Ardbeg Dark Cove
Peated Single Malt
Ardbeg // Islay, Scotland
This bottling was officially released in honor of Ardbeg Day 2016, which was held May 28th during Islay Fest. Official bottle details are vague in keeping with the Ardbeg way; they do say that "black or dark sherry" barrels were used in the aging as well as ex-bourbon barrels. This is a no-age statement release and is bottled at 46.5% ABV. Please note that there is a higher-proof Committee Release bottling as well, which is a more limited release version.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
Cask Typedark sherry and ex-bourbon
"The aroma starts you off more about the fruity (think pears, apples, oranges, dates) before periodically blasting you with smoke and ash. There's a little peanut note that picks up later as you drink. There isn't much of a mid-palate as you're quickly rushed to the exit doors with a finish of trail mix and smoke with some oil and bitter woody herbs closing it out. Not to say that the finish isn't pleasing; on the contrary. It is. This is pretty easy to drink, but it may not please those peat heads that like to keep the volume turned up to a constant 11. "