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Ardbeg Kelpie Tasting notes and reviews

Issue 146 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 146

A tour of Toronto, Bourbon's Pompeii, Bladnoch Distillery and a look back at Glenmorangie's last 10 years

 

Ardbeg Kelpie

Brand
Ardbeg
Expression
Kelpie
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Abv
46.00%
Produced at
Ardbeg Distillery
Region
Islay
Website
www.ardbeg.com
Availability
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Laura Foster

73
Nose
Transports you to the pubs on Islay. A classic, comforting nose of lemon, lime, honey, oatcakes, sea spray, TCP and treacle, along with some lily and coconut.
Palate
Charcoal sticks and bonfire smoke against vanilla, lemon juice, heather, ash, black pepper and a soupcon of honey, all enjoyed in a Himalayan salt chamber.
Finish
A beach bonfire smoulders, having been put out with sea water.
Comment
Interesting. Peat is high – you could be chewing on sticks of charcoal. Lacks sweetness to balance things out.

Rob Allanson

82
Nose
Classic Islay notes: citrus, runny honey, warming tarmac, hot damp stones all wrapped up with black treacle and smoke.
Palate
Smoke dominates. Up-front hits of tarry rope, wood fires and a decent amount of coal tar soap. Reveals its gentle side of citrus and golden syrup.
Finish
Lingering, like a night after a cigar. A teaspoon of salt as the smoke settles.
Comment
A good example of a decent Islay whisky. Big, bold, smoky, but that ball of smoke does tend to dominate everything. For the peat-heads.
Whisky Magazine Issue 146

Whisky Magazine Issue 146
A tour of Toronto, Bourbon's Pompeii, Bladnoch Distillery and a look back at Glenmorangie's last 10 years.

Published September 2017.

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