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Compass Box Peat Monster vs. Ardbeg Uigeadail

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Compass Box Peat Monster vs. Ardbeg Uigeadail

Postby GreyArea » Thu Dec 01, 2005 9:30 pm

Well, my most recent Royal Mile order arrived today - one bottle each of
the above.

The Compass Box is an interesting one. A vatted malt, it's marketed for
people who love 'peaty' whiskies. It's a pale straw colour, almost like
a white wine. It does, indeed, have a very phenol aroma - it's right
from the back of the medicine cabinet.

In taste, however, I'd say it was very much behind Laphroaig and
Lagavulin in the peatiness stakes. It is, however, possibly the
smoothest whisky I've ever had. It's very, very smooth indeed, so much
so that I suspect you could easily drink far more of it than is good for
you without actually realising it. It has a peaty, yet light flavour.
Imagine Laphroaig towned down quite a bit and having a trace of vanilla
added to it. A very interesting dram indeed. Not one that I'd purchase
frequently, but definitely one I'll buy from time to time.


The Ardbeg Uigeadail (also a vatted malt albeit a cask strength one) is,
however, a simply stunning dram. The Compass Box Peat Monster is what
I'd class as a 'Yuppie'* dram (although not in an insulting way). It's
an experiment and I applaud it for that. The Ardbeg Uigeadail is, in
contrast, a no nonsense go-for-the-throat traditional dram. Heavily
peated, heavily phenol, it's in no way as smooth as the Peat Monster.
And yet...I prefer it hugely. Much darker in colour, it _feels_ as
though it's whisky the way it used to be made.

Summing up: Of the two, I like the Peat Monster but I love the
Uigeadail. If you like lighter, Speyside-style malts then you may want
to try the Peat Monster as it's almost a peated-Speyside. If you like
your malts heavy on the peat and firey on the tongue than it's hard to
fault the Uigeadail.

Jim

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Postby bamber » Fri Dec 02, 2005 1:21 pm

Nice notes, but the Ardbeg is a single malt ! - just not a single barrel single malt. Will have to try the Peat monster sometime ....
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Postby GreyArea » Fri Dec 02, 2005 1:24 pm

Woops - yes, quite right, my mistake. Ardbeg Uigeadail is a single malt, not a vatted malt. Not quite sure where I got that idea from..!

I blame the voices in my head.

Jim
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Postby bamber » Fri Dec 02, 2005 2:23 pm

Just keep shouting at them - that's what I do :)
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Postby kallaskander » Fri Dec 02, 2005 3:08 pm

Hi there,

easy to have a term like "vatted malt" in the back of your mind there. Uigedail is a vatting of new Ardbeg malts with older Ardbeg malts, some of it especially the Uigedail from 2003 contained Ardbeg from 1975. That still makes it a single malt but vatting is used in describing it now and then. From here the step to thinking it to be a vatted malt is not a big one. Don´t fret too much over it.

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Postby The Dazzler » Fri Dec 02, 2005 8:00 pm

The Uigeadail is a single malt due to being from the one distillery, (Ardebg). However it is made up of a vatting of different aged Ardbegs, Aberlour Abunadh, Royal Lochnagar Select Reserve and Jura Superstition, (amongst oythers), are similar single malts made up of different ages from the one distillery. Bowmore Darkest and sometimes even your standard Glenlivet 12yo can be created from vatting different aged whiskies from the one distillery. All mass produced OB`s are in fact vattings from several casks, most often of the same age and from the one distillery, (exceptions to the rule eg Balvenie 15yo, 350 bottles from each individual cask bottled one at a time)).

So, GreyArea, easy to make this "wee" mistake with vatted/single malts, however the SWA will soon be clearing all this up!!!

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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Dec 02, 2005 8:50 pm

As has been noted before, most single malts are vattings composed by the distillery's master blender. No wonder the SWA thinks we're confused.
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Postby ScotchBlog » Sat Dec 03, 2005 5:44 pm

The Dazzler wrote:
So, GreyArea, easy to make this "wee" mistake with vatted/single malts, however the SWA will soon be clearing all this up!!!


Vatting is a process, a Vatted Malt is a product.
The only whiskies that aren't the products of "vatting" are single casks.
Most single malts are vatted with whisky that was produced in different years, from the same distillery.

Yes it's confusing,and the new terms do not make it less confusing. Blended malts will be confused with Blended Whisky.

But referring to a single malt as a vatted malt is not a small mistake, albeit a common one:)
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Postby patrick dicaprio » Wed Dec 07, 2005 1:07 am

sounds like you hit it right on the head. i have read a lot of notes and other posts on the uigeadail but none have mentioned the tar. when i had it i smelled what i recognized to be a freshly tarred or ashpalted road. the peat monster was nowhere near a monster but a very good peated whisky, for which there is much to be said.

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Postby birdman » Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:42 pm

Does anyone know if the Ardbeg uigeadail is available in North America (particularly Toronto, Canada).
I am a huge Ardbeg fan but here in Toronto I have had to make do with the regularly available 10 year old (which is one of my favourites) and the 3 bottles of 17 yr. old (1 open, 2 not) that I have left over from when they were still available here.
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Postby hpulley » Tue Jan 31, 2006 12:01 am

Uigeadail WAS available from Classics Catalog orders but only 20 cases were here and they're all gone. The importer says another 50 cases are on their way for a future offering, however. I'll let you know when they're here (the importer will tell me). I got a few bottles but will be getting more because it is very good stuff.

The '94 CC Ardbeg is pretty good if you want a different one from the shelves.

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Postby birdman » Tue Jan 31, 2006 12:12 am

Thanx. I would appreciate it if you would let me know.
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