Ardbeg Distillery Review (With a Stop at Laphroaig and Lagavulin!)

(This distillery feature was written by Toronto Whisky Society member Stephen Sheps. Thanks to him once again for letting us publish his experiences on Islay!) Day 2 of my trip to Islay was a memorable one to say the least – while nothing could top the stunning high of our visit to Bruichladdich the previous afternoon (saving the best for the last review), we knew … Continue reading Ardbeg Distillery Review (With a Stop at Laphroaig and Lagavulin!)

Ardbeg – Ar10 – Elements of Islay

Thanks to both /u/devoz and /u/distillation for this sample. So we just finished a Lagavulin independent bottled double cask. What can beat that? I am a Lagavulin fanboy, after all. Oh, yeah, I’m also an Ardbeg fanboy. And a huge obvious stereotype whisky drinker. Thus we have?Ardbeg – Ar10 – Elements of Islay?up next, yet another of the chemistry themed independent bottled single & double casks that all come… Continue reading Ardbeg – Ar10 – Elements of Islay

Ardbeg Drum Committee Release

I complained a while ago that I wasn’t reviewing that many Ardbegs. Oh, and then I started reviewing Ardbegs because I’m a two-faced idiot who can’t see into the future or notice the stuff his whisky friends are buying. But this time I bought the samples. I had friends who were wondering about?Ardbeg Drum Committee Release, the stronger cask strength version of this year’s release.… Continue reading Ardbeg Drum Committee Release

Ardbeg 15 2000 Chieftain’s

Thanks to /u/Saba007 for pouring me this dram. I don’t review Ardbeg often. Why? Well, they guarantee to bring out one special edition a year, two if you count the committee and non-committee versions. I live in a province that gets it super late (and typically overprices these releases), and the other releases would require me to eat nothing but beans all year. Yeah, I couldn’t even… Continue reading Ardbeg 15 2000 Chieftain’s

Ardbeg 23

So we hit the end of our four Ardbeg drams at Ardbeg Day 2018: An Oa, Dark Cove, Kelpie, and then Ardbeg Grooves. We had pulled pork for lunch, the day was nice, and our fellow drinkers were a great group to have a few drams with. Then we’re lead outside into the spacious, cool patio at the back of the Caledonian pub. And on… Continue reading Ardbeg 23

Ardbeg Day 2018 – Toronto

On June 2nd we celebrated yet another year of Ardbeg. But what is Ardbeg Day? For those of you like myself, Ardbeg Day was always something that “other whisky nerds” in “other countries” went to, drinking “otherworldly Ardbeg”. Sometimes literally, in the case of the year with Galileo (yes, the specific whisky that went into space wasn’t Galileo, I know, but that last line sounded … Continue reading Ardbeg Day 2018 – Toronto

Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 2006

Thanks to /u/nsquare14 for sending me some samples. Really appreciate these, as he sent me some I’ve never reviewed as a thank you for the reviews. You have to really enjoy those moments in your life that are “treats”. What do I mean by “treats”, and am I using innuendo with those quotation marks? Not 100% on that, unless you’re interested. Treats in life are those extra… Continue reading Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 2006

Ardbeg 23 Darkness! Oloroso Cask Finish

Welcome to the current ongoing series I’m calling “I’m Ar-begging you to stop making these puns”, in which I review all of the Ardbeg samples I’ve had sitting around, unreviewed. So far in my reviews of older 90s Ardbeg samples, all of them have been ex-bourbon casks. And that’s not a bad thing. Currently sherry casks are only seasoned, and the quality of these casks… Continue reading Ardbeg 23 Darkness! Oloroso Cask Finish

Ardbeg 23 1991 Douglas Laing Director’s Cut

Welcome to the current ongoing series I’m calling “I’m Ar-begging you to stop making these puns”, in which I review all of the Ardbeg samples I’ve had sitting around, unreviewed. Alright, so we have more early 90s Ardbeg, this time one sourced by Doulas Laing as part of their Director’s Cut series. For those of you who have missed them, I’ve been going through some… Continue reading Ardbeg 23 1991 Douglas Laing Director’s Cut

Ardbeg 22 1993 Cadenhead’s Single Cask

Welcome to the current ongoing series I’m calling “I’m Ar-begging you to stop making these puns”, in which I review all of the Ardbeg samples I’ve had sitting around, unreviewed. Alright, so I’ve now had Ardbeg from the mid 90s that was in a single cask, and from the mid 90s that was vatted together by the company itself. So far it’s different then the… Continue reading Ardbeg 22 1993 Cadenhead’s Single Cask