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.