Country: Scotland
Region: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 51.7%
Score: 90 points

Ardbeg Kelpie. Image courtesy Ardbeg/The Glenmorangie Company.This is Ardbeg’s 2017 limited-edition release intended for members of the Ardbeg Committee, though it can be found at retailers (at least in the US) with no proof of membership required. Kelpie gets its name from the kelp seaweed found around Islay, and is finished in oak from the Adyghe region of Russia near the Black Sea. The nose is peaty and complex with notes of seaweed, brine, dark chocolate, smoked salmon, and a hint of honey. The taste is spicy, smoky, and pungent with notes of clove, peat smoke, bacon, and hints of toffee and dried fruits. The finish is very long and smoky with lingering clove, a hint of creosote, and touches of caramel and dark chocolate. (March, 2017)