Ardbeg Uigeadail Scotch Whisky
- Single Malt
- Scotland, 700ml
This stunning Ardbeg is a special vatting that marries Ardbeg’s traditional deep, smoky notes with luscious, raisiny tones of old ex-Sherry casks. Deepest gold in colour. The taste is an intriguing balance between sweet, spicy and deep smoky flavours. Rich and weighty with heady and smoky aromatics, hints of Christmas pudding. Raisiny and mocha tones and rich aromatic smoke in a perfect finish.
- Type: Islay Scotch WhiskySingle Malt, Smoky
- Region: Isle of Islay, Scotland
- Alcohol: 54.2%
- Volume: 700ml
- Goes with: Ice
This award winning expression (pronounced ‘Oog-a-dal’) from Islay's Ardbeg distillery on the Kildalton Coast is named after a nearby loch. It's the perfect example of how sweet and savoury notes can work together spectacularly - you'll find Ardbeg's maritime salinity intact here, combined with dried fruit notes imparted by time spent in sherry casks. Ardbeg Uigeadail was voted by the 120,000+ strong Ardbeg Committee as their favourite Ardbeg. Non chill-filtered.
Ardbeg lies solitary, in a small cove off the south coast of Islay. It was once a stage for illegal distillation, when smugglers took advantage of the remote location and exceptional conditions for whisky production. Eventually, excise men seized the original, illegitimate buildings from the smugglers and destroyed them. It was not until 1815 that a legal distillery was established and founded by John McDougall. Sitting nearby leviathan distilleries; Laphroaig and Lagavulin, Ardbeg has always produced a very sought-after single malt, despite its production scale being less than half that of its neighbours.
After running into some financial difficulties the distillery closed in 1981 and it was not until 1989 that distillation resumed, although on a very small scale. After closing again in 1996, then owners, Allied Domecq, put the distillery up for sale. It was bought in 1997 by Glenmorangie Co and was, at last, restored to its former grandeur. Its chief watersource, Loch Uigeadail, or ‘dark and mysterious place’ in Gaelic, became the inspiration for a bottling launched in 2003 under the same name. Ardbeg Uigeadail was later Jim Murray’s 2009 World Whisky of the Year, a title held previously by Ardbeg’s ten year-old. Ardbeg has become known for its rich, peated whiskies, very easily identifiable by their fullness of body and perfect harmony of flavour.
2005 saw Ardbeg acquired by luxury giant Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy. Shortly after in 2006, Stuart Thompson, who had served as the distillery manager at Ardbeg since the take-over by Glenmorangie PLC in 1997, left the distillery after working at there for almost a decade. Following this, Michael "Mickey" Heads, an Islay native and former manager at Jura who had worked at Ardbeg years earlier, took over in March 2007. 2009 saw Ardbeg release its peatiest expression ever, in the form of Supernova.
In 2018, construction of a new still house began which will house four new stills, while the original still house is being refurbished in order to house six new washbacks. This will increase production from 1.4 million litres to 2.4 million litres.
- Gold - 2014 Jim Murray's Whisky Bible - Liquid Gold Award
- Winner - 2009 Jim Murray's Whisky Bible - World Whisky of the Year
- Gold - 2014 International Wine & Spirit Competition - Scotch Single Malt - Islay
- Gold - 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition - Single Malt Scotch - up to 12YO
- Gold - 2013 The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business) - Islay up to 12YO
- Silver - 2017 International Spirits Challenge - Distillers' Single Malts up to 12YO
- Silver Outstanding - Islay - 2017 International Wine & Spirit Competition - Scotch Single Malt
- Silver - 2014 World Whiskies Awards - Islay Single Malt No Age Statement
- Silver Outstanding - Islay - 2013 International Wine & Spirit Competition - Scotch Single Malt
- Silver - 2019 International Wine & Spirit Competition - Scotch Single Malt - Islay
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