Next month, Ardbeg will launch the fourth bottling of its 19-year-old expression Ardbeg Traigh Bhan.
Pronounced “tri-van,” the annual whisky is made in small batches and the distiller notes that it draws its inspiration from Islay’s Traigh Bhan beach, known locally as the Singing Sands.
Batch Four is a bit different from previous releases of Traigh Bhan as it’s matured with a higher proportion of Oloroso Sherry casks, giving it more flavors of chocolate and raisin, alongside a distinctive mentholic character, the distillers note.
On the nose, it features aromas of herbal pine and fennel with notes of citrusy lime sorbet and medicinal lozenge.
The distillers’ notes go on to explain that on the palate, the whisky has an intense wave of wood smoke and dark chocolate with ground coffee. Sweeter notes of lemon curd and peanut brittle cut through, and there’s hints of creamy raisin fudge and hazelnut.
The finish features notes of menthol, fresh lemongrass, aniseed, clove and white pepper.
Each Traigh Bhan whisky comes with its own batch code, batch symbol and signature from Distillery Manager Colin Gordon.
“I’m absolutely delighted to put my name to this batch of Ardbeg Traigh Bhan, inspired by one of the most beautiful spots on Islay,” Gordon said. “It’s a delicious dram, and the fact that each bottling is a little bit different adds to the fun. I know Ardbeggians and their friends enjoy comparing the finer details of this ever-changing whisky.”
Ardbeg’s Master Distiller Bill Lumsden said, “Ardbeg 19 Years Old Traigh Bhan Batch 4 is another incredible iteration in the series. It follows in the footsteps of previous bottlings, but thanks to some tweaks to the recipe, we’ve brought more woodsmoke, menthol and aniseed to the fore.”
Ardbeg 19 Years Old Traigh Bhan Batch 4 clocks in at 46.2% ABV and carries a suggested retail price of $299.99. It will be available at whisky specialists, Ardbeg Embassies, online, in selected retail establishments, and from the Ardbeg Distillery.
For more information, check out www.ardbeg.com.