Released for the first time in 2018, the single malt Ardbeg AN OA is a round and soft peaty whiskey.
To produce the Ardbeg AN OA a sequence of three different barrels is used, an innovative system that gives the classic Ardbeg Ten a softness and a new taste.
whiskey Ardbeg AN OA is a full-strength whiskey, 46.6%, cold unfiltered and obtained from a vatting of various whiskeys ripened in virgin European oak barrels, in ex sherry casks and ex bourbon barrels.
The marriage between these distillates took place in the new "Gathering Vat" of the distillery, it is a very large barrel, made of French oak, which allows the single malts to be "married" for a certain period of time before being bottled.
The Ardbeg An Oa whiskey age is not declared but the average should be 10 years.
Ardbeg An Oa whiskey is a distillate with deep smoky notes and tones of raisins, a mixture of different types of Ardbeg finished in ex-sherry and ex-bourbon barrels.
Ardbeg An Oa Whiskey is not cold filtered to maintain its special flavor, derived from the finish, and greater depth.
Rich and heavy with heady aromas, the nose is peaty, spicy with notes of cedar and fresh pine needles, earth and cereals, it almost seems to smell the scottish moor.
Ardbeg Whiskey An Oa with water increases the smell of oak, of vanilla, and you discover smells of currants and coffee beans.
On the palate Ardbeg An Oa whiskey is full and rich, the taste is an intriguing balance between sweet, spicy and smoked.
The finish is long and persistent, rich in aromatic smoke, raisins and coffee.
Appearance: dark amber
Smell: Extremely smoky, highly turbid. It combines nicely with a note of dried and toasted fruit, hazelnuts and cereals.
Herbal, with a hint of lemon and orange marmalade. A caramel aftertaste is not missing.
Complete the whole, the typical salty aroma of the Ardbegs.
Definitely very complex.
Palate: Rich and full but with a majestic balance of sensations ranging from sweet to smoky, passing through the salty.
It is velvety and persuasive, the peat is omnipresent but integrates everything, in a surprising result.
Ardbeg whiskey An Oa Excellent!
Finale: Long and pleasantly persistent. Smoky, but also sweet with its notes of molasses and caramel. Complete with a hint of anise.
Ardbeg An Oa Whiskey to combine with a good Cohiba Siglo II cigar or an original Tuscan, pure Kentuky Italian.