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Ardbeg An Oa Island Highball

18th June 2020
Get creative this Fathers Day with Ardbeg's smoky dark fruit An Oa Island Highball.

Ardbeg An Oa Island Highball

Unfortunately this year you wont be able to take your Dad out to a up-market bar and spoil him with a whisky or two on Father's Day but not to worry Ardbeg have a great alternative for you if you fancy getting creative and making your whisky loving Dad a Ardbeg An Oa Island Highball.

The Ardbeg An Oa Island Highball is described as: "a deliciously smoky creamy serve ideal for the dram-loving dad this Father’s Day", they say that the Island Highball combines the complex smoky toffee notes of Ardbeg An Oa with the tannic nature of blackcurrants through the cocktail’s dark fruit cordial. The result is a perfectly balanced cocktail, for both the whisky newcomer and connoisseur.

Ardbeg’s singularly rounded An Oa is a dram with smoky power, mellowed by a delectable, smooth sweetness. Featuring Ardbeg’s hallmark peat, dark chocolate and aniseed are wrapped in smooth, silky butterscotch, black pepper and clove, before rising to an intense crescendo of flavour.

So what do you need to create a Ardbeg An Oa Island Highball:


  • 50ml Ardbeg An Oa
  • 10ml dark fruit cordial
  • 10ml dry vermouth
  • 120ml Mediterranean tonic water
  • Garnish: Rosemary sprig and lime wedge


  • Add the Ardbeg An Oa, cordial and vermouth into an ice-filled highball or rocks glass (or failing those, a jam jar) and top with tonic water, just as you would a G&T. Stir with a long spoon (a butter knife will do) – this is important to get the sugars mixed right through. To finish, garnish it with the rosemary sprig and lime wedge.

I you fancy creating the Ardbeg An Oa Island Highball or you just want a bottle of Ardbeg An Oa for your smoky whisky loving Dad you will find everything you need available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

Ardbeg An Oa Review

Of course you can always just get him a bottle of the Ardbeg An Oa if he couldn't face mixing such an outstanding whisky, it is non-chill filtered and bottled at 46.6% ABV, my thoughts on it below.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A lovely refined sweet peat smoke infused with liquorice tinged vanilla toffee and a very gentle fruity mix of orange, lemon and lime.

A stunning silky smooth delivery with dark molasses sugars coating every corner of the mouth which is kept from overpowering by a touch of dark chocolate, all brushed with some lovely Ardbeg, orange and liquorice infused, peat smoke.

Finish: Deliciously long, delicate smoke laced liquorice and treacle toffee fades leaving a gentle nuttiness and mildly drying oak spice.

Comment: An outstanding and very welcome addition to the Ardbeg core range, even by Ardbeg's standards it is top class. It isn't an Ardbeg peat monster, it is a more refined Ardbeg which lets the casks that created it have their say but there is still enough Ardbeg peat smoke here to put a smile on the face of the most devoted Ardbegian's.

SMW Score 94/100


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