Distiller: Ardbeg. ABV: 54.2%. No age statement. Price: $65-85.
“Uigeadail” is said to mean “dark and mysterious”– though I think it should mean “no-brainer.”
This core release from Ardbeg (pron. OO-ga-dal) is an unbeatable one-bottle argument that no-age-statement whiskies can be not just as good as their age-statement cousins, but flat-out brilliant. (If you wanted a two-bottle argument, I’d add the Aberlour A’Bunadh.)
Like the beloved Lagavulin 16, the Oogie wraps peat, sherry, and bourbon influences into a rich, velvety whole. But unlike the Lag, it’s cask strength. Perfectly drinkable without a drop of water. Bright and dense, intense and rounded, with citrus and baked goods and cocoa and more.
It’s also a great value at $65-85. There’ve been some fine annual special releases from Ardbeg, but I’m hard pressed to think of many I’ve liked more than the Oogie.
Hope all your drams are as good as this one, friends! Slàinte! – BO