Country: Scotland
Region: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 51.2%
Score: 92 points

This Ardbeg gets its name from the “alligator” charring of the bourbon barrels used to mature it. The nose is full of toasted oak and mesquite, vanilla, dark chocolate, and orange. The taste has lots of toasted notes, with orange, nutmeg, tangy barbecue sauce, and clove that lasts well into the finish, where there’s a surprise explosion of pepperiness that adds to the complexity.