Released in celebration of Ardbeg Day at the 2019 Islay Festival, this expression is the first from the distillery to be matured in ex-bourbon casks and then rested for a time in ex-rum casks from the Americas. Bottled at 46% abv, this limited edition is inspired by the island’s history of carnivals.
There’s pine and woodsmoke on the nose, alongside ripe banana and pineapple, with cocoa powder and cinnamon. The palate brings waves of smoke with tar and creosote and a dry peppery mouthfeel, before cloves, ginger and dark chocolate. Intense Ardbeg smoke with coffee liqueur and sweet spices on the finish.