Whisky Review #30 – Ardbeg Uigeadail

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Intro – After months, maybe even years of considering a full bottle of Ardbeg Uigeadail I decided instead to pick up the Ardbeg Exploration Pack. This pack contains a 750ml bottle of the 10 year old, a 50ml bottle of Uigeadail and a 50ml bottle of Corryvreckan. Uigeadail is bottled at 54.2% ABV, Non Chill-Filtered and Natural Color. Not sure on the age. Paid $56 for the Exploration Pack.

****Reviewed neat on 06/01/2016****

Nose – young and fresh, sweet fruit up front, smoke, caramel, lighter sherry then Lagavulin 16, fruit flavor cigarettes, dark fruits (cherry and strawberry) with citrus undertones, soap, pepper

Taste –  sweet leather, pepper, deep dark fruits with citrus, smoke, spicy caramel, easy to sip with only slight burn toward the end with some trailing medicinal flavor. A bit too spicy throughout – water would probably help.

Finish – plastic, smoke, spice, pepper. A little too short on the finish for me. Nothing off putting.

Favorite Part – The Nose.

Conclusion – I’d have to say I enjoy this more then Lagavulin 16. Two completely different whiskies but they are pretty similar in price and both involve peat & sherry. When I consider the overall experience…Uigeadail wins. Uigeadail is $65-$70 around here so at that price would probably opt for Ardbeg 10 year or something from my true love, Laphroaig. I found the nose to be complex and interesting but the taste didn’t live up to the hype. It is still very good stuff but I’m glad I just bought the Exploration Pack.

Rating – 69/100

  • Presentation – 4/5
  • Nose -20/25
  • Taste – 27/35
  • Finish – 15/25
  • Value – 3/10
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