Ardbeg Grooves Single Malt Scotch Whiskey
From the experimental folk at Ardbeg, comes this intensely mellow dram – Ardbeg Grooves.
The southernmost of the Inner Hebridean Scottish Isles, the island of Islay (pronounced EYE-lah) is only 240 square miles and home to just over 3,000 inhabitants. Still, the island is one of just five distilling regions in Scotland whose identity is protected by law. Ardbeg Distillery, which is situated on the southern coast of Islay, was founded in 1815 by the MacDougall family. By 1886, nearly one-third of the population of Islay worked at the distillery and today, it stands as a testament to Scottish heritage and tradition. Ardbeg Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made from malted barley, which is peated to approximately 50 phenol parts per million (in contrast, Leviathan II Whiskey is peated to 110 phenol ppm, while Octomore 5.1 is peated to 169 phenol ppm). Once the peated barley arrives at the distillery, it is milled and mashed with water sourced from Loch Uigeadail, which is situated approximately 3 miles away from the distillery. Then, the mashed barley is 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 more rich whisky. In addition, the wooden washbacks contribute estery, 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 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. From the highly innovative folks at Ardbeg, comes an inspired, nuanced, mellow expression. Ardbeg Grooves harkens back to “an Islay time gone by – back to village of Peat & Love” (producer). This groovy limited edition Islay has aromas of smoked spices combine with distant bonfires fading into a mellow haze of apple and smoked pear. It’s just good vibes…and good whisky, man. Pick up your bottle today!
|Proof||103.2 (51.6% ABV)|
|Distiller/Bottler Name||Ardbeg Distillery|
Smoked cinnamon and paprika on the nose, antique leather and saddle soap, classic Ardbeg pine, tar and briny sea spray in the background, a distant subtle bonfire with savory notes. The palate is briny with sweet vibes of treacle toffee, vanilla popcorn, peaches, smoky BBQ, paprika and mustard spice, fading into a haze of smoked pears and apple cider. The finish has smoked paprika and bonfires with a mellow sweetness throughout.
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