Ardbeg Uigeadail Scotch – Review

Ardbeg UigeadailArdbeg Uigeadail Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

108.4 Proof

Price Point: $70 – $80 for 750 ML

Distiller: Ardbeg Distillery Limited



Today happens to be my birthday, so I thought I would make today’s post extra special by reviewing an extraordinary Scotch – Ardbeg Uigeadail.  For those of you unfamiliar with this whisky, it has achieved quite a reputation in many other blogs and publications.  I am perpetually a skeptic, as taste is something entirely subjective, and is often influenced by things outside of the quality of the whisky (marketing, price point, fellow bloggers, etc.).  So when I first shelled out $75 for a bottle of Uigeadail, I was really hoping that the rest of the world was right.  Maybe I should stop being so skeptical…



The nose is powerful on this stuff.  There’s smoke (obviously!) and motor oil, burning and alluring all at once.  Uigeadail is also conversely floral, like a walk through Longwood Gardens.  This is a nosing whisky on steroids.

The taste is simply incredible.  Uigeadail is sherry and smoke (sweet and salty) combined to perfection.  I was a little concerned that the sherry influence would extract some of the powerful maritime notes I was familiar with from the 10 Year Old, but it seems they are even more evident in this whisky.  There’s some nice oak in here too – you can really taste the time and care in the aging process.  This is Islay at its absolute best.

Uigeadail has a refined, ultra-aged finish, complemented by the 54.2% ABV.  Fantastic!


Rating & Recommendations

This is my favorite Scotch to date, easily earning a rating of 96 out of 100.

Uigeadail is perfection for Islay whisky lovers, and should be on your bucket list if you call yourself a Scotch fan.  Not for the whisky novice, but absolutely should be in your whisky queue.



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