Islay where peat and smoke are the order of the day.

Apologies if you already read the notes on Instagram.

Ardbeg AN OA

46.6% Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Matured in a combination of bourbon barrels and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, then married together in Ardbegs famous fresh oak vat.

Nose: Instant hit of sweet smoke, followed by wax boot polish and mild creosote. Pickled onions and chocolate almond. As the whisky opens up there’s a slight air of mulled wines clove and star anise.

On the pallet: Straight away there a number of things going on. A great lick of wood fire, liquorice, kicap manis and the dark fruits you’d expect to come from a whisky that been in contact with Sherry casks.

Brine, incense and cigar smoke. Tangy jelly worms are in there somewhere too.

The finish consists of bicarbonate soda and brown sugar and after a while you’re left with a smoked milk flavour.

An Oa is definitely one of my favourites from the Ardbeg range and is one of the cheapest.

I’ve had many a dram of this but I’ve never actually made any tasting notes. I prefer to just sit and enjoy peated whisky and not give it too much thought, with peat being my preferred style it’s only right that after a year of having the website, I should have some notes in the Islay section by now.