Ardbeg An Oa
The Ardbeg An Oa was welcomed in 2017 becoming the first addition to the Ardbeg Ultimate range in over a decade. An Oa is matured in a combination of several casks including Pedro Ximénez, spicy charred virgin oak, ex-bourbon and many others to give the perfect balance of smokiness and sweetness.
Tasting Note by Ardbeg
Nose: Peat infused with zesty lemon and lime, wrapped in waxy dark chocolate. Bold menthol and black pepper slice through the sweet smoke followed by tarry ropes and graphite. Savour the aroma of smoked fish and crispy bacon alongside green bell peppers, baked pineapple and pear juice. Add water and an oceanic minerality brings a breath of cool, briny seaspray. Waxed lemon and lime follows with coal tar soap, beeswax and herby pine woodlands. Toasted vanilla and sizzling cinnamon simmer with warm hazelnut and almond toffee.
Palate: An explosion of crackling peat sets off millions of flavour explosions: peat effervesces with tangy lemon and lime juice, black pepper pops with sizzling cinnamon-spiced toffee. Then comes a wave of brine infused with smooth buttermilk, ripe bananas and currants. Smoke gradually wells up on the palate bringing a mouthful of warm creamy cappuccino and toasted marshmallows. As the taste lengthens and deepens, dry espresso, liquorice root and tarry smoke develop coating the palate with chewy peat oils.
Finish: Long and smoky with tarry espresso, aniseed, toasted almonds and traces of soft barley and fresh pear.