Ardbeg Blaaack

Peated Single Malt

Ardbeg // Islay, Scotland

community rating

4 out of 5 stars
( 57 )

Ardbeg Blaaack is named to celebrate the black sheep members of the committee which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020. This bottling marks the first time that the distillery has matured its whisky in pinot noir casks from New Zealand. Ardbeg will release two versions of the whisky. This committee release version is bottled at 50.7% ABV and is sold exclusively to Ardbeg Committee Members beginning in March 2020. The second version will be wildly available after Ardbeg Day in June 2020 and sold at 46% ABV.

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  • Peated Single Malt
    100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
  • Cask Type
    New Zealand pinot noir casks

Tasting Notes

"This Ardbeg is fruity, savoury and with a nice smoked paprika edge. Tinges of barbecued meat with raspberry and blackberry confit. There’s a new-rubber-soles smell but it’s all very much in check and balanced with the fruitier notes. Nice interplay on the palate between soft campfire smoke and sweet fruits with spicy, cracked black peppercorns. Some medium rubber notes as well, and a whiff of smoked bacon. Lots to be excited about: One of the better Ardbeg Day releases in recent years."

Score 90

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