Ardbeg "Uigeadail" Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Previously $73)

SKU #1011309 95 points Whisky Advocate

 The marriage works exceptionally well, with the younger whiskies providing the classic Ardbeg intensity many of us have come to expect, while the older whiskies contribute depth, maturity, and complexity. And bottling the whisky at cask-strength without chill-filtration ensures that none of the flavors are stripped out. This is an incredibly complex Islay whisky, with its bonfire smoke, brine, and peppered olive notes balanced by a taming sweetness of vanilla, marshmallow, and toffee. Interwoven notes of candied fruit and sugared almonds round out the palate. Incredibly long finish. (JH, Winter 2004)

Wine Spectator

 Lots of peat sprinkled with Sherry, raisins, bread dough and maritime notes. (JB)  (5/2017)

K&L Notes

Now with a new super low price! 2009 World Whiskey of the Year. Ardbeg Uigeadail (pronounced Oog-a-dal) takes its name from the brooding, mysterious loch that provides the peat-laden water for Ardbeg. It is a special vatting of casks matured in bourbon barrels and many older sherry casks. The older casks bring luscious, sweet, raisiny tones to the unique Ardbeg taste. Only a few bottles available! Michael Jackson's tasting notes: "Nose: Intensely smoky. Dry, clean, tangy smoke. Like standing downwind of the barbecue while steaks are char-grilled on the beach; Palate: Firm, very smooth, then explodes on the tongue; Finish: Hot. Alcoholic. A shock to the system; Comment: The elemental opposite of the sophisticated Lord of the Isles." 9 1/4 points from Whisky Magazine! Also, was on F. Paul Pacult's List of the Scotch Whiskies to be Drinking in 2007. Non chill-filtered, 54.2% abv.

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Staff Image By: James Knight | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/5/2014 | Send Email
Recommended for those with a love for--or a tolerance that may blossom at some time in the indeterminate future--peaty, sherry-influenced single malt. After I had tasted a sample of the Ardbeg Uigeadail and sort of gave it thumbs down in my personal notes, later I purchased a whole bottle and followed it over a while. Why? There's just something about it. There's dried seaweed, some plaster from a seaside cottage renovation, perhaps, some dried fish on a grill fired by beach brush. And mid to high-toned sherry underneath. But there's more, and whatever that more is, it keeps me coming back from time to time.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/1/2009 | Send Email
I love Ardbeg, and the Uigeadail is one of the most special expressions that I have had from this great Islay distillery. No other distillery makes a malt quite as peaty as Ardbeg, and this one has an additional twist: sherry wood aging. The sherry wood gives another dimension of richness and weight to this typically light and piercing single malt. I have a bottle at home, and I love it for a cold night by the fire - but Alex Brisoux (the Redwood City store manager) swears by it with oysters! That is a combination that is hard for me to imagine, but I don't doubt a professional like Alex on a topic as serious as pairings!

By: Ren | Review Date: 3/10/2014
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I'm usually a Laphroaig guy (cask-strength 10 year is my go-to) but this was a nice little surprise from Islay. Nice and strong, sweet up front, some definite pepper going on along with the usual smoky peat goodness you'd expect. Haven't found something in this price range with this much character.

By: Edem Bev | Review Date: 1/6/2014
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Everything a scotch whisky should be. A sumptuous smokiness intertwines wonderfully with the honeyed sherry notes on the palette, in ways you might not expect from an Islay. Outstanding.

By: SmokyBeast | Review Date: 2/1/2013
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Nose: "It smells like I'm on the island of Islay standing next to a smoking heap of peat!" "Grapefruit, honey, hot pepper." Very intriguing nose sets up high levels of anticipation for the first sip.

Body (neat): Amazingly smooth for the high alcohol content. Deep rich smoke, multiple layers of peat. Very rich milk chocolate mocha. Wow, can this really be 54.2%?? It's far and away the smoothest high-test whisky we've ever tasted.

Finish: Sweet candy (salt water taffy?), black licorice, even more layers of peat smoke. Very little burn, the heavy alcohol content is covered almost completely by the serious smoke. And at the very end, just a tiny hint of raisins reminiscent of the sherry cask.

Second taste (with a dose of water - more than a drop, less than a splash) - Opens up with more of the grapefruit and hot red pepper. Amazingly smooth now, actually all it needs is a few drops. Keeping it's body and strength through a splash of water, or a single small ice cube, this is an immensely drinkable dram. (weekly whisky reviews)

By: cato | Review Date: 8/6/2011
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Nose: Sweet peat, smoke, dark chocolate
Palate: (add water), sweet intro, smooth middle, blast of peat/smoke
Finish: Dry, long, fruit, peat, camp fire
Overall: Wonderful dram!

By: TitleTownJake | Review Date: 4/4/2010
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If you enjoy a robust, peaty, smokey, single malt, you will love this one. My all-time favorite scotch. Since it is cask strength at 55%, you only need a wee dram. You will tell your friends about this one. Memorable!

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Alcohol Content (%): 54.2