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Ardbeg 1977

Overall rating
91.33/100
votes
40
Whiskybase ID
WB11588
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1977
Bottled
2003
Calculated age
25 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L3 041 1441 4ML
Bottled for
Bacardi Import
Market
ch Switzerland
Added on
11 Nov 2009 11:02 pm

Average value

€ 1329.00

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40 × member ratings

68 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1977

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.33 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2020] When I first had this dram back in 2003 I was a little disappointed because it felt like a tamed version of my beloved untamed Ardbeg (of older vintages). So I am curious how it feels seventeen years and hundreds of newer Ardbeg drams later...

    ...and it is of a comparable complexity and quaffability like my beloved 1972-1975 vintages with just a little less power and an oxydation-problem. So enjoy it right away after serving and do not add any bloody water. By the way, after more than ten minutes of breathing I would reduce my score by three points because both the nose and taste flatten due to oxydation, unfortunately.
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers the complex old Ardbeg profile with still heavy phenols and strong tarry-medicinal aromas. No, it is not as powerful in this respect as the great 1972-1975 vintages. And yes, it is fun to explore and a great joy to sniff with dozens of different aromas in a harmonious Islay profile setting. But it looses some steam upon breathing so take your first sniffs right after serving. Actually, after some minutes the profile vanishes to a large extend which reduces my initial score by as much as four points from a 91 to an 87 score.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is nicely layered on sweet barley sugars fighting with bitter peaty and spicy wooden flavours. All the trademark Ardbeg flavours are there but again they are not as powerful as with the older vintages. The complexity is about the same and all is pretty balanced without any off-note, great stuff to quaff. Water releases more peaty and chalky-mineral aromas in the nose but it flattens the taste, unfortunately. I prefer the neat dram, no doubt.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coats the whole of my mouth with a creamy texture - yes, this is the great old-style oiliness Ardbeg always was famous for. Accordingly, the finish is long and adds more spices (peppers) and some chocolatey flavours which are delicious. Towards the end the enourmous maltiness pops up again and the dram chews like freshly malted (heavily peated) barley - I like that!

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This smells more substantial than many other Ardbeg OB I have tried, crisp peat, lemon, brine, polish and it is also a little floral.

    My initial thought was that this is a little flat but then the peat and sherbet fizz kick in so its ok, a little one dimensional for me but as Ardbegs go this is decent stuff. The mouthfeel is on the creamy side with some pepper.
    This has a good medium finish remaining peppery with a little lemon.
    A good solid Ardbeg in the scheme of things but I still think it is a little flabby and tame mid palate?
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. mnljng scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

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

  4. riekio scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great nose, good taste, and then the finish sort of let down the rest of the experience
    • Nose
      92 92
      citrus, maybe lemons. really fresh and grassy. Hit of BBQ chips, really mellow peat and sweetness, some smoked meats, iodine, nice vanilla notes show their lovely face. quite nice
    • Taste
      88 88
      Zesty bbq chips, fresh mussels drizzled with salt on an open spit fire on the ocean with the breeze running through (at least thats what I picture). ginger flashes. Yes definitely salty, that red pork flavor ? not sure, a little meaty definitely. sweetness comes out later, some oaky spiciness says hi, but it isn't overpowering
    • Finish
      84 84
      Mussels, some vanilla comes out, really long... i have a smokey mouth and its wonderful. Orange peel bitterness... drying

  5. whiskyroma scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. Master Quill did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Imported by Bacardi (not Velier)

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