Ardbeg 1996 Twenty Something

Overall rating
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

€ 624.88

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1996 Twenty Something

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.26 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. Seanzhang scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  6. TechnOBY scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Thermidor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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%?

  8. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  9. CherryHeart scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    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

  10. HrvojeV scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

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


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