaxing sipper!
 
Michael
Michael,
My favorite Ardbeg. The Christmas-cake taste is my favorite part. I think of this as "sweet meets peat" at its finest. It also has a nice, oily and viscous mouthfeel that goes great with the flavor.
 
Dominik
Dominik,
A must have for all Ardbeg lovers! Smokey as always and a lovely cheery sweetness on top!
 
Chris
Chris,
This is probably my favorite as of now there is so much going on hard everyone will experience it differently and that's the best part
 
Garry
Garry,
Was great for breakfast on my wedding day
 
Adrian
Adrian,
Nothing better so far
 
Sandra
Sandra,
My favorite!
 
Seth
Seth,
Lots of peat smoke and then layers of sea salt caramel, leather and seaweed it’s a flavor bomb!
 
Thomas
Thomas,
As someone who drinks a lot of scotch it took me a while to warm up to the Islay offerings. I don't know what it is about the peat but it's intoxicating. You feel like you've just eaten a big mouthful of smoky moss and found yourself craving more. This is a delicious whisky. Smoky, earthy, spicy and smooth!
 
Doug
Doug,
Nice amount of peat and a reasonable amount of body. Not as oily as an Oban, but a a nice dram to sip neat.
 
Mike
Mike,
Big peat as expected, but smooth bordering on creamy, and a nice warm vanilla.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Insanely rich and deep. Drag a log out of a swamp, set it on fire, and then lick it....thats pretty close to what this tastes like...but in a GOOD WAY!! Petey to the maximum, touch of sweet and pepper.
 
James
James,
Very peaty, VERY. But, it's wonderful!
 
Tracy
Tracy,
Superb dram
 
Lou
Lou,
Delicious! Such a rich and savory peaty/smokey nose and taste with a decadently long finish. Definitely a hero whiskey that commands attention
 
Andre
Andre,
Love it. Very peaty.
 
Jim
Jim,
This is the category that inspired Son of a Peat, at least that's my take on it. A very robust sipper with so much peat and smoke if you swirl the bottle you can see the peat and smoke twirling around in a dance that says "I dare you!"
 
Dustin
Dustin,
This one is for peat lovers,I loved it! When I have someone taste it that never has had this type,watching the reaction is great,one person actually salivates when we talk about it!
 
Nikhil
Nikhil,
My first dive into serious single malt, and it was quite the challenging choice. Somehow though, it was exactly what I needed. Such complexity of character, completely blew me away. Smokey, oily, sweet tempered by characterful heat. Amazing.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
A-maz-ing! Perfectly peated. Smooth smoky and sweet finish.
 
Miguel
Miguel,
This is my favorite by far, love the balance of flavors, I really like Laphroigs Medicinal tones, but some days I just to want to harp it down a bit, and the Uigeadail does the job. Rightfully balanced with the Ardberg smoke in your face.
 
Sebastian
Sebastian,
Einer meiner absoluten Lieblinge
 
Chris
Chris,
My favorite widely available scotch. Amazing complexity with some beautiful peat. Strong, take no prisoners. Keeps me coming back.
 
Gregory
Gregory,
An awesome Scotch. All it needs is a few drops of water.
 
Aryan
Aryan,
Opens nicely with a few drops of water. Even neat, there’s a hint of sweetness that makes it last way through the peat. A well balanced scotch. Recommended.
 
Alon
Alon,
One of the peatiest and more complex scotches I own. Lots of smoke and peat, but also lots of nutty and spicy flavor, with a nice aftertaste that lingers. For peat lovers, this is a must.
 
Ryo
Ryo,
I felt a very wild peaty flavour. Super like it as I am a peat lover
 
BRANDON
BRANDON,
My first foray into Islay single malts and I love it. The flavor is a great mix of spiciness, sweetness, and peat/smoke.
 
CJ
CJ,
Strong spicy to the taste with a good pine smell to start with.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
One of my other favorites. This Ardbeg is delicious and smooth.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Fantastic mix of the smoke and peat Ardbeg is known for with a complex sweet finish.
 
Rafael
Rafael,
Mild taste
 
guest
guest,
Simply amazing.
 
Jason
Jason,
Very smokey and spicey.
 
David
David,
Really growing on me. Smoky, spicy, tasty.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Peaty, but totally doable. Don't mix. Don't add ice. Just raw dog this shit. Just like my ladies.
 
Kim
Kim,
Not an Islay fan, but with a bit of water this one really shines. Best Islay I’ve ever tried!
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Perfect Islay.
 
guest
guest,
Peaty, Salty, strong and un the finish a lot of sweetness. A perfect Islay Dram after a hard working day.
 
guest
guest,
Can appreciate it has good flavours but hits me way too hard. Interesting flavours once I've added some water, but still not a fave.
 
Harrison
Harrison,
Top 3 fav scotches. Smoke, leather, charcoal, with a long smooth finish
 
Ty
Ty,
I like all styles of scotch from sweet and soft, to rich and peaty, and this is my favorite. Experiment with adding dashes of water for the most rewarding experience.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
a smoke-jumpers wet dream, it is smokey, strong and little surprises pop up here and there such as a blast of Vanilla Cavendish. I very much appreciate that they are able to get the smoke and peat without the usual petrol and formaldehyde. i am not a fan of the high smoke/peat scotch but this one has managed to cut out the parts that I disliked, I will be trying more from this distiller.
 
guest
guest,
Wonderful dram! Economical as well as the cask strength allows a tiny bit more water.
 
Michael
Michael,
A wonderful dram. Intense, sweet on the tongue, smoke and peat finish. And such a long finish. I usually enjoy my scotch neat, but a splash of water enhances this one greatly.
 
James
James,
Very good. A smoother smoke.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
I'm a fan of scotch aged in sherry casks. The smoke and peat are slightly subdued by the sweetness, but if you love your scotches smokey with a twist of sherry And some bite - this one is for you.
 
David
David,
Very smooth and a great finish
 
Darrin
Darrin,
Char, butter, salty. Like the bottom of a movie theatre popcorn bucket.
 
Will
Will,
Oh how I love this Scotch, it has overtake the Lagavulin 16 as my favorite. It is an absolute 10. A nice balance of smoke, that is not overwhelming, with the richness of the Sherry. Perfect!!!
 
Courtney
Courtney,
Wonderful from beginning to end. I tasted it with laphroiag 10 for comparison. I love both but the complexity and lingering delicious aftertaste that really distinguishes it as a first rate whisky.
 
Dominic
Dominic,
Ardbeg Uigeadail has an intense smoky flavor that I haven't seen rivaled in any other scotch. If you like a smoky Islay, this is a must.
 
guest
guest,
Охуенно
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
not good
 
Overt
Overt,
What to say about this one, every sip I took I caught something new. Put a few drops of water in, and opened up so many sweet notes I hadn't been fully immersed in at the beginning. Besides the fact that even if you only took a sip ever 10 minutes, the last vestiges of that brilliantly long finish would still just be lingering. Phenomenal. Will always be on my bar from now on.
 
George
George,
Ardbeg Uigeadail was too peaty for my taste. Perhaps I will acquire more of a taste for it. For now, I am more comfortable with something like MACALLAN.
 
gediminas
gediminas,
reminds me the trip to scotland every time I drink it.
 
Marc
Marc,
Very spicy and tasty
 
MICHAEL
MICHAEL,
What a great smokey, sweet, flavorful taste. Smooth finish.
 
Mathew
Mathew,
Perfect balance! Full of flavor and follow through.
 
David
David,
This is a wonderful, Isla scotch. A drop or two of water changes it but does not compromise it. One of our always in the cupboard.
 
David
David,
Perfectly smokey and smooth
 
James
James,
Love it! Great balance for something so heavily peated!
 
Kegan
Kegan,
Excellent Islay, medium peat needs a dash of water. Plenty of oak and richness from the sherry. Really worth the price.
 
Cory
Cory,
Favorite peaty, campfire in a glass at a great price.
 
Diogenes
Diogenes,
Stupid amounts of peat. Very strong alcoholic flavor with a numbing quality. Kinda like a spritz of chloraseptic. Even after an ice cube or two it was still a bit rough for my taste.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
I had high hopes for this, bought it to share with some friends and it was a flop. We couldn't finish the glass. The only flavor that came through was the peat, and then the burn stayed in your throat for a good 20min after. Not one I could recommend.
 
guest
guest,
Very nice scotch.
 
Maurizio
Maurizio,
Strong. Mouthfilling. Smokey. Complex
 
Kevin
Kevin,
My favorite Islay to date. I once heard this one described as sticking your head in a bon fire fueled by driftwood on a Scottish beach as the salty sea spray is blowing up while someone is roasting marshmallows. Sounds a bit weird, but I am weird. This is a fantastic scotch to experience.
 
guest
guest,
Amazing
 
Zachary
Zachary,
Great stuff
 
guest
guest,
Yum!
 
guest
guest,
Hands down one of the best Whiskies in the world, top notch and best bang for buck.
 
guest
guest,
The whisky is a great infusion of young islay from bourbon barrels and old islay aged in sherry barrels. The older years from 2008 are amazing. The newer releases are lacking but still worth the price. All in all a fine dram.
 
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