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Ardbeg Kelpie Committee Release

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  • Distiller:

    Ardbeg

  • Bottler:

    Ardbeg

  • ABV:

    51.7%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • 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.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Sharp and fruity but balanced.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • 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.
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  • Intro:

    This is the higher proof release of Ardbegs Kelpie bottling.

  • Nose:

    Floral and sweet. Lots of vanilla, confectioners sugar and faint peat pairing with oceanic salinity.

  • Taste:

    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.

  • Finish:

    Medium length, faintly lactic milk, some astringency followed by a floral finish.

  • Overall:

    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.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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