Ardbeg Scorch Limited Edition Fiercely Charred Casks

Released in time for the celebration that is Ardbeg Day 2021, this expression pays tribute to Islay's "definitely-real-and-totally-not-made-up" dragon. The 92-proof whisky has intense charred oak and smoke 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.

Ardbeg Scorch is a limited-edition release that was bottled in 2021 to celebrate Ardbeg Day 2021 which took place on June 5. Matured in ex-bourbon American oak casks, it pays tribute to Islay's "definitely-real-and-totally-not-made-up" dragon with a charred and smoky profile that is bound to please Ardbeg fans and any peat fans. The special release is bottled at 92 proof.

Celebrate Ardbeg Day with this limited-edition whisky today!
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Proof 92 (46% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Ardbeg Distillery
Size 750mL
Aromas of soot and smoke greet the nose with hints of aniseed and patchouli. The palate is layered with an oily mouthfeel and notes of sweet smoke, charred oak, licorice, and medicinal undertones. The finish is long with lingering tarry notes.
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