Ardbeg 1976

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2002
Calculated age
25 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
53.1 % Vol.
700 ml
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Added on
13 jan 2008 2:48 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 11383.98

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1976

18 users have left 21 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.92 points.

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    this Ardbeg creates a mystical feeling
    He is very good at drinking
    he needs a lot of time to feel
    he is mystical and encrypted, close to the border of miss notes
    but he manages to turn it into a captivating spell

    yes, I had a mystic dream
    • Nose
      standing still:

      You take one of your sweet salty caramel candies in your mouth
      and look at the sea
      it is quiet and gloomy, as if it were dozing
      In the fog over the dunes suddenly a castle appears
      fascinated you will be attracted by the mystical scenery
      in front of the castle, you can smell the mold of the old masonry
      a blooming lilac bush stands only beside the entrance
      its tart floral odor is lost in the salty sea air
      the door opens
      a ray of light falls on the table inside
      dark, plump raisins next to French cognac
      Limes are lying next to a piece of sliced ​​ham
      Your fingers are stroking the cut surface
      salty smoked ham with soft meat
      Your saliva begins to flow
      You take a sip of the old cognac
      above you are old dusty wooden beams
      they smoke
      You want to know why
      Open a door and see the iodine-green sea
      the walls are burned down
      charred wooden beams stand out against the dark sky
      the fire is extinguished, the wood still warm


      spicy salty
      behind it caramel
      stale flower water

      Sulfur after some time
    • Taste
      in the beginning
      sweet caramel with menthol
      a lot of salt
      ripe apples
      the old moldy walls and wood
      spicy hot on the tongue
      on the palate smokes a warm spring
      Salt water with iodine
      mineral tingling
      on the tongue sticks chocolate powder
    • Finish
      long and pleasantly moist
      sweet and salty
      baked apple
      barrel chocolate
      a touch bitter

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  3. DrFreeEnergy scored this whisky 98 points Expert Junior

    Best Ardbeg I’ve tasted. I’ve never owned a bottle but many of my friends bought this bottle at Feis Ile in 2002 and I have enjoyed this one many times over the years. What’s so striking about this cask is that it’s Titanic and very powerful and yet very complex with very well defined flavors of peat and citrus and coastal influences.

  4. decadentto scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Probably the best Sherry Ardbeg I have ever tried. Intense & tarry, just amazing.

  5. chokolin scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Sherry did not overwhelm,
    Ardbeg firmly.

    Pierce of Pete,
    rotten fruit. Apples, figs.
    As time goes by, the scent comes out more and more.

    This is freshly opened. Good without tension.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  6. Ardbeg1 scored this whisky 95 points Specialist


  7. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Purchased 30ml sample.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Bright, uplifting sherried peat, with a very salty edge. Balsamic vinegar. dried sweet and sour plum. Chinese incense. Loads of black grape and concentrated blackcurrant juice. Dried fruits - cherries, black raisins, apricots. Apple cider vinegar. One of the best sherried peaty nose I've ever had.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Incredible juice. Punches like a heavyweight, and knocks you out with power AND finesse. Definitely very sherried, but with lots of nuance and complexity. No need to add water - you get more oomph without.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Ends with a peppery, chocolatey, raisiny, peaty flourish. Loads of dried black dates here.

  8. pere scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Heavy smoke, a bit drier sherry, maritime freshness.

    In comparison 2392 has dirtier and softer smoke and is sweeter, 2394 is not as strongly sherried nor as smoky, 2396 is softer, sweeter and cleaner.

  9. buschie78 scored this whisky 98 points Member Senior

    By far the best Ardbeg I've ever had in a glass. Not to be exceeded in complexity. Compared to the 2391 significantly creamier and more harmonious

  10. nallacam scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Grandiose Ardbeg from a sherry butt.
    You can get lost in this dram, this is hard to beat in terms of complexity and variety of flavors.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  11. Peaty Tom scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Holy shit!

  12. Cheesehut-Fellows scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    This is probably the quintessential Ardbeg (from Feis Ile 2002). In direct comparison it beats 2391 and other Releases of that series

  13. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    One of the best of these single casks one for sure. Ardbeg and sherry always make the best combination imho.

  14. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Out of a H2H tonight this was the result. 

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    Brora 4th Annual Release 1975 30 year 56.3% OB   

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  15. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    An Ardbeg of quality, very good
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  16. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Yes this is by far the best Ardbeg I have had, for me to like an Ardbeg this much, well it must be good.
    • Nose
      A very sweet peat here with dare I say it traces of pickled onion vinegar? There is a lovely orange marmalade sweetness here, rich plum, citrus, almost smells like a thick liqueur.

      Thankfully I do not get the usual sweaty socks and cheese notes that I find in many ardbeg bottlings so this is a big plus for me. This grows in the glass, very nice, reminds me of some old Bowmore.
    • Taste
      The palate does not live up to the nose I am afraid but its still good. The peat is very restrained and mixing with sherry and orange very well, A little orange, marmalade again and the peat is growing now, sherbet fizz, a very lively peat. 
    • Finish
      Long, sweet very refined

  17. ctu scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    My best whisky ever. Finally I found a really great Ardbeg.
    Not a sherry is a starring role, rather smoke and peat.
    But beside it you feel a wonderfully fruitiness and pleasantly spiciness in a powerful and fresh feeling.
    • Nose
      Complex, fresh, refined. Sweet peat, plum jam, orange liquer and raisin wine.
      Lot of fresh eucalyptus. Camphor and cough syrup. After Eight Chocolate. Sherry.
      Meat desk. Matured oak. Ash, smoke and earth. Bizarre, but divine.
    • Taste
      Powerful, oily. Peat, smoke, ash and earth have a greater role than the nose. Sherry.
      Honeyed sweet fruit syrups, especially orange and plum. Burnt barbecue. Salted caramel. Oak.
      Sour, acidic citruses. Serrano ham. Cocoa and cola. What a grotesque mix, but it's super.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, smoky, peaty.

  18. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2002]  I had this dram during an Ardbeg rarities tasting in Bonn.

    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 92,5.  My notes state a dark amber colour and a few late legs and late tears (oily texture at the glass).  The nose is beautiful on both sherry and wooden aromas.  The mouthfeel is punchy and a little bit biting.  The body has a very strong wooden structure with lots of sherry flavours and some cocoa.  The finish is of medium length and smooth.

  19. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      96 96

  20. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo Moderator

    What a balance and smoothness - this is really a great Ardbeg!
    • Nose
      Rich, heavy, sweet fruits, prunes, loads of raisins, sherry, meaty, naturally notes of peat and smoke, bonfire - definitely great!
    • Taste
      Oily and liquorice, woody, subtle sweetness, fruitiness, more on dried fruits, the typical Ardbeg bonfire, little charcoal, meaty notes, ham, and a lot more - it's really rich!
    • Finish
      Medium long and smooth, just little zesty and sweet - nice

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

    This Whisky was sold for 2.755 € at Whiskyauction in Jan. 2015

  22. checkpointuk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur Color: Full gold with amber stitch
    Nose: Fresh with a lot of sherry. Lemon, lime, hints of orange, salty, light earthy, peaty smoke and dry old leather. Breathe in the glass for a few minutes; The saltiness is somewhat reduced and the orange and lime flavors are more pronounced.
    Taste: Rich, salty peaty citrus fruits, pepper, traces of chocolate and again leather. The peat flavors become stronger. Filigree and harmonious.
    Finish: Very long, balanced and round. The same flavors as in the taste. Towards the end, dry sherry and peat remain on the tongue.
    94 points (nose: 94 / taste: 95 / finish: 94)


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