Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Malts of Scotland (MoS)
Sherry Butt
MoS 18010
Number of bottles
51.5 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
23 Apr 2018 4:27 pm by wncvirus
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

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€ 744.79

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 2000 MoS

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.57 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 91 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). Strong Sherrynoten (very sweet and slightly vinous) are present immediately. The high-potency alcohol (51.5%) is excellently integrated: Neither an unpleasant stinging nor cooling is perceptible in the nose. Sugared Amarena cherries, red fruits, juicy blood oranges, maple syrup and chocolate gradually dissolve out of the harmonious smoke, which is becoming increasingly greasy. In the background, light spicy notes combine with hints of leather, a little burnt oak and fresh tobacco leaves and give first clues to the 18 years of storage time of Ardbegs. Great nose!
    • Taste
      Welcome to Islay! At the first sip, a generous amount of freshly ground pepper causes a neat tingle on the tip of the tongue, while my entire mouth is flooded with sweet smoke. The beautiful smoke is a powerful mixture of campfires, ashes and many smoky aromas (bacon and even slightly fleshy). The texture is pleasantly oily, near creamy / buttery. The juicy oranges drift a bit towards bitter orange peel, plenty of cherries, red fruits, salty caramel and honey again represent the fruity-sweet sherry part. Hints of leather, dark chocolate, tobacco and oak follow. Intensive, multi-layered and very well balanced.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, smoky-sweet and warm. The sweet fruit notes gradually give way to the drier smoke (cold ash and bacon). Salty caramel and dark chocolate flare up briefly before the spicy oak notes merge with the ashen smoke and the slight residual sweetness and let the malt finish slowly and elegantly. A delicate dryness remains on the palate.

  2. whiskyleaksulm scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I 'm still excited about how relaxed this Ardbeg is. I hope you can understand my remarks somewhat. He is certainly not a classic Ardbeg for me, and of course he is recognizable as such. Even in the nose you can see how different this Ardbeg is. The taste, on the other hand, comes like a breakwater, much stronger and slightly impulsive, water is doing very well here.
    • Nose
      I know this with the typical expectations when you have an Islay Malt in the glass. Well, the Ardbeg has totally surprised me in this topic. The smokiness does not jump right into your face as expected, it even hides a bit. Ostensibly you have a great sweetness in the nose, very pleasant. Minimal flavors, leather and polish, maybe even a bit of Hansaplast tape. Then again a strong, deep and dark sweetness comparable to molasses. I can not really define the sweetness, but it is fully present. The scent is really appealing and super interesting. For me somehow but also unusual. Actually too mild for a Ardbeg, altogether very calm and balanced.
    • Taste
      W hat the Ardbeg nose withheld, now comes afterwards with a fine force. In the mouth, the smoke is now much to advantage, plus some meaty and freshly ground pepper. Added to this is a light woody note and clear sweetness. After a certain dryness comes through and clearly the leather from the nose, which runs through. Unexpected is the tranquility with which this Ardbeg on the palate, the positions offer themselves left to little by little. He also continues to evolve. The longer the Ardbeg spends in the glass, the sweeter he gets. If you give some water to the Ardbeg, the initial seasoning evaporates and the sweetness comes out more clearly. He remains gentle and oily.
    • Finish
      D ieser only creates a medium-long finish for me, which may be due to the overall gentleness. But it also has something of its own, that you do not always have Islay aftertaste, of course we want that, but interesting to see that it works differently.

  3. ASWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    89 Punkte
    I like him
    • Nose
      fresh wood with tannins
      Smoke slightly medicinal, lemon, vanilla, fish
      dusty herbs in a sun-submerged meadow
      Nut and coffee
      earthy liquorice - menthol
    • Taste
      Lemon smoke with oily menthol, tangy and young, it bounces in the mouth
      Sweet smoke, Riesling feeling and lemon remain on the palate
      it remains salty sweet liquorice
    • Finish
      the salty sweet liquorice
      a sparkle from Riesling
      also malt and some wood

  4. A861 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Great Ardbeg! The Sherry note makes it particularly interesting. Dry smoke and sweet sherry go wonderfully together.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sweet with typical Ardbeg smoke. Strong nose. It invites you to long nose.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Dark fruit with raisins and tobacco smoke around the campfire. Smoke fills the mouth. Alcohol well integrated. It becomes softer with a little water. I prefer him without water.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Stands in the glass for a long time and does not want to disappear in the mouth. This is a typical last dram of the day.

  5. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I think it's good that especially in his mouth he is still very well recognizable as Ardbeg and not completely covered in sherry. Great combination here!
    • Nose
      Wow, that's greasy smoke, creamy, vanilla, caramel, plus some acidity, plum jam, Bircher muesli, cinnamon chocolate, starts incredibly creamy again after every sip, nice
    • Taste
      oily, sweet, cinnamon, red fruits, intense, plums, medium ashy smoke level, the smoke makes you think of Ardbeg, bitters, with some acid, sulfur, nut, full bodied, good alcohol, you can almost chew
    • Finish
      dry, raspberry jam, barely any smoke, fresh on the palate, mint, pleasant finish, long finish

  6. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Oha. This is not one of those modern, eye-catching, greasy and boring-one-dimensional Ardbegs new coinage that flooded the market in recent years, especially as OAs.
    No, that is - although a child of Ardbeg modern times (post 90ties) - amazingly complex, clean and saulecker. One of the best modern Ardbegs (from a completely clean sherry keg), which I have got into the glass so far.

    But against the 1991 Bero-MoS # 14054 this one can not quite fit. # 14054 is clearly more complex and nuanced, more Ardbeg. For that # 18010 has more volume and is rounder, tastier, more pleasing, hedonistic with a little more sweetness and sherry influence.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Starts with a clear but not too sherry that still gives enough room to the Ardbeg DNA. Nutty, peaty, leather, fudge, only fine, well integrated smoke. Then in the background the typical camphor, lemken lemken over and over again lemken and seaweed and salty sea breeze.
      A little bit of tar and berry confit will be added later. Beautiful, amazing multi-layered nose.

      With water: becomes more maritime, fresher, camphor - more Ardbeg, but a little straighter and not so deep.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Start sweet and also here with noticeable, nutty-fruity sherry. Ample. Prunes, cherries, black pepper, leather, tobacco, tar, raisins, some berry confit. In addition the smoke is clear here. Later also herbs (parsley and camphor). Ashen and salty. Concentrated and balanced. Has power.
      With water: depending on the addition of water: fruity, then peppery-spicy, salty and rounder. With little water the sherry becomes more dominant.
    • Finish
      90 90
      First clearly sherry, then also maritime and kräutrige notes. Something salty, nutty, fudge. Leather, seaweed. Nußschokolade. Blockmalz.
      Pretty long and masculine, but balanced. Ashy-tarry reverberation with cocoa and salt.

      With water: a little sweeter, a little longer.

  7. coryfin scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    "Peking Duck for Burns Supper"

  8. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Beef stock, overripe oranges, christmas punch, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, old dusty leatherjacket, some menthol and camphor. “old english candyshop”. Refined and silky peatsmoke. Don’t expect a maritime young peatmonster like TEN or Uigeadail here. This one smells really old and mature. 

    Taste: Creamy and sweet. Spicy woodnotes follow up, and salty peatsmoke expands on the palate. Dark chocolate with seasalt, bitter orangepeel, and a touch of mint tingling on the sides of your tongue. Great combination of aromas. All seems to fit in perfectly. Sadly, the finish is a bit short for a malt of this age and character. 

    Comments: What a nice MoS bottling this is. Finally a really mature, age-stated, sherried Ardbeg again. I think this one should be to many peoples liking. The price is steep, but you get an oldschool quality Ardbeg profile that you can not find in the official bottlings nowadays. For me the best MoS Ardbeg bottling to date. Only the relatively short finish prevents a higher score. I added 2-3 drops of water and let it breathe for around half an hour. The nose opens up and the sweetness on the palate is boosted. /90


  9. etwa77 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A very nice dram to drink.. very elegant and the perfect combination between refined sherry lady and feisty Islay tramp.. it does not like careful scrutiny, but rather staying in the background of things.. great memory builder!

    (enjoyed while listening to Jon Hassel’s Last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street)
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A rather quiet smoky sherry nose. It does not force out of the glass, it wants to be explored.
    Smoked ham, ashes, tobacco leaves. In addition, juicy oranges, cherries, milk chocolate.

    Slightly sour, ashy: red currants expressed in an ashtray. A little citrus.
    Extremely well integrated alcohol, because nothing burns.
    Slightly greasy, cherries, anise, cinnamon. Light menthol. Dark forest honey forms a nice sweet counter-moment to the sour notes.
    Very beautiful in its unobtrusive nature and complexity.

    Medium-long, rather sweetish, develops a bitter coffee without becoming too bitter, a mild coffee.


    Conclusion: a great Ardbeg that cannot be compared with the OAs, especially the Uigeadail. A really relaxed whisky that invites you to smell it for a long time.


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