Ardbeg Alligator

Peated Single Malt

Ardbeg // Islay, Scotland

RARE
  • Cost

  • Distiller Score

    92
  • Avg. Rating

    4.54
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 53 )

Most scotch is aged in a previously used barrel. A portion of this special edition offering from Ardbeg, however, was aged in new, unused American oak that received the deepest charring offered -- the alligator, so named because the inside of the barrel looks like the hide of an alligator. This is mostly available on the grey market or through retailers around the world, excluding the US.

  • age
    NAS
  • abv
    51.2
  • Peated Single Malt
    100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
  • Cask Type
    used American oak and new, heavily charred American oak

Tasting Notes

"This much char and peat can get out of control, but Ardbeg has tamed those twin beasts and delivered a malt that is full of charcoal smoke, peat, and crème brûlée-- heavy on the brûlée -- on the nose. Taste is big on mocha, peat, anise, caramel, toasted nuts, and even BBQ, all with an underlying creamy vanilla sweetness binding it together. Aggressive and challenging, but worth accepting the challenge. "

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Rich & Smoky