Ardbeg Drum

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

Average value

€ 134,76

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254 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Drum

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.08 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. Pollenflug scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. Dr.Ago scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Very fine

  10. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86


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