- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- The Ardbeg Committee
- Pinot Noir
- 50.7 % Vol.
- 750 ml
- Bottled for
- Members of the Ardbeg Committee
- Added on
- 31 Oct 2019 11:01 am by Whisky_Addicted
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36 × member ratings
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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Blaaack
9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.68 points
Fruit, molasses, dunnage, smoke. Birght and rich notes which flicker away before I can place them. The standard release is a bit mustier and without those fleeting notes.
Vegetal, oaky, earthy. The standard release is quite the same, though thinner.
Vegetal, heat. Minty feeling to it. Long. Standard release Is more tannic and lacks that minty feel on the breath.
- N: BORING. Very light for Ardbeg, hints at the smokiness - air time brings forth a charred oak aroma
P: big oak char but it kind of reminds me of a wet poodle. Maybe it is more like oak campfire put out with bucket of water.
F: The char goes on. Bit sour too.
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(XX, X of 10.0)!
Smell / nose
Almost no smoke, spice, light caramel sweetness, does not look particularly young.
Later light fruit, some aniseed, herbs.
+ Water: open up! Wood, seaweed, salt, the typical Ardbeg smoke (even if only subtle), fruits become more intense. Definitely better diluted !!
Taste / mouth
Creamy, strong, hot, smoke, subtle sweet, light fruit.
+ Water: Salty, peppery spices, tobacco, tar, fruits tend to take a back seat.
Departure / throat
Medium length, becoming dry with light smoke, takak, spice.
+ Water: medium length, woody, slightly bitter, takak, some cocoa.
The 2nd Ardbeg after the Grooves CR that I like!
Slightly diluted with water, overall rounder / more harmonious!
- It provides notable olfactory and savory palate, along with sufficient Ardbeg expectation to keep me drinking, not hording the committee bottlings.
Honey baked smoked ham, slight dijon mustard, peanuts, iodine, meaty phenols, cherry wood smoke, Chinese sweet and sour sauce,
honey, licorice sticks, some slight milk chocolate, more smoked ham, tobacco
pepper, honey lemon, licorice phenolics, leather? (with water), cinnamon.
- It's not as amazing as other Pinot Noir finished drops like the Longrow Red from 2019, but there's a nice hint of funk in amongst the peat.
rotten milk, peaty, cheese and Bacon, black pepper - funk and brine, ozone, damp cardboard, licorice
Bananas and pepper, licorice, pepper, salt, red fruits, perhaps cherry and berries, tar and medicinal smoke, strong medicinal peat, red fruits.
red licorice, Swedish fish, peaty and briny, soot and ash, slight zest
- This wasn't one of my favorite Ardbegs. Hard to believe the asking price for this as well.
Sour wine note followed by sweet BBQ smoke. More berry and cherry fruitiness on second take with icing sugar and warm caramel. Bit of tar and medicinal elements in the background. Ardbeg DNA is present but masked too much by the cask in my opinion.
Lots of wood spice, salty candied sweetness and sooty ash. Some background tart berry, citrus fruit and tar notes.
Lingering sooty elements and faint fading BBQ smoke.
- Nothing especial! Did get the hint of wine and usual Ardbeg peat! the story ends!