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2004 Ardbeg 15 Year Old "Chieftain's" K&L Exclusive Single Ex-Bourbon Barrel Cask Strength Unchill-filtered Islay Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1421731

The wonderful Chieftain's brand from Ian Macleod had been one of our primary sources for several years. They've got a knack for finding special casks. This is the first barrel of Ardbeg we've bottled from the "new" regime and only the second exclusive Ardbeg we've ever managed to extricate from the clutches of this very stingy distiller. Who can blame them for keeping every drop? The Ardbeg brand is still on fire and there's absolutely no reason for them to be selling to brokers or blenders. Yet here we are. Their new release, a 19-year-old version that sold out in moments at $300 a bottle is nowhere close to as intense or unique as this amazing single cask. 15 years in first fill bourbon and bottled at cask strength, there's absolutely nothing on the market in the US like this. In Europe, similar bottlings from other suppliers are selling for more than twice this price. This special cask only held 162, so don't be surprised once it disappears. This malt itself isn't particularly rare, Ardbeg is a staple for any serious shop or bar program, the fact that it's bottled as a full-strength single cask makes it one of the world's rarest bottles. You won't find purity and intensity coupled so perfectly anywhere else in the Scotland. A cask like this is exactly how Ardbeg fans become fanatics. If only there was much much more of this, the world would be a better place.

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By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2019 | Send Email
This cask of Ardbeg was aged to perfection. With and with out the addition of water it is lively and complex and there is a long finish. With out water it is more intense and with a little water there is a softer and more lush mouth feel. This product offers smoke, brine and a juicy malt aspects, all of which work together and make this a excellent offering for lovers of big, powerful peated scotch..

By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/15/2019 | Send Email
This was a fun expression from Ardbeg, combining classic notes of their original bottlings with a bourbon influence from the single barrel. This is a big, hot Islay scotch and I did opt to add a nip of water to my dram. The nose was very grassy and peaty right out of the bottle with burnt sugar being another big player, partnering with an orange blossom honey note. The palate followed the nose, with a nice full texture. Again, peaty and grassy on the palate along with a flavor that reminded me of bbq’d smoked brisket. The finish was long and smokey, a pleasant sipper for any Islay lover.

By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/15/2019 | Send Email
Once while out with friends I decided to order a dram of the ever popular Uigeadail with my dinner. I offered one friend a taste and they immediately followed with the note that "it tastes like an oil spill on the ocean", one which I will never forget. As I approached this glass that always lives in the back of my mind because Ardbeg is a personal favorite and has such a range of whiskeys and profiles. My first reaction is how sweet, soft and inviting the nose is with notes of fresh vanilla, baked scones, and clotted cream. Salted apple, baking spice and pie crust come out on the second and third wiff which makes me more excited for the palate. For it's proof this doesn't bit back at all, very warm clearly the palate is savory. spiced, and herbaceous like a roast. Salt and a bit of olive brine are present but fade quickly towards rich and round wood and with a lingering hint of smoked maple bacon. Ardbeg has always had my heart and palate, and this is a wonderful addition to their lineage!

By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/14/2019 | Send Email
This bottling is on another tier altogether from standard Ardbeg releases in terms of sophistication and concentration. Deep, intense flavors of golden raisin, dried seaweed, graham cracker and barbecued meat rise up, break and wash across the palate like a large wave meeting the shore. Aromas of leather and sandalwood give the perfectly charred peat more dimension, letting it meld with the creme brulee character of the sweet malt in a way that enhances every flavor rather than each vying for attention and drowning each other out. I want to revisit this to rein in my fanboy excitement, but right now, I can't get over how the taste lingers 20 minutes after I've stopped sipping. If you love Ardbeg as much as I do, you have to get a bottle before they're gone.

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