Ardbeg Dark Cove

Peated Single Malt

Ardbeg // Islay, Scotland

  • Cost

  • Distiller Score

    88
  • Avg. Rating

    4.3
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 138 )

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.

  • age
    NAS
  • abv
    46.5
  • Peated Single Malt
    100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
  • Cask Type
    dark sherry and ex-bourbon

Tasting Notes

"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. "

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Flavor Profile

Fruity & Peaty