Islay distillery Ardbeg has launched a limited-edition whisky, inspired by stories of the island’s mythical dragon. Ardbeg Scorch has been matured in heavily charred ex-bourbon American oak casks and the whisky is categorised by intense aromas of soot and smoke, with flavours of liquorice and medicinal lozenge.

Ardbeg’s Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation, Dr Bill Lumsden, said:

“Ardbeg Scorch is our tribute to the legendary dragon of Islay. By using our most heavily-charred casks, we’ve created a fire-breathing beast of a dram!”

Recommended retail price is R1399,95

TASTING NOTES:

Colour: Bright brushed gold

Nose: On the nose, frighteningly intense aromas of soot and smoke lie in wait. Hints of aniseed and fragrant patchouli interlace with bold notes of quenched steel and saddle soap. With a drop of water, herbal top notes of briar wood, sage and pine wisp their way to the fore.

Taste: An oily mouthfeel grips the senses. Billowy clouds of sweet smoke and dragon charred oak permeate the palate, while grilled fare and black liquorice weave between notes of a medicinal lozenge.

ABV: 46%

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