Ardbeg Grooves - Committee Release

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Ardbeg Committee
51.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Committee Release
Bottle code
L69310 23/11/2017
Bottled for
Members of the Ardbeg Committee
Added on
11 Mar 2018 12:35 pm by Archer

Average value

€ 337.00

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Grooves - Committee Release

48 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.87 points

  1. mothers_finest scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It's unmistakably an Ardbeg - especially on the olfactory bulb! Pretty sweet in the nose and the typical Ardbeg campfire, cold smoke, ashes .. On the palate, the grooves comes strong, it has neat smoke and warms the neck. A presumably 6-10-year-old drop that is not all that complex, but just right if it's just right for the prey theme. On the tongue and cheeks, it is then a bit sweet and sour smoky; like caramelized lemons. I know, there's no such thing - but hey, everything is possible in the whisky world .... I think that you can taste the wine barrel, because on the palate, too, there is a certain acidity that I associate with the wine! However, that's always easy to say, if you approach it with prejudice and know the type of maturation ... Blind tastings open your eyes, it means - but in this case, I just knew what I have in the glass ...
    Despite the young age, I even have the oak on the palate and the finish ... .. and this slightly musty, as I know it from older European oaks! The finish is quite long, warming, spicy, a bit burnt flesh, subtle caramel notes and (clear) fat smoky ... Breathing through my nose, I have behind the smoke load again and again this musty wood, which I like. Yes, it goes without water - but I could imagine that the grooves in drinking strength with 5% less alcohol here will have a lot of catching up to do ... That's why if I groove, then certainly only the Committee .... My conclusion: the grooves is 'just fine' (for the price). However, I find the Corryvreckan for 60 € (ok different profile, but still) not less good - so the somewhat restrained conclusion. I can give 88 points, if I simply rate the whisky for his skill and my taste - the price has lost nothing in this system ... Whether you pay now 100 ¬ for it ...? Well let's say so; As an Ardbeg junkie or smoke fan you can make sure ...
    The limitless complexity but looking in vain. The groover is more like the kick; the punch, the smoke in combination with the sweetness in the nose, the saltiness on the tongue and the tart taste on the palate. So, I already drank a lot of shit - the grooves are not one of them!

  2. LordBellamy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Water: none, that's just right!

    Conclusion: I think that's really great. Maybe the meaty paprika note comes out of me only because I've read about it before. Nonetheless, he is simply a slightly different Ardbeg. The composition is consistent in itself, he is no longer overly young, but well-matured. The red wine is also good, especially after the first sips. The alcohol content fits perfectly. He has strength but is not too strong. Maybe he lacks a bit of complexity, but he makes up for it by the sometimes more unusual for Ardbeg aromas. For me next to the Dark Cove and the alligator of one of the best Ardbegday committee releases - 88 points
    • Nose
      Nose: First comes the well-known Ardbeg smoky note, which then tends towards the ashes, plus the typical and intense sweetness. But then quickly add more, rather not so typical notes: meaty and actually a little pepper and pepper, it really reminds marinated meat. The red wine sounds in the background easily. In addition a pinch of sea salt, also a little iodine I can find. Overall, a round nose, powerful but not very complex. After the first sip, the red wine note becomes much clearer to me
    • Taste
      Taste: Delicious, beautiful depth, here again the ashes, but as in the nose it is not nearly as intense as one would expect from Ardbeg. A little red wine with nutmeg and grapes, sweetness of caramel and a hint of salt, the alcohol is just right, as well as the oak flavor
    • Finish
      Finish: short to medium long, the combination of smoke, sea salt, sweetness and red wine goes well together, behind the dry oak is really good, without really bitter, even a hint of cloves comes through

  3. schero scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I really like it! The nose is wonderfully complex and reveals how it came to the name =
    • Nose
      Orangig sweet and very discreet smoke, old wooden box, wet tobacco, yes leak - eventually comes as a matter of course cough syrup - but the good, little by little that is more likely to candies and bubble gum, which smells like a candy store with smoldering fire
    • Taste
      Sweet vanilla smoke, candied orange, slightly peppery and sparkling, peated orange juice, beautiful oak
    • Finish
      Beautiful warmth, sweet oak and sweet smoke, very creamy and pleasant finish, the second sip of bitterness, which extends the finish but again

  4. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Can not complain at all. Again a slightly different Ardbeg - but in any case an Ardbeg. Beautiful accents in the nose and on the tongue through the orange notes.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Mild, fruity-smoky nose with roasted orange peel. Nice leather flavors. Cocoa powder, milk chocolate. Over time, spices come: bay leaves, juniper berries. A pinch of pepper. Everything is very soft and silky, well coordinated.
    • Taste
      89 89
      On the tongue with a strong start. Cold smoke, liquorice, leather, orange slices. Coffee beans, slightly bitter wood entry. Here, too, with the time spicy than at the beginning.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium long to long, ashen cold smoke, fruit sweetness of oranges and lemons, liquorice, coffee beans, toffee.

  5. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    An Ardbeg in the continuity of the last CRs. Drinking by a large number, beautiful qualities but sometimes too sweet, disgusting.
    • Nose
      Peat oil, pretty fruits (candied citrus) and some metallic notes. There is also caramel and sugar. Gourmand?
    • Taste
      Peat oil always present which is getting closer to smoked fish. Beautiful power. There is coffee with milk, sweet / salty caramel and corn.
    • Finish
      Average on corn again, sugar, caramel, some spices and a light peat.

  6. Thermidor scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    What the hell, Ardbeg? Did you guys taste this before putting it out? I understand what the nose is trying to do (differentiate itself from other Islay or peated products by trying to taste a bit like something from a bygone era) and I though it was okay or good even, but on the palate this just doesn't work at all. My scoring reflects the fact I'd rather drink Blasda, my previous bottom scorer for Ardbeg bottlings from the 21st century, than this oddly thin-bodied weakling.
    • Nose
      Dry wine and bitter oak, the latter being like a Kelpie flashback. Oven soot, linoleum, and dry black tea leaves with dried orange peel. Some bits of this are pleasing, others odd. With water: dry oak comes on top, then some powdered cardamom. The oak has this oddly fresh, eucalyptus-like feel to it. What's this then, a Menthos cask?
    • Taste
      An absurdly light body for a >50 % peater, as if someone already decanted it to 40%. Ashy and bitter, with the familiar chalky soot of Ardbeg, but then some strange details begin to emerge. Faint unfamiliar wine notes, then bitter herbs. Water makes the body slightly better, but pushes out some plastic and eucalyptus, which aren't something I'd look for in an Ardbeg.
    • Finish
      Fast, faint, with some soot and a layer of curiously tasting wine. When everything else has faded, that acidic wine note stays a while. With water: Eh? Can you make wine or eau-de-vie out of cardamom? Because that's what this is like. A little more water gives more eucalyptus and some wet chalk.

  7. wisekycourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    the CS version with personally more smoked bacon, more sugar too and less peat present than usual at this distillery:
    it is almost too easy to drink, but the scents are dispersed however faster too!

    the wood is there, the caramel particular, it reminds somewhere of the sweet and caramelized BBQ sauce, the peat becomes smokier at the end of the glass!

  8. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Medium smoke, immediate sweetness. Lemon and spices. Sardines. Olives. Harmonious and rather wise. Hint of caramel. A peat profile that eyeing Springbank.
    • Taste
      Fluid, elegant. Accurate on spices. Sharpened. (As young?) Toffee, sweet notes arrive. The peat is rubbery. But greed compensates.
    • Finish
      Persistent, fresh and lemony. Coffee.

      I never wanted to put water, which proves that I never got bored on this dram which I yet have a memory in mouth already vague, 24 hours after having tasted it. Strange.

      Nose 3/5
      Mouth and final 4/5

      Whisky n ° 1904

  9. aphex scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Another NAS with doctored funny casks and once again less interesting than the core range. The nose is not bad but the palate is uninteresting.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Peat smoke, light tarry & medicinal notes, ashes, pepper, seabreeze, a touch of lemons.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Sweet peat, smoke, a little bit of oak, pepper, brine. Kind of a plastic taste. You really feel the youth here.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Medium, peppery, plastic-like.

  10. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Great, I like it very much. At the first quick test after the purchase he had failed for me. Impressive again and again what can be the form of the day.
    • Nose
      Spicy smokes and is a dominant, sour fruit, red fruit and berries, citrus notes, tannins, cinnamon in combination with milk chocolate and a creamy undertone with vanilla and caramel, like a freshly made crepes, overall rather spicy and fruity, than sweet, beautiful intense and well-integrated alcohol, a herbal tea note is also there
    • Taste
      In the mouth also dominant smoke at the beginning, warming and full-bodied, some salt, also creamy, with caramel, chocolate in combination with the spicy smoke, cinnamon, berry compote, you can almost chew it, beautiful intensity
    • Finish
      slightly acidic and tart, here too some chocolate, slightly nutty, the smoke is now more restrained, but of course still there, slightly ashy, leaves a good feeling in the mouth a few minutes after the last sip


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