September 2017: Ardbeg introduces AN OA– it’s first new permanent expression in a decade. With a rounded flavor profile, An Oa brings together the finest casks in a specially designed marrying vat, the result is a whisky of complex contrasts: all the power and intensity of Ardbeg wrapped in an alluring silkiness. AN OA is bottled at 46.6% abv and is non chill-filtered.
The whisky is aged in
- Pedro Ximénez casks that deliver sweetness
- Virgin charred oak casks that add spiciness
- Ex-bourbon casks that deliver the intense hallmark Ardbeg profile
Ardbeg AN OA Tasting Notes:
Aroma: Rounded and subtly smoky, with creamy toffee, aniseed, treacle and dates…a curious suggestions of juicy fruits - peach and banana
Taste: Smooth, creamy and syrupy sweetness, with flavors of milk chocolate, treacle toffee, aniseed, orange and smoky tea leaves, nutmeg and cinnamon followed by soft cigar smoke
Finish: Lingering, seductive, gentle yet intense.