Originally a Duty Free and distillery exclusive, Ardbeg's Smoketrails explores the influence of different casks from around the world on the classic Islay single malt. This edition sees a helping of whisky aged in manzanilla sherry casks married with malt from Ardbeg's classic American oak casks. (1 Litre)
Deep, pungent flavours take to the air, a curious combination of tar, saddle soap, pine resin and Brazil nuts. A very aromatic whisky, with lovely herbal notes and a hint of moist peat bog, while storm-churned sea spray soars overhead. With water, some chocolatey notes appear, along with a touch of engine oil.
A slightly drying mouthfeel, followed by deep, pungent flavours that hurtle across the palate: tar, soot, dark chocolate and a very distinctive nuttiness, like Brazil nuts or hazelnut.
Plumes of fennel and pine billow up, leaving a long, lingering trail of carbolic soap, aniseed and leather.