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Ardbeg Blaaack (Committee Release), 50.7%

Price: $140 Issue: Fall 2020 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

Ardbeg's 2020 limited-edition cask-strength Committee Release was matured mainly
in pinot noir red wine casks from New Zealand, a country notable for its sheep, like
Islay. Woodsmoke on the nose, with coal fires, cedar, and canned fruit cocktail in a
mild antiseptic solution. Supple and sweet on the palate, with orchard fruits and an
emerging wave of peppery prickly peat smoke. Long in the sooty finish. Lively, with
chile paste.