Ardbeg Scorch – Latest Release/Limited


To scorch is to burn something fiercely, to the point where its surface chars or otherwise changes colour – hence the title of the new Ardbeg Day release which comes matured in “heavily charred” ex-Bourbon casks. The concept draws comparisions with an earlier Ardbeg Day release – ‘Ardbeg Alligator’, although reports have it that the char time is longer with Scorch. The barrels are all x Bourbon too, rather than virgin American oak. Dr Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg’s Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation, called the new release “a fire-breathing beast of a dram” describing a whisky with “aromas of soot, smoke, aniseed and patchouli, and a palate that marries smoky grilled notes with black liquorice and medicinal lozenges.”