Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Year 2019 Edition
Peated Single Malt
Ardbeg // Islay, Scotland
Ardbeg Traigh Bhan is the first permanent age statement single malt release for the brand since its 10 Year debuted in 2000. Traigh Bhan (Tri-Van) is named after a local Islay beach also known as the Singing Sands. The 2019 expression matured for 19 years in American oak and ex-oloroso sherry casks. The brand plans to release limited batches on an annual basis with each batch bearing a unique code on the bottle and carton. This 2019 edition has a code of TB/01-15.03.00/19.MH which seems to give details regarding the first batch's distilling and bottling date along with MH representing Mickey Heads, the distillery manager. Bottled without chill-filtration at 46.2% with an expected global release to begin mid-September 2019.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
Cask TypeAmerican oak and ex-oloroso sherry casks
"This malt hits the palate with sweet, smoky grace and a flavorful fruity hook. Smoldering smoke mingles on the nose with exotic fruits braced by chili and cloves. The oily palate is rich and united, balancing an Islay S’more of dark chocolate sandwiched between crackling wood. A late liniment note tugs into a long and heavenly toasted finish with refined peat holding it together from beginning to end. Ardbeg at its best."