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Ardbeg Drum

Overall rating
84.87/100
votes
54
Whiskybase ID
WB118858
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2019
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Cask / Ex-Rum Cask Finish
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Barcode
081753831354
Added on
14 Oct 2018 2:48 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 161.66

15 × in wishlist

54 × member ratings

318 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Drum

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.87 points

  1. Palindrome scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Let me start off by saying I'm a drummer. And so I was really excited to try this whisky. What a let down. Another "fail" from Dr. Bill. I saw him speak a while back and it was hilarious . . . in a good way. Lots of dirty jokes and ribaldry.

    Anyway, the last Ardbeg Day release that I liked was Dark Cove. I actually liked the market release more than the committee edition, which was a first. Prior to that, I really love the Ardbeg Day and Ardbog was pretty darned good. Is the Alligator a day release? If so, terrific one! The rest are well . . . forgettable. In fact, when compared with the March 2015 10 Year release, they are terrible.

    Tasting notes:
    Nose: Weak and lackluster. The peat is there, but some young scotch seems to rise up like cheap perfume. Under this, I catch a whiff of the rum wood, ho hum. A bit of smoke that is quite nice (from a few charred casks, or not?) It reminds me a bit of Alligator, or perhaps it's just the burning peat talking.

    Mouth: The "banana" note is simply young spirit . . . younger than ten years. This mixed with some good casks that are all but drowned out by a bunch of mediocre casks. The rum is a silent partner, but it's there under the surface. So why didn't Ardbeg invest in some nice rum casks? Not sure. The rum wood tastes pretty average to me. If I were the "doctor," then I would have used better rum wood (that had aged some good rum) and then put them more front and center. There's marshmallow, vanilla, and a bit of tannic action.

    Finish: Fast and cheap, like a working girl at a factory bar.

    Verdict: Save your money on this one guys. Be picky about which ten year you buy and when a good run comes out, snatch up a case of the stuff. That's what I do. I miss the March 2015. It was sooooooooooo good. I bought a case of that one and wished I'd bought two, only to skip the Day releases. I haven't tasted a good Uigeadail in a dog's age. They are all too young.

    I think Dr. Bill should have left the shoelaces on the light switches before he "improved" Ardbeg's distillery. Because those old guys back in the day made whisky that yanked the expensive Burberry loafers right off his feet.

    Many of the Old Guard are dead and buried now, but they were the real deal, and many of their best secrets went with them to the grave. And many a distiller these days would have benefited from studying in their "old skool" classroom. Dr. Bill is no exception, despite the fact that he speaks great French.

    Le whisky à l’ancienne bat les dividendes liquides multinationaux contemporains. Vive les hommes libres et les volontés libres

  2. Bembel scored this whisky 45 points Member Junior

    Advance information about my point allocation:
    I rate my whisky's privately with a ten-point scale
    (XX, X of 10.0)!

    Smell / nose
    Sweetish smoke with light citrus notes on the back, exotic fruit basket (pineapple-banana-light fruits), vanilla.
    Later a hint of herbs.

    Taste / mouth
    Very sweet, oily, spicy (white pepper), dry smoke, malty.
    There are no fruit notes.

    Departure / throat
    Medium length, woody bitterness, chocolate / cocoa, something dry, clove?

    notes
    To be honest, you don't notice much of the rum finish.
    The Balvenie Carribean Cask 14 has more on it!

  3. DistiLesha scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Cool scent when rubbed in the palms of your hands! The alcohols are too young, as evidenced by both a pale pale straw color and a sharp prickly taste.
    I can't figure out where the rum component is. There is no economic feasibility to buy this release.
    N: 21 T: 20 F: 21 B: 20
    • Nose
      Strong alcoholism, light smokiness, the smell reminds more of Caol Ila, gouache, irises, a little sweetness, coal cellar, minerality. Prunes, but not as bright as Caol Ila.
    • Taste
      Very young and prickly, sweetish, gouache, lollipops, quite drinkable, but not interesting, raw willow twigs
    • Finish
      Peaty-smoky, slightly woody

  4. VanOpek scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
      sweet, slightly smoky, vanilla, peat, hints of tropical fruits, maybe grilled pineapples/mango
    • Taste
      85 85
      peat, sweet smoke, cinnamon, oak, hints of sand, licorice, pepper, chalk, spices, chocolate, grilled fruits
    • Finish
      84 84
      warm, long, oak, smooth, ashes, smoke and peat, herbal, smoked seafood, excellent balance

  5. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

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