Ardbeg Dark Cove Committee Release Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Ardbeg Dark Cove Committee Release

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  • Distiller:

    Ardbeg

  • Bottler:

    Ardbeg

  • ABV:

    55%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: This is a full, intense, and robust whisky which is certainly not for everyone. But that should be apparent, given the name Ardbeg on the label.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long, spicy, and smoky with touches of peat, fresh tar, cocoa beans, a slight tartness, and a hint of caramel candy. Excellent!
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: It’s maybe more the oak than the wine that’s been playing the largest part here. I find this Dark cove more to my liking than last year’s… ach, what was the name again? - but I do prefer Uigeadail in this ‘direction’. But it’s excellent indeed.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: If you're a sherry cask-finished fan, this is your holy grail. It's a big, lush sticky toffee pudding (the good kind, when the baker really knows how to make it) - butterscotch, raisins, figs, dates, almonds, cashew, cinnamon, clove, toffee and vanilla.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This is a nice balance and the added proof really helps things along.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Whiskey Advocate
  • Excerpt: The palate is oily, with a detonation of gunpowdery peat, licorice, smoked eel, and a feral edge that adds grunt.
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  • Intro:

    Released in 2016, this Committee Release of Dark Cove was matured in ex-bourbon and dark Sherry casks for The Darkest Ardbeg Ever. Whilst the colour isnt actually that dark at all, those dark casks provide plenty of oaky depth. - Master of Malt

  • Nose:

    Cocoa, ashy telephone pole on fire, faint stewed fruits and some nice brine character. There is faint sweetness hidden beneath the deep layers of ashy Ardbeg smoke.

  • Taste:

    Medium mouthfeel, no real heat. Lots of ashy, peppery peat that pairs really well with some big cocoa, toffee and honey notes. Good balance of sherry and sweetness to smoke.

  • Finish:

    Long, sweet and ashy. Savory. Ardbegs classic smoke profile is dominant here, as well.

  • Overall:

    This is a nice balance and the added proof really helps things along. Delicious - and thats coming from someone who likes to crap on Ardbeg.

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
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