The An Oa (pronounced an-oh) is the first permanent addition to the core single malt range of Ardbeg for almost a decade. It is named after the Mull of Oa, the southernmost point on Ardbeg's home island of Islay. The whisky is the brainchild of Dr. Bill Lumsden – the Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks for Ardbeg's owners Moet Hennessy. Ardbeg An Oa is a combination of ex-bourbon barrels, ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks and virgin oak casks. These have been married in a large French oak vat housed in The Gathering Room, a new feature at the Ardbeg distillery.
Ardbeg An Oa joins the 10 years old, Corryvreckan and Uigaedail in the core range and is designed to be the entry point in to the range, sitting below the 10 years old expression. It is bottled at 46.6% ABV and is non chill-filtered
The Ardbeg An Oa is light and fresh with lots of peat smoke. It is the lighter and fresher notes that make this different from anything else in the core range of Ardbeg, and therefore makes it a natural fit in that range. The battle between the delicate sweetness, the bittersweet maltiness and the robust and acrid smoke is an interesting one and they work together very well.
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