Scotch

Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Years Old

$349.99

OVERALL
RATING

10

Whisky Review: Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Years Old

Tasting Notes:

About:
Aged 19 years; Non-chill filtered; Matured in Oloroso sherry and ex-bourbon casks; 46.2% ABV; Small batch release, bottled in humidity; SRP $349.99.
Appearance:
The color of soft, desert sand.
Nose:
A light smokiness, familiar, comforting. Pineapple and menthol notes, with a eucalyptus soapiness that presents after some airtime.
Palate:
This whisky is soft and quiet. Mild smoke that doesn’t burst through, but gently settles on the palate. Green olive, persimmon, and black tea notes offer a savory experience, and the smoothness is clear and present. with a warm buzz and a complexity that keeps me going back to explore more. Sending User Review 0 (0 votes) Buy A Bottle Share: XFacebookLinkedInEmail Drinks Aizome Island – Tropical Style Minor Cobbler Strawberry Rhubarb Julep Crimson & Clover Club Wynken, Blynken, & Nog Related Articles Whiskey Review: Highline Triple Rye Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Highline Triple Rye Whiskey American / Reviews Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke American Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke American Whiskey American / Reviews Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Octomore 14.3 Editor’s Note: This whisky was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Octomore 14.3 Reviews / Scotch Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh 12 Years Old Editor’s Note: This whisky was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh 12 Years Old Reviews / Scotch Whiskey Review: Highline American Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Highline American Whiskey American / Reviews Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke Rye Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke Rye Whiskey American / Reviews Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Octomore 14.2 Editor’s Note: This whisky was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Octomore 14.2 Reviews / Scotch Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh Sandend Editor’s Note: This whisky was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh Sandend Reviews / Scotch Whiskey Review: Highline Straight Kentucky Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Highline Straight Kentucky Whiskey American / Reviews Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke Bourbon Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke Bourbon Bourbon / Reviews Jerry Jenae Sampson Jerry Sampson is a freelance writer, editor and screenwriter. Her creative work is ever improved by her love of whiskey and craft cocktails. She enjoys taking cool fall days to explore the great distilleries around Portland to get a closer look at the inner workings of her favorite spirits. More by Jerry Jenae Sampson Follow us on Twitter Find us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Connect with on on LinkedIn About Advertise Subscribe Editorial Standards Privacy Policy Terms of Use
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Comments:
This is my kind of Scotch. It doesn’t leave me smacking my lips, but coats my palate with a warm buzz and a complexity that keeps me going back to explore more.

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On the remote Scottish island of Islay, Ardbeg whisky has cultivated and nurtured their name and spirit since commercial production began in 1815. The years have been good to the acclaimed distillery, and with the new Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Years Old Batch 5, inspiration continues to be drawn from the sands of Islay, this expression named after Traigh Bhan (pronounced tri-van) beach, also known as the Singing Sands.

Of this batch of the ever-evolving Ardbeg Traigh Bhan whisky, Ardbeg’s Master Blender and Head of Whisky Creation, Gillian Macdonald, says “We are thrilled to offer whisky lovers and collectors across the globe an opportunity to explore another new take on this impossibly balanced favorite. We hope that this bottling will spark conversations between Ardbeggians and their friends about the finer details of this ever-changing dram.”

The Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Years Old was matured in classic Ardbeg ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks, with the sherry casks contributing to the subtle sweetness and smoothness of the whisky, a further evolution for this particular release, and a technique that is often utilized by Scottish distilleries in their finishes.

This is the fifth batch of the Ardbeg Traigh Bhan, and those batches that came before all held their own unique bottling methods. This batch was bottled in humidity, and the distillery claims this expression to be the most tropical in profile. Past bottling utilized coastal mists and full moons, conditions that the creators are certain impart special characteristics onto the whisky.

Each batch also carry a unique code, batch symbol, and initials from one of the Distillery’s head honchos; this batch’s initials come from the aforementioned Macdonald. The permanent 19-year-old Traigh Bhan has enjoyed such honors as the Gold Awards from the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) and the International Spirits Challenge (ISC).

Ardbeg 19 Year Old Traigh Bhan review
We review Ardbeg 19 Year Old Traigh Bhan, now in its fifth release. It was matured in in Oloroso sherry and ex-bourbon casks. (image via Ardbeg)

Tasting Notes: Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Years Old Batch 5

Vital Stats: Aged 19 years; Non-chill filtered; Matured in Oloroso sherry and ex-bourbon casks; 46.2% ABV; Small batch release, bottled in humidity; SRP $349.99.

Appearance: The color of soft, desert sand.

Nose: A light smokiness, familiar, comforting. Pineapple and menthol notes, with a eucalyptus soapiness that presents after some airtime.

Palate: This whisky is soft and quiet. Mild smoke that doesn’t burst through, but gently settles on the palate. Green olive, persimmon, and black tea notes offer a savory experience, and the smoothness is clear and present.

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