Ardbeg Blaaack

Overall rating
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

Average value

€ 328.07

34 × in wishlist

36 × member ratings

278 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Blaaack

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.68 points

  1. Apikalov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  2. thebonewolf scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      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.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Vegetal, oaky, earthy. The standard release is quite the same, though thinner.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Vegetal, heat. Minty feeling to it. Long. Standard release Is more tannic and lacks that minty feel on the breath.

  3. Ganga scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    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.

  4. Bembel scored this whisky 65 points Member Junior

    Advance information about my point allocation:
    I rate my whisky's privately with a ten-point scale
    (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!

  5. MaltMartyr scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It provides notable olfactory and savory palate, along with sufficient Ardbeg expectation to keep me drinking, not hording the committee bottlings.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Honey baked smoked ham, slight dijon mustard, peanuts, iodine, meaty phenols, cherry wood smoke, Chinese sweet and sour sauce,
    • Taste
      90 90
      honey, licorice sticks, some slight milk chocolate, more smoked ham, tobacco
    • Finish
      89 89
      pepper, honey lemon, licorice phenolics, leather? (with water), cinnamon.

  6. nicNZ scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    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.
    • Nose
      92 92
      rotten milk, peaty, cheese and Bacon, black pepper - funk and brine, ozone, damp cardboard, licorice
    • Taste
      88 88
      Bananas and pepper, licorice, pepper, salt, red fruits, perhaps cherry and berries, tar and medicinal smoke, strong medicinal peat, red fruits.
    • Finish
      88 88
      red licorice, Swedish fish, peaty and briny, soot and ash, slight zest

  7. Scherenschnitte scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    This wasn't one of my favorite Ardbegs. Hard to believe the asking price for this as well.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      Lots of wood spice, salty candied sweetness and sooty ash. Some background tart berry, citrus fruit and tar notes.
    • Finish
      Lingering sooty elements and faint fading BBQ smoke.

  8. abhishekbanik scored this whisky 65 points Member Junior

    Nothing especial! Did get the hint of wine and usual Ardbeg peat! the story ends!

  9. WillWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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


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