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.
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 matura-tion 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.
Strength: Commanding at 57.1% AB
Appearance: Rich Amber
Nose: Aromatic, intense spice, dark chocolate, hints of coffee, full malt.
Body: Deep, textured, rich and powerful
Wood: bourbon barrels and sherry cask
Palate: Unabashed full flavor, spiced caramel, pears, hints of chocolate.
Finish: Luxurious, long, the strength of the whisky is prominent and polished. Smooth yet lingering