Supposedly Kelpies are mischievous shape-shifting water spirits that live in the rivers, streams, lochs, and pools of Scotland. Kelpies have been commonly described as taking the form of a horse. However, the Ardbeg Kelpie is a combination of regular bourbon cask matured Ardbeg with Ardbeg aged in virgin Black Sea oak casks sourced from the Adyghe Republic in Russia. Kelpie was originally bottled for Fèis Ìle 2017.
Nose: strong wood, light peat smoke.
Palate: slight wood, little salt, light peat smoke.
Finish: short, wood, smokey leather.
This is really nice! Doesn't taste like seaweed or the ocean (as some tasters have written) to me, but that classic islay malt taste is strong. I thought it was pretty well-balanced for an Ardbeg and definitely levels above their 2017 1H standard product line (ten, uigeadail, corryvreckan).
Had this bottle at Larriere-cour, Taipei, Taiwan on July 29, 2017... yeah I'm still trying to catch up on old posts.
Image courtesy of Eric Yee.
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