Ardbeg Uigeadail was named the ‘World Whisky of the Year’ in Jim Murrays Whisky Bible. This whisky takes its name from a loch that supplies the water used in manufacturing the drink. It was named ‘World Whisky of the Year’ for its “utter silky brilliance” and “complexity on a level only a handful of distilleries in the world can even dream of reaching.” The cask strength whisky has breathtaking balance.
Ardbeg Uigeadail undergoes a special vatting and the whisky is a blend between the traditional deep smoky notes and raisin-y tones of old casks used to age Sherry. The whisky is non-chill filtered at high strength, which helps Ardbeg Uigeadail to retain maximum flavor, as well as offers added depth and more body to it.
The drink is rich and weighty, and has a smoky aroma. Ardbeg Uigeadail is intensely flavored and perfectly integrated. Experts claim that the full strength initial aroma is a mix of warm Christmas cake, parma violets, and walnut oil, that is fused with fresh cedar, ocean spice, and pine needles falling from a Christmas tree.
The dense smokiness of the drink increases in intensity with water and reminds you of the smell of a Christmas pudding on fire. The smells of tarry smoke will remind you of an age that is gone by.
The deep scent of well-oiled leather and smoky coal fire offers much warmth to the drink. The sweetness of chocolate-coated raisins and treacle toffees compliments the smoky smell.
The drink is full-flavored and has a rich and deep mouth coating texture. The taste of the drink is an intriguing balance between spicy, sweet, and deep smoky flavors. Experts say that the flavor of the drink is initially sweet as a Christmas cake, and will soak into the tongue.
You will then feel a burst of winter spices setting off a smoky and spicy explosion, which is countered by a taste of honey glazed smoked food and treacle at the mid-palate. You can feel the waves of rich aromas and smoky tones building up on your tongue like when you smoke a Montecristo cigar.
The finish is long and chewy with deep lingering raisin-y mocha tones and rich aromatic smoke. In fact, the finish of the drink is perfectly integrated and that is one of the reasons Ardbeg Uigeadail was named the ‘World Whisky of the Year’.