Ardbeg 1996 Twenty Something

Overall rating
90.17/100
votes
275
Whiskybase ID
WB118449
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1996
Bottled
18.07.2018
Stated Age
22 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon
Number of bottles
2400
Strength
46.4 % Vol.
Size
100 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L70721 18/07/2018 18007578 15:22
Barcode
5010494947380
Bottled for
Committee Member
Added on
04 oct 2018 11:55 am by pH
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 768.70

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275 × member ratings

858 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1996 Twenty Something

34 users have left 34 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.17 points.

  1. magic_slim scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Color: Pale Straw

    Very good Ardbeg - recommended.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Well balanced, smooth and very fruity with vanilla. Notes of fresh oranges and slightly peaty.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet, smooth and peaty mouthfeel. Remains smooth when swallowed. Delicate peat, mild pepper, vanilla and citrus fruits.
      Nicely balanced.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, smooth and peated with pepper, black tea and oak. Dry. Remains pleasant in the aftertaste.

  2. BunnaMan scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    N:
    A milder but still prominent medicinal smokyness and citrus scent with a fuller "body" than the 21 year old Ardbeg in the same series.

    T:
    Consistently a "sweeter" whisky than the 21 year old, but not prominently floral but more a oakey vanilla and barley sweetnes with also a clear peaty saltiness.

    F:
    Long. A very nice sweet sooty smoke in the aftertaste, faint notes of citrus and dark chocolate. Very nice!

  3. huangshantong scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    My favorite of the three in the series.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Creamy vanilla ice cream, adorned with a peat smoke (think of a special dessert in Wangpin), after a little wake up, there are some fresh fruit flavors such as lemon, citrus, pear, etc. It smells good, changes and is pleasant.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The entrance can be said to be the level that I think is very good. The juice is matched with peat, and the back end is gushing wort. The wine body is a little weaker, which is a little regrettable.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Full-bodied herbs, citrus, malt, honey, low to medium strength, medium to long, not dry. But also simpler. Pleasure is high. I want to drink it one sip after another.

  4. DimiIkon scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasting: April 2022
    • Nose
      Smoke that is mild and well balanced, clear citrus tone, floral with heather and cloves. Promising!
    • Taste
      Full bodied! Sweetness of vanilla, dry smoke that explodes as you go, honey, fine saltiness in a wonderful balance. Mild citrus and a floral sweetness.
    • Finish
      Long. Nice balance between sweetness and smoke.

  5. PortYouri99 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

  6. Luigisim scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Part of the Weird & the Wonderful flight tasting at Ardbeg distillery.
    Great dram, a bit less intense than the 23 something.
    The best out of five drams being the others: Traigh Bhan 3 ed, Auriverdes, Perpetuum Committee, Dark Cove .

  7. hyc scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 92
    Flavor--------------------91
    End rhyme--------------------91

  8. prestonclub scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    What marks first of all is of course the trademark of Ardbeg: this grassy, greasy, medicinal peat characteristic and inimitable.

    Then, its incredible softness and its incomparable ethyl balance. So of course, after 22 years in barrel, its natural reduction has reduced the strength of the alcohol but even so, no minty or peppery sensation will disturb the palate. You can keep the alcohol in your mouth, you will only have the pleasure of the flavors without the inconvenience of the spiciness.

    In terms of flavor precisely, the notes of vanilla and citrus explode in a bouquet of honeyed peat, transporting us to an endlessly smoky, charcoal finish.

  9. gaboruso scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  10. dreamingpill scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    almost tottered into my throat, the bottle was emptied, the liquor turned to memory. tried to describe it but only a figure of stranger lingering. annoying dram.

  11. daevid scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Aged Ardbeg ripe Banana edition. ????. Splendid nose but taste and finish could be more prominent and balanced. It is rather on the oaky, sour, smoke side, a little more fruity sweetness is missing.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  12. elipszis scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    This whisky represents something else, described it with one word, godlike.
    • Nose
      95 95
      whipped cream
      raspberries
      salty
      strawberries
      bananas
      sweet tobacco leaves
      pears
    • Taste
      94 94
      rounded
      oily
      sweet peat
    • Finish
      94 94
      goes from peat to sweet
      medicinal
      iodine
      bitter
      long finish

  13. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  14. Whiskyisfordrinking did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    It looks more ripe than the 21st, deeper, more spicy, vanilla, grassy freshness, pear. The taste continues with the fruity sweetness, I also have the pear again, smoke is integrated around the edge, a little salt again on the back. Soft and warming in the finish, here also some oak.

  15. Teresa scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  16. Hegu scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    A stately Ardbeg of some age.
    • Nose
      Seaweed, sauna stove with birch halves and degrees 110, soot and vanilla.
    • Taste
      A sudden start that will level off after a short while. Sootiness and smokiness remain with it.
    • Finish
      A yellow fruit whose smokiness covers the area. Towards the end, it becomes a bit bitter. Age brings softness but does not tame whisky.

  17. JeanChan scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  18. stupiddog1022 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Fruity style Ardbeg with very well-integrated peat smoke. A style that is rarely found in modern Ardbegs. Mouthfeel is a bit lacking. Add a drop of water.

    Again. Doesn't justify the mad price.

  19. Seanzhang scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  20. TechnOBY scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  21. Thermidor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very good for a recent Ardbeg, but does not justify its price entirely.

    It's a solid representative of its time of distillation, and age has treated it well, but I do like for example Airigh Nam Beist and the 1975-2000 more. I am a bit reminded of Port Askaig 25 which is better and cheaper if you can find it.
    • Nose
      Off to the hospital with some bandages, medicinal notes, sweet and discreet citrus, and smoke, a tiled stove that stopped burning a while ago. It's really well rounded and nothing's off, but it could be a bit louder, perhaps? Still, I'm more impressed than with the 19yo sometime back...
    • Taste
      ...But herein lies a problem: While the taste is much as the nose promises, a discreet refill casked affair that lets the distillate shine, I am missing some oomph or complexity, either one would do. It's a sweetly citrused affair where the peat isn't dominant, but more just one of equal elements. The body isn't as firm as I hoped.
    • Finish
      Mostly carried by the peat since the citrus leaves early, and there is very little else. It's nice they haven't beaten this to death with aggressive casking, but if It's like this at 46 and something %, and is fairly expensive, could we get it at 50%?

  22. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  23. CherryHeart scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose: The shyness released by the aroma is mainly smoked (but the ratio is not biased). Some shredded tobacco, vanilla and oil flowers are relatively simple but have a beauty that is intriguing.

    Palate :: white pepper chowder, herbs, light smoke, ripe plums, significant tannins and grapefruit.

    Balance, Body: Moderately heavy wine, full of fat, good balance, and extremely easy to drink.

    Finish: Medium to long. Salted caramel, orange bitter essence, grape skin, light smoke.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  24. HrvojeV scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    The best one from Ardbeg as I know. Strong taste with long, long finish.

  25. Fight65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
      IT: 89
      B: 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  26. rampah scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  27. newman346 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    【Tasting】
    Brown sugar nectar, ripe oranges, a little wax, dry prunes, dark boiled tea, custard cream, salty water.
    Boiled canned fruit, full-bodied spicy red wine, dry prunes, plum jam, and caramel sauce for the finish.

    A solid Sherry Cask speyside malt with few negatives on the Sherry Cask.
    An interesting whisky with a strong fruity taste and a spicy complexity, with a rich taste like brown sugar and caramel.

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  28. Achany scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    sweet peat, a gentle citrus note, salty, moldy as well. starts gentle and develops quite a load of Aromas, the peat is massive, but still there are These lovley sweet vanilla tones, the citrus notes, just nicley balanced and the finish is long Lasting. what a fine dram this is!
    tasted the 21yo and the 23yo as well and this 22yo is by far the best of them. would love to drink and enjoy a bottle but would not like to discuss the Price.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  29. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasted in the evening (12th whisky)

    Very delicate, fine peat, fresh and floral, slightly fruity, some ham.

    Quite thick, sweet, good fruity. Soot.

    Frangipane and fruit compote in the final.

    An Ardbeg more delicate than usual.

    Enthusiasm
    Nose & Mouth 3/5
    Final 4/5

    Whisky n ° 2052

  30. rottendon scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    He's really good, no question, but he does not encourage me to jump. The profile is pretty typical Ardbeg, all very round and well balanced. The long stand to elicit the bouquet but still any secrets, has not paid off, there were none. Instead, the life has led to a slight loss of alcohol, and of that he does not have so much. The second glass, warmed up and with only a short shriek, I liked much better because it was much more powerful. The price-performance ratio is however rather scary.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A bit green with a lot of peat in the first breath, caramel follows, the smoke quickly becomes phenolic, campfire in the cowshed. He calms down very fast. Over time, notes of licorice or anise as well as Zitronenzeste develop. Partly almost dusty with lots of herbs, but always sweet in the background. Heat completes him immensely, he now looks much sweeter, smoked Snickers. Add an idea moist rock and freshly tanned leather. In the second dram, I actually find a hint of mango.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very mild onset, initially rather watery, but then becomes increasingly oily. Sweet forward, full milk chocolate, back to white pepper develops and some herbs come up. Overall, but very tanninarm. The second glass, this time a bit warmer and without life, is already slightly oily at the beginning. The entrance also looks a bit stronger now.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Slowly and warmly, he goes into the long finish, it is initially very sweet and then dries off easily. He looks pretty cool. The slightly sweet ash is still a middle eternity on the tongue.

  31. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose has lime, subtle smoke, pears, and oak. Palate is soft and herbal, with rich honey and herbal notes. Great dram - very soft and elegant for an Ardbeg.

  32. Rydén scored this whisky 97 points Newbie

    Magnificent nose, mouth and finish. After adding a few drops of water the experience became even greater.
    One of the best whisky I've ever tried!
    • Nose
      95 95
      Smoke but not as much as you normally scent in an Ardbeg. Vanilla of course, It's been a while in the cask but you can scent a tone of sweet vanilla.
      You can scent leather, some dried herbs and even chocolate.
    • Taste
      98 98
      Oh my godness…
      So delicate!
      Soft smoke and ash together with hints of leather, vanilla and even som dried fruits, (I got the taste of plum in my mouth). .
      When swallowed the smoke builds up but never gets intense. Some grapefruite or lemon-peel (felt it on the sides of my toungue wich indicates some bitterness but at the same time I felt som acidity).
    • Finish
      98 98
      Really long and full finish of initially smoke-tones but after a little while turns more towards chocolate and citrus.
      Once again i taste the bitterness of, what I believe is, grapefruit.

  33. ASWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nose, mouth and finish are consistent and complex
    good to drink
    • Nose
      after pouring without movement:
      a lot of vanilla in sweet smoke
      Barley and herbs in warm water
      soft ripe apricot meat in the background

      after a while with movement:
      mild goat cheese, spicy smoke, lots of vanilla, ripe fruit in the background, dried dusty meadow herbs, menthol (essential oils), waxy peel of citrus fruit, caramel
    • Taste
      cold start
      slowly your tongue warms up
      the dry, dusty herbs are quickly melting away on your tongue
      Your taste bud will be sweet with ripe fruit and vanilla
      Smoke develops in your mouth at first like fog
      on the second swallow, ethereal smoke fills your mouth
      leaves an ashy charcoal note sweetened with acacia honey
      Menthol with citrus peel
    • Finish
      long
      sweet charcoal ash
      Chocolate powder with citrus peel
      you have to fish the chocolate caramel with coating of dark chocolate from the ashes;)
      slight bitterness at the end

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