Ardbeg Ardcore, a heavily peated Islay single malt created with roasted black malt barley, has been announced as 2022’s Ardbeg Day limited edition bottling.
Official tasting notes for Ardbeg Ardcore follow:
Aroma: Spicy and savory, Ardcore grips the senses, with waves of marmite, burnt toast, chicory, charcoal and infused coffee grounds making for a mosh pit in the glass. Like a safety pin through the septum, a classic Ardbeg herbal top note is present, while swirling, smoky bonfire and molasses loiter backstage.
Taste: A jaw dropping spicy and fiery mouthfeel leads to an explosion of rich, smoky flavors – cocoa powder, dark chocolate, peanut brittle toffee, smoked lime and a suggestion of soot and bonfire embers all pogo in unison on the palate. Amped up aniseed and malty biscuit elbow their way to the fore, “punk-turing” taste buds.
Finish: In an altogether sweeter finish, long, lingering notes of treacle toffee, soot and smoke make for an anarchic, but delicious, aftertaste.
Non chill-filtered at 46% ABV.