Usquaebach" (Oos: Ke: Bah), the "water of life," welcomes to its range of historic, artisanal blends a Scotch whisky with power, richness, and elegance - the first new release from the brand in over 22 years: Usquaebach "An Ard Ri" Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky. Presented in Usquaebach's timeless "flagon" bottle, this offering is the perfect gift or a necessary purchase for the serious collector.
"An Ard Ri" - "The High King" in Gaelic - is an expertly crafted blend of over 20 single malt whisky casks from the Highlands. Each cask is curated at a young age and tendered by the patient hands of our master blender until reaching perfection. These whiskies are tasted individually many times until each cask's maturation is complete. The result is a harmonious blend with depth, finesse, and structure - a true high king of the Scotch whisky world.
Our "An Ard Ri" - a combination of only single malt whiskies from with no grain added to soften its power. This exemplary offering is blended and bottled at a cask strength of 57.1%, capturing the true essence of Scotch whisky. The final blend is married and finished in sherry casks for an additional layer of flavor. Crafted from a variety of aged malts, the oldest of which is 21 Years of age, our "An Ard Ri" carries a long and textured finish that will satisfy any whisky drinker.
Upon nosing, notes of rich pipe tobacco and freshly tanned leather dominate the senses - candied figs and plums balance nicely with the mild smoke. The palette entertains with spicy cinnamon and warm, baked pears, along with a tannic edge and deep dark chocolate sweetness. The finish is luxurious and polished - surprising for a blend malt at cask strength.
The "An Ard Ri" is produced in extremely limited quantities and should be enjoyed at special moments with cherished loved ones. Fresh drops of water are encouraged alongside the dram to achieve the optimal experience. Enjoy neat in a proper nosing glass.
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