Ardbeg 1996 Twenty Something

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
22 years old
Number of bottles
46.4 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L70721 18/07/2018 18007578 15:22
Bottled for
Committee Member
Added on
04 Oct 2018 11:55 am by pH

Average value

€ 660.69

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1996 Twenty Something

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.17 points

  1. 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
      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

  2. 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.

    Nose & Mouth 3/5
    Final 4/5

    Whisky n ° 2052

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Teresa scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  7. Hegu scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    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.

  8. JeanChan scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  9. 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.


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