Ardbeg An Oa is named after the Mull of Oa in the south west of Islay on the Kildaton coast (where Ardbeg distillery is situated), and is intended to show a more approachable side to Ardbeg single malt that's as rounded as the Oa peninsular, without losing the characteristic distillery style.
Maturation took place in a combination of casks including Pedro Ximénez, charred virgin oak and ex-bourbon, married in a French-oak. The result is a dram with smoky power, mellowed by a delectable, smooth sweetness. Hallmark Ardbeg peat, dark chocolate and aniseed are wrapped in smooth, silky butterscotch, black pepper and clove, before rising to an intense crescendo of flavour.
Nose: This sweet, creamy Ardbeg offers notes of butterscotch, fennel seed, tobacco leaf, Honey Nut Clusters and hints of mixed boiled sweets (fruit, Everton mint and menthol). The citrus notes are subtle and rich, coming through as flourless orange cake.
Palate: Still plenty of peaty oomph, although perhaps lighter in body. Notes of cigars and golden syrup pancakes with sweet black tea on the tail and hints of chocolate limes.
Finish: Smoky treacle lingers with a little peanut brittle.
Non chill-filtered with a strength of 46.6% ABV.