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09 Jun 2014

Ardbeg Auriverdes

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Ardbeg

Ardbeg Auriverdes logoAs a yearly tradition, Ardbeg releases a new limited expression for Ardbeg Day. This year, the result is Ardbeg Auriverdes.Its name is inspired by Brazil: Auri means golden (the liquid) and verde is green (the bottle). I really, really don’t care for these kind of half-baked marketing tricks – come on, Ardbeg tied in with a World Cup – why?

Ardbeg Auriverdes is a ‘designer whisky’. It has been distilled in 2002 and matured in second fill American oak casks, with custom toasted lids. Ardbeg has done some pretty successful experiments with toasted oak before (think of Ardbeg 1998 cask 1189 and cask 1190). In this case one cask head was toasted lightly (to invoke vanilla flavours) and the other one more dark (to invoke mocha).

You could buy Ardbeg Auriverdes at one of the Ardbeg embassies, but you’ll have a hard time chasing it now.

 

Ardbeg AuriverdesArdbeg Auriverdes
(49,9%, OB 2014, 6660 btl.)

Nose: Ardbeg alright. Typical iodine, peat and a pickled green pepper / mustard sharpness. Burnt toast and tarry ropes. Smoked fish. Soft citrus. Hints of coffee, although I’m not getting the big emphasis on mocha aromas that Ardbeg is promoting. Peppery notes. A tire shop. Chalky notes. Also a roundness – I wouldn’t call it fruity but there are estery notes and vanilla nonetheless. Complex and balanced. Mouth: starts with a slight sweetness (sweet bacon) before it turns to big smoke and lots of medicinal notes. Also faint bitter notes: grapefruit zest, roasted coffee beans. A little more narrow than the nose. The mocha does come out in the aftertaste. Mouth: really long, sooty, with some dark chocolate and a pronounced oakiness.

Great nose, with maybe a little too much sharpness on the palate to be entirely stunning, but it’s way better than what I expected from what’s essentially a result of clever marketing. One of the best modern Ardbegs in my opinion. Around € 100.

Score: 89/100

Ardbeg Auriverdes 4 Ruben Luyten 2014-06-09
  • Tabrulavubeg

    Thanks, Ruben, for being objective about this bottling despite all the marketing bullsh*t. Will taste it myself one of these days and not forget: all that matters is in the glass.

  • Pb

    I just purchased this here in the US for $90 USD. I think it’s no where as popular here as there in EU or UK.
    It does feel like marketing b***t, but the taste isn’t too bad. Still prefer the Corryvrecken over this one though.

  • http://www.whiskyisrael.co.il Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

    A lovely dram in spite of the Marketing and PR blitz.
    i liked it and got a bottle. def. a drinking whisky. i intend on drinking it , for sure.

    G

  • RL

    Definitely very good and getting better with air. Went back and got two more before they were all gone. On par with Corry, but a different profile. I’d like it as a regular release.

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