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