Country: Scotland
Region: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 46%
Score: 88 points

Ardbeg Kelpie. Image courtesy Ardbeg/The Glenmorangie Company. These notes are for the regular retail version of Ardbeg Kelpie, not the 2017 Ardbeg Committee version. This version was released officially on June 3, 2017, and is bottled at 46% ABV, while the Committee version was bottled at 51.7% ABV. The flavor profile is very much the same, though slightly less intense with this version.

The nose has a gentle peatiness with notes of seaweed, brine, honey, and a hint of smoked salmon. The taste is spicy, smoky, and pungent with notes of peat smoke, clove, bacon, and hints of dried fruits and toffee underneath. The finish is shorter and less spicy than the Committee version, but still has a good balance of creosote, peat smoke, caramel, and dark chocolate. Get the Committee version if you can, but this one is still a good pick. (June, 2017)