Scotch - Single Malt

Ardbeg Uigeadail Ultimate Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Rating
    673 / 904
    Rabble Rating
    4.4 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $86
    Proof
    108.4
    N/A

Rating Description

94th Percentile
This score falls in the 94th percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.

Proof66 Notes

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.

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.

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Beverage Testing Institute

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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2011
NeatPour NeatPour (172) (2014-05-08)
4.5/5; It's significantly more pricey but it is imo better than laph 10. It's richer, smokier, withload's of quintisential islay kick to it. If you like laph 10 then this is the next step. This a a good gift for a friend who you know enjoys smokey scotch.
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Muncher Muncher (139) (2014-03-28)
Awesome. Not quite as good as the Corryvreckan but still top rating here. The sherry finish on top of the peat and smoke makes it seem like there's a hint of barbecue sauce in the flavor profile which is a winner for me. Very unique so if you like peated scotch give it a try.
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Wizzie Wizzie (1) (2014-02-17)
Sehr, schon fast zu, rauchig. Kräftig. Ausbalanciert.
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StevenSauce StevenSauce (43) (2013-02-21)
4.0 stars very interesting flavor, super peaty, medicine-like, classy. not something i like to drink all/every night but definietly worth having in the home bar for the ocassional sip.
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diggler99 diggler99 (9) (2013-01-02)
Fantastic Islay dram. Straight up or add a "wee bit" of water and it takes on a deliciously sweet, fruity, smokey texture. Mmmm. One of my favorites.
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eloid eloid (1) (2012-05-08)
So much depht in there, just an amazing malt, one of the best Ive tried so far.
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Pavlos Pavlos (6) (2012-02-07)
Here is the world's first anagram whisky review: Ardbeg Uigeadail Single Malt Whisky = Beguiling Islay dram awakes delight!
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HardyTaylor HardyTaylor (7) (2011-12-14)
The most balanced peaty dram from Islay!
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Alchemist Alchemist (50) (2011-09-20)
Tasted neat; the nose gives a honey sweetness and warm smoke. Body arrives bittersweet with a rich creamy mouth feel and a smoke hit. It then develops intense but short lived heat, bitterness and pepper like the Ardbeg 10. The finish is long but marred by a quite distinct sour edge to the aftertaste. Once this eventually fades you are left with pleasant smoke. I don't think this is drinkable neat, it's just too strong and bitter even with the sweetness introduced by the sherry finishing. Adding 25% water; body arrives sweeter developing lighter pepper and smoke but the bitterness is more evident and again similar to that of the 10. The finish is again long but the aftertaste is greatly improved as the sourness fades to the background. So adding water makes this Ardbeg drinkable but not much more than that. The Uigeadail is well overrated and well overpriced as it's only a marginal improvement on the Ardbeg 10.
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