Whiskey Persona ™:
As a Woodsman, you wear your beard, not because it’s cool, but because you don’t have time to even shave. You’re too busy hunting and roasting the wild boar you killed with your bare hands over the smoky fire you started without the help of a match. You kill venomous snakes in your sleep and run with wild wolves like they’re your pack. When people say you’re like Wolverine, you remind them that Wolverine is like you. You are raw power harnessed from nature.
The whisk(e)ys1 that best fit your Whiskey Persona are: strong, powerful and intensely smoky…
Like an untamed fire-breathing dragon, this whisky leaves a path of smoky dominance in its wake. However, like you, its tough exterior only masks the warm creamy cappuccino and toasted marshmallow inside. And, let’s not forget about the finish, both this whisky and you can go on and on with boundless expressions of peat (for the whiskey) and pure manliness (for the person). Can you even wait any longer? Grab a bottle and enjoy a glass.
- The Ardbeg Distillery, founded for commercial use in 1815, is currently owned by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy
- The name “Ardbeg” is derived from the Scottish Gaelic: Àrd Beag, meaning “little height”
- The 10-year whisky is the first non-chill filtered3 whisky from the Ardbeg Distillery
- Ardbeg is known as the peatiest4 and smokiest of the nine malts made on Islay
- Distillery Manager Michael “Mickey” Heads won Whisky Magazine’s “2014 Whisky Distillery Manager of the year”
SOME WHISK(E)Y TERMS DEFINED:
- Whisky vs. whiskey: Both spellings are correct. The difference is primarily due to geography. “Whisky” is primarily used in: Canada, Japan, Scotland, England, and Wales. “Whiskey” is primarily used in Ireland and the United States. For more info, click here.
- Single malt (type): Single malt whisky is a whisky made at one distillery from a mash that uses only malted grain, usually barley. Malting (process): The grains (e.g. barley) are made to germinate by soaking in water, and are then halted from germinating further by drying with hot air. The resulting dried germinated cereal grains are called “malt.”
- Non-chill filter (method): A method for removing any “residue” from the whiskey before bottling. Typically, whiskey is chilled down to ~0 C so that any fatty acids or proteins will precipitate and can be filtered out. That way, when the whiskey is served chilled or with ice/water, haziness doesn’t appear. However, this process is believed to sometimes affect the taste of the whisky, for example by removing peat particles that contribute to the ‘smokiness’ of the flavor, some distilleries pride themselves on not using this process.
- Peat (flavor): Peat is basically turf made of partially decayed vegetation, e.g. moss and wood. In Scotland, particularly in Islay, peat is used as fuel to create fires that dry malted barley (one of the steps of making whisky).