Whisky Focus - Ardbeg Peat & Love Committee Exclusive and Ardbeg Grooves Review

Ardbeg Peat & Love Committee Exclusive and Ardbeg Grooves

8th March 2018
Ardbeg celebrate the swinging 1960's with the launch of Ardbeg Peat & Love Committee exclusive this March which will be followed by the general release of Ardbeg Grooves on Ardbeg Day on the 2nd June, groovy!

Ardbeg are set to celebrate all things 'Peat  & Love' with the latest Ardbeg Committee bottling release ahead of this years Ardbeg Day which falls on Saturday, 2nd June 2018. As usual the Islay distillery are launching an Ardbeg Committee member exclusive bottling ahead of Ardbeg Day, this year it is Ardbeg Peat & Love which has been inspired by this years Ardbeg Day theme which is the alternative lifestyle and unorthodox spirit of the swinging 1960's.

Ardbeg Peat & Love Committee bottling will be bottled at 51.6% and will go on sale at 9am on Wednesday 14th March 2018, priced £89. Committee Members will receive a link to purchase their own special bottle.

Peat & Love will be followed by Ardbeg Grooves which will launch on Ardbeg Day, this will be bottled at 46% ABV and be priced at £98.

To create these latest limited releases Dr Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation and Whisky Stocks has used re-toasted red wine casks to mature a portion of the whisky. Ardbeg tell me that while still sticky with the residue of the wine, these casks were intensely charred to produce heavy grooves into the surface of the wood, a technique that has produced more intense flavours. The result they say is a whisky aromatic with smoked spices, distant bonfires and chilli-seasoned meats.

Ardbeg Day in the UK will play host to a live online tasting, broadcasting to all Ardbeg Embassies nationwide, uniting them in a celebration of Islay’s peatiest malt. The day will also see the launch of Ardbeg’s Summer of Peat & Love Campaign, where Ardbeg’s own 1960s inspired VW van will tour the country making stops at a number of leading music festivals, bars and Ardbeg Embassies serving smoky drams to the masses, spreading a taste of Islay’s ‘Peat & Love’ and good vibes along the way. More details on Ardbeg’s Summer of Peat & Love will be released in the forthcoming weeks.

So dig out those flares from the back of the wardrobe and prepare for some Peat & Love this summer. While your waiting for the summer of Peat & Love to begin and you want something to warm you up during the remaining cold nights of winter you will find the current Ardbeg whisky range available from specialist whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Ardbeg Grooves Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Intense aromas of smoked cinnamon and paprika, antique leather and saddle soap, with classic Ardbeg scents of pine resin, tar and briny sea spray in the background. A distant hint of a fragrant bonfire by the shores of the distillery and, finally, an unusual savoury note, like chilli-seasoned meats. A little splash of water releases some beautiful, unexpected aromas: lavender scented soap, ground white pepper, floral and herbal notes entwined. Fresh flowers mix with coriander leaves and mint.

Taste: A powerfully salty mouthfeel drifts into sweet vibes of treacle toffee, vanilla popcorn, salted fruits with soot and tar. Again, those distinctive savoury notes of smoky BBQ, paprika and mustard spice, fading into an unexpected haze of smoked pears and apples, almost like pear cider.

Finish: Smoked paprika and bonfires with a mellow sweetness throughout.

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