Ardbeg Ardbog

Category Single Malt from Islay, Scotland
Distillery
District Islay
Bottler Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie Limited Edition
Bottled 2013
Casktype ex-Bourbon Barrels & ex-Manzanilla Sherry But
Strength 52.1 % Vol.
Number of bottles 13000
Size 700 ml
Bottle code L130451235
Barcode 5010494913514
Price 124,90$ 157,37£ 97,42
Uncolored Non-chillfiltered
Mikee Note
less than a month ago
Mikee gave this whisky 87 points

Whiskyfun:

Ardbeg 'Ardbog' (52.1%, OB, 2013) Three stars and a half So a vatting of ten years old Ardbeg ex-bourbon (60%, I've heard) and ex-manzanilla sherry (I've heard 40%). Not sure it's cask strength, and not too sure the manzanilla wasn't simply a finishing. Remember manzanilla, which I love, is usually pretty extreme, bone dry sherry. Colour: gold. Nose: the very dry sherry is very obvious in this context, that is to say after the ‘X-fill’ versions that we just had. I’m sure it wouldn’t have been this loud, had I tried it ‘solo’. That translates into a combination of fresh walnuts, curry and probably curcuma, which is kind of funny, while the original distillate is a little shier. Having said that, the manzanilla makes it kind of more complex than the others, but also less ‘Ardbeg’. Whiffs of exhaust fumes and tar. With water: ginger liqueur, vanilla and sawdust. Some newish oak comes through. Mouth (neat): the difference is even more striking on the palate. There is some lemon, a sootiness, grapefruits, kippers and such but also these walnuts, this curry again, notes of bitterish liquorice wood, some raw tobacco and something I’m not too fond of because that screams ‘newish oak!’, ginger. With water: indeed, it’s some pretty active oak that does most of the talking. Ginger, curry and other spices. Finish: long, spicy, gingery. Cardamom powder, tannins, coffee beans, maybe hints of bacon. Comments: while the previous ones were distillate-driven, this is rather oak-driven in comparison, and it’s not only the manzanilla that talks. It’s very good whisky – of course – but I still prefer Ardbeg au naturel, if I may say so. SGP:366 - 84 points.
Murmelkasten Review note
less than a month ago
Murmelkasten gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
86
Nose
88
Initial taste
87
Body
88
Finish
85
Price
82
Presentation
85
Whisky_Wolf Review note
less than a month ago
Whisky_Wolf gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
86
Nose
88
Initial taste
87
Body
89
Finish
85
Price
79
Presentation
80
Georges Review note
about a month ago
Georges gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
87
Nose
88
Initial taste
89
Body
88
Finish
88
Price
80
Presentation
80
Georges Tasting note
about a month ago
Georges gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Deep copper
Nose

Dry sherry, nuts, vanilla, chocolate

Taste

Peaty, tobacco smoke, nuts, some lemon, spicy

Finish

Long, spicy, woody

Comments
jazzpianofingers Note
a couple of months ago

‘Dreeamy'


N: The bar tender pours, he sniffs, and then says “Dreeamy”, before passing me a complimentary dram, and not a bad place to start at all. The spirit and peat take centre stage as equals with the wood showing confidently, green wood, like Hazelburn's Rundlets and Kilderkins. The peat is never over stated, more in the background than the standard Ardbeg 10 but with the same intensity. Toffee and caramel on show, pumpernickel bread, washing detergent, shoe polish, actually its more like wax protector for barber coats, green chestnuts, sweet baby bio and a touch of fresh cigars.


T: Sugary sweet peat with cigar smoke, ice-cream wafer and a fruit cordial core. Oils develop with a slick body throughout, the peat hinting at Laphroaighs TCP profile as well as the candy bar sweetness of Octomore. Lots of chilli pepper throughout. Add water for a sweet oily laphroaigesque mouthful with a strong aniseed development. Drinking this Ardbog neat however offers a sublime and balanced combination of wood, spirit, peat and oils thats hard not to like


F: After a long development of wood and spices the finish is comparably shorter as theres a noticeable drop off. Vanilla wafer with fresh wood spices and saline notes are revealed before becoming sweet. That green wood shows through right at the end demonstrating some decent oak. 


C: Initially amazing but less sublime as the spirit went down. For me the strength of Ardbog is in the nose and subsequent arrival. Its a very nice expression and i can see why its gained many fans. Its not overly complex, not even on the nose but it’s a sublime cocktail indeed. Similar in style to Laphroaigs An Cuan Mor, like an Ardbeg/Laphroaig fusion - now theres a blending idea.


Scores a B

checkpointuk Note
a couple of months ago
checkpointuk gave this whisky 86 points

http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/feis-ile-2014-lagavulin-19y-sherry-butts-vs-ardbeg-auriverdes-33471/ 

Farbe: Mais­gelb
Nase: Rauch, Jod und Erde sowie frisch gesto­che­ner, nas­ser Torf in einem Zitronen-/ Oran­gen­mix. Das Ganze süß­lich scharf mit einem Touch grasig-jungem und unaus­ge­reif­tem Spi­rit. Aro­men von geräu­cher­tem Schin­ken, Zimt und Eichen­holz tau­chen auf.
Geschmack: Süß­lich run­der Start, aber sofort schär­fer und her­ber wer­dend. Asche, Kräu­ter und Minze mit viel Salz und Zitro­nen­säure, Mus­kat und schwar­zer Pfef­fer domi­nie­ren. Nun süß­li­chere Ein­drü­cke von Honig­wa­ben in maritim-torfigem Rauch – ange­nehm und aus­ge­wo­gen.
Finish: Recht lang und sehr pfeffrig-torfig – und immer noch tor­fi­ger wer­dend. Scho­ko­la­den­no­ten mit grob­kör­ni­gem Salz und mit rauch­durch­zo­ge­nem, tor­fi­gem Malz blei­ben auf der Zunge zurück – wie­der aus­ge­wo­gen und lecker.
89 Punkte (Nase: 87 / Geschmack: 89 / Finish: 90)

whioli Review note
a couple of months ago
whioli gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
90
Nose
88
Initial taste
91
Body
91
Finish
90
Price
87
Presentation
89
ricallende Review note
a couple of months ago
ricallende gave this whisky 89 points

Nose: swetness and smoke
taste: very salty (too much for me) and peaty.Chocolate and some sweet cherry
Finish: medium long and dry with less peat than expected.

Weighted Rate
89
Nose
90
Initial taste
88
Body
89
Finish
88
Price
90
Presentation
90
KayMeertens Tasting note
less than a year ago
KayMeertens gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Chestnutoloroso sherry
Nose

Earthy peat and meaty sherry. Toffee, dark chocolate, salt, smoked ham, cranberry, vanilla, a slightly farmy touch and a whiff of matches.

Taste

Peat, toffee, sea salt minerals, pepper, citrus, dark chocolate and raspberry.

Finish

Peat, dark chocolate, burnt wood, smoked ham and pepper. Not so much of the sherry notes left now.

Comments
18 bottles found in the Marketplace

18on sale

Low as
£ 95,00

Overall rating All versions
398 member votes
87.38
Average review ratings All versions
Weighted Rate
79.93
Nose - Aroma
81.00
Initial taste
80.50
Body
80.58
Finish
79.75
Price
75.83
Presentation
79.75
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