Scotch - Single Malt
Ardbeg Uigeadail Ultimate Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky
This is a Tier 1 score in the Whiskey category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.
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.
The Ardbeg Uigeadail scotch is aged in bourbon barrels with a sherry cask finish. It is named for Loch Uigeadail on the island of Islay and is the source of water for the whisky.
In their 2011 review at Wine Enthusiast--and to the great consternation of those who adore peat smoke in their scotch--they claimed that "here the smoke goes too far." There are many, we suppose, where the smoke can never go far enough.
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