Peat & Love!

 

Every year, the Ardbeg committee is releasing a limited edition of their peated single malt to celebrate Ardbeg Day taking place June 2. This year, they launched for the occasion Ardbeg Grooves, matured in ex-wine casks which have been intensely charred to form heavy grooves in the surface of the wood. The result is a whisky aromatic with smoked spices, distant bonfires and chilli-seasoned meats.

Inspired by the free spirited lifestyle of a previous generation, Ardbeg Grooves takes us back in time for a celebration of all things “Peat & Love.”

    

‘The Ardbeg Village of the 1960s was a very different place – a groovy wee community, with its own post office, billiards hall, two choirs and even a football team,’ said Ardbeg distillery manager Mickey Heads.

To celebreate the occasion, Pub Burgundy Lion is throwing a tasting session inspired by the 60s. Hippies, Woodstock, Flower Power and Free Love! The ticket is 20$ and includes a tasting of cocktail and two Ardbeg whiskies including the new Ardbeg Grooves. Of course, we absolutely encourage you to come dress up for the occasion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ardbeg Grooves Tasting notes

Ardbeg Grooves is non-chill filtered and bottled at 46% ABV.

Colour: Berbere*

Nose: Intense aromas of smoked cinnamon and paprika, antique leather and saddle soap, with classic Ardbeg scents of pine resin, tar and briny sea spray in the background. A distant hint of a fragrant bonfire by the shores of the distillery and, finally, an unusual savoury note, like chilli-seasoned meats. A little splash of water releases some beautiful, unexpected aromas: lavender scented soap, ground white pepper, floral and herbal notes entwined. Fresh flowers mix with coriander leaves and mint.

Taste: A powerfully salty mouthfeel drifts into sweet vibes of treacle toffee, vanilla popcorn, salted fruits with soot and tar. Again, those distinctive savoury notes of smoky BBQ, paprika and mustard spice, fading into an unexpected haze of smoked pears and apples, almost like pear cider.

 Finish: Smoked paprika and bonfires with a mellow sweetness throughout.

 *African spice blend of a reddish/orange hue

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