Scotch - Single Malt

Ardbeg Ardbog Ultimate Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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

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Ardbeg Ardbog is a limited edition scotch aged for 10 years and named for, we presume, the peaty bogs that Islay scotch is so well-known for (and which Ardbeg specializes in particularly). It is aged in a combination of ex-bourbon American White Oak and Manzanilla ex-sherry casks. Like all Ardbeg labels, it is unfiltered and will have a light haze and viscous quality in the glass.It is bottled at a striking 104.2 proof. The initial release is said to be limited to 240 bottles.

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.

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