Voted Best Malt in the World in 2004 by the authoritative American Spritits Journal Ardbeg Uigeadail (pronounced oo-ga-daal) takes its name from the brooding mysterious loch that provides the peat-laden water for Ardbeg.
It is a special vatting of different styles of Ardbeg marrying together its traditional deep smoky notes with the luscious, sweet, raisiny tones of old ex-sherry casks.
Nose: Multifaceted, notes of peat and little flourishes of dark sugar, freshly ground espresso beans, cereal notes and a most sophisticated tar. Palate: Led by sweet, ripe fruit and black forest honey. A good helping of malt. The throne then usurped by a powerful peat and smoked barley. Finish: Very long, caramel and malt weave their way through peat smoke and dark sugar and just a hint of fresh espresso coffee before it finally peters out. Overall: Such deft balance! How wonderful to sample Ardbeg so beautifully complimented by sherry.
Massive yet tiny. Loud yet whispering. Seemingly ordinary from the bottle, yet unforgettable. It is snowing outside my hotel room in the Calgary, yet the sun, in my soul at least, is shining. I came across this bottling while lecturing the Liquor Board of British Columbia in Vancouver on May 6th 2008, so one assumes it is a tasting for the first time thee Old Malt Cask 1975 at a tasting in Denmark. There is no masking genius. The only Scotch to come close to this one is another from Ardbed, Corryvreckan. That has more oomph and lays the beauty and complexity on thick....it could easily have been top dog. But this particular Uigeadail (for I have tasted another bottling this year without pen or computer to hand and therefore unofficially which was a couple of points down) offers something far more restrained and cerebral. Believe me: this bottling will be going for thousands at auction in the very near future, I wager. 54.2%
- Jim Murray Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2016 The World's Leading Whisky Guide