Ardbeg Ardcore Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml
Ardbeg lies solitary, in a small cove off the south coast of Islay. Sitting nearby leviathan distilleries; Laphroaig and Lagavulin, Ardbeg has always produced a very sought-after single malt, despite its production scale being less than half that of its neighbours.
Created with roasted black malt – a first for Ardbeg – this spirit is all about substance. Incinerated to within an inch of its life, the malt in Ardcore is what defines its distinctive profile. This is a dram that wears its black heart on its sleeve. Notes of charcoal and sweet smoke make for an in-your-face flavour, while notes of aniseed and dark chocolate stamp this bottle as one fit only for the most Ardcore of fans.
The nose is spicy, savoury and ‘grippy’, with an explosion of savoury marmite/yeast, burnt toast and charcoal and chicory infused coffee grounds. An astonishing, spicy, fiery palate leads into a explosion of rich, powerful flavours – cocoa powder, rich dark chocolate, peanut brittle toffee, smoked lime and a suggestion of soot and bonfire embers. There is lots of liquorice/aniseed, along with some altogether sweeter, malty/biscuit flavours, and a long, lingering treacle toffee aftertaste.
The Finer Details
Style - Whisky
Country - Scotland
Region - Islay
Bottle Size - 700ml
ABV - 46%