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Ardbeg Alligator Rare Limited Release Ultimate Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

From: Islay, Scotland Liquor Review Category: Single Malt Scotch

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Tier 3
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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Beverage Testing Institute

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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2011

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Ardbeg Distillery claims heritage back to the 18th century where it arose as the self-proclaimed "greatest distillery on earth" out of the fog of "raiding Norsemen" and "illicit" taxes. Its present version is credited to the MacDougall family who officially established the distillery in 1815. The family sold it off in 1959. Today, there is an Ardbeg Committee that meets and oversees the craftsmanship of the scotch to ensure future generations of its quality. Ardbeg styles itself as the "ultimate single islay scotch." They also claim to be the "most peaty malt whisky in the world." This is a good or bad thing depending upon your tastes. The distillery was acquired by Moet Hennessy via Glenmorangie in 1997. 

Ardbeg Alligator is said to be named for the extremely fierce "alligator char" on the barrels for a "unique spicy bite." It is also named for the fossilized alligator skeleton discovered in 1894, according to the marketing website, giving rise to the name "islay-gator." A purported sighting of one such creature in their warehouse gives rise to te extra char and spicy bite mentioned above.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 2 ratings and 1 review.
Pavlos Pavlos (6) (2012-02-07)
I was expecting something beastly and undrinkable. Turns out it is beastly but very drinkable, in fact, much friendlier a drink than the Oogie. Could this be the Holy Grail of peaty Islays?
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