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Ardbeg Traigh Bhan Batch 1

Overall rating
88.72/100
votes
778
Whiskybase ID
WB131177
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
Vintage
2000
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
19 years old
Casktype
American Oak and Oloroso Sherry Casks
Strength
46.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
Batch: TB/01-15.03.00/19.MH
Bottle code
L2354870 27.06.2019 19006302 14:07
Barcode
5010494952544
Added on
11 may 2019 12:33 pm by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 600.01

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Traigh Bhan Batch 1

131 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.72 points

  1. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice Ardbeg and quite delicious.
    Unfortunately, he lacks the depth for 19 years and seems a bit flat behind. The sherry casks are barely noticeable, too bad. Who expects a special Ardbeg for the price, will probably be a bit disappointed. Nevertheless, a very solid malt. For 100 € I would treat myself to a whole bottle, so it remains with the sample.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    What was going on at Ardbeg, apart from the standard range, in the last time so everything was - NAS for Ü100 ¬, 22+ for around 400 ¬, as one may ask briefly: 19 years for "only" (marketing strategy worked up, if you think that?) 199 Bills, can he do anything?
    Away from all price discussions: yes, he can do something. Even pretty much. His age is obvious to him, but the 46.2% are very well chosen, that's all it takes. While writing the conclusion I still have the reverberation on the palate. Together with the nose a real highlight.
    • Nose
      91 91
      As you would expect from a maturation period of 19 years, you do not receive a blazing peat fire, but a subtle smoke - but this spicy from the beginning of nosing, with a handle on the spice rack: marjoram, tarragon, chervil, savory. If that sounds too violent for the beginning: do not worry, lime slices, lemon and apple are also found at the beginning, so that there is a nice smoke-spice-fruit mixture. In addition, over time a note of chain grease comes forward - or even from a warm-running aggregate dissolving odors (without the diesel). "Warm ship engine room" could hit it. Lemon and lime slowly gain the upper hand over the spices, some mandarin is added and completes the now fruity impression.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Mild, oily, creamy. Ashen and dry smoke that hits the tongue much more intense than the nose would suggest. Starts slowly, but picks up speed quickly. Dry oak settles on the tongue, lemon, lime - and now more intense the ashen, cold smoke. Milk chocolate, toffee, honey. He is so wonderfully soft and full of flavors at the same time. The spices have probably stuck in the nose, at least here is nothing in the expression as in the nose again. But I would now also considered to be out of place, because it remains soft and fruity and shows only echoes of dry oak planks. Again, after a while, the association of the workplace of LI ...
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long and dry finish, in which the flavors from the nose and the palate can be found 1: 1. Back out he makes fun again, remains smoky for a long time, the lemons roll around, chocolate and caramel is passed around on a wooden board. Maybe a spoonful of honey?

  3. Tommyknocker did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    As expected, nice standard, no trace of sherry, lots of oak. The modern Ardbeg (citrus and ash) is there, but why lay down 200 € if I get the same with a little less "zing" from the 10yo.

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2020] Another hopelessly overpriced new Ardbeg release but as long as customers buy at these price points they do everything right (from a shareholder's perspective). No, I do not own LVHM shares and so I waited until I managed to get a (5cl) sample of this stuff...

    ...which is a smoother and delicious version of the TEN years old, indeed. Nothing special about it nevertheless very enjoyable to quaff. I am willing to spend up to 120 Euro for a bottle of such drinking quality but unfortunately no one is willing to sell one to me at this price.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose offers the typical modern Ardbeg profile with a nice mix of peaty, malty and wooden aromas. It is rather subtle and delicate compared with the younger Ardbeg releases. Unfortunately, it vanishes upon breathing so hurry with the nosing to catch all impressions. After 20 minutes most of the aromas are gone...
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is that of a smoother version of the TEN years old, not more and not less. Actually, I like it. It is a delicious mix of barley sugars, maritime peaty impressions and firm but not dominating wooden notes. It is nicely balanced and not "too pushy" like so many other modern drams. I suggest to chew it for a while because more flavours are released this way.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The dram arrives warming but not really coating on the palate, what a disappointment (for an Ardbeg). No distracting bitter or drying moments here but the texture is rather thin. Correspondly, the finish is not very long and rather medium to short with a bitter-peaty ending which is very enjoyable. Again no distracting moments here. Water smoothes the dram further and I like it both neat and a little reduced.

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    he needs patience, warmth and a big glass - I'm really not an Ardbegfan - I wasn't particularly enthusiastic about modern bottlings, but this one convinced me after 5 minutes, after 15 minutes I fell in love with my nose
    • Nose
      92 92
      begins rather with a round ExBc nose - after 10 minutes it has a lot more depth and heavier sweet sherry notes rise - it remains light and elegant, crystalline noble citrus notes that develop towards lemonade, immediately creamy, tar, anise, sweet, ashy and salty in the background.
      It gets going with a little hand warmth - yellow fruits (citrus, tangerine, yellow melon, banana), coconut confectionery, creme brulee, mint, biscuit dough with cinnamon-clove-nutmeg and cardamom, vanilla, dried flowers, tree sap, flambéed greenwood - incredibly deep with a medium liveliness
    • Taste
      91 91
      very tasty fruity with a direct mint freshness, ash, licorice, salt, very creamy mild wood aromas, in the background it peppers from the spices from the wood - the tingling is not alcoholic - with every further sip it gets darker, tobacco, dried dates, Figs, sugar cake with melted butter - cinnamon and some clove

      he benefits from large mouthfuls that are easy to chew
    • Finish
      90 90
      gentle, herbs sticking to the tongue in a wax film, they linger for a long time - beautiful coastal aromas, spray, liquorice, liquorice, ginger cinnamon and sweetness

  6. Eun1 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    In the nose after a while very complex: tar with lime, subtle vanilla, orange, old leather, restrained sherry fruits and something between cream cheese and sweet cream.
    In the mouth a strong start with pronounced medical notes, tar, ash and a lot of oak. Astringent. Here I miss a little the fruity and sweet hints of the aroma. The complexity of the aroma reflects the 19 years Fassreifung certainly, in the taste I do not really think.
    The finish is medium long and dry.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose: A rather shy start on ashes, tarry ropes, faded peat reek and cream cheese. With time: some perfumed vanilla, lime zest, orange peel, a hint of mint and cinnamon. Not too complex but well integrated and mature nose.

    Mouth: This is where its happening. After the shy nose I wasnt expecting this kind of punchy mouthfeel. Old leather, smoke, oak tannins, chocolate, sweet cream, prickly szechuan pepper, lime juice, aged tequila, green garden herbs, mint, gets more bitter and dry in the finish.

    The nose is nothing spectacular, but the first impact when sipping this one is quite nice. Its a good Ardbeg but you have to like a little bitterness in your dram. Price is too high in my opinion. 87/88

  8. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nose: Enormously citrusy at the beginning, fruity, fresh, star fruit, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon balm, as well as immature kiwi. In addition, clearly mineral tones, heather, the smoke very well integrated and anything but superficial. Elegant wood, fine honey sweetness and always a beautiful maritime, almost summery freshness.

    Mouth: More powerful than expected, and immediately with a peppery spice at the start. Then here again hay honey, a little vanilla, the fruitiness no longer so pronounced, but herbal king and with beautiful minerality. The smoke is now stronger than expected and makes the mouth a bit scratchy and unbalanced. With time getting drier and ashier.

    Finish: Very dry and very ashy, floral and a bit grassy in the aftertaste.

    Conclusion: After tasting this whisky, I felt strongly reminded of the Ardbeg Twenty One. And if you read through my notes, there are certain parallels. On the whole, I liked the Trahan Bhan a bit better, because he was able to convey a bit more power and depth. An in itself very good, fine and complex whisky, which appeared with personal taste but a little too ashy and dry.

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  9. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    beautifully interwoven with a clear character - almost old-stylish - I like it very much
    • Nose
      88 88
      Lubricating oil from the bicycle chain in a cloth with lemon rinsing water, beautifully wrapped in harmonious smoke, mineral, earthy, liquorice and tar - I can't hear a sherry component
    • Taste
      89 89
      The nose is completely in the mouth - maybe even a little more intense, smoke, clear marine diesel in the engine room and tar, green apples and mild lemon wedges, menthol, metallic
    • Finish
      90 90
      a pleasant smoky cloud with a medium sweetness plays around the smeary oil note, which settles in the mouth and throat for a long time

  10. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    No real notes today, but a comparison. I have another Corryvreckan sample here. So compare with this good standard. Of course I diluted the corry a bit.
    In the nose, the Trabant Bhan is expected to be less smoky than the Corry. Overall, the Traigh Bhan really offers more than the Corryvreckan. The Corry is dominated by smoke and wood. The Trabant Bhan is more subtle. The smoke is gentler but present. In addition also clear and pleasant spice and herbal notes. In addition, beautiful, not too young, citrus fruits and fresh notes (sea breeze). In the mouth then comes at Traigh Bhan first the typical Ardbeg sweetie. Pretty pronounced. Nice. The herbs are now a bit sharper and more bitter. The smoke is getting colder. The finish is quite long. Also in the mouth the Trab Bhan feels more filigree than the Corryvreckan.

    Overall, of course, he is more elegant and multi-layered than the Corry. The nose is nice. In the mouth he lets something go. The finish is then good again, because quite long.

    I do not buy such bottles, because that's too much fanfare for me. A sample has somehow interested me. Am I sad that I do not have a big bottle of this? Not really. He's good. But not so good as I would have to join this circus.

  11. Whisky_Addicted scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Color: straw.
    Nose: Whisky closed, let it breathe. Then vanilla, blackberry, wet boards, drug collection, a little deeper cigarette smoke, ash, burning spruce, smoke from a ping pong ball, iodine, seaweed in the sun. In the depths of the glass, an ashtray full of cigarette butts into which water splashed.
    With water rubber, burnt metal, oiled floorboards in the garage, dusty road.
    Taste: watery, bitter, ashes, embers, dust, stone chips, iodine, green bark.
    Finish: medium, bitter pills, charcoal, cigarette smoke, sour apple.
    Conclusions: Aroma is the strongest part of whisky, I even wanted to smoke a cigarette. The taste does not reach the aroma, and the finish is even more inexpressive. But compared to uggs and corry whiskys are more balanced, smoothed. Still, age makes itself felt. Of course, the fortress is not enough, if it is 52 or higher, I would buy myself another one.

  12. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Rather set and reserved for an Ardbeg. Gentle, ashen smoke, soft lemon, hints of anise and thyme and some burnt rosemary.

    Taste: Sweet peat smoke, which is more intense on the tongue than in the nose. In addition, a little white wine, a pleasant tingling, lemon, some salt caramel and sweetened condensed milk. The creaminess is a nice contrast to the smoke and the citrus note.

    Finish: medium-long. Grapefruit peel, dry wood, honey, ashes and some bitter chocolate.

    Conclusion: very successful. PLV but again beyond good and evil.

  13. ZhengMoMo scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    The smell of this wine reminds me of the 2014 version of 'Kildalton', fresh and elegant. The taste is sweet and comfortable, but it is a bit dull to shoulder the heavy responsibility of the core high-end vintage. As a friend said, this wine should not be the target of 21, 22, 23 years, but should be laphroaig 18 years, or even Lagavulin 16 years of this level of products, even if the price is not considered, there is currently no See his many advantages.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Pouring wine, scent, light smoke, fresh sea water, oak, a little bit of white pepper. After a while, the sweetness of maltose, vanilla, heavy cheese cheesecake, yogurt.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The entrance, the sweetness of the sugar cane juice, smoked, sea salt, vanilla, orange juice, slightly spicy, oak, slightly bitter.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long aftertaste, light smoke, orange, oak, nuts.

  14. whiskydramo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Pickled lemon with sea salt, burnt moss, seaweed, sour plum, hawthorn and fresh ginger. Wax painted on the wood board, followed by fruits again, bayberries, gooseberries, some sweet vegetables like turnips. Broiled meat and roasted mushrooms, charcoal and hazelnuts. Seems it ends with fresh orange with peel but i was wrong. Leave it for 5min, grass, fresh parsley, rice cake and Indian jujube. Popping candy after a sip.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Indiana jujube, strawberries, peach, green apple with smoke in the background undisturbingly. Vanilla, pistachio, a little bit waxy, light pepper. The sweetness drops a bit but manages to stay through. Some honey tea and rambutan at the end.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Honey green tea, a bit of lychee, boiled spinach, mineral, wet burnt wood and gradually turns into light coloured wood, anise, hay and Indian jujube. Mix of tea and wood bitterness towards the end, though not intensive. Slightly dry.

  15. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Initially, the feast of the tire! Then the yellow fruits come into play, with lemon. Atmosphere fresher than mature.
    • Taste
      Touch of creamy mouth. It's wise enough. Citrus yoghurt.
    • Finish
      Delicately integrated peat

      The whole lacks a little watt, but it is very well done.
      Enthusiasm:
      Nose 4/5
      Mouth and finish 3/5

      Whisky n ° 2151

  16. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Although not very complex, it is nice, easy drinking, and well done. Not much sherry casks... tired ones probably. For some reason, this cost significantly more in US than in Europe. With the 25% tariff in place later in October, I guess it will cost Americans a lot more!

    Due to the price of over $250 (Europe) and $300 (US), I do not think the price to quality ratio is there. NOT recommended. Stick to Uigeadail and Corry.

    Not as good as Airigh Nam Beist, which were 16-18 years old. ANB has a greater depth of flavors for sure.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Abundance of citrus initially. Combination of lemon liqueur, peat, and eucalyptus. And then coconut shavings and vanilla. It's soft but the mouthfeel is not light. In fact, it is a bit creamy. Also a hint of honey.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Creamy peat. A bit of grass. The nose greater than the palate, but again, this is easy drinking. Not complex though and part of the reason is the low strength. Anyone know if this was diluted? I just wish there was the special something that would make me want to reach for this over and over again.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Lots of coconuts at the end.

      Overall score is a tad less than 90 points.

  17. Nikilema scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    For me, frankly, a disappointment, so much praise dudelei in advance, "finally an affordable Ardbeg with decent age". Feels a slightly better Ardbeg Ten, but not more, for me personally rather a disappointment, especially with regard to the PLV!

  18. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    For me a very solid Ardbeg, with a clear character, for a higher score the palate should be able to keep up with the nose. As so often this is not the case, so it is a good but not a very good WHiusky for me.
    • Nose
      90 90
      After pouring it is very restrained, light fruit, distinct peat, sweetish smoke, cold chimney, vanilla sweetness on tap, very harmonious and round, chamomile, sage, dried apple, light honey
    • Taste
      88 88
      moderate onset, creamy, the fruit is slightly dominated by the peat, less differentiated
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium to long, smoky, cold ashes, distinct bitterness on tap

  19. Marcus2 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Typical Ardbeg citrus aromas, the smoke does not kill, sea air, peach, some menthol or eucalyptus, vanilla, some sour or gherkin, pipe smoke, slightly nutty

    Smoky, pepper, oak, salt, citrus, bitterness

    Needs a lot of time to breathe, much smoother than the 17 year old original bottling.

  20. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  21. the_muskox scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Huh. It’s really, really mellow. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I’m a bit stunned. All the dirt is in the finish, the rest of the dram is all honeyed and heathered. Water did improve it, which I appreciate. It reminds me of that 90s Ardbeg 17 actually. That one is much thinner than this, but certainly funkier. I even went to check if my palate was off, but my Port Charlotte 10 tastes perfectly fine. Nothing close to the range of the Twentysomethings I’ve had. Now, I have a sweet tooth and like my lighter Islays, so I enjoyed this. But I could see other people really being let down here. I kind of have been, but maybe that’s because those Twentysomethings were so damn good and I got my hopes up. To be fair though, the words “Ardbeg 19” should be enough to get any whisky lover’s hopes up.

    Nose: Musty, earthy, and coastal, but with bright briny sweetness on top. Shellfish cooked in white wine, lemon, butter. Some tide pools and chalk to go with the earthy peat. Lots of maple fudge, some pear, grapefruit, and a bit of granadilla. Some vanilla and chocolate croissants.
    A dribble of water beefed things up a bit. There’s more earth and hay now, with a load of sautéed mushrooms. There’s some apple, lime, and a little bit of fennel.

    Palate: Light texture. Briny on the arrival, with more of those yellow fruits. It builds to tobacco and earthy, vegetal peat, glazed with honey. Slightly acidic, more of that lemon here. Rich chocolate and maple fudge, then some green tea, heather, and pine. Charred wood on the back end.
    It’s still fairly mellow with water, maybe more rounded with honey, lime, powdered sugar, and milk chocolate.

    Finish: Dirty, getting cleaner and sweeter. Sooty tandoor oven and rubber. Seaweed. Dried apple slices and butter (I’m getting lots of butter from whiskies lately…). Lingering vanilla and Krispy Kreme donuts.
    Water extends the finish a bit, and amps up the rubber and lime.

  22. Kaleva scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice whisky but a kind of disappointment for this age. Quite simple, complexity is basically missing. Also it is quite smoky for the age. However, superbly balanced and very quaffable: creamy and somewhat fruity. Rather overpriced for this quality.
    • Nose
      Rather smoky for the age, somewhat fruity (apples, canned pineapples), coastal motives (clams, brine, wet stones), vanilla and pepper mix, sweet grapefruit zest
    • Taste
      Spicy (black pepper and ginger), vanilla custard, lemon curd, some orchard berries, light minerality with salty caramel notes, bonfire, smoked fish, tender oak at the end
    • Finish
      Medium-long, smoky, earthy, peppery, with notes of old leather and green tea

  23. dramspotter scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    If you had someone who is a peat hater this might just change their mind - gone is the harsh hairshirt character of young Ardbeg, to reveal a creamy sweet whisky which still has quite a lot of peat left but is not so dominant. If this was a $150 bottle it would be a solid buy - a whisky you can sip away the evening with as the light fades. But at more than double that price this is not such great value for money
    • Nose
      85 85
      soft as Ardbegs go, crème caramel, drying hospital floors
    • Taste
      85 85
      very soft all the way through and the peat only starts to assert towards the end - very sweet I assume as a result of the sherry influence
    • Finish
      82 82
      short initially just leaving a whisper of peat; with further sips it builds a bit and keeps something of the sweet character but overall it seems rather watery and tamed

  24. Thermidor scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The taste of Traigh Bhan is to me exactly what you'd imagine some tired cask Ardbeg to be, with mostly the distillate doing the talking (kelpy, faintly salty, general sea air, plaster, the remains of fire, etc.) with the secondary aromas pared down to a minimum . It should be exactly the kind of style of whisky I enjoy, but even at 46,2% it felt as if 40%; a watery lackluster touch on the tongue that frustrates immensely.

    Shows and fairs, which was where I tried this, tend to numb one's taste after a while of dramming more than most of us would like to admit, so I decided to get a second opinion from a friend standing nearby. His first comment, without me telling him anything except letting him know what was in the glass, was "this is really watery, what's the ABV?"

    Even though the taste itself is fine, and there is a nice medicinal finish to it, I wouldn't buy a bottle because it feels too much like a collection of dead casks floated as a proper release.

  25. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very subtle peat, light lemon and other citrus fruits, wood. Mountain honey, candied plum, very ripe mirabelle plums. A hint of iodine and scum. Smoke rises at the end of the nose, quite fine and grainy. Very balanced palate, white fruits, vanilla, coconut, and spices which rise slowly. Fairly long finish with an ounce of charcoal and damp earth. Ferns. Undergrowth. Such an old Ardbeg is a bit of a paradox, as if we wanted to qualify the power.

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    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  26. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  27. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Issue price was 199 EUR

  28. Darko_Dramz scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      light smoke, vanilla, citrus, coconut, mint and wood. A strong herbal note tingles in the nose. Unmistakably an Ardbeg. Unfortunately, I can't see an Oloroso Sherry influence here
    • Taste
      The smoke is much stronger than in the nose. In addition vanilla, citrus fruits, coconut, mint and again strong herbs. Nice and creamy and despite the smoke and herbs, it seems mild
    • Finish
      medium long. Slightly bitter, dry and slightly sour. campfire smoke and pepper

  29. Cubey666 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      vanilla with soft peat and delicate smoke right away. some caramel with green spices. lemon, apples, honey makes it fresh as well. later on some more salt and sea influences too.
    • Taste
      88 88
      light salty, lemon, ash, peat, tea leaves, bit of white pepper. quite well balanced.
    • Finish
      87 87
      lemon, tea, honey, rosebuds, ash, coal, peaty, quite easy and relaxed. some dark chocolate and coffee finishes it off

  30. Beiredelarue scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Was expecting a little more from this one. Not to be noted. But given the prices, I had hoped for a little more fireworks. Nevertheless a very good whisky.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, some sweets - Honey, pineapple? - kung boa sauce (I know but I really smell it!), smoke, wood, campfire, roasted and lacquered meat. Fairly smooth and hint of alcohol. all very subtle.
    • Taste
      creamy, the strong alcohol punch that slowly fades to the back to leave a sweet taste. Fills the mouth nicely. Maybe the alcohol punch could have been a little less. But tasty.
    • Finish
      Long. especially the mouthfeel is nice. Simplify flavours.

  31. VanOpek scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      sweet, smoked fruits, peat, smoked pineapple or other fruits, hints of sherry under the smoke, citric, earthy
    • Taste
      89 89
      rounded, fresh pepper, citric, peat and bonfire smoke, oily, very smooth and complex
    • Finish
      87 87
      sand, chalk, old rope, dry, bitterness of wood,smoked meat, warm and very long

  32. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nice complexity and maturation, but takes time to reveal itself as also a bit delicate and fragil in comparison to its younger siblings. Could use some higher abv., nice dram but overpriced for sure.

  33. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Delicious Islay smoker with a pleasantly sweet touch.
    (Unfortunately) takes a lot of time and warmth to develop. Tastes good, but unfortunately (despite the really great sweetness and the nice BBQ notes) it doesn't really knock me off my feet. Maybe my expectations were just too high.
    • Nose
      87 87
      First impression: very smoky and very maritime Islay smoker. Not more. Seriously? After reading the first other reviews I realized that the whisky is apparently worth giving some time to. All right, then we'll wait a while.

      Ahh, there's more to come! The smoke is still very strong, spicy and maritime, but the first fruity notes appear underneath. Reddish, light and sweet fruits. In addition, a touch of tangy citrus notes and a nice sweetness.

      Hand warmth also helps again. The sweetness becomes clearer and heavier and tends towards the icing, the fruits become more intense and creamy. I like it now. Vanilla cookies and biscuits with coarse sugar crystals. What does Ardbeg call it? Smoky pineapple. It actually hits pretty well.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Strong maritime and spicy, strong smoke. In addition, there is this pleasant sweetness with the fruits, which seem a bit more subtle here and appear a bit blurred.

      The smoke swings from a spicy and maritime character to sweetish and greasy notes. Barbeque with sweet smoked fruits for dessert.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Violent sweetness mixed with soft, flattering smoke. That's great! Only delicately maritime and spicy, mostly flattering and comfortably warming. Vanilla cookies and frosting. Very nice finish.

  34. DGV scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Definitely a decent whisky. Soft, smooth, with a good set of flavoring and aromatic components.
    • Nose
      Open. Creosote, fried seafood, ash. Berry mix: cherry, raspberry, banana.
    • Taste
      Rounded. Grilled steak, charcoal potatoes, baked apples, berries.
    • Finish
      Long, pleasant. All tazha "grill theme": Meat mixed with vegetables and apples, marinated in spices and fried on coals.

  35. aphex scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tasted with batch 2.
    Both noses are very good but the second batch is more complex with candied citrus and these resinous notes I love. Anyway, I could nose them for hours. They remind me my first encounters with Ardbeg (Ten and Corrywreckan) and what I loved in this distillery.
    As for the palate, the second batch wins again with its tarrier and dirtier palate. First batch is good but would have benefited from an higher ABV.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Peat smoke, tar, a few ashes, citrusy notes (lemons, pink grapefruits), coastal notes with seaweeds and seashells. With time, even more fruity and slightly tropical.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Peat, a few ashes, almonds, pepper, lemons and orangey notes, sweet and smooth.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, lingering smoke, ashes and coastal notes.

  36. AnnEm scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Really very round and pleasing, all aromas are well coordinated and result in a harmonious overall picture. Would I have been blind to sherry barrels? I do not believe that. But I am not missing anything, on the contrary. A successful and harmonious malt, almost palatable. Although I rarely feel like peat at the moment, I get along well with it here because the peat is strong on the aromatic side. For me this is not a rabid monster. It's not enough to be a gentleman either, but the corners and edges have already been sanded off. Not a candidate for purchase due to the price.
    • Nose
      Directly very open and easily accessible. A fresh citrus note. Very fine, aromatic-sweet peat. Warm smoke. Pebbles. Engine oil. Nice, intense, concentrated and harmonious. With longer standing time (as with Batch 2), a touch of grilled meat is added or even raw meat that is still next to the grill but is well smoked. Creamy oak flavor.
    • Taste
      Lemon, on par with a nice, fruity sweetness. Neat peat and smoke. Then go in a mineral direction. Orange is added to the lemon. The oak seasoning now has a tart effect.
    • Finish
      Mineral. Medical echoes. Peat that gets more intense from sip to sip, but always pleasantly aromatic, never brutal. Fine malty-sweet aroma. Getting dry. Stays melt on the tongue.

  37. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    very good whisky, and I am not the biggest fan of Ardbeg!
    But the price is way too high: I am glad having bought a sample, but I won´t go for a bottle!
    • Nose
      89 89
      very fresh and it seems younger than 19 yo. I would have expected the smoke and peat to be a little more integrated. But it´s sexy! So it begins smoky and ashy with hints of rubber, quite medicinal with a lot of herbs, mostly dill. Olives too. Where are the pineapples, I don´t really get them?! I´d rather say apples when it comes to fruit. it gets softer after a few minutes in the glass and I like this special nsweetness behind the prominent aromas. I am not the biggest fan of Ardbeg but I really like this nose!
    • Taste
      90 90
      oh yes, this is really good! A relatively mild attack in comparison to what we are used from Ardbeg. The smoke seems better integrated on the tongue. Quite salty, herbal, and there is something like a seem between bitter and sweet, if you know what I mean. Still slightly medicinal. Very pleasant!
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is not too long, a bit on the dry side.

  38. Griller76 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    I found this Traigh Banh from 2020 to be accessible and balanced right from the start, although the alcohol surprised me as not being perfectly integrated.
    I found the 2019 version to be comparatively less than successful because of the ammonia knots.

  39. Griller76 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    The Ardbeg Ardbeg Traigh Bhan from 2019 is not particularly good after opening because it had a light to medium-clear finish with ammonia and I found it a little too hot.
    After being aerated in a bulbous flask bottle, it now tastes excellent and is enjoyed completely empty.

  40. Von Barton scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    This Ardbeg 19yo batch 1 needs to breathe a good quarter of an hour in the glass.

    After this time, the peat becomes less present, and gives way to fruity aromas, quite complex, with the fine peat that accompanies the whole.

    A little wood on the finish.

    Very nice ardbeg.

  41. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A lot of well-matured Ardbeg DNA, very little sherry influence from the Oloroso barrels, which was also to be expected from the color, very well composed and complex, but unfortunately the drinking strength denies it the 90+ rating.
    • Nose
      Creamy, vanilla, light sweetness, spicy smoke, a pinch of cinnamon, salty, thus slightly maritime, lemon cream, the cinnamon has something dirty and tends slightly towards cheese feet, then it turns into tobacco, some chocolate, time in the glass and some hand warmth help it to develop all the aromas, now the sherry influence comes through more, plums, light acidity comes with the fruit, cookies that are still hot fresh from the oven when they have become a tad too dark, very complex
    • Taste
      Creamy, but also not very viscous, sweet, vanilla, ashy and bitter smoke, grapefruit, good portion of oak, salt, a lot of lemon, a little chocolate on the palate, hint of a more sour darker fruit, but not a main role, a bit watery in the mouth feel , a barrel strength would have been great here
    • Finish
      something like sucking on a lemon, still ashy smoke, some cinnamon, vanilla, slightly nutty, sweetness occasionally tickles the tip of the tongue, slightly dark, long-lasting with increasing minty freshness

  42. BehindSpace scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  43. Supergirl3 scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Its one off the Best Whisky i ever trink.

  44. face scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  45. Ben201108 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    After a long time again an Ardbeg is really delicious. Back to the Rules. Well Done Mickey ????

  46. Manxwhisky scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Tried this whisky when it came out and wasn't overly impressed. It's a nice Ardbeg, quite elegant and light with a lot of citrus tones. But for this price and concept of a 19 year old whisky I was expecting something with a bit more "umpf".

  47. WhiskyMue scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  48. DrunkDude scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    scbp-5543, slightly more unpleasant flavor.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Ardbeg 19yo batch 1
      Medium peat, charred malt, fish sauce, strong alcohol, orange peel, jasmine, intense seaweed. 84
    • Taste
      86 86
      Young and rough, slightly astringent, lemon peel, strong peat, a little fish sauce, a little oil, a little tempeh. The flavor of the liquor is relatively primitive, with a lot of malt smell and strong mint. Light, slightly cheesy, medium fat, slightly astringent tannins. p84b87
    • Finish
      82 82
      Bitter, white tablet, slightly astringent, fishy smell. 82

  49. dramidaris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  50. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Peat, pineapple
    • Taste
      Oily, smoke, lemon
    • Finish
      Peat, pepper

  51. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Pineapple, lime, orange
    • Taste
      Vanilla, smoke, orange
    • Finish
      Lime, vanilla

  52. stalker1971 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  53. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  54. yarikovsky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  55. ep11ripee scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    the second half of a sample: 22.5 23 22 22.5
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  56. Whiskyisfordrinking did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very fresh, vanilla, citrus freshness, grapefruit. Smoky, spicy, peaty taste, a little mint. Looks younger compared to the others. Stronger and smoky finish on the finish.

  57. Squinugie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  58. obst scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

  59. MLE scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  60. dominikbraun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  61. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  62. IronChic scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  63. Patrick93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  64. lucero scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  65. Fight65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Taste
      IT: 86
      B: 87

  66. Teomarg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  67. Valérie scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  68. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    22 22 22 22

  69. Mapl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  70. FernetBranco scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  71. Saltmark scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    For its age, the smoke is still in the foreground. Slightly brackish notes, olives. Exit quite short.
    With the price you drive better with the 10 year old.
    Tip with a wink: Put 3ml of the 10-year-old in a glass and let it stand for about ten hours. Then add 2ml fresh. Comes close to the taste. ;)

  72. vlad78 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Unexpectedly pleasant and not at all aggressive drink. It doesn't feel like sitting around a fire; rather, it feels like Smoking fruit on wood.
    • Nose
      Sweet, floral. Linden and Apple tree. Fresh apricots. Smoke breaks through. And the smoke complements and does not solo. Some cold-smoked salmon.
    • Taste
      Sweet floral-Apple. Fruit. Smoky. Slightly oily.
    • Finish
      Bright aftertaste. Candy, lollipops.

  73. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 842: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TytRZLKhISc (91/100).

    "Nothing's dominated, nothing's asserted. The balance poise and gravitas of this single malt is reminiscent of Ardbegs that I used to taste back in late 1990s, early 2000s."

  74. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Lacks a bit of punch but nice subtle ardbeg

  75. etwa77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  76. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Rather warm, medium-strong smoke, maritime, honey, grain, very light cinnamon, fresh bread, apple, lemon, lemon / herb drops, grasses

      Ahhh I think such older smokers are just awesome, even if they are outrageously expensive ...
    • Taste
      Smoke is much stronger than the nose suggests. The taste is then rather cold and with a lot of ash. Just a very slight sweetness at the very beginning, herbs, grapefruit, coffee, wood

  77. toklian scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N21 P21 F22 B22

  78. fradin11 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  79. Mr. D. scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  80. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    pleasant peat smoke, the citrus fruits are very present, spices like rosemary and thyme follow, pineapple, peach and apple complete the exciting fruit note, in the end there is some oak

    Taste:
    the smoke is stronger in the mouth and is reminiscent of cold ash, spicy oak and a hint of peppery, lime and a fine sweetness with honey, caramel and chocolate follow, fresh mint and other floral notes can be found in the background •

    Outlet:
    relatively long, with a lot of smoke and dry oak notes
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  81. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Very citrus-dominated nose. Tar notes and smoke, relatively strong for age. Algae, herbs (chervil, tarragon). Lime, orange and cinnamon.

    Mouth:
    Nice mild start. Smoky-ashy, clearly oak, sweetness of toffee and chocolate. Lots of citrus fruit. Liquorice and light herbal notes.

    Finish:
    Medium length, fairly oak-dominated, some tar and citrus fruit.

    89/100

    Conclusion:
    A very nice whisky that is fun and that you can clearly tell the origin. I didn't really notice Sherry barrel that there should be play with him here.

  82. TsiAI scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when drinking: 15 ℃

    Viewing Eyes: light gold

    Smell Nose: smoked bacon, smoked salmon, full of fat, canned oranges, honeyed lemon, orange fudge, sea breeze, shellfish juice, tangerine, heavy cheese cake, milky, fruit yogurt, fresh cut The sweet and sour of plum meat and apricot meat are poked to point g, awsl

    Taste Palate: the sweetness of coconut milk, milk, coconut, sea salt, a little stimulation of white pepper, smoked salmon, grass ash, smoked, alkali, limestone, disinfectant, citron peel

    Finishing: Medium, sweet milk, rose salt, tribute, wheat aroma of white toast, weak smoke

    Body: Medium, fine and smooth, no tannins, bitter bottom

    Nose: 93/100

    Palate: 89/100

    Finish: 86/100

    Body: 89/100

    Overall: 90/100

    Overall: It smells beautiful and delicate enough to be impeccable, fresh and not sharp, and it tastes sweet and refreshing. The price on wb is nearly 300 Euros, and the price of yuan (yi) is higher than that of shou (ge), but it does not prevent it from being delicious. Compared with the previous models of Abbe, this one is more delicate and not too salty, but the finish is a bit short. Although he said he didn't like Abbe, his body was honest, huh.

  83. BenStanley scored this whisky 99 points Newbie

    Its the best Ardbeg that I’ve tasted, (before my favorite was Corryvracken ,Usually a bottle of whisky lasts a month in our family..
    At this case, the bottle was empty after a week, lucky me, i have another one.
    99p

  84. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  85. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Gorgeous harmonious whisky will decorate your day!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  86. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  87. McMoulis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  88. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  89. TolSurvion scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  90. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  91. xandi37einhalb scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I got this dram thanks to a bottle division, and I have to admit, it was very successful.
    • Nose
      sweet smoke, mango, sawdust, blueberry
    • Taste
      sparkling fruity, cherry, honey, sawdust, mango
    • Finish
      long, again sweet smoke, honey, mango

  92. ConvalRen scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  93. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant, velvet-peat whisky, open, rich, not rich in shades and the palette is not very diverse, but quite solid, perfectly balanced, strong.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, velvety, good old Isla, peat, smoke, very soft, thick, smoked, lemon peel, mineral notes.
    • Taste
      Soft, rich, peat, charred branches, smoked meats, prickly ash and mineral notes, lemon zest, sweet creamy shades, dark chocolate, leather goods.
    • Finish
      Spicy, oily, smoky peat, lemon peel, sweet lemonade notes, creamy shades, a bit of ash and mineral tones, leather goods.

  94. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    way too expensive, and its mellow nature just tips slightly to the side of flatness than elegance. sherry casks, really? maybe one or two third fills thrown in? anyway, i do like it because i like the ardbeg profile generally but would not buy a bottle at this price. 7/10
    • Nose
      nice. pink grapefruit, lemon balm, starfruit, orange wine gums.
    • Taste
      soft arrival, leaf mulch a bit of tinned pineapple, toasted marshmallow, then zingier with preserved lemons and oranges.
    • Finish
      long quite tea-like finish definitely lapsang souchong

  95. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Refined but thin, not an outstanding malt, Uigeadail is still a value for money champion!
    • Nose
      Camphor, smoke and peat, citrus, spicy oak and honey.
    • Taste
      Oily and creamy. Citruses, ash, smoke, honey, salted caramel, cocoa and spicy oak.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, bittersweet.

  96. checkpointuk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=392

    Colour:
    Light straw
    Nose:
    Round, creamy and harmonious with leather, wet charcoal, slightly diluted peat and a mild spiciness. In addition, really fruity lime, grapefruit, a little honey and a good portion of vanilla make the nose a very pleasant combination. Overall, a bit thin, but without a false sound.
    Taste:
    Soft start and then quickly spicy building up and becoming more powerful. Pepper, peat, smoke, salt, coal, wet ash, tar and only a little fruit character here. But with a freshness that comes from the wood. Vanilla, a fine minerality, smoke and liquid honey complete the taste.
    Finish:
    Medium long - getting drier. The smoky wood comes through more and more and tart notes take over the scepter. Maritime smoky and peaty and spicy finish.
    Comment:
    We vary between 88 and 89 points!
    88 points
    N: 88P / G: 89P / F: 88P

  97. Igitor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    He tastes very nice, but is not worth the price, unfortunately. I find the 10 even better
    • Nose
      Vanilla, citrus, much weaker smoke than the 10s,
    • Taste
      Vanilla, sweet, sugar cookies,
    • Finish
      When swallowing he pushes very nicely

  98. Othorion scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  99. DocF scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Color: pale straw

    He does not look young anymore, but in comparison with the Airigh nam Beist I am missing some subtleties. I would classify it for the 87 points, but this plastic note is not compatible with my taste at all and the smoke level for my sense of the upper limit of just delicious. Fortunately, every year I can find out again if the next batch still does not taste right ...
    • Nose
      Looks creamy, literally jumps out of the glass, green banana, but most of all comes with me new bicycle hose, with something burning plastic on top. Tree sap. Cream cheese.
    • Taste
      More biting smoke than the Airigh Nam Beist, plastic in the foreground, hot railway sleepers, smoldering green branches. Charred toast, over time resinous. Salty spray, a hint of vanilla.
    • Finish
      Long, dry-smoky, old wood, furniture polish. Tobacco smoke.

  100. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  101. Najzero scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    No. Just plainly no.
    For that amount of $€£ just get alot ardbeg 10.
    (Tasted via a free sample from my local dealer)

  102. checkpointrk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  103. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  104. Luigisim scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Unusual Ardbeg, difficult to recognise at blind taste. Among the best Ardbeg of last years editions (too many?)
    • Nose
      88 88
      Softly peated. Salty and minty
    • Taste
      89 89
      Easy to drink and extremely quaffable. Plenty of lemon with some marzipan
    • Finish
      88 88
      The peat comes out nicely but is not too long

  105. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  106. rolabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  107. Abadon05 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Quite positive, surprising and complex.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Spices, minerals, lemon, bike oil and of course some smoke. Overall pleasant, well integrated and complex.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Lemon and milk chocolate. Again, the smoke is beautifully integrated. The spice tingles something on the tongue. The mineral gets stronger. Very similar to the nose. Some wood.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Dry and medium to long. Many minerals. First comes the lemon, then it gets woodier and nuttier.

  108. JungleDram scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  109. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    20 20 21 20 81

    a simple young whisky to drink, not bad ...

  110. MrYens scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  111. ChrisE scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  112. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  113. gaboruso scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  114. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Delicate, tasty whisky with a good balance, but the palette of colors is not very multifaceted. I didn’t feel the wow effect!
    • Nose
      Smoky enough for a 19-year-old whisky, with a good balance of spices and marine nuances. In the distance is citrus. After 10 minutes, echoes of wool, belly and old skin appeared in the aroma.
    • Taste
      Soft, buttery, pepper, salty, iodine, moderately smoked.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, smooth, measured, with hints of smoked fish, salt, iodine and hot pepper.

  115. Cobo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very nice, but quite one-dimensional for a malt of this age. Lets drink well ... but not more. More than 80-100 euros would not pay for a bottle of this Ardbeg ...

  116. Vallado scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  117. detachedblue scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Young, sweet and crispy peat, huge lemon, clean and simple, very good.
    • Taste
      Oily peat, smooth, sweet and clean. Engine oil, very syrupy, crystallized lemon, very good again.
    • Finish
      Long peppery, lemon, peat.

  118. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  119. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    One of the more beautiful bottlings of the post-90s, quite well done after the many rather disappointing special bottlings of the last years.

    But he can not quite compete with the old ANBs, they are more complex, subtle, and the aromas are better interwoven. The 19er scores with a bit more power. The slight bitterness in the finish costs him more points.
    • Nose
      Somewhat restrained, typical Aromatik of the late 90s, in his Aromatk again such a link between the old and the 'new' Ardbegs. Needs time to open up.
    • Taste
      Round, sweet start, then he is fast bulky, masculine, powerful, also shows the rough Islay side.
      Mercurochrome, tar, salty, seaweed, with a warm, caramel side.
    • Finish
      Nice. Long, harmonious, the aroma continues. Warm and yet maritime. Persistent. Ends with slight bitterness.

  120. Bengez scored this whisky 98 points Newbie

    astonishing by ardbeg, rich peat,rich sherry, reminds me of The Macallan rare cask black.
    Great purchase

  121. gossm01 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Dry smoke, vanilla, herbs, salty, citrus, malty sweet, oak
    • Taste
      91 91
      Fruity, dry, pleasant smoke, creamy, refreshing mint, spicy oak
    • Finish
      87 87
      Pleasantly mild, medium length

  122. GlasMost scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very nice Ardbeg. Super ashy. Pricetag hurts.

    Considering the given age, its complexity and the nice sooty aroma well worth trying. I´d give 91 points if it was 30% cheaper.

  123. Andy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  124. antyloop scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      96 96

  125. Griller76 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Finally, an Ardbeg, where you realize that the distillery has taken time and made a good selection. A wonderfully light summer whisky. Given the invoked prices for a just over 20 years old Ardbeg is the cheap. But in view of the quality delivered for it, I would say that a price range up to 120 euros would be enough.
    I hope Ardbeg remains true to the new path to quality at reasonable prices ?! That would be the right way forward, away from the whole hyped NAS stuff!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Butterscotch, pineapple (somewhat similar to the drum), mango, lychee, very light, creamy-creamy
    • Taste
      88 88
      mildly well-embedded alcohol, sweet, very mild, smoke only subtle, slightly spicy, light tobacco, well-aged
    • Finish
      88 88
      short but pleasantly balanced, creamy long, high drinkability

  126. Iron133 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  127. Allandale scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Finally a real Ardbeg?
    • Nose
      Big and Rooty. Barbeceud pineaplle, smoke,deep jam sweetness and some chocolate with lanolin-heavy scents of the shearing shed, with seaweed to finish, rich and oily.
      Added water brings more.
    • Taste
      This is boisterous and fat with oiliness, then earthy sweetness, light touches of cereal, citrus and mint. Complex.Added water more earthy tones.
    • Finish
      Lovey long. New leather, light chocolate and smoke. A new permanent age statement which is filled with old-style Ardbeg filthiness.

  128. katarn_rb scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  129. Martinvb scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    Super fine soft smoky, sweet and fruity whisky. What a winner!

  130. katarn_rb scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: Balanced and smoky with toffee, lime sorbet and oak. In addition, fruity aromas of pineapple.

    Taste: First sweet, then spicy and full-bodied with chili chocolate, paprika and chocolate cream.

    Finish: long and smoky.

    This single malt whisky bears the name of a beach on Islay: Traigh Bhan. The locals also call it 'The Singing Sand' because the sand seems to be singing when you walk on it. The bottling matured for 19 years in former bourbon barrels and those previously used with Oloroso sherry.

    (Official tasting notes)

  131. GIngi scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

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