Each year, Ardbeg releases one out-of-the-ordinary whisky as a strictly limited special edition. In the past, these treasured bottlings included such legendary drams as the Supernova, the Alligator, the Galileo and most recently the Dark Cove. Matured in ex-bourbon and dark sherry casks, this sublime peat bomb is an homage to the historic smugglers of Islay. Long before the Ardbeg distillery was built, these fearless fellas braved the waves to hide their unlicensed spirits in the dim caverns on the rocky South coast of the isle. In accordance with its telling name and shady source of inspiration, the Dark Cove is neither a light nor a quick dram. It has a solid color, a robust body and a distinct taste. Oh, and it is an Ardbeg. So it should come as no surprise that it is also really damn great!
Eye: Weather-beaten copper.
Nose: Deep and meaty with intriguing notes of dried berries, moist stones, salty air and roasted boar.
Palate: Fruity at first, but with a certain gloom attached to it. Later, the liquid becomes more beefy and hefty. Towards the end, the peat smoke unfolds like a sooty puff from a old captain’s pipe.
Finish: Ahhh, this is good! With a “reward” as strong and steady as this, the smugglers’ efforts have definitely paid off!
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Region: Scotland (Islay)
Age: No Age Statement
Alc. volume: 46.5%
Bottle size: 0.7 litres
Price range: ~150.00 Euro
More info: http://www.ardbeg.com/