Ardbeg Grooves

Overall rating
86.30/100
votes
672
Whiskybase ID
WB108771
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
23.01.2018
Casktype
Ex-Wine Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L69554 23/01/2018
Barcode
5010494942682
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2018
Added on
08 mar 2018 4:09 pm by Dirk
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 329.30

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Grooves

81 users have left 89 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.30 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    So in the garden on the grill or just in between times (eg on a fair ;-)), he can not necessarily score big. But tasted with peace, he already shows his qualities. Whether he is priced or just in the frame, ultimately everyone must decide for themselves and their wallet.
    • Nose
      88 88
      There is something sweet, unspecified, which starts at the first moment ... the wine barrel? Possibly. Anyway, it sets itself above the distillery character, at least at the beginning of Verriechens. Red grapes, a little lemon, cold smoke. Then also old, cracked leather, the grapes become raisins in rum. Smoked ham, some furniture polish. Coffee beans, freshly ground. Always the raisins as a sweet companion.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very oily onset, on the tongue like the bite in a floury apple - without the apple flavor, because the raisins are also found on the tongue. Cold and ashy smoke, lemon peels. Yeah, the lanky Ardbegaschenbecher, also in this groovy thing here.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Not too long, not too dry, with raisins, dates, cocoa, espresso beans, wood and fine-seasoned spices.

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  3. valery77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Gouache, iodine, ash, dried fruits (apple, prunes), peat motifs, broken branch, ink. 21
    • Taste
      Medium bodied, moderately sweet. Powerful smoke and peat, black pepper, fruity caramel, woody tannins, metallic notes, tobacco, a little salt. 21
    • Finish
      Long, smoothly fading, smoky-phenolic. 22
      Powerful and harmonious, although not very complex peaty whisky. Balance 23
      Total 87

  4. KlausBlaueDer scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    +++
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  5. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This Ardbeg Limited Release was a home run. The combination of wood char, peat, and red wine melded perfectly to create one of my favorite Ardbeg expressions. It is a savory bomb that is perfect for pairing with hearty food. It has great depth of flavor and a well-rounded body.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smokey, sweet, and tangy it’s mouthwateringly charred pork belly. On the other side is the sweet musky scent of ripe blueberries along with freshly baked cherry pie. A complete and delicious meal.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Roasting fat, charcoal smoke, and grilled meats give this dram a rich and meaty character. Sweet fire roasted peppers, tobacco, and smoked vanilla offer complexity and depth.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long lingering Christmas spices and smoked vanilla slowly fade.

  6. zzqfyl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Astrid scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    There are only traces of the red wine finish. The Grooves is too ordinary for a special bottling. For the full review, go here: https://halbendrinks.de/2022/02/06/ardbeg-feis-ile/
    • Nose
      Ash, Vanilla, Oak, Salt
    • Taste
      Citrus, Vanilla, Charred Wood, Salt
    • Finish
      Ash, Salt, Cocoa, Oak

  8. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Sweet, smoky and salty
    • Taste
      Thick, sweet and densely smoky
    • Finish
      Woody

  9. ailean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  10. K C Wong scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  11. peej84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  12. The_Osprey scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg Grooves 46%. At the Bon Accord Glasgow, March 2019. Aroma of bacon frazzles and some red wine. Taste is barbecue and burnt wood, lovely charred wood, but also quite juicy, very woody and robust smoke, indeed there is a soft red wine note (which I usually find totally discordant with whisky, but works here at a restrained level), nice charred notes and faint fudgey notes build later on. Wow, lovely.

  13. riegerjonas scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    2020-10-24
    • Nose
      88 88
      woody, spicy oak, caramel, dry sweetness, dark fruits, candied strawberries, a slight smell of rum and raisins, of course also smoky, somewhat bread-like, banana, apple, peach, cheesecake
    • Taste
      87 87
      slightly sharp, somewhat edgy, a lot of fruit, rather dark fruit, nutty, apple, light citrus notes
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. obst scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

  15. Ficelli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Competently made but way more marketing fuss than surprise in taste. Where are the wine casks exactly? I'd rather have an Oogie. And that's the crux, considering the pricing...

  17. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Great nose, nice in the mouth, nothing to complain about, Ardbeg can release more of this variety
    • Nose
      sweet berry start, pleasantly integrated smoke, campfire, really sweet, slightly spicy, then it gets greasy, smoked bacon, salty, raspberry, a pinch of cinnamon comes out when the glass is warmed up, creamy, caramel biscuit, vanilla, that's definitely fun in the nose, the typical lemon has now also appeared, very complex
    • Taste
      creamy, raspberry, slightly effervescent, sweet, smoke, bacon, after a rather light step the sweetness really kicks in, spice, you need a good sip to develop the full volume
    • Finish
      Salt, lovely, slightly tart berries, creamy, smoke on the palate, cinnamon, minimal chocolate, pleasantly finished

  18. kot1803 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  19. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasty, but nothing to chase after
    • Nose
      Slightly scratchy smoke, cold ash, somewhat phenolic, fine citrus note, minty freshness, a bit of pepper, cinnamon, initially rather reserved, let's see what hand warmth brings ... becomes sweeter over time with removed fruit notes
    • Taste
      The smoke also dominates the taste. The sweetness plays more here, which makes it warmer somehow. Open fire, vanilla, fruit sweetness, the pepper cinnamon spice world that brings a subtle sharpness.

  20. FernetBranco scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  21. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Baked apple with cinnamon, fresh green apple, grapes, some wood, warm smoke, a few nuts
    • Taste
      Herbal candy, herb honey, apple, lemon, white coffee, pepper, ash

  22. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    21 22 21 21 85

  23. toklian scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N21 P22 F21 B21

  24. Mr. D. scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  25. KonstUA scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 22, finish 21, balance 21

  26. zerg1129 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    The aroma without water is more distinctive, but the aroma after adding water is more rounded, but the spiciness of the tail is more obvious. I like the aroma of the charcoal grilled meat before adding water. The mouthfeel is soft with some dryness. It is not as good as you think of the flavor of too many wine barrels. You can still feel Abbe's peat, peat and smoke more than berry fruity fragrance at the end.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Aroma: A soft smoke and a light peat aroma bring out berries and raspberries. The middle part is salty and sweet, and the back part is leather, pepper and spice. After being left for 15 minutes, the aroma of the front section is smokey, peat, berry, and salty. The middle and back sections are charcoal grilled, woody, obvious leather aroma and roasted pepper.

      Add 6 drops of water: the first part of the aroma is soft and salty, smoked, grape skin, grape fruit, the middle part is meaty, woody, mint, light leather and roasted pepper. After adding water, the overall aroma becomes rounded, the original charcoal grilled barbecue aroma becomes soft and sweet, and the leather at the back also dissipates a little, but the spice is more obvious.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Taste: Soft and dry taste. A slight salty taste, peat, peat, smoke, berries, berries, apples, fleshy, leather, wood, licorice and mint can be felt at the entrance.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium and slender. Peat, peat, smoke, walnut, wood, leather, mint, licorice, pepper. Peat and saltiness stay in the mouth for a while.

  27. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Lemonade-fruit whisky with a recognizable smoky profile.

  28. Vallado scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  29. Mankut scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great Ardbeg
    Round pleasantly sweet and balanced.
    Nice charcoal smell and taste.

  30. Canucks89 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Scent: slightly sweet peat. Smoky bonfire. Pepper. Beef
    Taste: sweet citrus. Steak with olive oil without salt and pepper.
    Aftertaste: long. Light peat. Bitter smoke. Ash.

  31. keizerjos scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Smell of freshly sawn pine with honey; little smoke and fire in the nose. The taste is briefly bitter, then reluctantly peated and then gone. Some licorice, salt, iodine in the distance. Ardbeg fan or not, this one is a bit limp and not so convincing, he wants to make everyone happy and does not succeed. No, I don't need a bottle of it, and certainly not for 130 euros; those are about 2 corrywreckans or onion tacks, I know. 84, nothing more. Fake Ardbeg.

  32. Georges scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke
    • Taste
      Peat smoke
    • Finish
      Long, smoky

  33. Georges scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Ardbeg Grooves was released in celebration of Ardbeg Day 2018. Part of the whisky that makes up Grooves was matured in red wine casks that were very well-charred, resulting in heavy grooves in the surface of the wood.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, iodine, seasalt, kippery, smoked ham, popcorn, vanilla, spicy (cinnamon, paprika), fruity (lemons, grapes)
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, iodine, oysters, seaweed, fruity (apples, pears, lemons), hay, heather, soap, leather, toffee, coffee
    • Finish
      Medium long, smoky, salty, spicy, sweet, cocoa, coffee

  34. Georges scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, fruity (red grapes, lemons), smoked ham, popcorn, vanilla, coffee, leather, hay
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, ashy, fruity (apples, raisins), kippery, toffee, vanilla, popcorn, seasalt, iodine, seaweed
    • Finish
      Medium long, smoky, salty, cocoa, coffee, sweet

  35. Pyromann scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very good piece, I would get a bottle, a pity that you can not get for reasonable money.
    • Nose
      Smoked, smoke, some wood, but something soaked - I like it! The roughness is smooth.
    • Taste
      A lot of rough smoke bomb, smoked in the background. Coal, strong coal. After a while it softens a little (but it is still damn rough and sharp) and crawls on the surface of red wine, which gives the whole firmness and all the smoke seems to color.
    • Finish
      It is in the spirit of taste, very smoked and smoky.

  36. domani scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Here, the barrel dominates no question, always present and in the foreground, no room for development for the flavors that could be behind it. As soon as something opens on the palate, the spice pushes forward. He seems a bit overlayed on me - 07.12.2019
    • Nose
      Beautiful dry, warm Ardbeg smoke mixed with nougat and spicy gingerbread, BBQ, grilled vegetables, except for a few hints of lemon, I find no fruit notes, with the time come wonderful bacon flavors, around a very spicy profile
    • Taste
      First watery texture, then creamy, then very dry, dry red wine, red pepper, also dominated by the spice, a little grape, salted caramel, and finally to the end bacon-sweet with dark chocolate
    • Finish
      medium

  37. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Immediately smoke, ashes, cold campfire, lemon, some soil, grasses / herbs, a bit of honey, now I had just an association of dry red wine, fruits are there somehow in it but rather in the background, apple - but rather baked apple than fresh apple Pear and grapes are getting sweeter and now it reminds me of a mixture of some cinnamon with sugar, pine needles and resin

      Hmmm red wine, but rather bright fruits very interesting
    • Taste
      Tidy smoke and ash, in the beginning very soft, light honey sweetness, green apple, lime, lemon, then after swallowing, the power builds up again with its pleasant sharpness and it is really dry in the mouth

  38. face scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  39. Dionysus scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    It was nice to have a sample of this, but i would never buy a bottle. Not at this price tag, specialy if you know you can sitll buy Uigeadail for 60 euro.
    These Ardbeg day releases are over rated if you ask me.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  40. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    50 €? Bring it on! Otherwise: Nice to have had a sample.
    • Nose
      Quite reserved, a bit sugary-burnt, a bit "green" (flower cut, spinach), no phenol monster
    • Taste
      green as if I'm rumkaue on tomato, then creamy sweetness, white chocolate, Werther's genuine, with a gentle sharpness ... so'ne correct fruitiness is not over me, possibly sweet, white grapes ... very light and sweet
    • Finish
      Pepper, burnt, cocoa, slightly metallic

  41. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Eclatant
    This Ardbeg was the limited release for Ardbeg Day 2018. I have to admit that I was a bit Ardbeg-tired as I felt the special releases did not live up to the standard range. So my expectations for this Grooves were not that high. By the way: Grooves refers to the… err… grooves that appear when charring the red wine casks that were used for this release.
    The nose starts sweet and citrusy, with blood oranges, leather, rum raisins and freshly ground coffee beans. A bitter note from black grapes, furniture polish and tannins. Then some sweet pastry, rhubarb and paprika, followed by smoked ham and woodsmoke. The peat is present, surly – you notice this is an Ileach from the first moment – but the typical maritime character of Ardbeg is not immediately recognizable. Having said that, this one smells rather interesting.
    It starts sooty and salt on the palate, the smoke develops immediately and the sweet notes – that are present and actually increase – are no match for the distillery character now. But wait! While salt and sweet go to battle, it is citrus fruit that cries victory in the end. This makes for a playful malt that searches the extremes a bit and is quite surprising. Very spicy, by the way. Paprika, black pepper and barbecue sauce. Eclatant!
    The finish is somewhat short, mildly drying on espresso, pepper and smoke. Soot and more soot at the death. If there was something like caramelized charcoal, this is it!
    Congratulations, Ardbeg! What a fun expression. A conversation piece malt. Pleasant surprise.

  42. TechnOBY scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  43. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/05/17/feis-ile-2018-ardbeg-day-excise-house-tasting/

    Ardbeg Grooves is poured as the dessert dram, though I’m more than happy without it after those three beauties. Hey ho! Cask grooves were formed after heavily charring red wine barrels, hence the name.

    N: Looking for meatiness, pickled onions, light fruity peat smoke, barley and saltiness? - roll right up.
    T: A mushy malty salty chew, the cask charring more prominent than the vegetal peatiness. Add water for a seaweed appearance early on.
    F: A dryer lighter smoky style compared to the previous three, but where’s the 'beef’/body?
    C: The nose appears faithful to the house style but the finish is indicative of a contemporary young hollow smoky style. I wasn’t bothered about finishing a dram.

  44. Kaleva scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Decent whisky, feeling quite young on every tasting stage but with good overall balance. Quite heavily peated and with strong rubberry notes. Also red wine can be noticed in the nose. Interesting release but it loses to for example Uigeadail from the core range (also in cost terms) on my opinion.
    • Nose
      Rubber (air balloon), vanilla, green pear, red wine notes, fruit caramel, lemon zest, some spicy notes (clove?). Water opens up fresh grassy and some farmy tones
    • Taste
      Smoky, earthy, spicy (ginger, pepper) burned wood, motor oil, vanilla shortbreads, salty and fishy notes come later, lemon zest
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, salty and slightly sweet with hazelnut notes

  45. schengel10 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The special bottling 2018 - again an interesting and very good Malt!
    [Color] amber;
    • Nose
      fruity, vinous (raisins, grapes), sweet, salty, distinctly smoke, spices;
    • Taste
      oily, smoky onset, ashtray, charcoal, sweetness, cherries, vanilla, spices (pepper?);
    • Finish
      medium long, small, smoky; in the end spices, cocoa;

  46. Dave0707 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      First cloves, nice combination of clove, smoke and resin, ripe oranges, christmas biscuits and candle-smoke
    • Taste
      90 90
      Smoke, spruce needles
    • Finish
      88 88
      Astringent, clove, cherry and peatsmoke

  47. The Macallan scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    An A-typical Ardbeg, misses some of the big bold Ardbeg punch, just peace and love!
    • Nose
      lovely gentle smokiness, martime, fruity (citrus or white fruit), nice salty, friendly
    • Taste
      Soft, briny, spicy, salt liquorice, smoky and very clean
    • Finish
      Gentle, short, briny and some bayleaves

  48. MrYens scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  49. WSP scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  50. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    An example of designer whisky. The nose is so strong, sweet and straight that there is no room for subtle notes. In the mouth then somehow too bitter and yet not completely harmonious, but also somehow unaware of extreme, so that does not quite fit for me. Still good whisky.
    • Nose
      The grooves in the nose are extremely sweet and vanilla, resin, with fat, but round peat smoke, almost sugary, artificial, effervescent powder. Only subtle fruit in the background. The barrel has that to say.
    • Taste
      is not nearly as sweet in the mouth as in the nose, also here dominate the oak notes, with the corresponding bitterness, to a really grassy touch, and noticeable influence of wine. The peat is now clearly nastier, but the whisky looks a little thinner overall than the Kelpie. Unfortunately a bit fuzzy. Amazing after the nose.
    • Finish
      astringent without end, rarely experienced such a salivation, more on tart oak, clove, spices and of course peat. But the bitterness gets almost a bit over the top in the end.

  51. Pardes scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

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

  52. mema82 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  53. hansverkerk scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  54. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Finally a twist on Ardbeg, lovely apple-pecan-pie on the nose. A bit too thin on the palate though.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  55. Islaywolf scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  56. peatbogger scored this whisky 80 points Specialist

    Just a small sample at a fair. Did not convince me to buy a full bottle. A good old TEN is far better value.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The nose was promissing.
      Definitely Ardbeg, peaty, dry smoke, ash, cured meat, slightly medicinal.
      Some underlying sweeter and fruityer notes.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Total let down from the nose.
      Thin mouthfeel, almost watery compaired to what was expected.
      The peat is faint, so is almost everything else.
      The sweet and fruity notes do not suit the basic Ardbeg profile, something is clashing.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Hardly medium lenght.
      Bittersweet and dry.

  57. LordIslay scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

  58. rolabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  59. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    For me it's rather virgin oak than ex-wine casks. Slightly thin at 46%. But not bad.
    • Nose
      Peat, herbals, citruses, camphor, spicy oak and sweet fruits.
    • Taste
      Oily. Bourbon vanilla, tannic oak and sweet fruits. Peat, citruses and salted caramel.
    • Finish
      Medium length, bittersweet, spicy, smoky.

  60. jankes scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  61. dram-drinker scored this whisky 83 points Photo Moderator

    Interesting that I didn't look up what I rated for the committee release a while ago but it turns out to be exactly the same - still unimpressive
    • Nose
      83 83
      Reluctant peat and smoke, some citrusy notes, somehow also some wineish notes - pretty okayish but not yet convincing
    • Taste
      84 84
      Much more peat and smoke than on the nose, just little swetness, rather dry, a dry bonfire, hints of vanilla, still just little fruitiness like citrus fruits, some herbs, thyme, sage, black tea
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium long, warm, smoky, a tad bitter

  62. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: it’s a very sweet and lightly peaty. It starts with notes of creosote, seaweeds and salt and moves to sweetness. Sweet fruits, spices, paprika, smoked meat, light berry notes similar to wine notes, smoked sweet fruits.
    Palate is a sweet, spicy and dry. It’s starts with salt and creosote notes and moved to sweet vanilla, ripe fruits, dust, smoked paprika and spicy grilled meat notes.
    The finish is a long, sweet, dry, spicy with dust, smoked paprika, grilled meat and sweet fruits notes.
    Grooves has a good balance of sweetness, peaty and meaty.

  63. ScotchGuyTO did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Those who know me; know I detest Ardbeg. And my notes reflect that for $200 CDN this bottle is a blatant over pricing; but I do admire the attempt from Bill Lumsden. When you taste it and compare it to the 10; they’re miles apart albeit this one has some notes that I really like. I think with an age statement on this or some further time in the wine cask to meld or settle out the flavours this might be quite good. As it stands, it’s too young and too light IMO.
    • Nose
      The nose is light, typical Ardbeg peat overshadows the spirit. Lots of ash, charred red fruit too and some farmy notes. The nose gives away its youth, but as it oxidizes it gains vanilla creme and bruised nettle leaves. There’s an interesting bit of ground pine needles or cedar tips too. Medicine and band-aids.
    • Taste
      The palate is very light. Ashtray and cherry drop candy, over cooked/smoked sausages and lump wood charcoal. There’s a confusion of smoke and a touch of metholatum salve. It’s not good minty but rather torched mint and some sort of healing balm smell...
    • Finish
      The finish is medium in length, oolong tea leaves and charred fish skins. The vanilla has given way to malt pudding... if that’s a thing. It’s still sweet but not quite desert sweet... raspberry coulis but one that’s gone a little off/ sour.

  64. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  65. SimpleSample scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Really now? I do not understand the hype. Not better than the standard bottlings
    • Nose
      Smoke Smoke Smoke ... but aromatic smoke ... in the sweet, fruity direction ... after a while, some ashes wait
    • Taste
      Cold smoke ... then quickly flattening
    • Finish
      Short to medium

  66. Stef89 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  67. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  68. dramspotter scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    quite different that nose and I guess commendable; a bottle would be worth having if the price was less: otherwise not value-for-money
    • Nose
      very savoury nose; Bisto or Oxo cubes
    • Taste
      dry to start; sweeter possibly citrus on further sips
    • Finish
      short->medium; doesn't seem to linger probably due to ABV

  69. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Delightful whisky, even if it would be a standard for a maximum of 55 to 60 euros. For 80 euros more, it is a joke.
    • Nose
      Great nose. Spontaneous with dream note 90 rated. After much tasting, 88 remain over. A small change.
    • Taste
      This is where the little miracle stops. Aqueous. Tasteful but flat body, some flavors but not complex.
    • Finish
      Mouthwash, itching. At best, medium

  70. ARDBERG scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  71. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  72. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This is a very interesting whisky from Ardbeg. It has good combination of Islay peat and sweetness from wine casks. The aroma starts with sweet notes of vanilla and fruits, and goes through sea salt and salty popcorn notes to the delicate peated smoke. The palate is sweet, spicy and peaty. I could say that smoked paprika is a main note in the taste. The long finish comes with spicy and sweet notes with light peat and go the strong dust notes. You may find strong dust notes in the empty glass. 

  73. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    the almost caramelized toast side, the almost sweet peat, the more prominent fruit than usual in Ardbeg and the meaty meat side, then the sensation of cold grilled meat and cold ashes next to it make a singular spectacle!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  74. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  75. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  76. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2018]  I had this dram during this year's "Feis Ile" tasting session.  For about five years in a row I found every new Feis Ile Ardbeg edition weaker than the one before so I am curious if the Grooves can change this unfortunate legacy…

    The first impression on the nose is very Kelpie-ish with lots of peaty, herbal and eucalyptus notes (I do not like these because they remind me of bitter cough medicine when I was young).  The initial mouthfeel is warming but without any coating effect and a minor astringent feeling (heavy tannins from virgin oak).  Most probably the distillery owns a lot of virgin Caucasian oak casks that provide the eucalyptus notes and heavy tannins (you know, the owners of Ardbeg do not have a bourbon distillery in their portfolio so they have difficulties to source enough bourbon casks for the ever increasing production due to the ongoing whisky boom.  Consequently, they have to use virgin oak casks instead and they sourced some wood from Caucasia what is cheaper but it adds different flavours to the whisky than American or European oak.  Nobody tried this before so this flavour profile was unknown so far - but what can you do else if you run short of high quality oak supply from the traditional sources?).  The taste is very sweet with flavours of red fruits and dry peat.  Better than the nose, for sure.  The finish is of medium length and very chalky and mineral with a drying end (papers).  With water the dram gets less sweet and more peaty but the chalky and mineral notes increase too, what I do not like.  By the way, there is not much wine influence to detect at all neither in the nose nor the taste or finish.

    Okay, this one is better than the Kelpie but still I do not really like it (I find the standard 10-years old much better, without doubts).  My best guess is that Ardbeg desperately looks out for ways to get rid of the virgin Caucasian oak casks that do not fit into their standard editions like the 10-years old or the Corryvreckan because of the strong unusual flavours they impose.  But the good news is, the second fill of the Caucasian casks will be much better and less aggressive, for sure...
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  77. edhunter15 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    These grooves with 46% vol. really does not have to hide behind the cask strength version. Especially in nosing, the malt has a lot to offer very interesting, intense and of course delicious flavors. The combination of the typical Islay notes, the pepper-BBQ aromas, the oak-leather spice and the creamy vanilla and berry notes simply make for a great overall package, making it even more voluminous than the CR for me. I think that's amazing, because I'm really totally fassstärkenversaut. Of course, the malt pushes slightly less forward in the mouth, which I do not consider a disadvantage.
    • Nose
      The first nose is characterized by steamy and creamy-sweet vanilla pastry or cheesecake flavors, which are very quickly covered by a very aromatic spice. This is characterized on the one hand by oak wood aromas and old leather notes, on the other hand, however, are also the often mentioned notes of grilled peppers. Coupled with the typical maritime-salty Ardbeg smoke, the association with BBQ or gypsy schnitzel is very present for me. In contrast to the committee release, I also perceive a sweetness of red fruits (maybe strawberries or cherries?), Which is very much interwoven with the other flavors.
    • Taste
      The variety of aromas is also reflected here, with the typical Ardbeg smoke now presenting itself a little more of its maritime-salty and simmering side. In addition, the flavor is characterized by the spicy-charred wood notes, wet moss, the BBQ character and quite a bit away from the berry sweetness.
    • Finish
      Now in the finish, the oak pushes back properly and leaves the mouth filled with melting dark chocolate and a pepper-ethereal seasoning. In addition, the salty-maritime notes and in the background, the flavors are complemented by refreshing sweet vanilla.

  78. M134481 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  79. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Balance sheet (21) It is quite good ... (86)
    • Nose
      Peat, chic rubber, minerality .... medical gloves with talc ... fried meat ... wine notes ... rose hips ... grass ... a hint of fruit candy ... standing spirits appeared (21,5)
    • Taste
      Ash, salt and iodine and red berries (21.5)
    • Finish
      Finish dry, fruit-caramel ... smoke and ashes ... dentistry (22)

  80. Cast Olila scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  81. Whisky_Momente scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      87 87

  82. Allandale scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Only The committee bottle is better.
    • Nose
      Aromas from : leather,tar, paprikas, hars but also spices and meat. White pepper, flowers , spices. 
    • Taste
      Marine notes,  dark caramel, salted popcorn. Tones of the remains  of a campfire, ashes, wet wood, smoke. Lovely.
    • Finish
      Middle long to long. Soft but firm.Complex. Sweetness in combination with saltiness.But also fruitiness the end.

  83. Drochaid scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    PRODUCER'S TASTING NOTES

    Nose: Intense aromas of smoked cinnamon and paprika, antique leather and saddle soap, with classic Ardbeg scents of pine resin, tar and briny sea spray in the background. A distant hint of a fragrant bonfire by the shores of the distillery and, finally, an unusual savoury note, like chilli-seasoned meats. A little splash of water releases some beautiful, unexpected aromas: lavender scented soap, ground white pepper, floral and herbal notes entwined. Fresh flowers mix with coriander leaves and mint.

    Taste: A powerfully salty mouthfeel drifts into sweet vibes of treacle toffee, vanilla popcorn, salted fruits with soot and tar. Again, those distinctive savoury notes of smoky BBQ, paprika and mustard spice, fading into an unexpected haze of smoked pears and apples, almost like pear cider.

    Finish: Smoked paprika and bonfires with a mellow sweetness throughout

  84. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, intense fruit and not only on lemon, peach, strawberries, yes a little candied but still! and toasted wood, grilled, return of dry peat, which comes a little tidy up in the house!

  85. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  86. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Much peat right, and also a rubber-like smell, reminds me of the shoe department of the Scapino. Also some BBQ scents of roasted meat. Some swims of fruitiness but a bit difficult to define.
    • Taste
      Great salmiak / lakrisal-kick in the beginning, firm, peppery, spicy. Smoke, ash, and again something fruity through it.
    • Finish
      Firm, which still provocative. Cigar stick, salty, and again slightly fruity. Long aftertaste.

  87. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Good, well-engineerd whisky from Ardbeg, that offers an interesting drinking experience. However, as with almost all the Ardbeg Day releases, their core range offer much more value for money.
    • Nose
      A fair amount of brine to start, with hints of smoky barbecue notes. This is quite meaty actually, but with bursts of blackcurrants and red berries. In the background there's a layer of soot, iodine and rubber.
    • Taste
      Fairly big bodied, with a good viscosity. Quite ashy and somewhat burnished to start. The oak certainly isn't shy, as this is a reasonably dry whisky, with a good amount of spices too. In the background there's some darker, roasted fruits.
    • Finish
      A syrupy sweetness with smoke, ash. A pinch of salt, as well as some lemon peel. Long.

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