Ardbeg recently launched the fifth bottling of its permanent 19-year-old expression, Ardbeg Traigh Bhan. Produced in small batches and released year on year, for Batch 5 it is said that “careful variations in cask selection have led to a captivating evolution of the flavor profile.”
More specifically, the distillery noted that “matured in classic Ardbeg ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks, this whisky ventures into sweeter, more tropical waters. Notes of fresh green peppers, smoked mango and guava mingle with maple bacon on the nose. A deep smokiness gives way to toasted tonka beans and white pepper, with waves of aniseed, burnt heather and spiced chive.
“A satisfyingly long finish brings with it notes of warm toffee fudge and smoked butter.”
Ardbeg recently launched the fifth bottling of its permanent 19-year-old expression, Ardbeg Traigh Bhan. (image via Ardbeg)
Each batch carries its own unique code, batch symbol and initials from one of the Distillery’s famous faces – this year it’s Gillian Macdonald, Ardbeg’s Master Blender & Head of Whisky Creation, who said in a prepared statement that “Ardbeg 19 Years Old Traigh Bhan Batch 5 brings with it a vibrant profile bursting with smoked maple cured bacon, warm toffee and herbal essence, alongside tropical hints of luscious mango, guava and coconut – a side of this series that fans are yet to experience.
“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.”
More information on the Ardbeg 19 Years Old Traigh Bhan Batch 5 can be found below.
Ardbeg Traigh Bhan (pronounced tri-van) Batch 5
Age: 19 Years Old
Color: Sparkling Sunrise
Nose: Perfumed aromas of luscious tropical fruit flow on the breeze, while curious notes of herbal incense and smoke follow closely behind. Menthol lozenge and saddle soap laps over charred green pepper, before smoked mango, guava and coconut mingle in an effervescing top note.
Taste: A creamy mouthfeel leads the way into a crashing symphony of herbal, spicy flavors. Smoked maple cured bacon, charcoal, white pepper and clove rush forth amid gentle overtones of the outdoors in wood smoke and sea spray.
Finish: A satisfyingly long finish brings more tropical notes, with fragrant heather, warm toffee and smoked butter on the horizon.
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