Ardbeg 'Batch Two' Traigh Bhan 19 Year Single Malt Scotch
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Produced in small batches to be released every year, this exceptionally rare and ever-changing 19 year old draws its inspiration from Islay’s Traigh Bhan beach, known locally as the Singing Sands. Ardbeg Traigh Bhan Batch 2 is the second release in this exclusive 19 year old series. Following in the footsteps of the much-lauded first batch, this whisky is a slight variation on the last. This is due to minor changes in the cask selection. The main difference with Batch 2 is that it was created using a slightly higher proportion of 1st-fill Bourbon to refill casks, and a similar level of Sherry casks. These imbue it with an altogether more silky-smooth character.
Faint waves of sweet wood smoke and tart crème fraîche lap gently over bold notes of savory fennel, celeriac, and roasted tea leaves. A splash of water releases a gust of fresh seaspray, followed by irresistible aromas of leather, eucalyptus oil, and pine. Ripples turn to torrents as the true nature of this dram emerges. An intensely salty mouthfeel shifts like the tides into soothing medicinal notes. Swells of aniseed pass over the palate, before rich fudge, birch tar, and peat smoke crash down wildly. Eventually, savory and smoke collide in a sharp, intense, and satisfyingly long finish.