Peated Single Malt
Ardbeg // Islay, Scotland
This is the general release of Ardbeg Grooves with a previous release sold only to Ardbeg Committee Members. Both were created in honor of Ardbeg Day 2018 (June 2) held during the Islay Festival of Music & Malt (Fèis Ìle). The theme for Ardbeg Day this year is "Peat & Love". This "groovy" bottle gets its name from the grooves obtained after heavily-charring the former red wine casks used to age a portion of the whisky. The Committee Member release was bottled at 51.6% ABV while this comes in at 46% ABV to a much wider audience.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
Cask Typeheavily-charred ex-red wine casks
"A fair amount of brine to start, with hints of smoky barbecue. It is quite meaty, but with bursts of blackcurrants and red berries, as well as soot and iodine. Fairly big-bodied, with a good viscosity. The palate is ashy, and the oak isn't shy at all, making it a reasonably dry whisky. Plenty of spices with dark, roasted fruits. The finish is sweet, smoky and salty."