The Schtick: This was a bottle that I tried blind and then took a stab at guessing the provenance.
“A special edition single malt launched on Ardbeg Day 2014 – a day celebrated both at the Islay festival, Fèis Ìle and around the world. Auri(Gold)verdes(Green) is a name used to refer to Brazil’s sports teams (including the football team, of course), but in this case it refers to the golden whisky and the iconic Ardbeg green bottle it dwells within. Striker!” = Master of Malt
ABV: 49.9% ABV
Nose: Grain, honey, brine and pepper. Ashy peat. Caramel bomb, with some faint sherry like notes.
Taste: Medium to thick mouth feel. Honey and stewed fruits. Caramel, pepper and pipe tobacco. Mild heat. Salted caramel notes blend really well with ashy, woody peaty smoke.
Finish: Short to medium length, rich caramel. Ashy wood fire, malty honey and nougat. Brine, pepper, some maritime air. Burning rubber.
Overall + Guess: This was rich, ashy and woody. Guessing Ardbeg or Ledaig, maybe some sherry maturation, but I doubt first fill of any kind. Guessing 12–16 years, 49% – 52% ABV.
Reveal: Ardbeg Auriverdes. I feel really good about basically nailing this one. Really enjoyable dram, and I’d own a couple of these if it were up to me.
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- Review #1285 – Ardbeg Drum Committee Release
- Review #1259 – Ardbeg Drum Committee Release
- Review #997 – Ardbeg Auriverdes
- Review #911 – Ardbeg 12yr The Boutique-y Whisky Company 2004
- Review #845 – Ardbeg 2006 Airigh Nam Beist
- Review #765 – Ardbeg 21
- Review #725 – Ardbeg Grooves, Committee Release
- Review #629. Ardbeg Kelpie Committee Release
- Review #627. Ardbeg Dark Cove Committee Release
- Review #520. Ardbeg An Oa
- Review #317. Ardbeg Perpetuum
- Review #26 – Ardbeg Uuigedail
- Review #25 – Ardbeg 10 Year
- Review #24 – Ardbeg Corryvreckan