Described as the result of years of experimentation from the team at the distillery, Ardbeg Alligator takes its name from the ‘alligator’ method of charring the inside of oak casks before filling. The process yields what look like alligator scales on the barrels. The Ardbeg whisky was matured in ‘level four’ casks, meaning they have gone through the most intense type of charring.
Ardbeg Alligator is non chill-filtered and bottled at 51.2% ABV, with a recommended sale price of £65 a bottle.
“Extremely fierce charring of the casks has imparted additional smoky, barbecue flavours, giving Ardbeg Alligator a unique spicy bite that’ll catch you unawares,” said Dr Bill Lumsden, head of distilling and whisky creation at the Glenmorangie Company.
The whisky is being distributed in the UK, US, Europe and around Asia.
Image: Alligator has an ABV of 51.2%.