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The limited edition, annual Ardbeg Day 2016 release is inspired by the distillery's turbulent past. This whisky is matured in ex-bourbon casks and a portion matured in "dark sherry" casks. We aren't sure what that means, but we like the taste nonetheless! Bottled at 46.5%.
Nose: At first meaty, earthy and spicy. Bold notes of dark chocolate emerge against orange, rich treacle toffee, coffee and oak. Smoky bonfire in the background, along with a flowering blackcurrant bushes.
Palate: The mouthfeel is almost tart, or zesty lime. Raisins, dates, ginger and pepper spice surge forward, then retreat. Smouldering charcoal, wood polish and huge, tarry creosote notes follow.
Finish: Long, spicy and rich with lingering notes of toffee, coffee and tar.