Ardbeg Drum

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Ex-Bourbon Cask / Ex-Rum Cask Finish
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml 750 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2019
Added on
03 May 2019 9:31 am by Slàinte Mhath

Average value

€ 225.97

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Drum

72 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.62 points

  1. ARDBERG scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    The streak of downgrading Ardbeg with yet another uninspired Feis bottling continues.

    Nothing to write home about, other than saying, I won't pick up a bottle.

    Sad. Very sad.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  2. peatbogger scored this whisky 69 points Specialist

    When it comes to Ardbeg my latest purchases have been the TEN in special tins, the Warehouse and the Dog bone. Yea, I'm a sucker for "collectors" packaging, but It's at a good quality/price ratio, have been pretty consistent lately, and I don't mind having a few extra go-to basic bottles.
    Having tried some of the latest specials at festivals I have found them disappointing and expensive.
    So don't even ask what made me go for this one.

    Someone have rated this 100, and another one has taken time to rate all realeases 94. Of course without a word of explanation. I dear to strongly disagree, and at least you can read why.
    • Nose
      74 74
      Very little Ardbeg on the nose, actually very little Islay.
      Let's not hold that against it, let's just say it's not what is expected from the distillery.
      It's gently peated, and there's also some plain smoke.
      But it's dominated by tropical fruit, most likely from young rum casks.
      I love the tropical fruit notes that can be found in the likes of Old Pulteney, and it works well with the lightly salty maritime character.
      However, the fruit in this one mixed with peaty smoke is totally clashing.
      The box says "ripe banana". Sure, there is banana, but it's not just ripe, the smoke makes it appear rotten. The pineapple is pretty off too.
    • Taste
      68 68
      The arrival is initially OK, but that's where it ends.
      There's a short moment of sweet peatyness.
      But it turns almost immediately close to tasteless and watery.
      Then a sudden attack of just weird wood spice.
      Again refering to the box that says "fragrant pine resin". Have they used pine wood casks?
      Because that's what it tastes like, sticky astringent pine resin.
      I have never encountered a whisky so indecisive and unbalanced.
    • Finish
      64 64
      There are remote notes of fruit in the finish. Mainly sweet banana. It can be noticed while struggling to get rid of the sticky resin.
      The warmth of the spice would have been nice if it wasn't so darn dry.

      The fact that I spent £100 on this bottle will haunt me long after it is empty.

  3. Pollenflug scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Help Ardbeg ...
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  4. Archer scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Unfortunately, the "Limited Edition" with 46% does not make it any better than the Committee Release. One tastes Islay, one finds Ardbeg, but all in all, the whisky looks very young, uninspired, arbitrary and - yes, that too, unfortunately - boring.
    • Nose
      82 82
      The first nose, association: green.
      Freshly peeled branches, still immature, green banana, just mown meadow. Lemon juice. Cold peat smoke, overflowing ashtray.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Mild, slightly oily onset. Quite strong, dry smoke that immediately engulfs the entire tongue. Lemon drops, canned pineapple and peach. Herbe herbs. Salt, tar.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Dry, short to medium long. Liquorice, citrus purifier, tar, dark chocolate.

  5. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    For those willing to shell a few extra pounds/euros/dollars, this is a nice variation on what modern Ardbeg has to offer.
    • Nose
      The peat smoke is subtle in this one, leaving room for plenty of other aromas. Well-rounded and somewhat creamy, with mushy banana, cinnamon apple, pineapple and apricots. Finally even some candy hearts, and a floral whiff.
    • Taste
      Pretty creamy mouthfeel too. Somewhat more spicy (nutmeg, cinnamon, even a hit of ginger), and lots of dry smoke and ashes. It has a sugary sweetness though, alongside vanilla and lime.
    • Finish
      Lingering salt and smoke and vanilla.

  6. wisekycourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    exit 2019!
    Rum cask in finish!
    • Nose
      the characteristic woody, sugar too
      yellow fruits, a little on the undifferentiated exotic fruits
      back vanilla
      a little smoke
    • Taste
      spices ahead!
      sugar again, soaked wood, fruit still on the peach, the mango!
      the dry smoke, then the soft and fine peat explode without being disgusting.
      a slightly salty and sweet side interesting!
    • Finish
      the peat resumes its rights!
      fruits always yellow, concentrated, maderized a little, certainly sweet !!
      final long enough in the glass.

  7. karloff scored this whisky 55 points Specialist

    I have tried a few Rum cask finishes and they have all been shite. Why bother, it doesn't bring anything to the party. There seems to be a lot of people slagging this whisky off yet still give it points in the 80's the mind boggles. This was a sample courtesy of peatbogger.
    • Nose
      50 50
      This smells a lot stronger in the sample bottle than it does in the Glen Cairn glass.
      You can smell peat smoke but very little else. The sweaty socks have just been washed.
      Struggling to find anything else, as Stan laurel once said "that's it, there isn't anymore, that's my story and I'm stuck with it "
    • Taste
      60 60
      This just tastes like a very basic run of the mill Ardbeg. I can't find the rum cask influence anywhere. If I was tasting this blind I wouldn't have a cat in hells chance and neither would anyone else for that matter. Maybe a Clairvoyant could make contact " rum cask are you there? Is anyone there "? There is something in the taste and I think it's erm erm no it's gone.
      Again this isn't a terrible, terrible whisky as far as a basic Ardbeg goes but if you are looking for a whisky with rum cask influence forget it.
    • Finish
      55 55
      A medium finish with your basic Ardbeg ending. What else would you expect.

  8. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Because the Grooves was such a pleasant surprise – after a few less exciting Ardbeg releases – I decided to give this new Ardbeg Day 2019 release a try: the Ardbeg Drum. Without further ado…
    Surprisingly green, herbal nose on young, broken twigs, a full ashtray and lime juice. Then comes some pineapple followed by sweet and sour peat. The floral note first becomes bigger, only to be replaced with more fruit like apricots and green banana. But in all honesty: I am not impressed.
    The palate is much more interesting. Nicely round and oily, honeysweet on vanilla and crystal sugar, pineapple and peach, lime and ashes. That is joined by feisty pepper, brackish water and nutmeg. Ginger and a hint of cinnamon follow. Nice smoke development, but it is not a peat bomb (nor should it be). It’s nice to find the sweet and salty notes vying for attention of your taste buds.
    The finish is somewhat short with some sweet vanilla and sea salt. The smoke has long ago left the building.
    Well, this is a very ordinary Ardbeg in my book. In that case, I’ll have another bottle of the Grooves (or any of the standard range for that matter). Around 135 EUR.

  9. Achany scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    yeah, I admit ... I am biased. I do like rum Barrels quite a lot. nosing brings a lot of bananas, sweet Tropical fruit, only slight hints of smoke. on the palate there the fruity sweetness is accompanied with a salty, peaty note. some spices and herbs, just lovely. Only the finish is way too short. Fine expression of Ardbeg, not typical.
    Tasted and bought at the Ardbeg Day on Götzis, Vorarlberg
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. serejja scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Peat and fresh grass from the start. Once you get used to it there are some fresh fruit, malt, a bit of spice. Can't tell it's very complex
    • Taste
      84 84
      You can feel it's quite young. Nice taste of peat and farm. Not too fruity, just a gentle hint of fresh fruit
    • Finish
      84 84
      A bit more alcoholic finish than I expected. Spicy, a bit dry, not too long except the peat


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