Peated Single Malt
Ardbeg // Islay, Scotland
Ardbeg Drum is a no-age statement release created to celebrate Ardbeg Day 2019 (June 1) held during the Islay Festival of Music & Malt (Fèis Ìle). The theme for this year's release is a Caribbean carnival. The single malt aged initially in ex-bourbon barrels and then finished its maturation in rum casks. Like previous Fèis Ìle bottlings for the brand, Ardbeg will release two versions of the whisky. One is bottled at 52% ABV and is sold exclusively to Ardbeg Committee Members through a link sent to them in March 2019. This, the second version, became available after Ardbeg Day 2019 and is sold at 46% ABV.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
Cask Typefinished in rum casks
"The peat smoke is subtle, leaving plenty of room for other aromas. The Ardbeg Drum is well-rounded and somewhat creamy, with mushy banana, cinnamon apple and apricots. The creaminess exerts itself on the palate as well. It becomes a tad more spicy (nutmeg, even a hit of ginger), and there's lots of dry smoke and ashes. There's a sugary sweetness also, and salt, smoke and vanilla linger for a long time."