Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19YO 700ml
For the first time in 20 years, Ardbeg Distillery is releasing an aged whisky that will be permanently available.
Ardbeg Traigh Bhan (pronounced Tri Van) is a rare 19 Year Old single malt scotch whisky and is inspired by the heavenly vista of Traigh Bhan on Islay, known locally as The Singing Sands. But, beguiling as this beach is, it is can also be treacherous. The Sands are seductive yet volatile, and this whisky is no different.
At 19 Years Old, an unusual age statement for the category, but Ardbeg isn’t a distillery that follows the norm. Ardbeg Traigh Bhan will become part of the Ardbeg Core Range, and will be made available in annual small batches, each distinguished by a unique bottle code.
This sublime dram is the epitome of an aged Ardbeg. On this nose, smoky pineapple and aromatic wood smoke notes mingle with strong undercurrents of sea spray. On the palate, there’s an exquisite taste crescendo of sweet and sour with smoked chilli chocolate and paprika, before more intense notes peter out through a long, smoky finish.
Age: Guaranteed 19 Years Old
Matured in: American oak & Oloroso sherry casks
Aroma: Gentle ripples of smoky pineapple, soured cream and wood smoke
make for an irresistible nose. Newly planed oak and supple dark leather sing to
your soul as sweet toffee and liquorice draw you in.
A splash of water releases a surge of unexpected notes. Struck flint, herbal pine
resin and coal tar effervesce towards citrusy lime sherbet and subtle, yet sweet
Taste: The peaty power of this alluring spirit is undeniable, as it plunges your
palate into its smoky depths. An intensely salty mouthfeel drifts into sweet and
sour notes of smoked chili chocolate and paprika. Waves of toasted oak and
roasted tea leaves emerge, before subsiding to reveal fresh peppermint fondant
and salted white chocolate.
Finish: Firm but gentle, soothing wood smoke carries into a length, lingering finish
resonating far beyond the glass.