Released in 2016, this Committee Release of Dark Cove was matured in ex-bourbon and “dark Sherry casks” for “The Darkest Ardbeg Ever”. Whilst the colour isn’t actually that dark at all, those dark casks provide plenty of oaky depth.
Nose: At first meaty, earthy and spicy. Bold notes of dark chocolate emerge against orange, rich treacle toffee, coffee and oak. Wafts of a distant, smoky bonfire in the background, along with a mysterious floral note, like flowering blackcurrant bushes. And lashings of linseed oil.
Palate: The mouthfeel is almost tat, or zesty lime. Rainsins, dates, ginger and pepper spice surge forward, then retreat. Waves of smouldering charcoal, wood polish and hige, tarry creosote notes follow. Finally a more savoury note escapes; cured smoked ham and squid ink noodles.
Finish: Long, spicy and rich with lingering notes of toffee, coffee and tar.
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