Ardbeg Grooves Committee Release Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Ardbeg Grooves Committee Release

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  • Distiller:

    Ardbeg

  • Bottler:

    Ardbeg

  • ABV:

    51.6%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The taste has the classic Ardbeg smokiness that comes alive with peatiness and a slightly medicinal touch, along with cinnamon and clove spices, dark chocolate, honey, vanilla, and heather.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Woah, this one came out of nowhere and surprised me with a 1-2 punch of awesomeness and complexity.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: Totally un-terroiry softer Ardbeg, but there, they made it well, as expected. Plus, you know, terroir and Scotch whisky, that’s really love and hate… Now, an Ardbeg Ten over this, anytime!
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: On top of the peat comes a rush of fruit: pineapple, orange slices, and a hint of lemon. Maritime notes build in short order, but the salt spray takes on a sweeter note, akin to salted caramel.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Funky and oily on the nose, with salty barbecued beef jerky, iodine and seaweed, vanilla, and canned peaches in syrup.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Rich, no heat. Sulfur, ashy peat, lime, heavy minerality. Vanilla butter cream. Wet peat slap, some toffee. Not a ton of sherry or wine influence, if there is any. Pepper with some tobacco and a nice sweetness
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  • Intro:

    This is the high proof expression of Ardbegs 2018 limited edition release, Grooves. It features maturation in aggressively recharred red wine casks. I sampled it live in the Whiskey Network Discord and got the reveal in real time there as well.

  • Nose:

    Vanilla, tobacco, cream, strong, earthy peat. Melon, passion fruit, lime, minerality. Mossy, maritime air, oddly doughy.

  • Taste:

    Rich, no heat. Sulfur, ashy peat, lime, heavy minerality. Vanilla butter cream. Wet peat slap, some toffee. Not a ton of sherry or wine influence, if there is any. Pepper with some tobacco and a nice sweetness.

  • Finish:

    Long, some growing heat, sweet tiramisu. Bready, sweet, nice vanilla undertones and long growing ashy peatiness.

  • Overall:

    I'm guessing this is Ardbeg or Ledaig based on the earthy, minerality. There is some fruit influence so I'm guessing tired sherry casks or refill sherry, maybe red wine but not certain.. This is 8-11 years old, ABV between 48 and 52%. Not sure if OB or IB but it seems like either could be likely. Definitely scotch, definitely peated. Not super heavily peated, but well peated. Guessing Ardbeg before Ledaig although both are possible.

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
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