Ardbeg Grooves - Committee Release

Overall rating
86.98/100
votes
522
Whiskybase ID
WB108836
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Ardbeg Committee
Bottled
23.11.2017
Casktype
Wine
Strength
51.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Committee Release
Bottle code
L69310 23/11/2017
Barcode
5010494942668
Bottled for
Members of the Ardbeg Committee
Added on
11 mar 2018 12:35 pm by Archer
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 452.41

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Grooves - Committee Release

56 users have left 60 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.98 points.

  1. 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.

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  3. Jpspecial scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Dark gold. Thick medium legs.
    Faint peat. More medicinal. Iodine. Dry rich fruits can smell the wine influence. Dessocated coconut. Very milky
    Not very powerful taste. Nice mouth feel Very dry not overpowering some peat nice sweet. Not a very long finish.

  4. d1scostu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  5. Bembel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The best Ardbeg of my whisky career!
    I celebrate this board!
    • Nose
      Peat and smoke as usual from Ardbeg. As far as normal.
      Then the jump to the atypical with nutmeg, chili, dark chocolate and cold ash. Great nose!
    • Taste
      Oily- Sticky on the palate. Slight dryness.
      Great smoke and peat full on the twelve.
      The alcohol suits the whisky well. Slightly peppery, with accompanying sweetness. A slight saltiness by the way.
      Somehow the campfire atmosphere comes up when you enjoy it :-)
    • Finish
      medium length Dry. Smoky.
      A slightly oily film sticks in the throat.

  6. KlausBlaueDer scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

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

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Red fruits, white pepper, iodine, textbook ardbeg, not bad at all

  8. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. malt maniacs scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. herby.usa scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  11. Goethe scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Quite a nice Ardbeg bottling with some winy expressions in combination with oranges.
    Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Peat, sweet red fruits (some wine notes, even some oranges), salt, some methol, some ashes.
    • Taste
      Peat, salt, some sweet wine notes, pepper and ashes.
    • Finish
      Medium. Peat, some licorice, sweet tar, ashes getting more dominant.

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

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

  13. MickMatrix scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Not really a hit, but then this taste comes in the mouth. Really something special.

    Unfortunately, the nose and finish cannot keep up.

    I like him!
    • Nose
      89 89
      Typical Ardbeg! Dark black smoke. But also neatly sweet, of course. Smells very soft and ripe. Very sweet burnt fruits. Something like persimmon or apricot.
      Paprika chips with a decent roasted note.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Wow! The fireworks go off here. Smoke, overripe bright fruits. Burnt apricots. Something hearty. Then comes barrel wort. Everything was accompanied by very oily smoke. Nice engine room or burned tires, fresh asphalt.
      Very soft mouthfeel anyway.

      Absolutely interesting mix.
    • Finish
      88 88
      What remains is mainly spice and smoke with a sugary sweetness. Very nice and a little too short for that.

  14. Mapl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Kensay scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I don’t understand what you can write about here ... sweet smoke in a wine barrel. Why such a price is not clear to me (at the moment from 200 euros)

  16. herby.usa scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Nose: acidic, light tar, wood fire mixed with bacon. The smoke note subsides over time. That's what vanilla comes for. Hints of mead or honey, a smoky sweetness with your woody note. Apple sweetness, but also some brewing powder in the background. The alcohol is very well integrated.
    Taste: Ashy when starting, becomes creamy. Vanilla sweetness occupies the mouth. Coffee and cocoa flavors are spreading. The ashy aftertaste remains and turns into strong smoke.
    Finish: medium length. The ashes are sustainable.

  17. Vallado scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  18. ezioaudit scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  19. Roland7 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Metal, mastic, charcoal, varnish, paint, mineral, black pepper, medicine, oak bark, charred wood, peanuts, smoked sausage, rum, caramel, corn flakes, herbs, mint and raspberry leaf!

  20. jmallios scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  21. Markie81 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  22. Thermidor scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    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.

  23. TechnOBY scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  24. wisekyofcourse 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!

  25. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

    Backstage, friends & professionals alike were pouring the Grooves Committee Release. If I may?!

    C: More distillate-slick/less dry than the standard release with a slightly longer form, all helped no doubt by the abv bump. Overall though, there’s very little in it in comparison to the standard release.

  26. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, a strong spicy peat sprinkled with bourbon. Vanilla, caramel, icing sugar, a touch of mint. It's fresh, slightly woody, spicy. The palate is very charcoal, the peat explodes, a touch of salt, white fruits, plums and grapes, liquorice, then the pepper emerges, imposes itself drum beating to lead to a rather shy and a little short finish, with a shade of caramel. Liquorice, anise and mint in retro-olfaction.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/06/ardbeg-grooves-committee-release.html
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  27. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  28. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  29. TechnOBY scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    sweet and smoky
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  30. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  31. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Not bad, I can feel it’s quite young but not mono dimensional. Modern Ardbeg!
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, blood orange, liquorice, heated cold cuts, seabreeze, humid oakiness, bath tube that just drained hot bath water.
    • Taste
      Chewy coal liquorice, wet oak, peat bbq meat, ripe orange.
    • Finish
      Medium, sweet peat and sea salt

  32. 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.

      Enthusiasm
      Nose 3/5
      Mouth and final 4/5

      Whisky n ° 1904

  33. aphex scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    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.

  34. miz scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Metallic, iron, medical / plaster, less smoky
    • Taste
      Kernel soap, ash, bitter almond, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      Long, silly

  35. DerDennis! scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    Nice thing, I like it, but needs water for me. However, my Ardbeg favorites remain the 10s (from the hip flask and a body temperature a poem) and the Uigeadail.
    • Nose
      subtle Ardbeg smoke, sour fruits ... grapes, lemon ... white wine, spicy ... ginger, malt, salt, honey, alcoholic pungency, raw smoked ham. A neat splash of water makes it more fruity ... caramelized green apples, bitter apricot jam, slightly cinnamon, menthol
    • Taste
      sweetened grapes, sour apples, malt, creamy, pleasant campfire smoke, a bit bitter and dry, vanilla and wood, white pepper, some of the ham, salt
    • Finish
      medium length, very pleasant, light peppery spiciness, vanilla and wood

  36. 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.

  37. Achany scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    the nose was all right. typical Ardbeg with a lot of peat and salt. On the palate this dram was really a stunner. Again a lot of peat, cold ashes, smoke, some hints of bacon and a lot of salt and seabreeze. that was nearly like some octomore. But there was more, dark berries, wine casks developed a nice influence, sweetness, fruity. Finish was long and aromas mingled perfectly. Did not expect too much from this one to be honest. but that bottling is one of the favorites of Ardbeg for me at the moment. Very fine Dram indeed!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  38. Islayfan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  39. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Balance sheet (21) Young and Cheeky (86)
    • Nose
      Dry, vegetables ... raw bread ... peat and ashes ... machine oil ... grass and medicine ... very young, but very Ardbeg (21)
    • Taste
      The taste is powerful, ashes, pepper, iodine and wax (22)
    • Finish
      Finish dry, smoky ... salted fruit ... overdone butter and dentistry (22)

  40. Cast Olila scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  41. 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

  42. ARDBERG scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  43. larswehmeier scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very exciting bottling! I like it.
    • Nose
      The cold ashy smoke is immediately there, but much less dominant than many other Ardbegs. For a clearly fruity note. Orange. Elder. Then it gets spicier and saltier. The sweet-spicy reminds me of barbecue sauce. Hearty.
    • Taste
      Strong start. Aromatic smoke. Sweet caramel. Tart oak. Iodine. Orange. Spicy.
    • Finish
      Long. Pleasantly dry. The smoke stays.

  44. Griller76 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      86 86

  45. Griller76 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Finally, Ardbeg has managed a convincing new litter again, although the departure is very idiosyncratic with different bitternotes. The grooves should be enjoyed undiluted. Actually, he should be called "The machinist" - "The machine operator".
    • Nose
      Sherry, clear and pleasantly embedded peat smoke, sweetness, vanilla, medicinal, pleasant mild alcoholic notes, amarena cherry, light seaweed, old machine oil, tar
    • Taste
      the alcohol strength is not noticeable to him, strong sweetness, blackberries, machine wrenching of an old steam factory, slag, coke of the iron forge, old rubber conveyor belt
    • Finish
      long, slightly alcoholic, sweetness, noticeable oak bitterness, sea breeze, peat smoke, old fruit wooden boards, all this lingers in the mouth and on the tongue for a long time

  46. Dottore scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    In particular, this year's comite filling shows a clear orange-reddish touch, an indication that more wine / sweet wine barrels may have been involved? We'll see ... The start with quite fruity and sweet hints, surrounded by the typical Ardbegrauch, which is not overpowering here, immediately show the direction, which was conceived here. The eccentricity, which one would like to associate with the groovigen name, opens up to me, however, not really. In my opinion, the notes are very clear and typical Arbeg. Ripe pears and apples, freshly baked cinnamon rolls and marzipan, medicinal smoke, some red wine in the background make my nose an absolute experience and certainly reflect the strongest part of the groove again. In the mouth, vanilla-smoky notes gain the upper hand, the alcohol, barely noticeable in the nose, makes itself easily noticeable, but is acceptable to me. Pepper and wood notes introduce bitterness. The medicinal smoke is moderately pronounced and leaves room for dry spice and wine tannins. The finish is medium in length, the palate remains dry. Pepper, nutmeg and smoke warm for a long time. I think this bottling really well done, the nose represents for me the highlight of this bottling, in total about on one level or even better than the last Uigedails, which I had in the glass. € 100, considering the limitation, I think is extremely fair and reasonable. Probably the one who has a bottle at home, tip: open it tastes much better! 89 points

  47. edhunter15 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Oh yes, I really like the grooves! The classic Ardbeg character is beautifully integrated here in creamy-soft vanilla and honey notes and is wonderfully complemented by a Bruichladdich-typical mustiness, exotic fruit notes and an interesting pepper BBQ influence. Who could get this Ardbeg for the original price, can be lucky in my opinion, in any case!
    • Nose
      The Ardbeg-typical smoke flows directly against the classic heather, moss and slightly salty Aschenoten. However, the smoke does not dominate the nose and combines nicely with sweet vanilla and mash aromas and a surprisingly slightly musty stall note (giraffe enclosure). That could almost be a blend of Ardbeg and Bruichladdich! Over time, there is also an ever-increasing honey note (honey sweets, honey waffles) and the often mentioned paprika flavors I perceive (sweet grilled yellow pepper). In addition, an interesting exotic fruit spectrum develops with a distinct honey melon, papaya and physalis character.
    • Taste
      Here, the soft vanilla and honey flavors paired with the typical Ardbeg smoke, heather and charred wood notes dominate.
    • Finish
      The fact that the barrels used were heavily charred is now clearly indicated by dry charred wood notes that spread in the mouth. At the same time, the soft notes of vanilla and honey as well as the interesting paprika flavors can be found here. Added to this is again the mustiness of the wet and some hay.

  48. Fight65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  49. Othorion scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • 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

  50. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Wow - I am impressed! A strong, full-bodied Ardbeg with a great combination of peat, smoked bacon and sweet fruit notes. Nicely complex, warming and full-bodied. An excellent taste experience in which the finish could have been a bit longer. But I liked it very much and to me, this is a very successful Ardbeg Committee bottling. https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2018/04/19/ardbeg-grooves-committee-release/
    • Nose
      Right at the beginning sweet peat smoke, accompanied by medical notes and some cold ash. Then smoked bacon arrives, nicely mixed with mouthwatering BBQ notes and delicious tinned apricots. Spicy hints of tobacco leaves, leather and nutmeg in the background. Overall very appealing.
    • Taste
      Strong on the palate with smoke and peat. Warming spices come through, such as cracked black pepper, dry oak, nutmeg and a hint of salt. Oily, slightly medicinal with a touch of ashes. Then sweet and creamy fruity notes of apricots and grapes take over. The dram's becoming increasingly juicier with a pleasant warmth towards the finish, wrapped in lingering peat smoke.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long and warm with dry oak, subtle ashes and a touch of creamy sticky fruit jam.

      With water: Water enhances the ashy and smoky character of this dram while the pleasant sweetness is pushed in the background. Still sweet and fruity on the palate with apricots and grapes. Slightly warm with tamed spices, ashes and a whiff of peat smoke. The finish is rather short, creamy with a hint of sticky apricot jam and black pepper on the tail.

  51. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  52. Dominik scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Interesting yet smooth Ardbeg bottling. Weaker than I had expected given the 51.6% abv. On that level it doesn't compare well to cask strength Islay whiskies. The wine cask only timidly reveals itself, making it appear less bold in comparison to other recent whiskies that had wine finishes. Very enjoyable to drink for sure, but nothing I'd want to buy a second bottle of.
    • Nose
      In addition to the expected smoke, there is a lot of sweet fruitiness, more so than in the regular Ardbeg expressions. Taking note of a slight hint of sourness, I associate it with freshly cut grapefruits. There is paprika powder and peppery wood on top of the initial sweetness, too. Overall, the nose disappoints a little though, as it comes across relatively weak for a >50% Islay whisky.
    • Taste
      Caramelised sugar, peaty wood, and oranges now. It is certainly less peaty than, for example, the Corryvreckan, but that doesn't need to be a bad thing. Let's dig deeper: Maritime saltiness, a noticeable barrel influence (but no dominant red wine influence), peanuts and paprika crisps. With its round taste it's easy to drink and not overly complex on the palate. Depending on what you expect from your bottle of single malt whisky, that can be a good thing or a bad thing, I guess. I like the palate better than the nose.
    • Finish
      Not long. The good: Lemons, dry oak, salt and spices. The bad: More ashy than smoky.

  53. Noface83 scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Nose: surprisingly discreet rather ashen smoke, salty bacon, paprika, pepper, but also the typical Ardbeg sweetness is present, sweet and sour orange peel, a hint of freshly sawn wood. Not bad, even pretty tasty and own but it lacks a bit of power despite> 50%.
    Taste: very sweet on, again orange peel, vanilla, nice spicy smoke, then pepper and back paprika chips and a nice salty note. The medium-long finish reveals again the peppery oak, ashy smoke and then an interesting mix of sweet citrus with some salt sprinkled on it and fleshy flavors.
    Conclusion: the nose is most interesting this very own whisky. Really untypical. The rest is then more in the direction of Ardbeg but without losing the independence too much. Better than the An Oa but not quite worth the hype and price.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

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

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

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

    Typical Ardbeg but rather smooth if not to say a bit weak despite the good abv level - older Ardbegs that were so smooth usually had only 40% abv. Probably some will like it because of its smoothness but overall not so groovy.
    • Nose
      Peat, smoke, citrusy, bonfire, little salty - so far very typical Ardbeg
    • Taste
      Oily, creamy, peaty, smoky, little fruity, hints of citrusy, subtle sweetness, hints of ham and bacon
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm

  56. 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

    https://justadram.org/feasting-on-ardbeg-part-1/

  57. 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.

  58. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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

  59. 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!

  60. Liberezlatourbe scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    He would have clearly deserved 2 or even 3 points more if the sugar was so ubiquitous. The nose as long as we are patient and that we manage to cross this barrier sweet is clearly well done, sequenced, complete and complex with a beautiful variation of different variants of the peat. I did not taste it diluted.
    • Nose
      We immediately have notes of Grisons meat with this salt point. Unfortunately, it disintegrates quickly enough to give way to a veil of plant peat ... yes yes I wrote well veil ... I found the pear well (too) ripe. There are some smoke notes too. This first nose is quite heavy and fat. At the rubbed, it remains very cereal, there are notes of baker's yeast and again the peat is more than discreet, almost absent. Without activity, the vegetable peat takes over. There is the sweet side of modern Ardbeg that comes to tarnish all that, and shit ... oh sorry. When stirred, it becomes more cereal, I find notes of plastic Tupp ... closed. From the moment of rest, the couple of vegetable peat and sugar come back at a gallop. After a centrifuge, we have a lot of yellow and red fruits with a note of strawberry more gratifying. Unfortunately, we must work to find all that and the scents are fleeting enough. After 30-40 min, the peat is more marine, finally an evolution and nice ... We draw on salt and dried tuna. There are also more lemony notes. It is still evolving towards medicinal with notes of old cough syrups but still with this sugar.
    • Taste
      God it's sweet .... I will not go to the point of saying that it's disgusting but hey, it's a diabetic whisky ... The dilution is not crazy but the texture is nice. I do not find it so watery as I read elsewhere. There are aromas of malt, a lot of salt and spices too, with a slight spiciness. I find the first notes of red fruit nose. There is also white fish. The announced popcorn note is clearly present.
    • Finish
      Long enough mainly on spices, popcorn, sugar p ... and vegetable peat with a slight bitterness and a hint of smoke

  61. 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

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