Tasting notes: Ardbeg Kelpie Committee Release

Ardbeg Kelpie Committee Release

And here it is the new release from Ardbeg: The Ardbeg Kelpie Committee Release, which is named after a legendary water creature said to live in the sea nearby Ardbeg. These Committee releases are always a big hype and sold out in no time. And although there are very good¬†Ardbegs out there, the last few Committee releases didn’t convince me. But let’s give this new one a try.

This Ardbeg has matured in virgin oaks, from Black Sea region. Bottled at 51,7% ABV.

Ardbeg Kelpie Committee Release tasting notes:

Nose: Peat smoke to start with. This is accompanied by a freshness by lemon. Quite nice actually. Brine. Then a hint of ginger tea. Some eucalyptus or menthol too. Followed by a hint of tar. When adding water, it becomes a bit sweeter.

Taste: There is the peat smoke with the lemons again. A little bit salty. Some marshmellow sweetness on the background. Ginger and some spices, like pepper. With water, it becomes a bit better.

Finish: The finish is mid-long and has hints of liquorice. Lemons. All with a whiff of smoke.

I really liked the nose, but the taste remains behind. Although water improved it a bit. The Kelpie is rather clean and certainly not bad, but there is nothing exciting about it.

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