Ardbeg Uigeadail Traditional Strength Islay Single Malt Whisky (Previously $73)

SKU #1011309 95 points Whisky Advocate

 With the Ardbeg 17 year old off the market, it's nice to see a new Ardbeg in the line-up. Uigeadail costs about the same as the Ardbeg 17 did but, with Uigeadail, you're getting a much more interesting whisky. Uigeadail consists of a marriage of younger whisky (from 1990 and 1993) with much older whisky matured in sherry casks. 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. (Vol. 13, #4)

Wine Spectator

 An alluring Islay example, with a big peat nose that's balanced out by salt spray and iodine. Delights on the palate with honey, bread dough and candy flavors that mix pleasingly with the remains of peat and salt. The finish is long and candied, with a whiff of smoke at the end.  (2/ 2011)

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.

Share |
Price: $55.99

Real Time Inventory by location:

The item you have chosen is in stock, and has inventory in our warehouse and one or more stores. Below is the current quantity on hand information for this product within our database. It is never more than five minutes old. Additionally, our shopping cart looks at real time inventory so when you add an item to you cart we will do an immediate check of available inventory and alert you if there are any issues.

Main Warehouse: >36
Redwood City: 12
San Francisco: 15
Hollywood: 23
Product turnaround time varies by location of inventory and your chosen method of shipping/pickup. For a detailed explanation click here.

Product Reviews:

Add your own review of this item

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: SmokyBeast |  Review Date: 2/1/2013 
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
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.

-smokybeast.com (weekly whisky reviews)

 By: cato |  Review Date: 8/6/2011 
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
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 
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
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!

Fans of this product include:

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Malt

Country:

Scotland

- Click for a list of bestselling items from Scotland.
Alcohol Content (%): 54.2