- Single Malt
- Adelphi (AD)
- Bottling serie
- Stated Age
- 11 years old
- Bourbon Cask
- Number of bottles
- 57.9 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 14 Nov 2009 5:52 pm
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25 × member ratings
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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1998 AD
10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.17 points
- Lovely Ardbeg from a great bottler
- Tasting Notes by Adelphi;
1 of only 185 bottles from cask no. 1981
From an American oak barrel, this has a deep gold colour. An immediate nose of pipe tobacco and scented smoke gives way to a hint of smoked herring. This is soon followed by Wright’s Coal Tar Soap, Savlon and plimsoles but with a sweet, buttered, lemon icing sugar reminiscent of lightly baked fairy cakes. The taste provides bags of smouldering green twigs, starting very smoky and sweet and becoming more maritime. More fairy cakes, now with aniseed and a long finish of charred sticks and angelica root, rounded and balanced and best unreduced.
- Serge says;
Ardbeg 11 yo 1998/2009 (57.9%, Adelphi, cask #1981, 1st fill bourbon, 185 bottles) Colour: straw. Nose: more or less the same whisky as the OB. Same herbal notes at first nosing, same development, with maybe just a little more smoke, iodine and pine resin. Globally a little more complex so far. With water: same comments, except that this cask is clearly more coastal now. Tarry rope, seashells and then fresh almonds. Not a huge amount of peatiness, having said that. Mouth (neat): we’re even closer to the OB. Maybe a tad more mature, with more of this great resinous/smoky combination that age often brings to Ardbeg. Maybe a little more consistent. Huge liquorice. With water: same, with rather more lemon and medicinal notes as in the OB. Cough syrup. The rest is similar. Finish: very long, peaty, coastal, ashy, smoky… Comments: great. Reminds me a bit of the first Mor that was excellent. SGP:348 - 88 points.
- Smoky and fruity aroma, fir branches,
grapefruit juice, vanilla, mint, cardamom, cinnamon and malt. Marzipan
sweet and smoky taste, orange peel, pepper, juniper berries, anise,
camphor, orange marmalade and lapsang souchong. Long, smoky and spicy
- On first sip, this had some sour-y undertones I wasn't too fond of, but let it breathe for 20-30 minutes, and you'll be rewarded with some great sweet notes in the nose & taste that aren't present at first. First impression around 85, after letting it breathe it's close to 90 for me.
freshly sanded white wood (why am I thinking of birch ?) +, sand/granite-saw-dust o, smoke o, chalk o, salt -. after breathing there's quite a bit of vanilla / cottoncandy / maple-syrup & candy apples sitting next to the peat/savoury notes. neat.
white wood again, leather, malt drops, maple syrup
Nice length & very rounded w some peat & sweetness.