There was lots of speculation regarding the new release Ardbeg for 'Ardbeg Day'. The rumors have all been put to bed, with the announcement of the 'Ardbeg Blaaak'. Bottled at 46%, the Islay Whisky is made from Ex Pinot Noir casks from New Zealand. Below are some tasting notes from the distillery:
Aroma: On the nose baked fruit pudding knits together seamlessly with cedar wood and aromatic cigar box. Oak tannins and rich truffles then break away to reveal subtle notes of smoky jam tart. With a splash of water, intense aromas of bitter cherry and a curiously zesty note emerges. Naturally, this dram then travels in a different direction with lovely fragrant violet notes. Taste: A velvety and surprisingly furry mouthfeel drives your palate into a complex symphony of contrasting flavours. Aniseed, soot and summer fruits – such as cherries, strawberries, apricots and pears – give way to crumbly pastry, dark chocolate, coffee and almonds. Finish: A long, lingering sooty finish.
The Blaack will be available from Ardbeg Embassies, whisky special stores and the Distillery Visitors Centre from 'Ardbeg Day' on the 30th May 2020.