The second batch of the Ardbeg’s Traigh Bhan, a 19 year old whisky matured in American oak and ex-Oloroso sherry casks. This batch has been designated with flavours “fresh lime, roasted tea leaves and smoked pineapple”. The youngest component whisky was distilled on 18th September 2000.
Official Tasting Notes
Nose : On the nose, faint ripples of sweet wood smoke and tart crème fraîche flowgently into bold notes of savoury fennel, celeriac and roasted tea leaves.Plunge further and discover alluring aromas of charcoal and lightly burnttoast. A splash of water releases a gust of fresh sea spray, followed by eucalyptusoil and pine. Finally, this irresistible nose ends with an unmistakable top noteof saddle soap and leather.
Palate : An intensely salty mouthfeel shifts like the tides into soothing medicinalnotes, followed by salted peanut brittle, smoked pineapple and lime juice.Waves of aniseed lap over the palate, before rich fudge, birch tar and peatsmoke crash down wildly.This is a dram that coaxes you in, and all assumptions are best left behind.Simply let this alluring spirit surprise and delight.
Finish : Savoury and smoky notes collide in a sharp, intense, yet satisfyingly longfinish.