Ardbeg Uigeadail carries no age statement but is one of the highly respected ones since Ardbeg is known for mixing plenty of old scotch – e.g. 25 year olds, rumor says – in the batches. It is one of the most famous peated whiskies on the island of Islay and won Jim Murray’s whisky of the year in 2009 and continues to score very high each year. A very impressive accomplishment.
It is non-chill filtered and really one of the few really famous peat bombs out there. Ardbeg Uigeadail is a mix of casks – some bourbon and definitely some sherry.
Flavor category of Ardbeg 10 years old: Smoky
Appearance: The Ardbeg Uigeadail is amber -3, which shows us that no color has been added. This has been whisky from sherry aged Ardbeg as well that probably contributes to the color as well as the oak.
Nose: Intense peat dominates. Leather. Sulphur – but well balanced. Sherry, sweet fresh pipe tobacco. Citrus. A little vanilla. Camfer, peppermint, anis and a little nuttiness.
Taste: Strong and peaty. Much sweeter than the Ardbeg 10 although not at all as sweet as Lagavulin 16. Malty and slightly oily. Smokiness comes back. Dryness with peppermint. Beach bonfire. Some briny saltiness. Splash it up with water to reduce the Ardbeg Uigeadail to around 50% which is about the right spot to keep the pleasent intensity that you really want in this whisky.
Finish: Very long and peaty. A bit of tar. Turns from sweet to dry. After ten minutes without a sip, you taste the oak very clearly. Heavenly pleasent.
Malt mark: 92. Extremely well-rounded. A harmonic ‘oomph’ of a dram. Much more balanced than the entry level Ardbegs. It’s intense and complex and you can just keep on getting new notes if you put your nose in it, let it sit after adding water etc. A lovely dram! Ardbeg Uigeadail is definitely my favorite Ardbeg for the price although the 10 is quite nice for your budget as well.
YouTube-vid from the 1st price award to Ardbeg Uigeadail in 2009