The Ardbeg Day whisky is the cult distillery’s contribution to Islay Festival, or Feis Isle as it is sometimes known. Each year at the Festival each of the famous whisky island’s eight distilleries, plus Jura across the water, release a special collectors bottling on their individual open days. The Ardbeg open day is traditionally on the last Saturday of the Festival and this year was no different. Therefore on Saturday 2 June the Ardbeg Day single malt was released.
The Ardbeg Day whisky is a limited edition of 12,000 bottles and is a marriage of two different styles of Ardbeg, which have been re-racked in ex-sherry casks for the last six months. It has been bottled at 56.7% ABV.
Ardbeg day was released for Feis Ile 2012 but is basically a Committee release. It’s a fantastic whisky, and a departure for the distillery which normally releases very limited, exceptional single cask bottlings for the festival. Ardbeg Day is selected from and and married in refill sherry casks, previously used for Uigeadail.
Nose: Big waft of Peat, nicely fruity. More than a hint of very old Speyside. Vanilla, BBQ sauce, kick of chilli. Maybe a touch of satay?
Palate: Full and rounded. Absolutely massive mouthfeel. Peat weaves in well with the nicely sherried notes. Touch of seaweed, camphor.
Finish: Sherry carries through into the finish, but a nice creaminess is contributed by the first fill bourbon too. Dries out at the death.
Overall: An absolutely fabulous dram.
Liquid Gold Award – 2014
Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible