Ardbeg Dark Cove (2016 Committee Release)

Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

Tasted August 3, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Now this is more like it! A roar where the non-committee releases whimpers. A deep molasses aroma brings to mind slow-cooked brisket basted in mesquite sauce. Its texture is almost syrupy, coating the mouth in dark chocolate flavors and sherry notes that finish on a satisfying downbeat rather than a sugary high. The ambers of the fire that cooked the brisket linger, yet it's disarmingly smooth despite the high proof. Perhaps the first Ardbeg in a long time that can challenge Uigeadail as a daily drinker, despite the higher price.