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Ardbeg Alligator

Also tasted this at Ardbeg Committee meeting in Houston and it was certainly my favorite of the night and perhaps now my favorite Ardbeg.  Will definitely be coming back to this again if I can find it.  The nose has wood smoke rather than peat, lemon peel and is quite sweet but has the tang of salt and even phenol as well.  The taste is very smooth, with lots of sweet fruit and spicy notes.  The finish is oak and drying with peat and smoke.  With a little water I get some lemon notes come through as well.  This has everything, sweetness, spices, oak, peat and all in balance.  Rich and complex this is a special dram. 

Additional Info

  • Country of Origin: Scotland
  • Type: Single Malt
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': No