The Ardbeg Uigeadail aka “The Oogie” was originally recommended to us by an acquaintance as a peat-fiend pleaser, and the OP delivered. Honestly, even for a peat lover like myself, on some nights, it’s just too peaty (heresy, I know!). It is strong and secure in its own peatiness, which is a spectacular treat sometimes (when you want that peat punch to the throat) but sometimes you want something a little gentler. I think in recent bottlings, the sherry gets a bit overwhelmed by the peaty-ness (perhaps more reliance on the bourbon casks) so it can get unbalanced.
However, it’s a very fun dram – and for ~$60/bottle, a pretty good value.
7 out of 10. Good whisky. (Our rating system)
TLDR: “Peaty Bear Hug”
Overview: Does not pull its peaty punch. Kind of unrestrained in its enthusiasm. Not for the weak.
Bought for: $57 at K&L
Nose: Lovely. Strong and unmistakably peaty. Adhesive mixed with caramel. Ocean-side campfire. Some laundry detergent. Faint perfume of cream develop beneath the heat.
Palate: Deep and strong bass note of strong iodine and rubber. Does not pull its punch. Mid notes of caramel and dark fruits with sardines, interlaced with a lot of adhesive. Creamy mouthfeel. Chalky and ashy aftertaste. Somewhat hot.
Note: the dram develops quite significantly when resting in the glass. At first, it’s overwhelmingly peaty but after sitting in the glass for 5-10 minutes, it softens and a faint peat-meets-sweet starts developing. But overall, it’s still very peat-forward.
With water (given its high proof): Rubbery and sweet peeks at raisins and caramel followed by more salty sea ashes. First hit of sweet vanilla and caramel with some more sardines and then an ashy aftertaste.
- Cask: Ex-bourbon and ex-sherry
- Age: NAS
- ABV: 54.2%
- Labeled as 04/08/2016
About Ardbeg and Uigeadail:
- Ardbeg has produced whisky since 1798 and for most of its history, was primarily used for blends
- Its name, although cute, is actually quite boring: it is the Gaelic word for a “small promontory” (defined as a point of high land that juts out onto a large body of water)
- Releases Committee bottlings available for the members of the Ardbeg Committee that are released before official bottlings
- Uigeadail (“Oog-a-dal”) is a loch that provides the peat-laden water for Ardbeg
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