Ardbeg Comparative Review

ArdbegThe Ardbeg comparative review. Today we are joined by Kyle from behind the bar at Blind Donkey. They all are based in peat and smoke, so I won’t always mention it, but that’s the base flavor for Ardbeg.

Ardbeg Ten: Smokiest of the quartet. This is probably less a result of more smoky flavor than the absence of other flavors to balance the profile. Definitely carries a briny tang. Kyle likens it to the bitterness of biting into a lemon peel without the flavor. The salt, smoke, and burn remind him of the beach.

Ardbeg Corryvreckan: To me this is the most complex and sweetest. Nuts, orange, and chocolate all swirl in the smoky veil. Kyle calls it “a better version of Ten,” with honey and pepper notes.

Ardbeg Uigeadail: The one everyone says is their favorite, including Kyle. This is the smoothest of the four with a darker, more subtle profile. The most oak as well, but that’s not saying much with these. Kyle attributes the smoothness to the time spent in sherry casks that balances it in a “raisiny way.” This one gets his vote for most complex expression.

Ardbeg Auriverdes: I gave a fuller review of this last time I was here. Vanilla nut, coffee, and brine. Nuttiest of the group. Kyle just says, “interesting,” so there you go!