Ardbeg The Three Monsters of Smoke Gift Set

This gift set is the perfect starting point to explore the smokier side of Scotch. It contains 3 celebrated Islay peated single malts: Ardbeg 10, Wee Beastie, and An Oa. Each of the 3 comes in a 200 mL bottle.
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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.

This gift set features 3 Ardbeg whiskies from their permanent range: the classic Ardbeg 10, the recently added 5-year-old Ardbeg Wee Beastie, and Ardbeg An Oa. These are all non-chill filtered and each comes in a 20 cL bottle with a unique artwork that is hidden beneath the removable label. The 10 is Ardbeg's flagship, Wee Beastie is a unique and youthful whisky with the addition of sherry casks, while the An Oa employs 3 different casks in its maturation process. It's the perfect gift for a budding Scotch lover or anyone that's curious about the wonders of peated whiskey.

Delve into the smoky side of Scotch with this gift set today!
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Proof 92 (46% ABV); 94.8 (47.4% ABV); 93.2 (46.6% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Ardbeg Distillery
Size 600mL
Ardbeg 10: Rich aromas of ocean air, taffy, and unmistakable peat smoke, which are balanced by softer elements of vanilla and lemon zest on the palate. The mildly sweet finish is nicely seasoned with malt grain, espresso, and chocolate-covered almond notes.

Ardbeg Wee Beastie: The nose is bright with herbal, vanilla, pear, black pepper, and honeyed ham notes. There's some coffee and pine resin in there as well. The palate brings chocolate, smoked bacon, eucalyptus, and aniseed to the table. Finishes long and briny with lingering cocoa and cured meat notes.

Ardbeg An Oa: Smoked applewood, creamy toffee, dates, peach, banana, and brine are on the nose. Sweet flavors of milk chocolate, treacle toffee, aniseed, orange and smoky tea leaves, gentle, sweet spices (nutmeg & cinnamon), some cigar smoke, wood, and gentle nutty flavors are on the palate. The finish is long and sweet with smoke.
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