Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Overall rating
87.71/100
votes
444
Whiskybase ID
WB13563
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Tenth Anniversary Committee Bottling
Bottled
10.12.2009
Number of bottles
12000
Strength
57.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml 4500 ml
Bottle code
L9 344
Barcode
5010494175264
Added on
11 feb 2010 2:24 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 780.36

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Rollercoaster

49 users have left 54 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.71 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A great Ardbeg. Still restrained on the nose, it shows its full potential on the tongue. The finish is great.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Seawater soaked, musty ship planks. Ham flavored smoke. Juniper. Seaweed, smell of mud flats at low tide. Marzipan bread and milk chocolate. A very promising nose.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Spicy and smoky entry, with strong liquorice and bitter chocolate. Lemon drops with a liquid center work their way to the front. Next to it, the smell of a breeze brushing across the dunes on the North Sea: salty, with herbs and the smell of wild roses in bloom. old leather
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, smoky, not too dry. It gets sweeter and sweeter at the back (apple sauce?).

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  3. twinmike scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  4. WillWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nice but not yet a great ardbeg to me.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Familiar nose lemon or boiled lemon and ash, honey, mid to strong, sea breeze, light salty, seaweed
    • Taste
      88 88
      Quite consistent to nose, a bit more salty then nose maybe, integrated quite well
    • Finish
      87 87
      A bit warm, not spicy, salty and some lemon peel, mid length

  5. rolabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  6. Mankut scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Well done Ardbegi.
    From 10 F. great house blend, really tasty and very creamy finish and a great scorch seasoning

  7. dominikbraun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    (Disclaimer: Tried at the fair)
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. JürgenH scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    Expensive? Yes!
    But I think it's worth the money.
    One of my top 3 whiskys.
    The name says it all on the tongue. A unique experience so far :-)

  10. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Toffee, dark chocolate
    • Taste
      Fruit
    • Finish
      Dark fruit, fig

  11. hawk31 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A great Ardbeg that you definitely have to give some time. Then he rewards with a wonderful complexity and balance.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very fresh and salty, the smoke isn't even the most intense aroma. Like at a port or on a beach where the tide is just starting. Very maritime. Over time, vanilla comes out, some citrus and a hint of milk chocolate and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Great mouthfeel with a lot of power and a great start. Every barrel strength should be like this for me. Just the right intensity. Licorice and leather with a pleasant smoke, light fruits like mirabelle and a hint of peach with salted caramel and tropical fruits. Reminds me a bit of pineapple.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, this time more chocolate. Malty and slightly woody. The aromas from the nose and taste are repeated. The sweetness (Ardbeg sweetness) gets stronger from sip to sip.

  12. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  13. Albaron scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    First of all: this is a delicious whisky, no question about it. However, the alcohol and the heat associated with it bothers a lot. Presumably this is a sign of youth that the older vintages cannot compensate for in the whisky. Of course, I also understand the concept of this whisky, but the younger vintages destroy a lot of what the older vintages build up. That leaves me ambivalent. On the one hand I like it and it also makes it fresh, on the other hand it interferes with the enjoyment.
    • Nose
      The alcohol bites the nose immediately, then immediately mineral, a few citrus notes, gooseberries, there is also vanilla, as well as some honey, the dry smoke runs through everything, slightly menthol-like and now and then also phenolic, such a touch
    • Taste
      Here, too, the alcohol dominates, but then also the dry smoke, the mineral, a hint of vanilla, honey, in between a little citrus and also very slightly menthol-like
    • Finish
      The mineral note is also present, slightly bitter and somewhat malty, it slowly disappears, always warming

  14. Astrid scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    For the most part, the balance is right, but the tension is not really good. I wouldn't pay more than the issue price at the time for a whole bottle. You can find the detailed review here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2021/09/22/ardbeg-committee-releases/
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  15. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    well done, yummy!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  16. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  17. mnljng scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  18. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    My favorite modern Ardbeg. So it works.
    Modern Ardbeg style that I think is good.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Sweet, sea air, sour yellow fruits, some citrus scent,
      slight musty, mushroomy cellar note, later a bit tarry and
      slightly like smoked ham.
      With water much more maritime and much more pleasant.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Powerful, sweet, reminiscent of maple syrup, vanilla, maritime
      and neatly peppery. Needs water or longer
      Warming. Yellow fruity and dry.
      With water sweeter, less peppery, more salty - maritime.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Bittersweet, delicately tarry, peppery, salty - maritime, slightly ashy.

  19. TechnOBY scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  20. breflex scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  21. kanpai79 scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

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

  22. besar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  23. Sidney87 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  24. robain scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Time to "bottle kill" this sample, i drank half the sample 2 years ago and scored it 85. Lets see now.
    • Nose
      83 83
      cow dirt, farmhouse, peat, sweat, citrus
    • Taste
      86 86
      very very light in the mouth, cant feel the 57%. light peat, light citrus, salty, its a good peater
    • Finish
      86 86
      dirty peat, salt, light smoke

      -------

      Im still fucking annoyned by the pricing of ardbeg nas whiskies.

  25. herby.usa scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    It took me a long time to get a bottle (actually FT) for a reasonable price (thanks to my whisky brother here at this point).

    And the Ardbeg Roller Coaster does what it promises!
    • Nose
      94 94
      Sweet vanilla, pleasant typical Ardbeg smoke note (just like the Ardbeg from the good old days), mystical but not intrusive spicy notes, salty sea breeze and, of course, citrus.
      All around, very pleasant nose - a typical snoop.
    • Taste
      96 96
      Spicy and smoky onset, liquorice mixes with dark chocolate, in the mouth is a very pleasant vanilla flavor. The lemon becomes noticeable, followed by smoked bacon dried in the salty sea air. The smoke / ash is there, but spreads wonderfully with all the other flavors - a balanced balance of flavors.
      And constantly present the pleasant / unobtrusive sweetness. The wood comes a bit soft and mild over, just as I like it.
      The spice I identify as "Italian herbs" with a certain ginger sharpness (but not at all violent).
      Actually, you could almost think, candied ginger in citrus and vanilla coated. In addition, bacon with maple syrup.
      And the balance of sweet and salty is very balanced.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long-lasting !

      Sweetness in the mouth is slowly replaced by the smoky (actually slightly "ashen") taste.
      And then the sweetie comes back and fills the entire mouth again (I'll say marshmallows around the campfire).

      Overall for me a very balanced and interesting Ardbeg.

  26. herby.usa scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    It took me a long time to get a bottle (actually FT) for a reasonable price (thanks to my whisky brother here at this point).

    And the Ardbeg Roller Coaster does what it promises!
    • Nose
      94 94
      Sweet vanilla, pleasant typical Ardbeg smoke note (just like the Ardbeg from the good old days), mystical but not intrusive spicy notes, salty sea breeze and, of course, citrus.
      All around, very pleasant nose - a typical snoop.
    • Taste
      96 96
      Spicy and smoky onset, liquorice mixes with dark chocolate, in the mouth is a very pleasant vanilla flavor. The lemon becomes noticeable, followed by smoked bacon dried in the salty sea air. The smoke / ash is there, but spreads wonderfully with all the other flavors - a balanced balance of flavors.
      And always present pleasant / not intrusive sweetness. The wood comes a bit soft and mild over, just as I like it.
      The spice I identify as "Italian herbs" with a certain ginger sharpness (but not at all violent).
      Actually you could almost put my candied ginger in citrus and vanilla coated. In addition, bacon with maple syrup.
      And the balance of sweet and salty is very balanced.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long-lasting !

      Sweetness in the mouth is slowly replaced by the smoky (actually slightly "ashen") taste.
      And then the sweetie comes back and fills the entire mouth again (I'll say marshmallows around the campfire).

      Overall for me a very balanced and interesting Ardbeg.

  27. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Seabreeze, ozone, salted lemons, fishy peatsmoke, some vanilla, honey, ashtray, lychees, fresh, young, vibrant and very “modern Ardbeg”. My guess would be that they used predominantly first- and second-fill bourbon casks for the mix.

    Taste: A fistful of Ardbeg! Pungent peatsmoke, vanilla, leather, tobacco, crushed seasalt, limejuice, liquorice, vanilla, mineral riesling, green grapes and seawater. Hits you like a hammer (or a rollercoaster ride) and then its gone.

    Comments: Not too sure… Its a good one, but I have to say I expected a bit more. Maybe because of the high price nowadays? For around 80€, I would grab one no doubt, but the current pricing is absurd. Its good, not great Cask Strength Ardbeg, nothing more, nothing less. Taste- and qualitywise its very near to the readily available Corryvreckan. So I recommend you go for that one instead. If you are just looking to add to your collection, I wish you good luck in finding one at an affordable price. /87

    https://justadram.org/feasting-on-ardbeg-part-2/

  28. Achany scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I got me two bottles of this when it was released. Price was perfect back than as this is really nice stuff. full of ardbeg peat, just a hint of salt. the sweet layers are mingeling with the peat. some vanilla, some sweet citrus as well. fine and long lasting finish that changes from peat, smoke to sweet fruits. Just a wonderful dram! (WSZ18)
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  29. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    At a tasting.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  30. Griller76 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  31. Griller76 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    A fine well-seasoned tasty Ardbeg, which makes you want a second dram. However, I do not find it worth the prices that have since been called. For a long time, however, the taste of soaked malting barley remains behind. I think that's very tasty as a hobby brewer!
    • Nose
      alcoholic, little sherry, subtle spices
    • Taste
      mild sweetness, the alcohol is well integrated, intense warming winter spices, subtle peat and smoke
    • Finish
      medium, sweetness vanishes; Smoke stays on the tongue for a long time.

  32. Menko scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    I know, it's a lot of money. But it's it's a remarkable whisky! You only need one sip to know they really made an effort to make this Arbeg memorable!

    This liquid CV features a portion of malt distilled in every year from 1997 to 2006, and this is what's inside... 1997 Cask: Second Fill Barrel, 1998 Cask: Refill Hogshead, 1999 Cask: First Fill Barrel, 2000 Cask: First Fill Barrel, 2001 Cask: Refill Barrel, 2002 Cask: Refill Barrel, 2003 Cask: First Fill Barrel, 2004 Cask: First Fill Barrel, 2005 Cask: Second Fill Sherry Butt, 2006 Cask: Refill Hogshead

    I can understand why the called it Rollercoaster.
    For some reason the different flavors seem to follow up on one another very rapidly, instead of blending into one.
    Crazy experience!

  33. robain scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    €350 for a NAS whisky is insane, look how the whiskyworld has become. The whisky aint even that good in comparison to its <100€ whiskies from ardbeg

  34. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  35. robain scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Great whisky but not worth the money.

    How is everyone giving high scores on price for a NAS whisky?
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  36. wekke did not rate this whisky Expert Senior



    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt



    Nose:
    A mix of malt, cold wood smoke and a hint of new make. Has a very young
    feel - similar to Talisker 10 in this respect. Balanced, striking
    sweetness.
    Palate:
    Quite big with a peat tingle, though it doesn't quite take off as
    expected. Instead, it rests on its laurels in a sea of spices, tangy
    starburst sweets (we often find these in Ardbeg) and oily smoke. Light
    new make character remains.
    Finish: More coastal at the finish, sweetness, cool smoke, medium to short.
    Overall:
    Rollercoaster is a good whisky; it's balanced and offers plenty of
    house style, but it is missing a little oomph and before you know it
    you're off the Rollercoaster and you're already perusing the gift
    shop...



  37. Bosi scored this whisky 93 points Specialist

    One of the best Ardbegs I've ever had. Complex with great finish. The nuances of the individual barrels fight against each other. However, this is never unbalanced.
    • Nose
      A magnificent nose with notes of smoked ham, smoke, raisins, marzipan and honey.
    • Taste
      The beautiful oily texture offers ripe fruits with great smoke, which even takes a back seat, and butterscotch. In the background, I even taste a touch of oregano.
    • Finish
      The finish is super long and develops a syrupy sweetness and a crisp mouthfeel. Everything in fantastic balance and pleasantly warming.

  38. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  39. autowatch092 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Color: White wine
    Nose: Very intense, smoky, slightly medicinal, sea shore, lemon, orange
    Palate: Peat, liquorice, salt, lemon peel, ginger, a bit of honey
    Finish: Very long, dry, smoky and a bit salty
    Overall: The Rollercoaster received slightly mixed reviews, but I really like it. The vatting of 10 vintages gives is an astonishing complexity. Overall character is rather dry compared with the standard 10yo

    http://www.dramming.com/2010/03/11/ardbeg-rollercoaster/

  40. Luhmi scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

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

  41. zby0001 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  42. ASWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    a great Ardbeg
    Beautifully integrated peat smoke nicely pervaded with sweetness
    long lasting and intense
    for an Ardbeg fan just the right to refresh the love ... schwärm

    Yes, I'm in heaven
    my tasting notes from 16.03.2014
    • Nose
      Smoke, bog, fog, sea, islay, wild sloes,
      port
      old ship wood
      chocolate
      a little old port
    • Taste
      from the port blows the slightly sharp smoke of the smokehouse
      in the old Port wine barrel is a ship's jam
      You want to get it out
      turn the barrel to the side
      it falls to the ground
      Heather and dull moor smell rise up
      Your old leather boots will get damp from the bog water
      the dew is stuck
      You reach into your jacket pocket for your knife
      dry chocolate crumbles in your hand ...
      You take your fingers to your lips
      the old port wine from the barrel sticks to them and mixes in your mouth with the dark dry chocolate ... ..mmmh
    • Finish
      long
      very long
      Wood
      chocolate
      malt sweetness
      tobacco
      smoke
      something fish
      liquorice
      peat
      >> Tobacco smoke with malt sweetness
      in the throat long warming peat smoke

  43. Alex scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The taste is sweet with big smoke, first more sweet peat, later more the ashy kind, nice fruits around and some mocha at the very end. Good to have neat, but takes water very well, opens up and shows more layers. Overall: powerful young Ardbeg, with a very good mouthfeel. Not overly complex, but very tasty

  44. Diedler scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Nose: Sweet Ardbegsmoke, mineraly, some citry or unripe fruits, not verry complex.

    With water: More fruits, becoming tropicl, some gelly banana, less smoke, more complex, more likeable

    Mouth: Nice oily appearance, sweet smoke, salt, becomming more spicy with a Oaky bitterness.

    With water: Sweeter, rounder, less bitter, yummy

    Finish: Ashes, Salt, bitter spices (of good kind), oily, warming, dry on palate

    With water: Same charracter but different (and better) ballance + some honney.

    Conlusion: This Ardbeg loves Water. And i like it with water. Without it´s a little to one-sided.

  45. Tomh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    tastes a bit young… 
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  46. whioli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  47. ricallende scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Amazing vatting of a bunch of barrels,a little bit young un my oppinion but I love this!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  48. Allandale scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    a Ardbeg blend. 

    I tasted better Ardbegs
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  49. Hans-Ludwig did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    The Rollercoaster has the color of yellowish medicine with a slight reddish tint. Smoke and sweetness, but also raisins and nut flavors come into the nose. The first impression is very strong, but after some time the sweet notes come more and more into the foreground. In the mouth, initially dry ashes together with a Chillieschaerfe. Over time, the suesses will show up again   Fruit. The finish is short and leaves the peppery notes in the mouth back.
    After the description on the bottle the expectations were very high. Too high with this whisky. You can drink it great, but it is not the big, the special.

  50. ontherocks scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Too young and quite spirity. There are much beter Ardbegs.

  51. Cast Olila scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  52. Petra_Brno scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Burnt potato haulm, burnt sugar, strong peat, lemon.
    • Taste
      Peat, wood, lump of sugar and ash.With water peat vanishes from the nose. I tasted peeled apples.

  53. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  54. magic_slim scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The nose is very interesting and rather complex - probably because it is a mixture of so many different ages and cask types. The taste is bold, more simple and different from the nose, much more peaty. I like it.
    • Nose
      Powerful and intensive - the first waves of peat reach my nose, whilst I pour a dram into my glass. Maritime notes with creosote and smoked tea are dominating. The lemon flavor that is so typical for Ardbeg distillates before the re-opening appears after a while in the second wave as well as some camphor and strong medicinal notes. In the third wave I get mint and the smell reminds me of Caipirinha. It's really a rollercoaster ride. More a brutal peated than an elegant one, but I like it.
    • Taste
      Bold with tons of peat, creosote, smoke and ash. Warming from deep inside. During the second swallow I get some oaky notes as well.
    • Finish
      Long and earthy, peaty with an aftertaste reminding of burned meat.

  55. Bachess scored this whisky 82 points Administrator

    This Ardbeg is from 10 different casks:

    1997 Cask: 2nd fill

    1998 Cask: Refill Hogshead

    1999 Cask: 1st Fill Barrel

    2000 Cask: 1st Fill Barrel

    2001 Cask: Refill Barrel

    2002 Cask: Refill Barrel

    2003 Cask: 1st Fill Barrel

    2004 Cask: 1st Fill Barrel

    2005 Cask: 2nd Fill Sherry Butt

    2006 Cask: Refill Hogshead

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