Ardbeg 2007 SMWS 33.135

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Peat-reek and barbeque char
Stated Age
09 years old
2nd Fill Ex-Oloroso Butt
Number of bottles
60.2 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
02760 CBSC4 18.07.17
Added on
12 oct 2017 3:22 pm by FernetBranco
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 392.77

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 2007 SMWS 33.135

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.41 points.

  1. DrunkDude scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    scbp-5467, a full-flavored single barrel with a high peat degree, with a strong flavor and a very smoky style.
    • Nose
      Very heavy peat, sharp smoke, slight sulfur, incense burner, bonfire, strong smoke stimulation, can't open eyes. The smoke is fresh red apple, cloudy flesh, sharp lemon peel, maltose, aloe vera, grappa and other youthful qualities. 89
    • Taste
      The smoke is much softer than the smell, full of strong oils, vinegar, ginger and blackberry jam. High acidity and sweetness, youthful, slightly blank in the middle and back, strong oily feeling, medium alcohol strength, sourness and shrinkage at the end, slightly astringent, overall smooth. p90b88
    • Finish
      Slightly astringent, strong menthol, cool and refreshing, fresh breath, slightly bitter citrus peel on the finish, but comfortable. 89

  2. wouterk scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  4. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    That could have been a great Ardbeg. Much great aspects, but overall the young smoke dominates, which reminds me too much of Caol Ila, which I absolutely do not like.
    • Nose
      Youthful smoke, burning fire, grainy, red fruits, grassy, ​​ashen, some menthol, very similar to modern Caol Ilas
    • Taste
      Gentle onset, grainy smoke, red fruits, creamy, vanilla, with time comes alcohol and heat
    • Finish
      Grainy and ashy sweet smoke, warmth, the red fruits stick nicely on the palate

  7. waal scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    First impression / color / viscosity: He lives up to his name. What a young stinker. Color: yellow gold / Viscosity: rather fast draining Aroma / Nose feeling: Fresh and rather rough with a tendency to youth with a lot of (!) "Peat-reek". I really believe that a Napoleonic naval battle must have smelled so - after she was beaten. Today I would like to compare the night of January 1st of each year - shortly after midnight. The young scotch is enormously complex. Vanilla, wood, smoke, citrus fruits, light youth, sea air, algae, brackish water, wet wood, coal, fire, etc. etc. I could write one more page. Always with a freshness and lightness behind all the stench (if the SMWS already describe it that way, then I may as well). The whisky, however, is not biting or alcoholic. No, on the contrary - in the nose, more and more roundness develops and also the sweetness comes out more, although the 2nd Fill Ex-Oloroso Butt still seems to rest far behind. I do not want to write novels here, but only so much - the nose is getting better and better. Really good! Taste / mouthfeel: Oh my goodness - is the sweet and sparkling. And what a start. It slices throughout the mouth and especially on the tip of the tongue. It develops strong peppery and salty notes with a creamy sweetness. I am really baffled, as I had the 9-year-old did not think so. That the smoke is omnipresent, I probably will not have to emphasize extra. The malt is a dream and I hope that I will not destroy it later with the addition of water. Finish / aftertaste / Length: Charcoal, European oak and slight bitterness, which is getting stronger. Who likes bitter substances, will love this. A warm campfire accompanies the Scotch whisky down the throat. What's left is the bitterness and the smoke. Overall impression / comment: A young, wild stinker. Point. "Peat-reek and barbeque char" hits the nail on the head. Those who are not deterred by the light youth at the first Verriechen will be rewarded with an incredibly characterful, wholesome taste, which creates a direct flight to Islay. For me but not even a "in-the-winter-before-the-fireplace" but rather a "In-summer-after-grilling-on the terrace-with-a-beer-in-the-other-hand" Whisky, as I personally like the freshness and the sweet citrus notes more in the warm time. Points: 87/100

  8. FernetBranco scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Part of the "All Things Peaty" - Tasting in October 2017.
    Bottle Price 125 GBP
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86


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