A new addition to the Ardbeg distillery, An Oa is a unique concoction due to its time spent in the newly established bespoke oak Gathering Vat. The experience begins with an eclectic aroma of creamy toffee, aniseed, treacle, and dates combined with fruits such as peach and banana. The taste is evocative and distinctive with milk chocolate, treacle toffee, aniseed, orange, and smoky tea leaves. As always, wood is present with a gentle nuttiness reminiscent of a carpenter’s workshop before finishing with floral notes, mint toffee, and malty biscuits. This whiskey is a perfect compliment to dessert and an after-dinner cigar on the porch–or Uptown Pubhouse’s patio–with friends.