Every year, Ardbeg rewards their most faithful fans with a special event, Ardbeg day. This event typically takes place in late May or early June and coincides with Ardbeg releasing something special to its whisky affinity club, called The Committee. These limited release whiskies are often riffs on the classic Ardbeg flavor palate, designed to inspire discussion among Ardbeg’s most ardent fans.
The nose is solidly sweet peat, one of Ardbeg’s signature aromas. This whisky is nearly 50% ABV/100 proof is pretty apparent in the nose, which is quite aromatic and slightly vapory. The entry for Ardbeg Auriverdes is a lot spicier than we typically see with Ardbeg whisky, with white pepper and oak spice well supported by the sweet vanilla peat. Midpalate, the sweet vanilla peat transitions more towards toffee peat with a touch of dark chocolate, and the white pepper and oak increase with Ardbeg’s signature smokiness, but here it comes off a little more charcoal char than smoky peat. The finish provides glimpses of some of the younger whisky in the mix. The name Auriverde comes from Portuguese and combines the words auri which means “to make shine like gold” and verde, “green”
- Region: Islay, Scotland
- Alcohol: 49.9%
- Size: 700ml