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Ardbeg Uigeadail Review

Distilled by:  Ardbeg Distillery Limited

Region: Islay

Style: Scotch Whiskey (Single Malt)

ABV: 54.2%

Price: $60-70 Range*


*If you are unfamiliar with Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. An excellent Scotch will run about $50 at the very least. The Uigeadail is one of the more affordable single malts for the quality.

9.9 Total Score

A richly flavored Single Malt Scotch Whiskey that does not disappoint. The perfect drink at the end of the day; when it's time to relax.

Mouth Feel
  • Smooth
  • Full Bodied
  • Sweet and Smoky
  • None
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The Ardbeg Uigeadail (Pronounced: Oog-a-dal) is one of the most exquisite Islay Single Malt Scotch Whiskies I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. It boasts a rich and complex flavor that gets you into the mood for the Winter and a nice, warm log fire. This award-winning Scotch should be a must try on any Scotch-drinker’s list.

On the nose, the Uigeadail has a smoky aroma with notes of ripe cherries and dark chocolate. This Islay has a sweetness on the front from the Sherry casks it has been aged in. There is a brightness at the start that mellows into a warm, earthy smoke on the end. Leaving you with a well-rounded taste. The smoky smell and taste of the Uigeadail comes from the peat used in the distillation process. Some find this characteristic of Islay Scotches to be off-putting. I personally find the Uigeadail balances the smoky peat flavor very well. It does not consume the palate like I feel a Laphroaig will do, making it slightly bitter and overpowering. Instead, I feel the Uigeadail features a flavor of smoke that you would want to taste from a medium-rare steak that’s been grilled over a mesquite fire.

Personally, I prefer to serve this on the rocks with a splash of water, but it is still a great Scotch served neat!

Personal Mini-Bio: I am a father, husband, actor, singer, chef, and teacher. Alcoholic Bio: For me, over the years, alcohol has been an acquired taste. It usually started with a beer, wine, or liquor that I could tolerate which would open my tastes up to a wider variety of alcohol. Guinness was the first beer I actually enjoyed, and from there I have developed a liking for almost any beer. I am a big fan of stouts, reds, wheats, Belgians, porters, browns, and bocks. When it comes to liquor, my drinks of choice are single-malt scotch and gin. I'm a big fan of the Lagavulin 16 yr., Edradour 10 yr., Ardbeg Uigeadail, Hendrick's Gin, and Bombay Sapphire.

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