46.2% ABV // 700ml
Ardbeg have often said they'd like to offer a permanent older age statement whisky, but they simply don't have the stock. This 19 year old changes that. Drawing inspiration from Islay’s Traigh Bhan beach (pronounced ‘Tri-Van’), known locally as the Singing Sands, Ardbeg's new whisky will be available in limited annual batches with the recipe to change with each batch, creating ‘subtle differences’ between future iterations.
Dr Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg’s director of distilling, whisky creation and whisky stocks, comments "A new, permanent aged Ardbeg is a rare occurrence, and cause for celebration. We hope that, by slightly tweaking the batch recipe year-on-year, Ardbeggians can have some fun exploring the finer details of this ever-changing dram."
Matured in American oak and ex-oloroso Sherry casks before being bottled at 46.2% abv, Ardbeg Traigh Bhan’s 2019 expression is said to have ‘intense and rugged’ notes of ‘smoked chilli chocolate and paprika’ with ‘waves of toasted oak and roasted tea leaves’ on the palate. It comes non chill filtered.
Tasting note: Brilliant gold. Linear and fresh on the nose, the bouquet offers a complex mix of kelp, smoked meats, grapefruit and dried fruits. 3-4 minutes adds whiffs of vapo-rub, wet campfire, brine, dried herbs and mineral. Oily on entry leading into a dryish, concentrated delivery; Cool mint, lime peel, mesquite smoke, cocoa and white pepper flavours lead before the aftertaste turns sooty, salty, mildly tannic and drying. Quite elegant for Ardbeg. Will make a superb aperitif. 46.2% Alc./Vol.