Expert hails Distillery’s new permanent release

Ardbeg An Oa is “beautifully delicious”

World whisky authority Jim Murray has given Ardbeg’s newest permanent expression an emphatic seal of approval. In his 2018 Whisky Bible, he lauds Ardbeg An Oa as “beautifully delicious”, awarding the expression 95.5 points out of a possible 100. Murray also heaps praise on other permanent expressions from the Islay Distillery, hailing Ardbeg Corryvreckan as a category winner.

Smoky, sweet and singularly rounded, Ardbeg An Oa is the first new permanent expression to emerge from Ardbeg for almost a decade. Released from September 2017, it is inspired by the Mull of Oa – the most untamed part of The Ultimate Islay Malt’s remote Scottish island home – and is uniquely created in Ardbeg’s Gathering Vat. There, parcels of whisky which include the richness of spirit matured in Pedro Ximénez casks, the spice of a parcel aged in virgin oak, and all the hallmark intensity of Ardbeg matured in ex-bourbon barrels, come together to form an single malt far more complex and rounded than the sum of its parts.

In the latest edition of his Whisky Bible, considered the world’s leading whisky guide, Murray delights in Ardbeg An Oa. He describes its nose as “Ardbeg at its driest and most sooty”. The whisky’s taste is “sublimely textured with an immediate roll call of sugars”, he says, adding: “The transformation from the delicate, molassed sugars into a softer vanilla is… effortless and easy. It is also beautifully delicious… I’d never say ‘whoa’ if someone poured me An Oa…”

Ardbeg An Oa is available to buy for £52.00. Click here to buy

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Introducing Whisky Fix Single Cask Exclusives

We are delighted to announce the inaugural release of our very own single cask whiskies. These are obviously exclusive to us and are very limited in quantity. Firstly we have an incredible Laphroaig, which is becoming harder and harder to source as independent bottler, and an amazingly salty Ledaig, which judging by its character, you would think has floated its way over on the water from Tobermory to ourselves here in Oban! All our whiskies are un chill-filtered and natural colour. Full details below!

1. Laphroaig Single Cask Whisky – Specially selected by ourselves for our own single cask range of whiskies. Laphroaig 12 Year Old from a first fill ex-bourbon barrel.

Nose: Tropical fruits, peat smoke, limestone, tarry ropes and oranges.

Palate: Mango, lemons, Havana cigars, green apples and a slight sweetness.

Finish: Long and peaty with orange zest.

2. Single Cask Ledaig – This is a peated 12 year old single malt from Tobermory distillery from a single ex-bourbon cask.

Nose: Malt barn, limes, sea-breeze, peat kiln and almonds.

Palate: Clean, sharp and extra salty with citrus fruits, pepper, peat smoke and liquorice.

Finish: Long and salty.

These are small batch releases from Whisky Fix and thus are very limited in stock.

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