Nick Brown wrote:
For what it is worth, this Oogling is a very young, cheap whisky that probably tastes pretty rough. Ardbeg is only able to sell it based on its reputation as a collectible whisky. Nobody would normally pay £30 for a 3yo (4yo?) whisky. If it were not for the secondary market, this whisky would probably not exist at all and nobody would taste it - if tasting is important anyway. I think this, more than anything, is a case of people paying for a rare label and a collectible container that is worth more than the incidental contents.
I was going to reply to this with an 8 letter word rhyming with the word Horlicks but i'll put my tasting notes instead ......
Ardbeg Committee Reserve – Yong Uigeadail (The Oogling)
Young Ardbeg mixed with a 2002 sherry Butt
Colour - Bright Bronze
Nose – Bags of Malt (most I’ve tasted in an Ardbeg !) , Cereal , peat , the sherry is fighting to get through but not quite winning .
Taste – nice young spirit , very sweet , bags of peat and after a few tastes the smoke burst out and then the touch of sherry emerges .
Finish – Sooooooo Long , still warming the cockles of my heart ………
At first it seems very young and spirity but given time it opens up beautifully , another example of how much the distilling has improved since the "Bung it through" Allied days .
I've just been sitting in the Old Kiln Cafe for Lunch (hey it's a dirty job but someones got to do it !) and all the time there have been two of the girls packing orders for the Oogling , there were at least ten large sacks of orders waiting to be taken to the post office (all the orders are sent from Ardbeg via the airport so only a certain amount go out at a time ....it's a small plane !) . I got talking to one of the girls and we were discussing the e-bay sales etc , they're not happy about it but they know there isn't a lot they can do about it but what they are doing is trying to suss out the people who have placed multiple orders via the internet (Naw ! get away ! people don't do that !!!!) . I hope knowing the good people of Ardbeg pretty well by now ,They'd want people to drink their whisky !
Along the same line but slightly off Topic.....
I wonder how many of the £60 6yo Bowmores we'll see up for sale shortly ? Not alot seeing it has went down like a lead balloon with everybody i've talked to ......
Bunnahabhains 14yo PX finish is pretty good (went back for a second bottle ) but i don't think it will be popular , which is a shame .
The Laddie festival Valinches are pretty good , The "Drambusters" Bourbon is the best another stunning 1990 , The 1989 sherry one (Mayor of Islay) is the next best and the "Cotes Du Rhinns" (1988 Ace'd in a wine cask) is the weakest of the three but still highly drinkable (it says specially dedicated to Nick on the bottle ......
It's been a great week , always nice to support your favourite Island and it's distilleries , just The Condenser Ball and Ardbeg Day to go.....