The first new, permanent addition to Ardbeg’s standard range for over a decade. An Oa takes its name from The Oa Mull, a rocky peninsula located in the southwest of Islay. This peninsula serves to protect South Islay (where Port Ellen, Lagavulin and Ardbeg are found) from the worst weather extremes of the North Atlantic.
As such, Ardbeg decided to name this gentler, more approachable whisky after this protective peninsula. Whilst slightly more drinkable than other expressions in the Ardbeg stable, this whisky remains distinctively Ardbeg.
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This whisky has been matured in several different cask varieties, including virgin charred oak barrels, former Bourbon American oak casks, and sweet sherry Pedro Ximenez casks. The various whiskies then spend a period getting to know each other in Ardbeg’s newly established “Gathering Vat”, which ensures a full integration of flavour and well rounded character.
This whisky is rich with notes of dark chocolate, peppery spice, some slight smoked meat, liquorice, salted caramel, cloves and cinnamon, sweet sherried fruits and typical, slightly tarry, Ardbeg smoke. A real beauty that maintains balance between cask and spirit with expert precision.
The whisky benefits from being bottled at the higher proof of 46.6% ABV, and without chill filtration.
An Oa is another top-quality release from one of the distilleries on Islay. As to how to pronounce the name? Well we’ll let the folk at Ardbeg show you…