Ardbeg An Oa

Ardbeg An Oa, 46.6% ABV, $65 USD

An Oa is aged in new charred oak, PX sherry and first fill bourbon casks.

  • Nose: General sweetness, sherry, vanilla, lemon, lemon cleaner, ginger, licorice, bubble gum, soft oak, and a lighter peat than other Ardbegs, more of a campfire style.
  • Taste: Fresh lemon, creamy oak, hickory, under-ripe pear, chocolate and toffee.
  • Finish: Long, nice creamy oak. Very viscous/chewy, peat smoke hangs around.
  • Thoughts: Really nice! Fresh, light, and well balanced. The peat is turned down but it’s still undoubtedly an Ardbeg. The 3 casks work well together, adding complexity and depth. Water ramps up the smoke. I think one question needs to be answered… is this better than the 10 year? I say yes. You get a little more here, and for only $10 more it’s an obvious buy.
  • Score: 89 + 1 value point(s) = 90/100
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Scores:

After my initial score I add or subtract points relative on how I perceive value (based on what I paid for the bottle). A zero value means I think the price is justified.

0-69.5 – Don’t bother trying, life is too short for bad spirit.
70-79.5 – Worth trying, but you’re not missing out if you don’t.
80-84.5 – I recommend trying.
85-87.5 – Definitely try this!
88-92.5 – I recommend buying a bottle blind!
93-95.5 – Stuff you reserve for special pours!
96+ – The meaning of life.
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My previous scores (excluding value points):
Amrut Spectrum 004                                 87.5
Ardbeg 10                                                     88.0
Ardbeg An Oa                                              89.0
Ardbeg Corryvrickan                                 91.5
Ardbeg Kelpie                                              91.5
Ardbeg Uigeadail                                        90.0
Balvenie 15 Single Barrel – Sherry          89.0
Blanton’s Gold                                             86.5
Booker’s (2015-01)                                      89.5
Bowmore 12                                                 83.5
Bowmore Devil’s Casks 3                           87.0
Bruichladdich Octomore 6.1                     92.0
Bruichladdich Octomore 6.3                     93.0
Bruichladdich Octomore 7.1                     90.5
Bruichladdich Octomore 7.3                     90.5
Canadian Club 40                                        86.5
Caol Ila 12                                                     82.5
Compass Box – Enlightenment                 88.0
Compass Box – Peat Monster                    84.5
Eagle Rare 10                                                83.5
Elmer T. Lee                                                  87.0
Glendronach 12 Original                           84.0
Glendronach 15 Revival                             90.0
Glendroanch 18 Allardice                          90.0
Glendronach 21 Parliament                      91.0
Glenfarclas 17                                              88.0
Glenfarclas 25                                              92.0
Highland Park 15                                         87.0
Highland Park 25                                         92.0
Jack Daniel’s SB-BP (16-0574)                   89.0
Kavalan Solist – Ex-Bourbon (57.8)         87.5
Kavalan Solist – Ex-Bourbon (KavaFan) 93.0
Kavalan Solist – Port Cask (KavaFan)      92.0
Kavalan Solist – Sherry Cask (58.7%)       90.5
Kavalan Solist – Vinho Barrique (57%)   89.5
Lagavulin 16                                                 90.0
Laphroaig 10                                                86.0
Laphroaig Cairdeas Madeira 2016          87.5
Lot No. 40                                                      86.0
Lot No. 40 Cask Strength 12yr                   89.0
Macallan 12 Double Cask                           80.0
Macallan 12 Fine Oak                                 84.0
Macallan 17 Fine Oak                                 88.0
Macallan 18 Fine Oak                                 86.0
Macallan 10 Sherry                                     85.5
Macallan 12 Sherry                                     86.5
Macallan 18 Sherry (1997)                         92.5
Macallan Cask Strength 58.2%                  94.0
Macallan Classsic Cut 2017                        85.5
Macallan Edition 2                                      90.0
Macallan Edition 3                                      89.0
 Orphan Barrel – Barterhouse                   88.0
Pappy Van Winkle 23yr                             93.5
Sazerac Rye                                                   86.0
Stagg Jr. (Batch 4)                                        83.0
Talisker 25                                                    89.0
W.L. Weller 12                                              85.0

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