Ardbeg Kildalton is a limited expression that celebrates the ancient Celtic heritage of Islay.
The Kildalton Cross, at 1200 years old, is an icon of Scotland and stands some 6 miles along the
coast from the Distillery. It is a testimony to the ancient spirit of community of our forbears and
continues to inspire us to this day.
This limited edition bottle is matured in ex-bourbon and ex-Sherry casks and bottled at 46% ABV
with no chill-filtration.
This bottle was released in 2014 and is sold exclusively at the distillery.
A beautiful, exotic bouquet, with hints of smoked apricots in syrup, salt and pepper
seasoning and some soft, creamy vanilla. This then leads in to a symphony of smoky and herbal
notes, like woodsmoke, tar, menthol and fennel. A little water releases more volatile top notes, like
pine resin, vetiver root, coriander, liquorice and a curious soapy note.
The texture is soft, ‘sappy’, gently coating the tongue. The explosion of firm robust flavours is
unquestionably Ardbeg – coal tar soap, aniseed, peppermint, espresso coffee, sweet barley malt
and a lingering, aromatic smokiness.
Finish The lingering finish is both fresh with menthol and spicy, with hints of allspice, clove and
bitter almonds, finally revealing a distant vanilla essence sweetness.