Ardbeg Kelpie Committee Release
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Raided Score: 90 Publication: WhiskyCast Excerpt: The finish is very long and smoky with lingering clove, a hint of creosote, and touches of caramel and dark chocolate. Read Full Review Raided Score: 88 Publication: The Whiskey Jug Excerpt: Sharp and fruity but balanced. Read Full Review Raided Score: 86 Publication: whiskyfun Excerpt: Very good but feels a little young and a wee bit doctored on the palate. The nose was really very nice, especially when unreduced, though. Read Full Review Raided Score: 89 Publication: Whisky Monster Excerpt: Ardbeg Kelpie was one of the expressions from the distillery which I liked sincerely and bought another bottle as soon as possible. Rich in texture with interesting and rare aromas thanks to the oak used. Read Full Review Raided Score: 90 Publication: Distiller Excerpt: The finish is long and smooth, with that rich fudge sweetness returning, along with smoke and sprinkles of black pepper and brine. Read Full Review Raided Score: 82 Publication: Drinkhacker Excerpt: While I appreciate how truly unique this whisky has turned out — and figure that different palates may find some of the more unusual flavors enchanting — the Russian oak has really done a number on the underlying malt, rendering it simply a bit too strange for me. Read Full Review Raided Score: 88 Publication: Whiskey Raiders Excerpt: This was nice but weirdly light - even with the elevated proof. The astringency on the finish wasn't really impressive, but the rest of the dram was solid. Read Full Review
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This is the higher proof release of Ardbegs Kelpie bottling.
Floral and sweet. Lots of vanilla, confectioners sugar and faint peat pairing with oceanic salinity.
Lime and honey. Really light and floral - much more brine on the palate than the nose. Ashy telephone pole peat rolls in at the tail end.
Medium length, faintly lactic milk, some astringency followed by a floral finish.
This was nice but weirdly light - even with the elevated proof. The astringency on the finish wasn't really impressive, but the rest of the dram was solid.
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