Ardbeg Scorch (2021 Committee Release)
Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland
Reviewed August 10, 2021 (edited March 16, 2022)
Nose: Unmistakably Ardbeg - peat, smoke, brine. Meaty - smoked black pepper bacon. Brown sugar and vanilla, char and barrel smoke. Lemon. Wintergreen. Strawberries and bananas. Chocolate, leather - anique leather furniture. Cardamom, cumin, cilantro. Charred green bell pepper. Nutmeg and anise. Not super dark and deep, but a solid amount of density and complexity going on here. Palate: Ash, smoke, peat. Black pepper, nutmeg, anise, wintergreen. Brown sugar, vanilla. Oak and char - like you find in bourbon. Good tannin. Dill, thyme, mint, orange. Clove. Bitter chocolate, leather, and tobacco. Midrange and mid-palate focused. Mediumn mothfeel. Finish: A splash of citrus oil ethanol-y goodness. Black pepper and charred oak slide into place. Campfire and ash, s'mores. Cigar tobacco, leather. Wintergreen, sugar, and bitterness linger for a good while, with really appealing oil content. Long length that cotinues to evolve. Other notes: A novel Ardbeg, and one that delivers on what it sets out to do. An enjoyable experiment, this adds a little bit of bourbon flair to your classic Ardbeg character. If you find yourself rolling your eyes at Ardbeg's special releases, I mighht skip this one since it colors outside of the lines. However, if you enjoy Ardbeg's propensity for exploring maturation options, this would be an easy suggestion. I might even try to get my hands on another bottle. Cheers!
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