Ardbeg An Oa
Peated Single Malt
Ardbeg // Islay, Scotland
An Oa (pronounced an oh) is a peated Islay single malt comprised of whiskies that were aged in several types of casks of including Pedro Ximenez, virgin oak, and ex-bourbon. These whiskies were then married together in a large French oak vat in Ardbeg's Gathering Room. The whisky is named for the Mull of Oa located on the Oa peninsula. This is the most southwesterly point of Islay. This Ardbeg release marks the first permanent addition to their portfolio in close to ten years. Bottled at 46.6% ABV, this is non chill-filtered. Released September 2017.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
Cask TypePedro Ximenez, virgin oak, ex-bourbon, French oak vat
"It’s Ardbeg, but not, all at the same time. The aroma begins with the classic Islay handshake -- peat smoke, dry seaweed, and black pepper-- but throws in mint chocolate candy to trip you up. The palate begins with sweet creamy malt. This is Ardbeg?! But returns to the fold with peppery smoke and salted meat. The finish is sweet and soothing with a healthy dash of cocoa powder, and generous drizzle of mint syrup. It’s like a mountaineer back from a day at the spa."