The latest (from Ardbeg Committee email):
For many years it has lain brooding and untamed in Warehouse 3. Now in the
deep south of Islay a new breed is ready to be released into the wild.
But while the much-anticipated Committee bottling of Ardbeg Alligator has
emerged, sadly due to European tax laws, it could prove to be a rare breed in
Unfortunately, your country is one of those we are unable to ship whisky to
due to these laws. But the good news is that Alligator will be available on
general release from 1st September at your usual outlets. Ferocious ‘alligator’
charring of new American white oak casks has created a spicy, dark dram of
hidden depths, within which lurks deep tarry coffee, barbecue sizzle and sooty
An expression that may prove a challenge to the unwary, it is set to test the
palate of even the most hardened Ardbeg adventurer. So be careful, its unique
spicy bite may catch you unawares…
In the meantime, why not discover the Islay-gator’s tale for yourself at ardbeg.com/gator. It’s powerful stuff…
Damn. Here, gator, gator…come to Canada…
Have this stuff yet? Received a bottle tonight from a very generous best friend. While it is undeniably excellent, I admit that I’m slightly disappointed by it thus far…it’s just doesn’t “wow” me like the Uigeadail or Corryvreckan. Again, it’s very, very good, and I’d think any scotch-hound would be happy to have it in his liquor cabinet, but I don’t think it’s one of Ardbeg’s best expressions. And the price point doesn’t improve matters.
Sure have! Love it.
A few of the collective came by for an Ardbeg vertical a few weeks back. We tasted the 17, 1977, Airigh Nam Beist, Supernova SN2010, Corryvreckan, Uigeadail, Ten, Blasda, Alligator…and an OMC rum-finish 16 y.o. just for sht*s and giggles. The Alligator scored VERY high amongst all. Think it came in third only behind the godly 1977 and the Corryvreckan.
The more time I spend with it, the more I like it.
Review will come in the following days.