Ardbeg Blaaack (2020 Committee Release)
Peated Single Malt
Ardbeg // Islay, Scotland
Ardbeg Blaaack is a no-age statement limited edition release for its committee which boasts a worldwide membership of 120,000 and counting. 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.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
Cask TypeNew Zealand pinot noir casks
"Well, it wouldn't be Ardbeg without hitting you over the head with peat, tar, iodine and savory smoked meats. But amidst all this, there's a bit of baked apple and brûléed sugar as well. Flavor continues on these notes with a spicy bite along with seaweed and rubber. Just a really fun ride finding all the notes. The finish leaves you with the peat flavors and a desire to go back in for another sip. It doesn't need it, but a touch of cool water smooths out the rough edges. Not a baaad way to spend the evening."