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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 12:18 pm by Archer

Average value

€ 359,31

66 × in wishlist

374 × member ratings

1733 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Grooves - Committee Release

38 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.94 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. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Othorion scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Smoke, typically Ardbeg, a mixture of machine oil and campfire, maritime and sweet, with caramel and oranges, salty lemons, wine gums, a little fresh mint, barbecue sauce, smoked ham
    • Taste
      Strong, warming, spicy, some pepper, machine oil and ash pan, sweet, oranges, vanilla, delicately sparkling acidity, orange zest, peaches, creamy, leather, nutmeg, which is alcohol very well integrated, it works perfectly without water
    • Finish
      dry, the camp fire smoke, nutmeg, pepper and salty caramel, medium long

  8. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Prototypical Ardbeg peatsmoke and salted lemons, mixed with orange peel and red berries. Vanilla icecream and salted caramel. Not too complex, rather mellow and somehow closed nose. Not very impressive but not bad either. A few drops of water and a bit of time help open it up. The orangepeel and berries start to shine now. Inviting!Mouth: Bold arrival. Quite sweet and zesty on orange peel, wood spices and of course some maritime peatsmoke and salted lemons. The fruityness reminds me of classic english orangejam. Develops into more leathery and peppery aromas. Sadly, a rather short finish with some oriental spices like cedarwood, nutmeg and cinnamon. A nice oaky bitterness lingers together with salted lemons.Comments: This one delivers on the palate. While the nose is kinda soft (which is still a good thing), on the palate its a whole different story. A very moreish ‘beg. I think it has lots to offer and is different enough without being too weird (like the marketing suggested). I am happy to have bought it. Much better then last years Kelpie virgin oak desaster. Next year caribbean Arrrdbeg? ;) /88


  9. Pollenflug scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Typical Ardbeg smoke, surrounded by smoky aromas and scents of an extinct campfire (cold ashes). Oranges, sweet fruits (subtly tropical), vanilla, floral hints with a hint of mint and hard-to-define herbs make a pleasant counterpart to well-integrated smoke. The sweet and spicy smoked aromas remind me a bit of Crunchips Western Style and BBQ sauce. In the background I find echoes of leather, pipe tobacco, spicy oak and maritime notes (salt & iodine). The alcohol (51.6%) cools slightly at the beginning in the nose.
    • Taste
      Strong, warm start, smoke, ashes, slightly peppery and sweet and spicy. With a few drops of water, the texture is pleasantly soft and creamy, the sweet fruits gain significantly in intensity. Oranges, hints of peaches, grapes, crème brûlée, hints of leather and spicy oak follow. In the background it remains slightly maritime (salt & iodine). The influence of the wine barrels is rather rudimentary for me.
    • Finish
      Short to medium long, smoky, sweet-spicy and warm. Strong smoke, salty caramel sweets, sweet fruits and spicy oak characterize the slightly too short finish. A delicate dryness remains on the palate.

  10. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    On the nose, a strong peat spiked with bourbon. Vanilla, caramel, icing sugar, a touch of mint. It's fresh, slightly woody, spicy.
    The mouth is very smoky, the peat explodes, a touch of salt, licorice, then the pepper spring, is needed beating drum to lead to a rather shy finale, with a shade of caramel. Licorice, anise and mint in retro-olfaction.
    It is far from bad but it does not deserve the great prices to which it is sold.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85


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