Embargoed 00:01 31st October 2003
Islay Loch Inspires New Ardbeg Malt
A new premium expression of Ardbeg has been named after the loch on
Islay that has supplied water to Ardbeg Distillery for centuries.
Ardbeg Uigeadail – pronounced Oog-a-dal – is the first permanent
addition to the Ardbeg family of malts since the launch of Ardbeg
‘Lord of the Isles' in 2001. The name means ‘dark, mysterious place'.
For this latest expression of Ardbeg, a wide range of casks were
sampled to create a whisky which was true to the traditional
‘house-style' of Ardbeg but which was different from the Ten Years Old
and Lord of the Isles expressions.
The 1993 casks provide most of the smoky base of the whisky, while the
1990 casks lend some extra nutty and earthy depth. A final luscious
sherry richness is provided by the inclusion of some much older,
sherry cask matured Ardbeg.
According to master distiller, Bill Lumsden, the rarity of these older
sherry casks makes Uigeadail very special. He added: "Uigeadail is
a superb example of Ardbeg, yet very different from the flagship Ten
Years Old. It's remarkably smooth with an intriguing balance of
sweet, savoury and smoky flavours - in fact the sherried smokiness
reminds me of a Christmas pudding on fire! I am confident it will be
enjoyed by lovers of this distinctive Islay malt and prove a welcome
addition to the range."
Non chill-filtered, Ardbeg Uigeadail is bottled at traditional
strength with a typical ABV of 54.2% for maximum peat 'power' and
Ardbeg Uigeadail is presented in an innovative flip-top gift box.
With an expected market price of £34.99, it is available in the UK
from Oddbins, specialist whisky shops and Ardbeg Distillery. The
expression will be available from November in selected outlets in
France, Germany and Italy, and will follow in the USA from spring
Clare Meikle/Annie Pugh
Tel: 01506 508201/508650
Notes to Editors:
A high res image of Uigeadail is available from the PR team.
The other expressions of Ardbeg are:
Ardbeg 17 Years Old launched 1997 (very limited stocks)
Ardbeg Ten Years Old launched 2000 (the flagship expression)
Ardbeg ‘Lord of the Isles' launched 2001 (25 years old)
Ardbeg 1977 Vintage launched 2001 (limited stocks)
Colour Bright gold
Aroma Rich, sweet and smoky, this expression of Ardbeg is both
intensely flavoured and well-rounded. At full strength, the aroma is
a symphony of chocolate caramels and fudge with gentle smoke. Dried
fruits (date and raisins) and smooth sherried notes are discovered
followed by linseed, walnut oil and hints of leather.
With water, the deep smokiness increases in intensity, reminiscent of
a Christmas pudding on fire. The herbal scent of pine woodlands
emerge with cinnamon balls and mint humbugs.
Taste Full-flavoured and rich with an intriguing balance between
sweet, savoury and smoky flavours. The mouthfeel is full, chewy and
oily with a remarkably smooth effect.
The flavour is initially sweet with Christmas pudding smothered in
treacle, followed by honey glazed smoked food, barbecue sauce and
olives with a burst of tingly spices (cloves and wild mint).
Finish Long and smoky with treacle, olives and a hint of aniseed.
- posted 16 years ago