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Ardbeg expands core portfolio with new whisky

DBR Staff Writer Published 22 August 2017

Moet Hennessey-owned Ardbeg, the Scottish single malt whisky-maker from Islay, is extending its portfolio with the release of An Oa whisky.

The single-malt whisky, which is due for release this September, will be the first new permanent expression to emerge from Ardbeg after  a decade.

The whisky is claimed to give out an aroma of burning applewood, with creamy toffee, aniseed, treacle and dates, along with a suggestion of fruits such as peach and banana.

Ardbeg Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks director Bill Lumsden said: “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 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.”

The whisky has an alcohol by volume of 46.6% and as per Drinks Retailing News, it has been priced at £49.

Image: Ardbeg to release An Oa whisky in September after a decade. Photo: Courtesy of moomsabuy/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.