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Now Available—Ardbeg 19: A Must-Have Expression from an Iconic Distillery - 11/02/2019 - Single Malt Scotch

The Ardbeg 19 Year Old "Traigh Bhan" Islay Single Malt is a whisky collector’s dream come true. This is the first new product from this esteemed distillery with an age statement since the release of the 10 Year back in 2000. This alone is a reason to rejoice. As one would expect, Ardbeg hit it out of the park with this singular expression. Aged in American oak barrels and finished in ex-oloroso Sherry casks, it is a sublime dram that dazzles from start to finish. Our initial allocation sold out in no time, and we expect this second drop to sell equally as quickly. Whisky collectors will want to run, not walk, to secure this spectacular offering. Taste why Ardbeg continues to reign supreme in the world of Islay single malts.

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Ardbeg 19 Year "Traigh Bhan" Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($299.99)

95 points Whisky Advocate: "Ardbegs first core bottling with an age statement in nearly 20 years was matured in bourbon and oloroso sherry casks. Rock pools, fabric Band-Aids, coal dust, licorice, hot peat, pineapple, and a seafood platter on the complex nose. The palate is oily, with smoked fish, overt peat smoke, chili, iodine, and lemon. Long in the finish, with more iodine and peppery peat. A delightfully traditional Ardbeg. (GS, Winter 2019)"

K&L Notes: Named after Islay’s Traigh Bhan beach, known locally as the Singing Sands, the whisky will be available in limited batches produced on an annual basis. The whisky’s recipe is set to change with each batch, creating subtle differences between future iterations. Each batch of Ardbeg Traigh Bhan will feature a unique code on the carton and bottle, which drinkers can enter into the distillery’s website to find out more about the story of the whisky. Dr Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg’s director of distilling, whisky creation and whisky stocks, said, "A new, permanent aged Ardbeg is a rare occurrence, and cause for celebration. We hope that, by slightly tweaking the batch recipe year-on-year, Ardbeggians can have some fun exploring the finer details of this ever-changing dram." Matured in American oak and ex-oloroso Sherry casks before being bottled at 46.2% abv, Ardbeg Traigh Bhan’s 2019 expression is said to have "intense and rugged notes of smoked chili, chocolate, and paprika with waves of toasted oak and roasted tea leaves on the palate."