N.V. Ardbeg Kildalton 49%

Winner of Gold - Best Islay Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards 2015 and Gold - Islay No Age Statement at The Scotch Whisky Masters 2015. Aged in Bourbon and Sherry casks and named after a cross on Islay, this limited release came out in 2014 to raise money for The North Highland Initiative.
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£228.00 DP

Average critic rating : 94.0 points



Nose: Didn't expect that: smoke! Light, dry, ashy but also slightly under-cooked in the cask; quite an oily aroma; an unusual, fuzzy aroma of fruit that, for once, isn't citrus-based. Taste: Unusually thin first few moments on the palate and takes a while for the smoke, accompanied by the thin layer of plum jam, to make an impact. When it arrives; it stays... Finish: Now showing off... the elegance can only be admired as a little ulmo honey and lavender give a deft edge to the already gentle smoke; just a little chocolate raisin on the slightly furry finale. Balance: Youthful and lightly smoked, unlike the days when I blended the first-ever Kidalton which was middle aged and, for all intents and purposes, peat free. The most subtle of Ardbegs, which whispers its beauty, though quite audibly... 46%.

Colour: Deep gold.

Aroma: Seductive, exotic bouquet. Hints of smoked apricots in syrup, salt and pepper with soft, creamy vanilla. Smoky and herbal notes of woodsmoke and fennel. Water releases pine resin, vetiver root, coriander, liquorice and a curious soapy note.

Taste: The texture is soft and ‘sappy’, gently coating the tongue. An explosion of coal tar soap, aniseed, peppermint, coffee, sweet barley malt, and a lingering, aromatic smokiness.

Finish: Lengthy and fresh, with menthol, and spicy. Hints of allspice, clove and bitter almonds, revealing a distant vanilla essence sweetness.


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