Ardbeg Traigh Bhan

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
Stated Age
19 years old
American Oak and Oloroso Sherry Casks
46.2 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Batch: TB/01-15.03.00/19.MH
Bottle code
L23544870 27.06.2019 19006302 14:07
Added on
11 May 2019 12:33 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 476.68

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Traigh Bhan

115 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. 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

  5. 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.

  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.


  9. 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.

  10. 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.


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