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Ardbeg Drum - Committee Release

Overall rating
85.54/100
votes
439
Whiskybase ID
WB116858
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Ardbeg Committee
Bottled
20.11.2018
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Cask / Ex-Rum Cask Finish
Strength
52.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L71845
Barcode
5010494950465
Bottled for
Members of the Ardbeg Committee
Added on
30 aug 2018 10:19 am by thebase
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 376.67

72 × in wishlist

439 × member ratings

2136 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Drum - Committee Release

64 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.54 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Okay, let's recap.
    Quote Homepage Ardbeg: "Ardbeg Drum is a delicious Jamboree of various flavors: Ardbeg Scotch whisky from former bourbon barrels, which matured in former rum barrels. In addition to notes of bananas and pineapple, scented pine resin, wood smoke and sea spray dance. Lavender, liquorice and vanilla linger in rich, dark chocolate before everything ends in a long, smoky reverberation. "End quote.
    Of course, one can - of course - be divided about what is "delicious". A Nachreifung in rum barrels is of course complete nonsense. The stored at most in barrels that camped next to barrels. Bananas? Yes, okay, there was. But there was nothing dancing there. Lavender? Well, with a lot of goodwill. Chocolate? Try again. He was smoky, the "reverberation". Not long.
    Once again, this is a committee release. From A rdbe g. Any questions? Yes. For example, where, please, the quality is, which justifies an initial issue price of 95 euros - in words: ninety-five. That can not really be serious, Ardbeggians, or.
    Sorry, but this bottling was a sentence with x.
    (And just so that there are no misunderstandings here: These are not "hate-tasting notes" of a customer who was too short on the bottle.) On the day of issue, I bought two bottles of this bottling.)
    • Nose
      As bright as it appears in the glass, it smells so bright: smoked pear slices, a freshly mown meadow, green grapes, sap, green branches. Something metallic. Bad luck, if he should not really be that (which I doubt), but all in all he smells "immature" and young. Machine oil and fresh tar, freshly caught fish, served with a dash of lemon.
    • Taste
      Dry onset with a hearty-spicy smoky note. Smoked ham resonates. Roasted lemon peel. Pear juice. Quick black pepper and a little chilli spice. Curry bananas. So, and now? Already layer in the shaft? Seems like that, the miner's lamp at least does not burn anymore. So get out of here.
    • Finish
      Medium long would be exaggerated, something just before short. Dry. The smoke, however, still quite intense, next to pear, lemon and black pepper.
      Curtain.

  2. jjkmlss did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Ardbeg needs to suspend it's releasing for a while and produce some REAL WHISKY, rather than keep giving these trash-like 7 year-old nas

  3. crazyji did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Save your money. You can make your own Drum at home. Pour a dram of Ardbeg Ten, add a half of teaspoon of brown sugar, a drop of molasses and garnish with pineapple. Ya Mon!

  4. ASWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    beautiful typical Ardbeg
    the rum goes well
    young honest
    you can feel the good potential

    He was fun and tasted me
    • Nose
      beautiful bright Ardbeg smoke with sweetness
      Fish and a lot of lemon
      bright dry caramel
      the sweetness behind the smoke is very clear

      in Blender's is still
      old leather shoe
      wet sand
      Salt, iodine
      heather
      peat

      in Snifter one can now smell this tart floral note
      and dry silt

      and because you know it, you smell rum
    • Taste
      cool start
      bright notes
      typical young Ardbeg
      reminds of very young and still young
      on the tongue and palate first caramelized sweetness
      then peppery smoke and wood ash
    • Finish
      long
      very pleasant
      Sweet merges with smoke in ashes
      moist on the palate
      later the barrel will stay with rum

  5. Griller76 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    This is the hitherto most miserable whisky from the Ardbeg Comittee Edition. As a customer, Ardbeg has completely lost me now. Here is matured whisky without a noteworthy character at high prices quickly sold. The stupid is the customer.
    I am very happy to have just had a sample of it and not even bought a whole bottle of it!
    • Nose
      73 73
      artificial vanillin, an undefinable artificial note, butterscotch, shortbread, light formic acid, light butyric acid, artificial bitter almond baking flavor
    • Taste
      81 81
      flat, smoky, thin, medicinal, phenolic, sweet
    • Finish
      81 81
      burning medical sweetness, nothing special!

  6. Crazybuffon scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Those who can’t feel the rum and don’t like it probably have some problems of nose or palate.

  7. Othorion scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    I am disappointed by the colleague! From the influence of the rome I notice very little, a little bit of banana and with some time and a lot of imagination also pineapple, but otherwise a pretty common, young smoker! Not a bad whisky, but by far the weakest committee release I know!
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. Whiskydanny did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    Omg all you aggro guys who low rate cause you didn't get one bottle. Do sports.

  9. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    He really is not my case. What kind of rum would that have been? Definitely a "dirtier" and spicier I would guess.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Ashy smoke, slightly greasy touch, youthful touch, then acidity, sour cucumbers, freshly cut grass, phenolic, in the second nose I get a mixture of tar and black bread - quite strange
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very sweet smoke, quite creamy, here are also fruity notes of peach and grapes, ashen, also a hint of sour cucumbers although a weaker than in the nose, the second sip is almost watery even though more pressure comes from the smoke
    • Finish
      81 81
      Oak spice, some bitter and metallic smoke, very idiosyncratic notes at the end, that goes in the direction of musty and wet Warehouseboden

  10. Dirk did not rate this whisky Super Administrator

    510 bottles in the collection, who is going to open the first bottle ;-)

  11. JungleDram did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Definitely an Ardbeg!

  12. ZekeVarg scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Nahhh, had it on a blind tasting with 5 other whiskies.... This was not a very good whisky and no one guessed Ardbeg.

  13. Othorion scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    I am disappointed by the colleague! From the influence of the rome I notice very little, a little bit of banana and with some time and a lot of imagination also pineapple, but otherwise a pretty common, young smoker! Not a bad whisky, but by far the weakest committee release I know!
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  14. svenske2015 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Well, this is the last proof (if anybody needs one more), that Ardbeg is just a pale shadow of its former self. Shame on you, Dr. Bill Lumsden (Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks and awarded Distiller Of The Year)!

  15. Stef89 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Today freshly uncorked.

    And I am disappointed ....

    Yes, it is unmistakably an Ardbeg. Yes, he tastes good.

    But nothing to feel of rum. Hardly any sweetness, hardly any exotic fruits, hardly any spices.

    A smoker from a weak ex-bourbon barrel.

    Young, metallic, out of round.

    A very strange bitterness in the finish. Not woody, no tannins.

    Rather quinine, Campari-bitter.

    I like him because he is an Ardbeg.

    That was it.

  16. dram-drinker scored this whisky 82 points Photo Moderator

    Tasted again from another sample - still the same - nice but not very remarkable
    • Nose
      83 83
      Vanilla, white wine, some brine, some yellow fruits, citric, hints of peat, light smoke, some tobacco
    • Taste
      82 82
      Citric, herbs, some honey and vanilla, good sweetness, hints of rubber, engine oil, little peat and smoke
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium long, warm, citric, herbs, peat

  17. joeynoreen scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  18. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Iodine, brine, tar, lemons, industrial peat, not bad

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

    Doesn't inspire enthusiasm.
    The teas with a rum influence are significantly better.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  20. SereneScotchDevotee scored this whisky 68 points Newbie

    Very much overpriced. At the original price of the committe release, I would have expected a complex whisky - but you won't find any complexity here. It is young and boring - as an Ardbeg fan, at that price I would have expected much more quality from Ardbeg. I am beginning to doubt the whole Committee release concept.

  21. SereneScotchDevotee scored this whisky 68 points Newbie

    Very much overpriced - did not match my expectations at all. In the recent years, Ardbeg has started to market very young whiskies with bloomy marketing speech as committee releases, at prices that signal a highly complex whisky - but you won't find any complexity in the Ardbeg drum. For me this is a young and boring whisky. In this price class, there are much much much more interesting whiskies. (e.g. if you want young and complex and much cheaper, see e.g. Port Charlotte MRC).

  22. KonstUA scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose 21.5, taste 21.5, finish 21.5, balance 21.5

  23. Astrid scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    I often like whisky from rum barrels, but it doesn't go with Ardbeg, especially since the maturation time is too short. You can find the detailed review here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2021/09/22/ardbeg-committee-releases/
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      79 79

  24. louich scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Honestly, this one benefits, a lot, of time with air, in the glass but especially once the bollte is popped. Oxidation turns this average CR to an interesting Ruhn infused peat bomb. I wont wasted my 2nd bottle by 'drinking it too early' it will go the way of some of the older Octomores open take a sip and forget 6 months.

  25. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  26. TechnOBY scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  27. Ardbeg1975 scored this whisky 91 points Newbie

  28. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  29. kot1803 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  30. lucero scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  31. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  32. Mapl scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  33. TechnOBY scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  34. robse211 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A little better than the Laphroaig Quarter Cask, but exorbitantly more expensive ...
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  35. fradin11 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  36. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    21 21 21 21 84

  37. toklian scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N21 P21 F21 B21

  38. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  39. rpvdwel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  40. Dottore scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It's wonderful how poralize these special bottlings every year. Too expensive, too limited, no age, stupid speculators. Well, Ardbeg does everything right, the hype train rolls every year anew, publicity is ensured. And honestly, so far all special bottlings have been drinkable, although lately they have tended to decrease in quality. Now 1 year later time for notes of the 2019 release. Drum, a moderately funny play on words due to the finish in rum barrels. The nose shows the typical ard use, albeit weaker than usual and a pronounced fruitiness with tropical hints. Does that come from the rum barrels or am I imagining it because I know that the part was in these barrels. Clearly also a very vanilla, sweet note, certainly most of the time bourbon barrel storage. Herbs and coffee. Strong in the mouth. Pepper, seasoning, light fruitiness, so I don't really have rum notes here. A lot of banana and smoke, sweet. The Caribbean pirate is more of a Scot with a Hawaiian chain. I clearly liked my nose better, the pronounced peppery bothered me a little, but still smooth. In the finish, continue to be peppery and drier. Raw coffee beans, some iodine and vanilla stay long. Nice but not a high-flyer this year. 87 points

  41. Pumba scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    The nose is wonderfully smoky. A thick mist of burnt oak and peat. After ingestion that delicious mist disappears and a beautiful flower field of sweet flavors emerges. Yummie!
    • Nose
      Smoky, burnt oak and peat
    • Taste
      Little earth with lots of colorful flavors of plum, apple syrup, pears, flowers and a touch of peat.
    • Finish
      Sweet with a hint of smoke sticks nicely.

  42. EvilAFI scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Some hate, some love. It is a decent expression, albeit a bit simple for its price.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet nose, bright peat, lemon, tropical fruits
    • Taste
      89 89
      Creamy, dry peat, vanilla pudding, canned pineapple, cinnamon,
    • Finish
      88 88
      Peat heat, cinnamon, condensed milk,

  43. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Warm smoke, lemon and other citrus fruits, a slight sweetness, but I can't smell much more. Hmm now the smoke is getting colder and ashy. There are also a few herbs / grasses behind the smoke
    • Taste
      Honey, cereals, lemon, pepper, smoke and ashes

  44. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  45. Egge scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    First of all: I am not an Ard beginner. But this drop was in the advent calendar and of course it has to be scored. Here we go.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Smoke and some fruit, maybe apple or pear? A hint of caramel. I find it kind of wild, in a way that I would call immature. I am divided.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Like biting coal, smoke, bone dry and bitter. Maybe a little pepper? Very short and rather boring.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The finish is medium long, very smoky, the fears are very clear again, maybe even a splash of citrus and caramel just before the end.

  46. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  47. Teresa scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  48. face scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  49. Vallado scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    An age-appropriate good Bourbon Fassreifung. By "reasonable" I mean that there is no discernible miss note (with the exception of the slightly metallic note in the nose) and that there is a reasonable range of flavors for a whisky younger than 10 years. Great complexity or development of the taste notes can not wait at the age stop. Characteristic Ardbegnotes are present, the origin of which the drum can not deny. I would be interested to know how many hours the whisky was in rum keg; one tastes little of it.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Ardbeg campfire smoke, over this wood smoke grilled pears and bananas, mussels in the white wine, slightly metallic, on the one hand lemony-sour, on the other hand sweet fudge
    • Taste
      81 81
      Cold-smoked ham, the campfire glows, the sweetness is gone, it now dominates a peppery-spicy note
    • Finish
      81 81
      Here again rather smoked fish with salt and lemon, which got a bit too much pepper. With much good will medium length

  50. Mr. Truckle scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    ... where is the typical Ardbeg "trimmings"?

    Absolutely subjective and biased, I conclude:
    Quite "nice" but not more!
    Pity!

  51. AgentMunky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      8.5 // 8

      Heathery aggressive smoke. Meat.
    • Taste
      90 90
      9 // 9

      Savory, light, delicate, delightful. Hard yes. // Weirdly doesn't need water.
    • Finish
      85 85
      8.5 // 8

      Goes on forever. But kinda tarry.

  52. dramspotter scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Sheer strangeness maybe, but who would want to own a bottle? Inessential purchase.
    • Nose
      regular omph of Ardbeg, but with solvent or even maybe putty
    • Taste
      sweet and clean, not noticing the rum here, just more like Corryvreckan
    • Finish
      medium; that is a peculiar finish; is that rum sugars fighting with the peat?; not a great experiment but I like the fact that it does not linger too long or leave any nasty aftertaste

  53. TechnOBY scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  54. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    a NAS of about 7 years, for a singular finish:
    peat, smoke, meaty always, more sugar galore, like on rums
    the wooded and maritime side arrives, return of the caramelized sugar
    in the mouth, malt, it's young !! , then some ash, a little soot and austere smoke
    the fruits come next, grilled banana, cooked vanilla and other exotic fruit sprinkled with grilled sugar on the BBQ!
    singular!
    sweet spices, woody and macerated fruit at the end with dry peat and caramel.

  55. grinface scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Not quite what I expected. Some Ardbeg touches are there but also a lot of lime and some soapiness. It is sweet, sparkles on your tongue.
    So I call it „Ardbeg-Roses Limejuice“-Spritzer.
    Full review (in german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2019/05/29/ardbeg-drum-committee/

  56. gossm01 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      subtle smoke, licorice, vanilla, pipe tobacco, slightly sweetish
    • Taste
      90 90
      very mild, smoke, liquorice
    • Finish
      81 81
      short and unobtrusive

  57. mema82 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  58. Mark Renton scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  59. Torgeir4 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

  60. kjli scored this whisky 75 points Member Junior

    Very sweet Ardbeg, sweets in taste. Sour lemon. Better with water but no success, Ardbeg Ten better for less money, but we've heard that before about the latest CS releases.
    Very disappointed.

  61. dram-drinker scored this whisky 82 points Photo Moderator

    I would have expected some sweet raisins with the rum casks but instead I got more resinuous and bitter notes - doesn't make me enthusiastic about it - yes, glad it was just a sample
    • Nose
      82 82
      Honey, peat, just little smoky, more of heather but missing the typical bonfire, just little sea breeze
    • Taste
      83 83
      Punchy, oily, more peaty and more typical smoky like bonfire - OK, we are back to Ardbeg, spices, quite herbal, rather dry, medicinal, iodine, some obvious woody rum notes
    • Finish
      81 81
      Long, warm, there is some herbal bitterness

  62. Blackvalfaris scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
      The Ardbeg takes time!
      Fresh comes alcohol and a sweet touch that could be rum, plantains and The Ardbeg typical smoke.
      After a while, there are clear rum notes, strawberries, green pineapple, bacon, freshly ground mustard seeds, banana juice.
      The longer he is in the glass, the more he changes and gets better.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Fresh, he is thin, little flavor, smoky sweet and young.
      After a while, it becomes fuller, tannin, wet leather, tobacco and a touch of chocolate. Lots of bitter wood and a lot of youth at the same time.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Ardbeg untypically short, phenol, peat and minty, fruity freshness, green pineapple.

      Significantly worse than the grooves and dark cove, but drinkable.

  63. Sweetbubba87 scored this whisky 74 points Member Junior

    By far my least favorite committee release to date. :( Young, boring, mild, hardly any cask influence, feels watered down even for 52%. You really have to dig for those exotic tropical notes. The finish drops off a cliff and leaves you wanting more. So glad I didn’t buy a bottle and only had a sample. I was a huge fan of grooves but drum was a miss for me.

  64. dandan798 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      smoke, BBQ sauce, roasted pineapple a coconut flakes, ash, ham, wood, spices, cocoa, underlying fruitiness
    • Taste
      93 93
      sweet, honey, vanilla, smoke, grapes, berries, spice, pepper, ash, citrus, salt, coconut, grilled pineapple
    • Finish
      87 87
      smoke, sweet, vanilla, chocolate, berries, oak, cinnamon, maritime

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