For the first time in a decade, Ardbeg has added a permanent expression to its core range.
Ardbeg An Oa (pronounced ‘an oh’) is a non-chill filtered smoky treat bottled at 46.6% abv.
‘There is a wonderfully Ardbeggian magic to The Gathering Room, where the parcels married together in this whisky merge over time, to reach new levels of complexity,’ Ardbeg’s director of distilling, whisky creation & whisky stocks, Dr Bill Lumsden, said.
‘Ardbeg An Oa’s rounded and subtly smoky aromas reflect all the contrasts of the Mull of Oa, with notes of creamy toffee, aniseed, dates and hints of peach and banana.
'The whisky’s smooth, creamy texture leads to a huge syrupy sweetness on the palate, as milk chocolate, orange and smoky tea leaves mingle with sweet spices, cigar smoke and – unusually – grilled artichokes, before a lingering, seductive and smoky finish.
'It is years since the world’s smokiest, peatiest Islay malt added to its core range. We hope smoky malt whisky fans everywhere will be drawn to Ardbeg An Oa.’
Ardbeg An Oa is priced at RRP £49.00 and will be available in specialist retailers from September.