Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Stated Age
19 years old
12years American Oak/7years 1st Fill PX Butt
Number of bottles
56.8 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
22 Sep 2019 9:15 am by Avgruun
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 287.18

47 × in wishlist

83 × member ratings

146 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Ar11 ElD

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.92 points

  1. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes by producer;

    Nearly two decades of aging have not tamed the classic smokiness of this Ardbeg. Expect a brawny dram where sweet, spicy and meaty flavours battle it out over open flames. Only 840 bottles produced.

    Cask details;
    2000 distillate aged 12 years in American oak and then a further 7 years in a 1st fill PX butt.

    Tasting Notes;

    Incense thrown on a log fire. Spiced fruitcake with raisins, star anise and saffron served on a wooden board.

    Intense flavours of leather, clove, burnt caramel and liquorice. Teriyaki glaze on barbeque ribs. With water, it develops fruity notes of plum jam and dried blackcurrants.

    Long and bittersweet – an espresso served with biscotti and chunks of dark chocolate.

  2. Kensay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tight and harmonious, the wine barrel worked perfectly
    • Nose
      Sea salt with iodine, a light haze of a fire, dried fruits with spices, a little raisins, sherry notes
    • Taste
      Salted caramel in oil, spices, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      Dense, smoky, some salt and spices

  3. Astrid scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Barrel and distillate harmonize wonderfully and create a neatly balanced whisky that is fresh and lively on the one hand, and full of aromas and powerful on the other.
    • Nose
      93 93
      great Ardbeg smoke is omnipresent: fine ash and charcoal embossed and underlined with sweet vanilla, then hazelnut chocolate and a chocolate cake with a liquid core rush in and pull the PX sherry with them, suddenly it becomes very oily with a lot of liquid honey - spicy honeycombs and beeswax - and some salty accents, various fruits swim around: oranges, canned peaches and apricots, cherries and raisins, blueberries, the oak wafts happily in the background, bananas, traces of caramel, seaweed, later jelly candies with citrus aromas, biscuits
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sea spray with strong smoke, lots of spicy honey, charcoal and cold campfire ashes, salty air on a pebble beach, sherry with dark fruit aromas such as prunes, beautiful oak, spices such as cinnamon and clove, bitter espresso and chocolate aromas, removes BBQ and vegetative notes, oily in the structure
    • Finish
      90 90
      very long, a tiny hint of sulfur on a wonderful smoky-maritime finish, plenty of blossom honey, sweet oak mixes with a lot of wood ash, the sherry is present but not intrusive but integrative, oily with spicy hints, espresso, prunes, minimally grassy

  4. DrBest scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    One of the best Ardbeg I've ever tried. Incredibly complex. A wonderful drop.

  5. thebonewolf scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      96 96
      Dry winey fruit, smoke, must, molasses.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Peppery, smoky fruit, cola.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Woody, musty, pecan pie but not sweet. Long.

  6. Thermidor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Delicious, but not quite stellar due to being heavy on primary and secondary aromas, but lacking in tertiaries. It's powerful though, and not marred by sulfur.
    • Nose
      Herbs, kelp, and syrupy BBQ sauce. Barbecued pork, burned paper, dried herbs, and lots of dark sherry notes. It is a bit loud and youthful though, not fully integrated.
    • Taste
      Feels young and sharp, but this kelpy rosemary touch with the dark sherry and voluminous peat are lovely. Thick red wine sauce, and some ultra-bitter dark chocolate. Water brings out a bit of gunpowder, and kind of reveals this thing for how it was put together, but it's still good. I'm not complaining.
    • Finish
      Long, sinking wave of dark sherry and salty, inky peat. With water, faint matchsticks.

  7. toklian scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N21 P23 F22 B22

  8. mema82 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  9. ezioaudit scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur


    Single cask Ardbeg from a 1st fill PX butt.

    N: A distillate-led malt that’s heavily ashen and with fruity metals [not metallic fruits].
    T: Biscuit-y fruity pear and smoky-sweet olive oil stored in stainless steel tanks is all I wrote. Oh, that and E-THA-NOL!
    F: Everything aptly resonates with distillate aftershocks thereafter on a long briny finish and a particular Ardbeggian vegetal quality that makes it stand out from other Islay distilleries. Otherwise the briny ashiness is similar.
    C: I wouldn’t have minded if this Ardbeg wasn’t amazing, but it is super whisky.


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