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Ardbeg 1993 CA

Overall rating
90.12/100
votes
61
Whiskybase ID
WB125933
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Vintage
1993
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
216
Strength
51.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
13 Feb 2019 7:04 pm by Zinni
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 358.33

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1993 CA

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.12 points

  1. lviz scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Scent: vanilla walnut, sea water, citrus and lots of smoke. The smokiness of it was very surprising, I didn't feel any smoky even at islay maltok of a similar age.

    Taste: citrus, sea water and lots of smoke. Full of life. Not too complicated, but very lively. With a few drops of water, there is even more citrus, opening up. There's so much smoke after so many years, it's incredible.
    Smoky, sea-like citrus flavors. That's all that, but it's master.

  2. wisekycourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    25 year old peat from Cadenhead!
    a little bomb.
    • Nose
      peat quite fat, pregnant,
      rather strong, peppery spices
      slightly cooked lemon
      liquorice and caramelized sensation
    • Taste
      Important woody and sticky peat, all at the same time
      fruits on citrus, cooked, sweetened almost
      a little lavender
      a grassy side, seaweed, sea, caramel, licorice are there to give sugar
      Intense smoke with saline return
    • Finish
      spices, salt, peat always present, more subtle, the sweet and salty side that remains long!

  3. sagara-kun scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very good, and very strong. The balance is there. It's simple, but the pleasure is there.
    • Nose
      Lemon, rhubarb, mirabelle.
      Cold ash, medicinal peat, rather oily.
      Olive oil. White chocolate. Thyme. Egg white.
      Camphor, eucalyptus.
    • Taste
      In the mouth we have above all the peat always present with cold ash.
      It's pretty sturdy.
      Citrus fruits, encaustic, white grapes, mirabelle.
      The smoke is very present. Black pepper.
    • Finish
      Finale on peat, cold ashes, dried apricots, mint.

  4. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      A sour / lactic / peaty / herbal profile with some unusual associations: cheese Doritos, mixed pickles, smoked bell peppers, old waxed jackets, hemp rope, vapor rubs, camphor, mothballs... The main driving force here is much-reduced peat smoke that has been transubstantiated by time into something indistinctly leathery, farmy, and vaguely... fishy?
      Don't get me wrong, it's an absolute blast to nose and I'd probably believe this was even older were I to have it blind, but it's definitely an edgy and complicated malt rather than a crowdpleaser. Almost reminds me of Glen Scotia in some regards.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oh man. If you ever wondered what happens to the Ten after an additional 15 years of maturation, this is it. Amazingly close and yet so far removed. The DNA is still perfectly palpable, but the depth and mellowness are something else entirely. You wouldn't call this fruity by a long shot, but it's really impressive in its single-minded concentration on the cornerstones of the construct we know as "Ardbeg".
      Simultaneously narrow and deep, if that makes sense.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Majestically deep and layered peatiness.

      Not much to say here; better to just grunt approvingly.

  5. lonespirit scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. mordread scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Not bad whisky, but quite disappointing for an Ardbeg@25yo.

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