Category Archives: Ardbeg

John Hansell’s top 10 whiskies of 2009

John Hansell of Malt Advocate fame just announced his top 10 whiskies of 2009.  Firstly, I must say how much I appreciate all of the work he does, the magazine, WhiskyFest, What Does John Know? blog, his input, his reviews, etc…  If you’re not familiar, though I somehow doubt it, please check out his blog and Malt Advocate Magazine.  Great stuff!

Here is Malt Advocate’s list of the Top 10 Whiskies of 2009 as rated by John Hansell and Malt Advocate magazine.

I’ve actually only had one of the whiskies on the list — Ardbeg Corryvreckan (and a cracking dram it is!).  Most of the others I could never afford.  Actually, I could afford to buy some of them but I’m not quite sure my marriage could…

This being said, John, if you’re reading, perhaps a top 10 list of “affordable” whiskies would be a nice addendum to your current list??

Until then, if you’re looking for some good whisky with little cash in hand, I know Whisky Party  has a list of 40 Whiskies under $40 (and a nice list it is).


My first blogged tasting: Ardbeg Uigeadail – Seaweed, leather, blood and raisins

Islay region – 54.2%ABV – cask strength – 750ml bottle – $56-89 | £47 | €55

I picked up this bottle mainly out of peer pressure. My peat head buddies and twitter friends love it. Every blog I read has nothing but good things to say so hey, I picked up a bottle.

Initial whiffHuntington Beach circa 1981, low tide, me on a boogie board falling face forward in a pile of rotting seaweed. This was not a fun memory. 2nd whiff, same thing with a little sweetness. Last whiff, my sister’s suede jacket after a Bon Jovi concert, 1988 with a 7-11 big gulp slushy sweetness.

On the mouth sweet smoke, iodine, salt, cigarette butts, blood and raisins. Smooth for the ABV

Finish nice, long, smokey and sweet.

In sumThis is not an every day dram for me. Have to be in the mood. Like the A’bdunah, I think this is one to drink when pissed off. I will say, this has to be one of the most complex drops I’ve ever sniffed/tested.

In the right mood, this is a 94pt dram for me. Tonight, it’s an 81pt (not that I do point ratings but when I was sipping this I was trying to think of a good way to explain how mood could play into tasting whisky so, I threw some points on it…)