Ardbeg Scorch (2021 Committee Release)
Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland
Reviewed January 5, 2022
I’d initially thought this was better than the GR and maybe it is ever so slightly. But the proof doesn’t overcome the fatal flaw of the execution of the concept. It’s young, all over the place, and just not pleasant to drink. What’s even worse is you can’t really give it any style points for trying something different. It just ends up tasting like licking the bottom of a really old ash tray that also had bubble gum or something in it. Glad I only got a half bottle. I’d only stumbled upon these special releases a few years ago as I was new to scotch but of course heard about the legend of the alligator, and I’ve been lucky enough to have quite a few of the old special releases since tasting this. All I have to say by way of comparison is, this ain’t no dark cove.