Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Calculated age
25 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
53.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Added on
13 Jan 2008 2:48 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 4895.15

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88 × member ratings

74 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1976

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.17 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2004]  I had another dram during the 5th Anniversary Tasting of MaRa at Limburg.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 95+.  My notes state an extreme peaty profile with smoky, fruity, sweet and salty aromas.  The mouthfeel is bold and coating.  The finish is long and adds grilled bacon to the mix.  I noted its taste is comparable to the legendary Kingsbury Ardbeg 1974 (WB id 1526) with additional heavy sherry flavours.  I wrote the word "perfect!".

    The line-up of this tasting was absolutely stunning:

    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/20560/bowmore-25-year-old
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/1222/tamnavulin-1966-forrester
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/81686/highland-park-1956
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/17254/macallan-1958
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/37427/talisker-12-year-old
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/14320/springbank-1966-private-bottling
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/1290/ardbeg-1976-cask-2396
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/28465/ben-nevis-1966
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/7297/bowmore-1956
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/764/ardbeg-ten-cask-strength

    Yes, this was flabbergasting even by the high standards of the early 2000's...

  2. SFWC scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at Dornoch Castle Whisky bar. February 2018.

    This one is much more sour than cask #2397. Still a phenomenal Ardbeg its much more fishy, oyster like and salty. Cooked red fruits are in there but I prefer #2397's superior balance.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2002]  I had this dram during a Prof. Schobert "Islay" tasting at Rolandsbogen.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this 95.  My notes state a very dark colour and a few slow legs (oily texture at the glass).  The nose is all about beautiful sherry-induced aromas.  The mouthfeel is smooth, rounded and warming.  On the palate there are sweet, nutty, peaty and smoky flavours.  The finish is long and delicious.

  4. Allandale scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

     Light to medium body, Slightly chewy.
    • Nose
      Dusty anf earthy.
    • Taste
      Chewy sweetness. Earthy. Bitter chocolate.
    • Finish
      Powerful, long, warming. Woody. Menthol. Spearmint.

  5. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 1.105 € at Whiskyauction in Jan. 2015

  6. Furtia scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    A spectacular whisky, incredibly complex and unique. One of the top 20 Ardbeg bottles I`d dare to say, but needs  A LOT of time to settle and develop. Just then,the magic begins
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      97 97

  7. alectron scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Dissapointingly for me, the last thing standing is the alcohol. Might be this would have benefitted from having it with other whiskies or giving it a LOT more time. On it's own, it's less remarkable than I thought it would be and my sample was too small & gone too early to try out more.

    Thanks to the lady at Ardbeg whom I owe the sample to.
    • Nose
      Earthy dried peat, black leather, fresh cigar tobacco, eucalyptus, (warm) lemon (zest), fresh plums, tar, pencil shavings, hay. (92)

      Later (+20 mins): most of the above is still there, but somewhat in the background, now heather & chocolate come into play as well & even dominate after a bit. more brown than black leather now. A bit less interesting, but much more enjoyable for me now (94)

      w water. Funny. Brings out more of the earthy & farmy notes. Cow dung, wet fur & leather, ammonia, also some more lemon & cinnamon, some musty-ness. (88)
    • Taste
      earthy & peaty notes dominate but next to it are dark chocolate, licorice, plums, tar, (93)

      Later (+20 mins): not the deveopment towards sweetness I have hoped for. I suspect this might need a lot of time...

      w water: still strong on earth & peat, less so on the sweeter flavours, which now seem to be rather vanilla-y & spicy. Also quite a bit of cold ash, charred wood, chalk. (89)
    • Finish
      more peat, then quite an alcoholic finish with a surprising cooling sensation, medicinal feel, (89)

      Later (+20 mins): still very alcoholic feel. Would need to experiment with lots more time & breathing, but now my sample is gone.

      w water: still medicinal feel & also some bitter notes appear (86)


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