Ardbeg Drum (2019 Committee Release)
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. This one is bottled at 52% ABV and is sold exclusively to Ardbeg Committee Members through a link sent to them in March 2019. The second version will be wildly available after Ardbeg Day and sold at 46% ABV.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
Cask Typeex-bourbon, finished in ex-rum casks
"Salted caramel fudge opens up the nose, with syrupy dates, broiled meat, seaweed, and smoke. The palate is oily, with chocolate, earl grey tea, canned peaches, incense smoke, asphalt, leather, oak, and black pepper. The finish hits big with iodine and seashell, along with saltines, dark chocolate, vanilla, and spicy oak."