Ardbeg Lord Of The Isles

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
25 years old
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L1 299 4ML 0020
Added on
05 Mar 2010 4:32 pm

Average value

€ 1806.81

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Lord Of The Isles

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.29 points

  1. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Refined, high quality Ardbeg, in cask strength this would be knock out!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Floral and complex. Creamy peat, exotic fruits, gerbeaud, marzipan and spicy oak.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Peat, tropical fruits, spicy oak, herbals and candied orange peel.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, ashy, spicy.

  2. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful example of Ardbeg. Like sitting in an old leather armchair while eating a delicious but heavy afternoon snack in a worn but comfortable rustic stone cottage heated by a fireplace burning peat and wood on a damp late-spring day.

    Mouthfeel is oily and viscous.
    Nose becomes more sweet vanilla and malt with time.
    • Nose
      Softly lingering smoke from a dying fire, slightly burnt lemon custard pie, butterscotch and smoke dried apple slices, smoked dried fruits with a drizzle of smoked honey, a touch of woodsmoke diffused in briney sea air and oyster shells, worn leather bound recently polished wooden furniture, with a fading mild alcohol-burn tinged scent of baking spices, earth/dunnage wearhouse, and oak.
    • Taste
      Wood smoke and tar, smoked osmanthus with a touch of smoked honey, smoked malt, smoked slightly burnt dried fruits (prunes, papaya, apples, currants, cranberries) with a bit of smoked cured meats and hard cheeses, smoked lemon curd on slightly burnt dark multigrain toast, smoked butterscotch with a touch of scorched vanilla.
    • Finish
      Smoked dark chocolate espresso beans, smoked walnut mixed with smoked salty candied orange peel, a touch of licorice and marshmallow root, and a long slow fade of gently dying woodfire smoke and woodspice.

  3. ZhengMoMo scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    An island king without "kingdom", it is exquisite and delicate, rich in layers, elegant and soft, not far-reaching and grand, and it has no sense of power.
    • Nose
      Sweet cream, milk soap, chamomile, breath of the sea, fresh, elegant, cool and smoky, smoked salmon, pomegranate juice.
    • Taste
      Light smoke, sea salt, fish oil, orange juice, plump, sweet, vanilla sugar, light cream.
    • Finish
      Long, orange juice, sea salt, disinfected water.

  4. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    LWC tasting with Ardbaggie. Amongst 1974 SV, 1977 OB, Airigh Nam Beist, 1991 OMC, 2004 AD, this was the stand out and well deserves its high reputation, a fantastic Ardbeg, wonderfully balanced, and the new Ardbeg to beat for me. Thank you Ardbaggie! 9/10
    • Nose
      Wonderfully toffee'd, sweet and round but with great depth. Beeswax, clotted cream, stollen, old furniture, bung cloth, olive oil, and smoked haddock. Some fantastic old school sherry casks have gone into this, and a great blending job.
    • Taste
      Lovely stewed fruits in style of the best old school sherry casks, mahogany, bright, oily, citrus oils, seashells, oysters, long ... texture! (in progress)

  5. the_muskox scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    There’s so much depth, so much going on. I couldn’t do it justice in written form. At the same time, it’s so easy to drink. The peat is soft but with this understated intensity. The phrase “old-school” is thrown around a lot, but this is certainly an old-school peated whisky. Delicious.

    Nose: Loads of earthy Ardbeg smoke, more than expected. Seawater, rocks, leather, earth, and peat smoke. It just smells ancient. Musty earth, ink, seaweed, roasted peanuts, toasted sesame oil, and dried oregano. Crayons? There’s a surprising soft fruity side as well: Pineapple, dragonfruit, baked apples, pears, and strawberries. Just a hint of sherry. Sweet caramel and milk chocolate in the middle. With time in the glass an earthy malt/bread note emerged, along with more savoury flavours and black tea.

    Palate: Medium-thick and quite oily. Soft and ancient. Citrus pith and red grapes, then sweet heathery peat, sea-salted caramel, and milk chocolate. The development is extremely extended. Some sherry emerges here, along with ash, oak, and loads of savoury dark notes that are all going on at once.
    Some water helps clear things up. There’s a bit more ash now, along with tropical fruit flavours of pineapple, coconut, and papaya. There’s lots of dark chocolate, warm spices, and a strong tobacco note. Some barbequed meat appears here, with mixed peppercorns.

    Finish: Long and rich, an extension of the development. Black pepper, nori, dried herbs (mustard seeds?), and black tea. Lots of wood sugars and earth, with a bit of soy sauce.
    Water helped bring everything together. There’s blackberries, apples, and dark chocolate. More of that musty element.

  6. Raremalt61 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, lots of ripe fruits, especially apples. some smoke

  7. penumbra scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg was distilled thirty or forty years ago, peat can't hide its delicate flavor.
    • Nose
      Peat, earth, black truffle, algae, soapy water, cloves.
    • Taste
      Slightly spicy, peat, flavor, milk flakes, plastic blocks, lipids, sweet, pepper, badan wood.
    • Finish
      Long, nutty, white oak, wheaty, sweet.

  8. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very smooth ardbeg with marzipan and vanilla quite enjoyable

  9. kimmosuo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The Whisky Show Old & Rare Glasgow 23 - 24 February 2019
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A very beautiful, polished, harmonious old Ardbeg. Complex, classic aromas, very tasty. First-class nose. Not for power fanatics who are looking for brute punch.

    Significantly better than the LotI L5.
    • Nose
      92 92
      From the beginning much more present and expressive than the LotI L5.
      Fresh and clear. Coniferous forest, moss, peat, clearly maritime, salty lemons, crumbly apples, in the background lurken medical bandages and fine smoke. Fine vanilla, some camphor and mint and a small hint of flowery. Complex and dense.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Begins round and quite fruity, then salty-spicy notes and plenty of peat added. Fine smoke. Elegant and polished, harmonious. Fudge, pickaxe, again medical bandages and salt citrons, a little 'farm'.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Very good length. Salty, maritime, peach and lemon, fine smoke, peat. Very harmonious.


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