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Overall rating
95.41/100
votes
97
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
24.11.1976
Bottled
26.03.2002
Calculated age
25 years old
Casktype
Sherry butt
Casknumber
2395
Number of bottles
468
Strength
54.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
13 Jan 2008 2:48 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 5615,04

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1976

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 95.41 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    For this Ardbeg you need rest and time
    he unfolds his treasures only after a good while in the glass
    drunk too early, he shows something grumpy and old in the mouth
    yes! I'm in heaven
    • Nose
      the smell in the standing glass after pouring:

      ripe lemons and oranges in a damp sherry barrel
      an old cellar and the salty sea air
      liquorice
      dried malt
      Caro coffee with medicine

      panned and ventilated:

      the humid sea air has seized over the many years on the basement walls
      the musty walls exhale the salt of the sea
      remind you of sun, of oranges and again of salty and maritime
      You think back to warm French summer evenings
      oysters and sultriness and the smell of pleasure
      You feel the taste of pastis
    • Taste
      You still feel the memories in your mouth
      hot and spicy but also spicy and soft
      they stick to your palate and your throat
      dry sherry
      intense old barrel flavors
      like the melting of sweet chocolates chocolate over bitter chocolate
      a slight oysters note
      Sun-ripe oranges and lemons
      caramel
      salt
    • Finish
      very long and wet
      all memories flow together in your mouth to a single beautiful feeling
      soft, sweet, distinctive and seductive

  2. Lorion scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Unquestionably a top-class whisky. Multi-layered and still extremely good. He strongly reminds me of the Special Vatting by Michel Couvreur. A good deal more complex (than the batches I know) and less sherrylastig. But similar in the great combination of sherry, oak and smoke. Absolutely great. Unfortunately, there are slight tart hints, whereas I am allergic. Therefore, there are - I hardly dare to write this word - "only" 93 points.
    • Nose
      First there is earthy smoke. Encrusted peat that begins to glow slowly. Then comes a surge of sweetness. Full and intense. Slightly chilling, the smoke stays there, it has something of mint. The chocolaty side of the Sherry comes through. This is not a modern oak and espresso owl. This is Old School, soft and elegant. Grapes and fresh plums. Raisins and this great sweet-sweetie. With some time, the smoke goes back further. As a sweet-maritime seaweed and herbal mixture, it stays there. Slightly sherry notes are now added. Tree bark. Tart wood flashes briefly (to my horror), luckily it evaporates and makes burned caramel place. Popcorn - sweet and salty. Both. Grapefruit also answers. The wine character is getting stronger. Gradually, smoke, sherry and oak come together to form a harmonious unit.
      Water : The unit returns to different components. The smoke is losing. The sweetie hesitates. The fruit takes a step forward, but the oak rushes off. Again slightly acidic wood flashes, again only briefly, and then comes mountain pine. Resin. It settles down again with recurring chocolate in the "grandiose" area.
    • Taste
      Full sweetie. The mouth is full. Smoke is added immediately, more clearly than in the nose. Tree bark in honey. Smoked orange. Sweet chocolate with pepper and salt. Nutty wine. Licorice. With the swallowing comes seaweed and Isla moss lollipop. Salty, maritime and sweet and bitter to taste. The maritime character in the mouth remains sticky sweet.
      Water : Liquid chocolate. The smoke needs something and does not prevail, only after longer moments he crawls through the pharynx. Rum grape nut chocolate everywhere in the mouth with bark and some sweet moss - crazy. Water does quite well, the whisky does not lose its intensity, it even wins.
    • Finish
      Long. Discreetly smoky. Very easily, a bitterness spreads. Milk coffee, a touch of dark chocolate with sea salt.

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    2395 is certainly one of the best of the 2390s casks so powerful

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2005]  I had this dram during a MaRa rarities tasting 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 90.  My notes state a rather shy nose and a bold taste.  The finish is short but intense.

  5. Allandale scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    The body is slight bigger and smoother.
    • Nose
      More oily. Orange essence. Black chocolate. Coffee.
    • Taste
      Expressive.Delicious. Lightly syrupy. Sweetish.Fruitier. More obvious orange. Reminiscent of orange-liqueur chocolates.
    • Finish
      Smoky,fragrant dryness. Some late,disappointing  woodiness.

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 99 points Moderator

    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      99 99
    • Finish
      98 98

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 99 points Moderator

    Very well balanced and just perfect!
    • Nose
      Rich, intensive, citrus fruits, lemons, blood oranges, peat, smoke, bonfire, maritime breeze
    • Taste
      Punchy and powerful, oily, liquorice, very fruity, citrus fruits, smooth oak wood, little leathery, subtle sweetness, salty seaweed
    • Finish
      Long and burning, still smelling the sea

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 99 points Moderator

    Full bodied and intensive sweet in the nose. Fantastic balance of peat and sweetness with a very fruity and maritime expression. Very Salty and even a bit leathery. Certainly one of the best old Ardbegs. Excellent 99 points!

  9. u485tfu scored this whisky 98 points Member Senior

    Smell: initially soft, flattering the nasal walls, a light stinging, sweet cherries, raisins, oak, smoke, glue, all in a beautiful balance. Warm explosive onset, sweet pipe smoke, dried fruits, very warm, soft mouthfeel Unbelievably long finish on plums and, above all, oranges. An incredibly good drink, I think to this day I have tasted the 2000 different whiskys and graded for me individually, this is certainly one of the 10 best! Whenever I am asked about my favorite whisky I spontaneously remember this Ardbeg. I tried the whisky in the morning, the heavy sweet smell of oranges remained throughout the day like a haze in the room, such an intensity, I have not experienced again. As a grade, I give this Ardbeg 98 points awarded by me for the first time!

  10. Ras Mazunga scored this whisky 95 points Super Administrator

    Lots of sherry and really a lot of peat.
    I smell cherries, smoke and wood.
    The best Ardbeg I had sofar.
     

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