Review: Ardbeg AlligatorJuly 11th, 2011
This is a review of the Ardbeg Committee’s Alligator release, but I’m being told that it’s the same whisky as the general public release slated for later this year.
Ardbeg Alligator, 51.2%, $95
Similar to standard Ardbeg 10 year old, except that a portion of the whisky was aged in heavily charred barrels (referred to as an “Alligator” char). An aggressive whisky—even for Ardbeg—with a leathery texture throughout. Dynamic too, with coal tar soot, bourbon barrel char, espresso, cocoa, licorice root, smoked fish, and hint of ginger. There’s a nice creamy vanilla underbelly to balance the aggressiveness and (at least partially) muzzle the Alligator. — John Hansell
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 92