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Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer ARDBEG)
Bright medium yellow colour. Intense, very smoky, complex, baked plum nose with some peaty notes. Dry, medium to medium-full bodied, smoky, complex, fairly medicinal, rounded, well structured, intense, slightly spicy, ripe plum-peat flavours with a lingering, high acid, somewhat grippy finish. The first addition to Ardbeg's ongoing range for a decade when introduced in 2017, This An Oa Islay Single Malt REPEAT is a combination of spirits aged in Pedro-Ximenez Sherry casks and Bourbon barrels. It has 46.6% alcohol with a NEW lot number L70562 13/07/2018 on the lower part of the glass bottle. Last appeared in Vintages (***/***+) on September 1, 2018 at $127.95 and was Recommended. CSPC 539643
Type Spirit - Scotch Whisky
Agent Cha Hob
Country Scotland
Rating ***/***+(94 points)
Complex, Intense, Smoky, Spicy
LCBO Note Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
TASTING NOTE: Nose: Ardbeg at its driest and most sooty: a real acidic bite to the huge phenol...; Taste: sublimely textured with an immediate roll call of sugars, which had been absent on the nose. Being called \"Oa\", a dramatic part of Islay with the sheerest of cliffs falling vertically into the sea, you might expect a bit of a cliff hanger here. But instead the transformation from the delicate, molasses sugars into a softer vanilla is carried out on in the least demanding way and even the smoke makes no attempt to recreate the fog I have been caught in there myself. It is effortless and easy,like gear changes on an automatic car. It is also beautifully delicious...; Finish: more softly texture caramel, but with punchier spices; Balance: I'd never say \"whoa\" if someone poured me an Oa... Score - 95.5 (Jim Murray, Whisky Bible, 2018) Price $ 129.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - January 5, 2019
Cases bought 59 (6 bottles per case)

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