Ardbeg Blaaack Committee Release 2020 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Bottled in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Ardbeg Committee, this peaty dram employs Pinot Noir casks from New Zealand in its maturation process. This gives the smoky cask-strength whisky additional fruit notes.
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Situated along the southern coast of the island of Islay, Ardbeg Distillery was founded in 1815 by the MacDougall family. By the end of the 19th century, nearly one-third of the population of the island was employed at the distillery, which became notorious for producing some of the boldest and most robust Scotch whisky in the industry. Today, the distillery remains a testament to Scottish innovation and heritage.

Ardbeg Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made from malted barley, which is peated to approximately 50 phenol parts per million. Once the peated barley arrives at the distillery, it is milled and mashed with water sourced from Loch Uigeadail before being fermented in washbacks made of Oregon pine. While wooden washbacks are more expensive and difficult to maintain as compared to stainless steel washbacks, they absorb a portion of the heat generated during the fermentation process and thus, create a lighter and richer whisky. In addition, the wooden washbacks contribute carbolic compounds to the whisky.

Following fermentation, which lasts for 55 hours, the wash is distilled twice, first through a copper-pot wash still and then again through a copper-pot spirit still. The spirit still is equipped with a purifier, which acts as a small condenser and causes a portion of the evaporating vapors to be pumped back into the pot and then re-distilled. This purification process, which is rare in the industry, results in whisky that has a signature fresh and malty flavor.

Islay has only 3,000 inhabitants and more than 140 committees, the largest of these being the Ardbeg Committee. With over 120,000 global members, the Ardbeg Committee serves the common purpose of celebrating Ardbeg whisky. Blaaack celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Committee, employing Pinot Noir barrels from New Zealand in its maturation process. It's bottled at a cask strength of 101.4 proof.

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Proof 101.4 (50.7%)
Distiller/Bottler Name Ardbeg Distillery
Size 750mL
The nose opens with fruit pudding, cedar wood, and tobacco aromas, followed by oak tannins, truffles, cherry, citrus, and peat. The palate is complex with aniseed, soot, cherry, strawberry, apricot, and pear, along with deep chocolate, coffee, and almond notes. The finish is long and smoky.
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