Ardbeg Traigh Bhan

Overall rating
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
Added on
11 May 2019 12:33 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 288,36

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Traigh Bhan

43 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.32 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. 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.


  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 90 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.


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