Ardbeg Distillery is preparing to release the first new permanent expression in its line-up in nearly 10 years.
Named after the Mull of Oa, Ardbeg An Oa (pronounced “an oh”) is said to pay homage to the “untamed provenance” of the whisky on the Scottish island of Islay, “with contrasts of powerful intensity and sweet silkiness”.
Due for release in September, it is a blend of spirit matured in ex-Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, virgin oak and ex-bourbon barrels.
Dr Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg’s director of distilling, whisky creation and whisky stocks, said: “Ardbeg An Oa’s rounded and subtly smoky aromas reflect all the contrasts of the Mull of Oa, with notes of creamy toffee, aniseed, dates and hints of peach and banana.
“The whisky’s smooth, creamy texture leads to a huge syrupy sweetness on the palate, as milk chocolate, orange and smoky tea leaves mingle with sweet spices, cigar smoke and – unusually – grilled artichokes, before a lingering, seductive and smoky finish.
“It is years since the world’s smokiest, peatiest Islay malt added to its core range. We hope smoky malt whisky fans everywhere will be drawn to Ardbeg An Oa.”
Ardbeg An Oa is non-chill-filtered and bottled at 46.6% ABV. In retail, it will have a recommended price of £49.