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Overall rating
88.17/100
votes
25
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Selection
Vintage
1998
Bottled
2009
Stated Age
11 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Cask
Casknumber
1981
Number of bottles
185
Strength
57.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
14 Nov 2009 5:52 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 299.99

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25 × member ratings

52 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1998 AD

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.17 points

  1. GJR scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. The Macallan scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Lovely Ardbeg from a great bottler
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  3. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  4. hfos scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      95 95

  5. Peter(TTMC) scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  6. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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.

  7. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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.

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Malt Hans scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    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

    end.

  10. alectron scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      white wood again, leather, malt drops, maple syrup
    • Finish
      Nice length & very rounded w some peat & sweetness.

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