Ardbeg 8 Year Old For Discussion is a big, youthful, deliberately challenging whisky that we think our smoke-loving, insanely committed Committee Members will go wild for.
Unmistakeable smoky intensity. Charcoal and creosote. Curious hints of fennel and celery mixed with woodsmoke… Ardbeg 8 Years Old is guaranteed to provoke discussion.
Tasting Notes for Ardbeg 8 Year Old For Discussion
Colour – Pale Straw
Nose – Intense with a burst of charcoal, creosote, tar and treacle toffee, with curious hints of
something vegetal, like fennel, celery and green peppers. Once these subside, there
are hints of milk chocolate, aniseed and woodsmoke.
With a little drop of water, some more herbal notes appear, like fennel, coriander and
lavender, along with some characteristic Ardbeg aromatic woodsmoke and a hint of
fresh, salty sea spray.
Taste – A distinctively peppery mouthfeel eases into a complex symphony of flavours; treacle
toffee, aniseed, salted caramel chocolate, eucalyptus, menthol and briar wood, to
name but a few. The ‘tingling’, peppery sensation on the palate continues, with the
sweeter flavours giving way to more savoury notes like charcoal, smoked bacon, burnt
toast and tar.
Finish – The aftertaste is long and lingering, with a suggestion of peppermint and clove.
For over 200 years, Ardbeg has been made on the small, remote Scottish Isle of Islay. Ardbeg has been called “as close to perfection as makes no difference,” by whisky connoisseurs. Proof then, that Ardbeg truly deserves its incredible reputation. It’s a whisky that’s worshipped around the world. In the past ten years, six different Ardbeg expressions have won prestigious titles including World Whisky of the Year, Scotch Whisky of the Year and World’s Best Single Malt.
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