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A 2022 release from Islay distillery Ardbeg, this is the Committee Release of Ardcore, a release hell-bent on providing raw, Islay flavor. This release features "Black Malt" which is supposed to deliver unparalleled flavor. Let's dive in.
Expressively peaty, which is to be expected from Ardbeg. Notably, it’s wild how much cream, honey and lemon are present here. So bright, citrusy and full of acid and character.
Sweet honey on the palate, peppery and full of citrus once again. Light oak, great viscosity. Pleasant, fun, distinctive. Smoke, barbecue and ash permeate.
Long finish, full of lemon, vanilla, creamy sweetness and pepper. Peat is pleasant and contrasts nicely with the sweet, fruity character.
Ardbeg doesn’t always knock it out of the park with these interesting Committee and annual releases, but Ardcore is a fun, citrus-heavy release that packs a punch and shows Islay character can go beyond pure smoke and peat.