Ardbeg Twenty Something

Overall rating
89.49/100
votes
362
Whiskybase ID
WB102567
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
23.08.2017
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon & Ex-Oloroso Sherry Casks
Strength
46.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L60636 17008090
Barcode
5010494940473
Bottled for
Committee Members
Added on
21 oct 2017 3:56 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 797.82

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Twenty Something

48 users have left 48 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.49 points.

  1. sakis scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    ... finaly Whisky fairs are back in 2022 and I could taste this beast...
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. Saftkenner scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Overall quite round and nice, this bottling, but I would have been happy if the Oloroso barrels had come through a little more on the palate.
    Shortly before, I had the Ardbeg Ar10, 17yo (Elixir Distillers, WB111840) in my glass, which excited me even more and which had set the bar very high.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Lush, sweet, fruity and immediately very expansive in aroma.
      Salty-maritime, seaweed, distant campfire, ash, black coal, grilled pineapple, flambéed chocolate cherry cake, toffee, creamy vanilla ice cream with a salty caramel coating, moist ship's planks, dried oranges, mulled fruit cherry, mineral and malty.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Peppery attack, slightly oily texture. Caramel, campfire, hint of ash, pickled cherries, pineapple, chocolate cake, dried oranges, malt, dried apricots, cherry candies, burnt caramel, vanilla, lemon peel.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Mid-length finish. Vanilla, a touch of espresso malt, ash, oak spice.

  4. Gous scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. BunnaMan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    N:
    Very floral mixed with a sherry fruitiness like sunwarm grapes and raisins, sadly the medicinal smoke has faded a bit to much for my taste compared to the 22 year old. Still a very nice floral, fruity whisky.

    T:
    A sweet medicinal salty smokiness. Nice sweet vanilla and caramel in perfect mix with the salty smokiness. Also some sherry notes comes through.

    F:
    Very long.
    A mild sweet dry salty smokyness. A little too mild compared to the 22 year old, mild chocolate and spices.

  6. DimiIkon scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasting: April 2022
    • Nose
      A sensational floral sweetness, in great balance with mild smoke and some sweet summer fruits. The nose is well balanced and promises a lot!
    • Taste
      Sweet smoke, with iodine and salt. But also nice vanilla and salted caramel. The oak wood is in harmony and a certain bitterness that is well balanced. Overall a great dram.
    • Finish
      Long with sweet smoke, saltiness and mild spices.

  7. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Oiliness, peppers
    • Taste
      Dark chocolate, toffee
    • Finish
      Black fruits

  8. rabbitnose scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Very strong and powerful for its abv

    Nice mellow nose sweet with mild peay smoke compared to other ardbegs

    Taste is better until it gets bit too oak. Not bad
    Sweet critics and peat smoke pleasant

    Finish is long but but too tannin and could have been better

    Overall frutiy creamy mild ardbeg

  9. gaboruso scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  10. daevid scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Delicious yet recogniseable and from smell to finish a consistent expression.

  11. elipszis scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
      burnt wood
      vanilla
      chocolate
      salty
      medicinal
      green notes
    • Taste
      92 92
      sweet
      oily
      rounded
      closed
      very difficult to decipher
    • Finish
      93 93
      soot
      smoke
      burnt meat
      leather
      black pepper
      long finish

  12. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  13. springbankking scored this whisky 99 points Member Senior

    Challenging and complex from nose to palate to finish. My favorite of the larger 20+ year old Ardbeg releases to come out.

  14. Whiskyisfordrinking did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Yes, here you notice the sherry influence, more oak, looks ripe, slightly sweet, hardly noticeable smoke. More wood in the mouth, warming, but not spicy, sweet berries, more pears, very mouth-filling, makes the mouth watery. Berry and smoky in the finish. Very nice, tasty and definitely tastes like more.

  15. obst scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    If you are over 22 years old, you should expect a lot from an Ardbeg, especially at the price. Unfortunately the expectations weren't quite met - it is still a good whisky.

  16. the_muskox scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    So great. Funky in the best way. Uber-complex. I love the darkness, richness, and cedar note. Outstanding.

    Nose: Dark and coastal. Seaweed and seawater aplenty. There’s a bubblegum note sitting on top that all my friends who tried this whisky also found. Lots of earthy barnyard, with old hay, black pepper and Mezcal-esque fresh rubber. There’s some sweet caramel lurking in there somewhere, but it’s pretty deep. A hint of sesame oil as well. Some tart lime and banana peel came out after a few more minutes, followed by smoked anchovies. Then it shifted again into vanilla and powdered sugar, then into cedar and maraschino cherry.

    Palate: Salt up front, with lime and lots of grapefruit. There’s a real dark peat note that sits underneath everything, me and my buddies who tried this with me settled on tar and ink. There’s some earthy malt in the middle, with the slightest trace of vanilla. Spiced, earthy, coastal peat smoke builds and builds. Nutmeg, oak, and clove develop from the smoke, then give way to black pepper, rubber, and more of that ink. After enough of a rest, the oloroso component appeared, in the form of raisin sweetness and cinnamon bun.

    Finish: Long. More salt throughout. Stays earthy, with manuka honey, dark chocolate, and more nutmeg. Just a hint of ash, and an even smaller hint of sherry sweetness.

  17. Bosi scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    This Ardbeg is a nice experience and shows how different the drams from the beginning of the 90s were. This flavor profile can no longer be found today. The price is still too high.
    • Nose
      The smoke is sweet, but has, atypically Ardbeg, little ash. Then there are classic bourbon barrel notes: vanilla and cream candy. Now the sea kicks in: Salt, iodine, menthol and olives give the whisky a maritime note.
    • Taste
      The smoke remains subtle, which is not so surprising for a 23-year-old. The maritime impression is also confirmed: Oil, dump trucks and a lot of salt meet tar and medicine.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long. Sweetness and salt combine to create a lasting impression. Lapsang Souchong remains.

  18. Calmar scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A good age-old smoky peat whisky, smoothed by aging, but still the basic phenolic derivatives are very delicate and subtle, the aroma is good, restrained and elegant, the finish is very good, long-lasting, rich, iridescent with a kaleidoscope of shades and half-tones, but the taste falls out a little and is felt rather only as a source of aftertaste.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, delicate smoky peaty notes with coniferous tints, lemon peel, creamy tones - fudge, toffee; milk chocolate, leather goods, cigar box, pipe tobacco, ether, eucalyptus.
    • Taste
      Soft, rich, ash-peaty with metallic sourness, oak, smoked meat, lemon peel.
    • Finish
      Spicy, refreshing, strong ash-mineral notes, smoke, smoked meat, lemon zest, metallic sourness, peat, tobacco, old leather goods.

  19. CherryHeart scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Nose: The strong smell is very strong. This time it is dominated by spices, malt, soy milk and dough. It matches well with the proportion of smoke. There is no pleasing fresh fruit aroma. Instead, it is raisins and figs. The taste of dried and other dried fruits should be polarized when you think about it.

    Palate :: The sea mud is mixed with large portions of dried spice fruits such as dried figs, cardamom, pepper, dark chocolate, vegetable fat, toffee, and some fennel, shredded tobacco, tea foam and dry meisi at the end.

    Balance, Body: A full-bodied, moderately heavy wine body with a high degree of fat and oil, revealing power but no burning sensation, excellent balance and easy drinking.

    Finish: longer. Brings warm, mild burning, peat, black coffee, creamer and spices, the flavor gradually turns dry from moist.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  20. rampah scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  21. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    v good stuff, not super complex but well matured. price absurd
    • Nose
      now we're talking. cinder toffee, barbequed banana, salted fish, persimmon, dragon fruit, vanilla, dunnage
    • Taste
      a little savoury, olives. lemon balm and bonfire marshmallows again. cocoa. goes on and on with heaps of olive oil and tar. no complaint on mouthfeel here, this is thick.

  22. SRB scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  23. Roland7 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Mineral! Coal, ash, smoke from a fire, smoked cheese, metal shavings, glue, walnuts, vegetation, nettles, mint, sweet green tea!

  24. Iron133 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  25. face scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  26. Palindrome scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Age isn't everything. This one doesn't compare with casks of its own vintage. Yes, I've heard the story of how Ardbeg reacquired said casks, but I think they were left unbottled for a reason. They are nice but not great.

    The old Ardbegs distilled and put in casks before the French buyout were simply better, but these casks are not among the best examples of their contemporaries.

    This said, during the crossover period some of the Old Guard remained. That's why Ardbegs were so good up until Ardbeg Day. After that . . . c'est la vie.

    The old ways were the better ways of making whisky. All of the computerized stills and fancy marketing in the world can't hold a candle to the old ways. I once saw Dr. Bill speak in person. He kind of made fun of the condition that Ardbeg's distillery was in when he took over managing operations.

    Bill said the light switches were held together with shoe laces. So be it. Shoe laces beat computers, hands down, when it comes to making GREAT EFFING SCOTCH. Sorry, Doc. The truth hurts.

    Twenty Something has a clever title, but this 'ere bottle beside me does not earn the Owl Seal of Approval.

    There is a point where human taste buds and olfactory nerves go downhill. I am 53 years old. My senses are still pretty good, insofar as such things go. I was drinking great scotch back in 1987, and from thence onward.

    "Speak memory, for thy servant hears."

    I am one of the few who can taste today's scotch and mentally compare it with the scotch of the 80's and 90's, much of which was distilled in the 60's and 70's.

    A lot has changed since the 1966, the year that I was born. Yes, this was year that some of the best Springbanks were distilled. I've tasted a few of them, but I wish I had bought a bottle of the Local Barley. It's out of my price range now. I was changing careers when the '66 vintages were being sold. Couldn't afford to buy any, and now they are out of sight in terms of cost.

    I'm one of those few people who remember moments in time with crystaline perfection. I can remember rocking in my crib before one year of age. I can remember my parents sunken living room at 1.5 years of age. I can remember bobbing down the hallway and having my father jump out and scare me at 1.5 years of age. I can remember many memories from that point onward.

    And I remember good scotch that I tasted in my 20's and 30's very clearly because I loved it so very much. This bottle does not compare, but it's not bad. It's quite tasty. Do I regret spending my money on it? No, I got a pretty good deal on mine.

    This said, I wish I could have gone back in a time machine with the same funds and purchased a few of the 1970's Ardbegs released in the early 2000's. Ah, if only . . .

    $400 in 2003 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $545.88.

    $400 in 1973 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $2,262.22.

  27. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Pretty OK
    • Nose
      88 88
      Some peat and smoke, sea weed, shellfish, vanilla
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, sweet, citrus fruits, oranges, peat and smoke
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium long, warm, fruity, sweet

  28. Achany scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    gentle, dignified, old, balanced. the peat is nearly gone and very well integrated in the taste and the other aromas. spicey, even a bit oaky as well. not much salt, some sweetness is there but rather gentle. Would really loved this one if the finish would have been longer. Not sure what happened there but that was just too short.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      83 83

  29. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    That's when you think you're going to the next raid on an overpriced older Ardbeg and then something like that. From nose to finish, a very good, consistent whisky that does not indulge in its flavors, but serves them so appealingly that one wishes to have more than just a 5cl sample available.
    • Nose
      Significant smoke, much more intense than I would have expected at this age. Red grapes, raisins, dried figs and leather let the involved sherry barrel ring through. Despite the still very present smoke, he does not look young in the nose. Seaweed, salt, even a warm tarmac, which is more likely to be found at a neighboring distillery. Iodine sea breeze. It becomes spicier, more woody over time, but does not lose the grapes and dried fruits. Cookie dough.
    • Taste
      Thick, creamy, creamy. Smoked cherry sweets, raspberry jam, grapes, dried figs. The smoke is not too weak, but nicely enveloping the fruit notes. Warming. Fresh tobacco leaves, latte, not too old leather. Wood notes are getting through, apparently can not yet decide whether they stay permanently or just make a Stippviste. Milk chocolate, yeast dough bread. Mild pepper and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      Long and creamy finish, in which only a few, slightly tart wood notes show. Otherwise you can still find fruit scents and the pleasantly warming smoke.

  30. SUSPIRIA.FOX scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  31. Luigisim scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Plenty of vanilla that combines perfectly with a gentle level of peat.
    Ardbeg as it once was

  32. AgentMunky scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Smells like tar, tastes like vanilla cream.
    • Nose
      65 65
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      95 95

  33. Drochaid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, luscious tropical fruits fade into sweet smoke, soot and tar. Take a sip and discover fresh green apples with a crumble topping. Notes of peppermint tea and vanilla guide you towards a long smoky finish. (ardbeg.com)

  34. jankes scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  35. Cubey666 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tasted this as the final dram at a Boogieman end-of-the-year tasting in Rijswijk, end november 2017.Gentle lovely peat smoke with a lot of sweetness (honey, candies, vanilla) and yellow fruits. Not really typical Ardbeg

    On the mouth the Ardbeg shows more of how i know it, with more smoke, quite some ash, bonfires and chocolate sprinkles. This continues on the quiet long finish.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  36. RL_whisky scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  37. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Saulecker and tasty. I could smoothly pour 4cl. And he still has a lot of "young" Islay-character (which I think is really good, many older peat-nose whiskys I found too boring, soft and round-eyed). However, it does not really come to anything, something old, complex, adult, 23 years old. For me, he plays in the same league as Laphroaig 15 & 18. (So PLV beyond good and evil)
    • Nose
      He smells damn young. So not metallic, sharp, immature, but the Islay peat is not a piece of weg- or herumgelutscht, very vegetable-maritime, fresh breeze, salty, waterweed, tomato herb, flower cut, a touch of disinfectant, some brackish water, compost, I would do it all expect in intensity maybe at 10 years, rather under it, by no means at over 20! ... later, the greens will fade, it will be slightly creamy, milk chocolate, a splash of lemon, !! herb crackers!
    • Taste
      creamy-sweet, latte, white chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, Toffifee; to the whole maritime-greens complex of the nose, only about 1/3 so strong, but still very clear, hay, some herbal sugar, a touch of white pepper ... not particularly woody or bitter ... and so all 2, 3 sip, I'm still 'a slight fruity Gummibärchen note (no guarantee) ... delicious, tasty
    • Finish
      rather medium and cozy, first creamy, milk chocolate, then gentle, dry, warm

  38. magic_slim scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Superb Ardbeg - very tasty! Deserves to spend a lot of time for nosing and tasting. Recommended.
    • Nose
      A delicate smell of leather, peat and smoke at first nosing with a pleasant sweetness. Notes of orange and lemon tea, vanilla and macadamia nuts. A lovely nose.
    • Taste
      Warming, creamy, complex and very well aged. 

      A harmonic and mouth-watering mix of peat, wet leather, fresh pepper, oak, caramel and strong Lapsang Souchong tea. Slightly fruity (oranges). Some liquorice is coming up.
    • Finish
      Very long and pleasant, dominated by peat and pepper, nutty and salty aromas ... and tons of Lapsang Souchong. A warming peat-fire from deep inside.

  39. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A well-aged Ardbeg, but somehow he misses something special and outstanding, especially for the price.
    • Nose
      It develops, at first very restrained and closed, the peat is nicely set and discreet than other Ardis, logical at the age, beautifully interwoven with old oak, some forest honey, nice leather and tar (also more subtle than usual), herbs like lavender, some nuts and a hint of caramel
    • Taste
      Quite fresh in the mouth, like fresh brown bread, some black tea, moss, the peat also develops here, some honey and beautiful oak notes from the age, brown sugar and old hay, dry malt and a little nut also there
    • Finish
      Medium long, the smoke and the oak tannins remain largely first, plus the light sweetness of nut and some coffee notes and the toffee from the nose

  40. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I like it very much. Convinced me as a 23-year-old Ardbeg fully despite drinking strength (although I'm actually Fassstärkenfan)
    • Nose
      You can feel the sherry influence directly in the nose, the smoke is there, but by the long ripening already a good deal restrained, really creamy, with caramel, maritime, with salt, tobacco, some espresso, dark chocolate, rather dry sherry, the fruits rather slightly acidic, a nice balanced combination of ex-bourbon and Olorosoeinflüssen, the caramel is really very intense, would have been blind rather tipped in the direction of Port Charlotte, if you longer drowned he is always fresher and brighter, now rather sat by fresh fruit , Towards apple and pear .. After the first sip of the nose also roasted aromas of nuts and biscuit (the cuts of a hanuta)
    • Taste
      creamy and oily, also here a lot of caramel, starts with intense sherry notes, fat, here then dark fruits, some perfume, plum jam, not overly sweet, rather dry, dark, espresso, tingling, beautiful phenolic smoke, sour, of apple and pear , behind the ex-Bourbon notes are dominant, with a beautiful oak cargo, which brings a certain dryness with it, from sip to sip new flavors to it or they take turns
    • Finish
      Nutty, light smoke is above everything, a little chocolate, still creamy, pear skin, overall rather dry, with a nice salty touch, nice long-lasting and warming

  41. checkpointuk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=294 Color: gold Nose: Dull with leather and waxy cardboard, some tar and delicately salty lime and orange concentrate. In addition, fine vanilla flavors, sweet caramel liqueur, fresh-soft herbs, a little honey with a hint of smoky peat (floral-peaty) and a hint of nut. Taste: Salty, spicy and also rather dull. Citrus notes with fine herbs and lots of vanilla and tingling salt on the tongue. Smoke, peat, wood and some chocolate. Not too sweet and with wet leather to the finish. Finish: Medium length - fresh herbs, subtle smoke, wet coal and peaty phenols. Appearances of cocoa and liquorice develop - beautiful balance between sweetness and tartness! 90 points N: 90P / G: 91P / F: 90P

  42. malt70 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    A very nice Ardbeg. It is not a typical peat Ardbeg, more a finer, more complex drop. Especially the sherry barrel gives it some interesting flavors on the way. Mature and mild - appropriate for age. I like him better than the 21-year-old. https://fosm.de/tasting-ardbeg-twenty-something-ein-23-jaehriger-ueberrascht/
    • Nose
      The smoke of a typical Ardbeg is present, but only very gently. I find a lot of fruits, which probably come from the sherry barrel. Apricots. A very pleasant note that immediately captivates me. A little Mon Cheri (cherry with chocolate) flatters my nose. Now comes a little cold ashes.
    • Taste
      Slight tingling on the tongue. Tangerines. Caramel and chocolate. One should leave this drop a little longer in his mouth according to his age. The spice develops and the typical Ardbeg smoke comes through.
    • Finish
      A nice spice. Sweet and smoke. The flatters on the palate for a long time.

  43. waal scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    First impression / Color / consistency:
    Relatively dark color (saffron); rather normal tendency to run off with a tendency to light oiliness; clearly visible are suspended particles in the whisky Aroma / Nose feeling: Gentle and dignified with a slight hint of menthol. Nothing is burning here. Very sweet aromas come to my nose. Likewise vanilla, earth and rock. Overall, the smoke is very restrained, although of course clearly present in the form of cigarette ash. Behind the smoke and sweetness, I discover fruit notes. No lemon - rather very ripe kiwi. Over time, the sherry influence comes into its own. If only marginally in the background. The nose can be described as calm. There are no great corners and edges here. Beautifully harmonious. So many vlt. yes too harmonious? The nose from the empty glass the next morning is a typically cold, plastered ashtray. Taste / mouthfeel: Amazingly watery, but incredibly sweet and herbaceous, the scotch runs down the tongue. Unfortunately, the malt has only about 46% ABV, which is unfortunately immediately noticeable. I revise - the second real sip Ardbeg drives out his (small) claws and shows what's in him. There's a lot of power in this dram! The mouthfeel remains on the rather watery side, but something is different here as usual. As if something was "in the sand". Somehow it feels like you could feel the above mentioned particulate matter. I really like the taste. Here I recognize certain citrus notes again. Oh, I just like Ardbeg. Finish / aftertaste / Length: Here it is very mineral and also something tinny. The stills are in my neck and I can not let go. Relatively long after swallowing I taste very, very clearly pepper and cigar tobacco. Here it is really off! Very complex. Overall impression / comment: A single malt scotch from a distillery that is constantly polarizing. I do not care. The quality counts for me only and alone and is at Ardbeg good to mostly very good. My ratings from Ardbeg are all between 84 and 96 points. Also, this dram has few weaknesses for me. If I had to moan at a high level, I would lead the somewhat too calm nose and the somewhat too tinny Nachschmecken. Overall, but for me a nice experience! Points: 89/100 #Ardbeg #SingleMalt #Scotch #Scotland #Islay #TwentySomething #Whisky #EnjoyLife #Enjoyment #DrinkResponsibly fb.com/wagneralextastingnotes

  44. Hemdl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    After all, (almost) everyone wants to read only one thing: too little for the money. I turn the tables and say: I have already paid considerably more for worse malts. No, joking aside - Twenty Something also appeals to me as it really brings out this "smokership" and offers a nice range of flavors. Supple and slightly subtle, without being too weak (such as the 27 Laphroaig, which in the direct comparison loosely in the bag). It does not interest me much whether he gets ranked in various 70s, 80s or even anno dazum, especially since proud bottlenecks are now demanded for these bottlings. Even if the price is high and you probably as the history of the distillery, the repurchase of the barrels and some glory along paid, but you get a really delicious Ardbeg offered, at least I can absolutely convince. Whether one is worth € 480 in the end, should and must know anyway anyway.
    • Nose
      For the first moment so phenolic, slightly medicated and strong smoky that I feel reminded of a Laphroaig. Is this really an Ardbeg? After a few seconds in the glass much more moderate, almost tamed. Now the fruits from the sherry casks come into play, especially oranges, sweetened lemon slices and a touch of chocolate. The smoke is now completely disappeared from the scene, at best, he can be vaguely remembered. This has this certain "basic heaviness" in the glass, which bring many older bottlings, but at the same time looks fresh and fruity, despite recurring notes of oil and smoke.
    • Taste
      Mild on the tongue, far less smoky than at the first glance in the nose. As with the older Laphroaig, the smoke in the older Ardbeg fillings recedes somewhat, leaving fruity and sweeter notes without disappearing altogether. Of course there is smoke, tar and some oil, but also sweetish-spicy oak, some chocolate and tart cocoa, together with juicy fruity notes of oranges. In the background still a slight pepper note, which gives the whole a bit sharpness. The longer it stays in the mouth, the more it opens up and allows an interplay of flavors.
    • Finish
      Comparatively medium length, tendency to dryness. The smoke naturally reverberates for a long time, remains on the tongue together with a pleasantly spicy note.

  45. ARDBERG scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Thankfully, I could taste a sample. Quite a nice old style Ardbeg nose and some tar that reminds me of the 1970s. But the pricing frustrates. A big money printing machine and the stuff selling out quick will certainly encourage LVMH to jack up the prices even more the next time an Ardbeg something comes around. All for you. I am out.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  46. katarn_rb scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: pleasantly fruity, orange, marzipan and a burnt campfire in the distance. Mouth: more spicy and peppery than the nose promises. Here comes wood, ashes and grapefruit (I like it) Finish: long, dry and grapefruit

  47. decadentto scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  48. LordBellamy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: typical Ardbegrauch? No, I do not think so. The peat smoke here is rather restrained, and also goes a long way from the heavy Phenoligkeit, which one knows otherwise. Some tar is there, plus a fresh sea breeze and kelp algae, also a few herbal notes can be discovered. Behind this pleasant smoke potpourri comes out a fine sweetness, carried by vanilla, caramel and a little coconut cream, also some yellow fruits can be found (mirabelle plums?). The Oloro bottled water is not very noticeable, a few Nussaromen sneak in, but really only very discreet

    Taste: fresh, it starts in the mouth, light sweetness, subtle creamy, without being really oily or thick, a few bright / yellow fruits, then the peat is much more noticeable, a little stronger, as I would have expected the nose, but overall but less intrusive. In addition, of course, comes the oak, which wants to have a say after 23 years. In addition, a few hazelnuts and some ground coffee will show up again

    Finish: medium to long, peat smoke, oak, light sweetness, again caramel and also the fresh coffee shows, behind the back it is slightly dry and also a bit mineral

    Water: No, for me the dram does not improve with a few drops.

    Conclusion: A really great whisky, which absolutely convinced me without brute force. Almost soft, round, well-matured, the aromas harmonize with each other here. The "real" Ardbeg fan may miss the heavy smoker and also the citrus notes so often described. Not at all. I really enjoy it, but it does not seem soft washed. A high on reasonable barrels and a good maturation period. But ... but, but ... that price. I think it's just too expensive. It is and remains a 23-year-old whisky, which is fun, but it's just not worth it - at least not to me. Then rather a 1974 Ardbeg Spirit of Scotland (Whiskyauction Oct. 2017: 414.00 EUR), which gives me back for less money the "old" Ardbegfeeling of the 70s. The whisky itself (without looking at the price tag) gets from me 88/89 points

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