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Ardbeg Lord Of The Isles

Overall rating
91.22/100
votes
30
Whiskybase ID
WB11775
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
06.03.2002
Stated Age
25 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L2 065 4ML 16:01
Added on
16 Nov 2009 8:34 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 2115.79

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30 × member ratings

45 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Lord Of The Isles

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.22 points

  1. vlad78 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Balanced, but recognizable.
    • Nose
      Smoke, warm smoke, green apples and melon. Sliced apples, sprinkled with powdered sugar. Vanilla, apple strudel with sweet cream.
    • Taste
      The taste is smoky, but not aggressive, but calm. The smoke does not dominate, but complements the sweetness, fruit and a slight taste of grass.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste is sweet, smoky, consistent.

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
      Fresh and aromatic, minty, with sweet peat. Creamy and lots of vanilla frosting.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Again, loads of vanilla-infused peat. Rather benign for an Ardbeg. I guess it needs a bit of extra ABV to make this thing jump. Roasted marshmallow. Quite mellow. I guess you chug this if you're rich, and Airigh Nam Beist if you can pronounce it.
    • Finish
      91 91
      This is very linear. Similar profile from start to finish. No new development, but then again, probably not necessary. This is very good, but to rack up more points, this would need to be a bit stronger with more edginess.

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. AgentMunky scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    Smells like freshly scotchgarded car seats. Tastes like roasted marshmallow.
    • Nose
      40 40
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    An amazingly feminine, fine fellow. The Aromatik is quite classic for older Ardbegs. Sweet, tasty and pleasant, but it also looks a little harmless.
    Unfortunately, there is a noticeable lack of punch for an Islay whisky and especially Ardbeg, with more power that would be really nice.

    In direct comparison with an ANB, the Lord seems a bit more (!) More complex and also a bit maritime. The ANB has more volume. Qualitatively, both are in par.

    The current prices for this bottling and the offered are completely absurd in my opinion.
    • Nose
      Very fine, feminine and subtle. Peat, fine fruit (lemon, orange), fine maritime tones, vanilla, medicinal bandages. Later camphor and some eucalyptus are added. As good as no smoke.
      Everything playful, rather medium depth, quite multi-layered. Needs some time to open up.
    • Taste
      Silky, sweet start. Peach. Then quickly clear peaty, salty-spicy and a little firmer. Elegant medium weight. Fudge. Zironen, the iodine-medical bandages are now clearer. Some smoke. Tight and concentrated.
    • Finish
      Elegant, polished, round, medium weight. Medicinal-iodine, maritime, salty, lemons, lots of peat and also some smoke. Very good length and nice round.

  6. M134481 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  7. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very savoury dram, with quite some development in the glass. It's rather fruity than bold, and could be mistaken for a top notch bottling of another Islay distillery (guess which). 
    • Nose
      Various medicinal smells: iodine, charcoal and some wood smoke, even a bit of pencil shavings. There is some peat too, but it's not that obvious in the beginning. It's almost getting farmy and beefy, but the amount of horse sweat and bacon are little. Then, there is salted cod, olives, and a nice dose of lemon zest and (baked) apple. The fruit turns to a mix of dried apricot and tinned peach. It gets more vanilla-like and nutty (salted almonds) too.
    • Taste
      Peatier than on the nose, wood smoke, still quite fresh with lemon and apple, peach, grass.Then there is this nuttiness and some pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, salty, smoky, and drying on black pepper corns, with some grass and lemon zest.

  8. JacobaEd scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. Furtia scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

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