Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Calculated age
25 years old
Sherry butt
Number of bottles
54.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
13 Jan 2008 2:48 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 3759.19

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1976

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 95.36 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
      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
    • Finish
      very long and wet
      all memories flow together in your mouth to a single beautiful feeling
      soft, sweet, distinctive and seductive

  2. foxboro scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Once in a lifetime ... unbelievable

  3. 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.

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur


    TWE says: ‘,… this cask-strength dram is from the 1976 batch of sherry casks that took Ardbeg’s reputation into the stratosphere’. I wonder how much this bottle fetched in 2002?  For the Japanese market, this is another offering I’ve held onto for years now, compliments of ASWhisky.

    N: You know it’s incredibly dense, just by the way it falls into the glass. Leathery at first and very intense, it takes a while for the sherried complexities to open out. In fact, I’m not convinced it’s fully opened out after 45 minutes in an open glass, though every time I go to it, I pick out more and more. Indeed ASWhisky says ‘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’. It goes from bone dry & leathery to classic sherry to salty brine over the course of time, with a profile that is both old skool and contemporary, such is the freshness, the intensity, the vivid vibrancy. Then again, there are fusty overtones that defy this to have been distilled later than 1981 when Ardbeg was mothballed for eight years. It’s worth noting that the distillery closed again in 1996 before Glenmorangie bought the distillery and remaining stock a year later for £7 million. Not accounting for inflation, that’s currently around 9 bottles of 52yo Macallan [MoM]. Now more than an hour later this remains formidable yet it’s a firm but generous nose that gives without shedding. I reckon you could nose this all night, and the same glass would still hold up in the morning. Not sure mine will last that long.

    T: Whilst I’d anticipated this would be sweeter and squidgier, the arrival is surprisingly bitter and peated. It definitely needs some water, otherwise, it’s just salty oloroso followed by lots of peat. Water marries the two camps together, where the magic then happens. Aside from all the descriptors that one’s palate may glean or one’s brain conjure, it’s the mouthfeel that defines this one’s appeal. It’s big on everything, but consolidated with water – unlike some Karuizawa’s perhaps that can stay ever-intense and ‘showy’ – this is perfectly congenial. ASWhisky says: ‘You still feel the memories in your mouth hot and spicy but also spicy and soft’. Following on neatly perhaps is a quote I heard today from no other than Gordon Ramsey who says “presentation lasts 30 seconds, it’s the flavour that holds the memory” [Kitchen Nightmares: Series 3 Episode 3: 26 mins].

    F: After the oiliest gooey-ist vegetal-sweet~ashy chocolate on earth [with hints of rum, clairins and cachaca], we’ve succulent yet dry ashy > oak briny tannins, the dry-vegetal ashy oiliness remaining buoyant.

    C: I can easily see, if you rushed this, that it could be just ‘good’. Give it all the time and help it wants and it shall reward. Though not particularly subtle nor perhaps the emotional jerker I wanted, it is a sherried single cask of excellence from a great vintage year for Ardbeg.

  5. Iron Lung scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    An exceptional whisky.
    I got a sample for my birthday.

    A clear 95 points

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 99 points Moderator

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

  10. 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


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