Ardbeg Scorch, 46%

Price: $120 Issue: Fall 2021 Reviewer: David Fleming

Ardbeg's Feis Ile 2021 release was made available to the general public in June. Matured in heavily charred bourbon barrels to create a “scorching” effect. Fragrant peat and malt, dried seashells, brine, sea salt, and dockside wood on the nose. Richly layered on the palate—charcoal, iodine, and surprisingly balanced peat influence, considering this whisky's name. Baked apple and a hint of bitter chocolate, cooked bananas, and dark berries on a long finish.