In 2009 the Ardbeg Uigeadail was named in Jim Murrays Whisky Bible as the best whisky of the year for its utter brilliant silkiness and complexity on a level that other distillery could only dream of. Named Uigeadail because it is where Ardbeg gets its water from and translates from Scottish Galic as ‘Dark and Mysterious Place’.
It is another non chill-filtered whisky from Ardbeg which is bottled at high strength so that it doesn’t lose any of its flavour. Married together from bourbon barrel to sherry cask, giving this whisky a sweet and smoky finish to the malt.
On the nose it is rich and smoky with an intense flavour of Christmas and spice coming through. From the Christmas cake smell you can sense fruit and the slight bit of sweet treacle.
On the palate you can appreciate its full flavour. Initially being sweet Christmas cake with a burst of winter spices setting off a smoky explosion which is countered by a sumptuous mid-palate of honey glazed smoked food and chewy treacle.
The finish is long and chewy with lingering fruit and coffee tones accompanied by a rich aromatic smoke that bring the entire whisky together in harmony.