Ardbeg Lord Of The Isles

Overall rating
91.26/100
votes
747
Whiskybase ID
WB14204
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
25.10.2001
Stated Age
25 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L1 299 4ML 0020
Added on
05 mar 2010 4:32 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 2620.62

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Lord Of The Isles

32 users have left 35 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.26 points.

  1. 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.

    Notes:
    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.

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  3. Astrid scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    And that's an Ardbeg from the 70s? I would never have guessed it was that old due to the lack of depth and finesse. Softened by the drinking strength... Click here for the full review: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/11/20/drei-lords-von-der-insel/
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. wms scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Absolutely stunning and miles ahead of the new 25 (which is still very good, by the way). Stunningly complex, balanced and not subdued by the age in any way.
    • Nose
      Big whiff of heavy, earthy smoke right at the beginning. Kind of unexpected really, given the age.
      Pine sap, a bit like freshly cut timber. Burning grass, smoked lemons (I guess that's a thing?) grapefruit, but also chocolate, caramel and honey sweetness. Some iodine and seaweed.
      With more time in the glass more 'old' notes emerge: beeswax, wood varnish, oak.
      A tiny bit of water dials those coastal notes to eleven - sea spray and iodine, together with that fresh, zesty citrus note commonly found in Ardbeg.
    • Taste
      Thick and oily in the mouth and drier than the nose would suggest, at first. Wood smoke, ashes and loads of those lovely, maritime notes. There's also toffee, sweet caramel and dark chocolate with sea salt.
      Slightly waxy, with citrusy freshness - lemon juice! Water brings out more of those notes, together with tropical fruit and pleasant wood tannins.
    • Finish
      Long, fresh, slightly herbal. Still wonderfully smoky and earthy with more dark chocolate by the end. A couple minutes later... fresh oysters. Amazing.

  5. the_muskox scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Taste
      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. dandan798 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Maritime with nice, sweet smoke and citrus. Fig crumble in a warm inn on Islay. The taste is intense and fits perfectly into the Christmas season with a clear cinnamon note. Dry and flavorful.

  7. spedley scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Beautifully rounded and a pleasure N – buttery, emulsion, clotted cream, scones, forest floor, hint of strawberry plants, bees wax, burnt bacon, charcoal, burnt wood/ reeds, putty, coffee grounds, soil, crushed tablets, cocoa
    T –smoke, sweet smoked fish flesh, smoked bacon rind, maple, cayenne, cinnamon, saline, cream, charcoal, ash, charred bbq artichoke/ chicory - 26
    F – ash, smoke, saline, tablets, alka selza, dry reeds, bbq artichoke, bbq char, cayenne pepper, cream, charcoal, ash, smoke – 25 = 89

  8. Killswitch scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Killswitch scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  10. John87 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  11. leeho scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  12. tigercat scored this whisky 98 points Member Senior

    Very good, unique sandalwood fragrance!

  13. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Ardbeg H2H

    I had a 2014 ten year just to get my palate used to the taste, I am no Ardbeg fan and still think most Ardbeg are scored too high generally but I will admit there was some quality in the old stuff on show in this tasting. On personal preference, even with these highly rated drams I found it all just a little bit dull at the end and while I scored the 1972 OB 93-94points and a clear winner with the Ardbeggeddon on 92 (would have been higher but for a lack lustre nose which dragged it's score down), the supposed best Ardbeg of all the 1976 was 3rd also on 92 but the Ardbeggeddon had a better taste & finish.

    I do these tastings for a reason, apart from my personal enjoyment it sometimes debunks for me the myths of how good some whisky is supposed to be, this is one of those times. The whisky here was good, I am not saying it isn`t but Ardbeg has always been and always will be not as good as everyone else thinks it is in my humble opinion, it does not reach the heights of say 1970's young, peated Glen Garioch or the best Brora, not even close apart from the 72 OB but that is just one man's humble opinion.
    As a side issue the 10 year from 2014 could hold it's head up and the Lord of the Isles for the money is rubbish and dull as dishwater, I think I am being generous awarded it 85p.

    Tasting order (lowest abv first)

    1-Ardbeg 10 year 46% 2014 OB WB ID 67284
    2-Ardbeg Lord of the Isles 25 year 2001 46% OB WB ID 14204
    3-Ardbeggeddon 1972 Douglas Laing OMC 29 year 48.4% WB ID 5102
    4-Ardbeg 1972 30 year cask 2782 49.9% OB WB ID 1295
    5-Ardbeg 1973 27 year 50% Douglas Laing OMC 240 bottles WB ID 5581
    6- Ardbeg 1974 23 year cask 1045 50.9% Signatory dumpy WB ID 7382
    7- Ardbeg 1976 25 year cask 2395 54.9% OB WB ID 1292

    Result

    1st-Ardbeg 1972 30 year cask 2782
    2nd- Ardbeggeddon 1972 Douglas Laing OMC 29 year 48.4%
    3rd- Ardbeg 1976 25 year cask 2395 54.9% OB
    4th- Ardbeg 1973 27 year 50% Douglas Laing OMC
    5th- Ardbeg 1974 23 year cask 1045 50.9% Signatory dumpy
    6th- Ardbeg 10 year 46% 2014 OB
    7th- Ardbeg Lord of the Isles 25 year 2001 46%

  14. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    This never takes of it is ok but it is rather dull and unexciting.
    One of the most overrated bottlings for wht is costs I have ever had, the 2005 bottling I only scored 84 points.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A different sort of peat effect to the Ardbeg 10 2014 I have just tried.
      Definitely bitter green apple, burnt wood, peat but an earthy peat which I like and then some black currant emerges and then something like a mixed blackcurrant, apple and rhubarb crumble. The fruit has taken over the peat as the dominant aspect here and some lovely faint sweet smoke in the back ground.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The fruit is dark and stewed and plenty of caramel with some dirty peat and some cream on show also, This is a little flat which is what I thought of an earlier bottle I had.
      Some green apple is there mixing with the sherry and peat but nothing seems to stand out
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish is all on unripe apple, pastry and peppery peat, quite long and warming.

  15. 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.

  16. 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)

  17. Raremalt61 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

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

  18. 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.

  19. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very smooth ardbeg with marzipan and vanilla quite enjoyable

  20. kimmosuo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. Liberezlatourbe scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    So, I do not know what to say to you. This is one of the few times the note takes a chip so I bet on this sample. Clearly disappointed, I was expecting a lot more. More precision, more length, more of everything! It's good but nothing more. It's like having a whisky with potential when you're supposed to have a mature whisky.
    • Nose
      Veil of farm peat, we feel the dilution. The first scents are quite light. I'll wait a bit ... The fruits are there but it's still a veil, yellow fruit or exotic fruit, difficult to determine. It opens with salt and candied lemon. The young pineapple presents itself, the perfumes clearly do not think of a whisky of a quarter century. It gains in precision as and when minutes. There is green apple. At the second nose, he becomes more baker with butter and dried fruits. This is not a precision model but the aromatic palette expands with more mineral or sandy notes. Especially the glass at rest.
    • Taste
      The texture is nice but here again the dilution is felt. We leave on the sails of everything ... There is a consistency with the nose but it is especially this impression of lightness that predominates. The mouth is sweet as is the mouth. Between the two, there are some notes of red fruits reminiscent of sherry but also salt and meaty notes, like bacon.
    • Finish
      Medium with a beautiful persistence on salt, the austere and mineral side and slightly fruity.

  24. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I was a bit disappointed by the nose but the mouth definitely won me. It's not a complex whisky but it's excellently done and balanced.
    • Nose
      Smoke ... and that's all ... at first. Then some iodine and apple notes. Quite discreet.
    • Taste
      Peat, smoke and seabreeze. Afterward some tropical fruits join the party.
    • Finish
      Looong, peat, smoke and fruits are lingering.

  25. Allandale scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A good old,different Ardbeg with a  silky body.
    • Nose
      Sea air. Distant smoke. ??
    • Taste
      The Ardbeg fruitiness,usually lemony and fragrant,has become more assertive and complex with age. Here, there are flavours reminiscent of candied orange peel and, especially ,cherries. Lots of flavour development. Walnuts,almonds. Marzipan.Bittersweet.
    • Finish
      Long, haughty. Steely. Not as earthy as might have been hoped.

  26. cuhp scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It is nice, but not as complex as hoped. Tasted blindly.
    • Nose
      Fruity, peat, citrus. Quite simple, but it works.
    • Taste
      Again quite simple. The alcohol is nicely integrated. Leather and peat.
    • Finish
      Salty, liquorice, smoke and tar

  27. Claudio + Cats scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    One of the better Ardbeg. I still like it today. 92 Poäng. Hehe Description: also tastes like whisky, but with ashtray smell. On Neudeutsch: Weirdly this "Puang" gab, hehe. Can not Döitsch, talk Wiking this, is blatant. The Ardbeg better than other model. Nix almost no matter. Pulle is empty, has left.

  28. jankes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  29. toklian did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge says:

    Ardbeg
    25 yo 'Lord of the Isles' (46%, OB, 2001)
    Yes, that's the one in the green coffin
    - by the way the new bottling for the
    Festival 2004 comes in a green coffin
    too... Tastes and colours... Anyway, imagine
    I never tasted this one before! Nose:
    very smoky but not especially ‘peaty’.
    Or let’s put it this way: only the
    ‘smoky’ component shine through.
    A little restrained. Lots of ripe apple.
    Heavy peat arises after a while, though,
    together with some grassy, farmy notes.
    Mouth: bold and rich with some tropical
    fruit and a load of peat and smoke. Very
    nice balance. This is pure Ardbeg, even
    if I think there are some (even) better
    versions around (OB Provenance, Douglas
    Laing OMC or Platinum etc.) The ‘LOTI’
    just lacks a little complexity in my opinion,
    but has a very, very long finish. 92
    points (Davin 92, Ho-cheng 91, Olivier
    92).

  30. whiskyroma scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    We noticed an impeccable balance of the distillate, with the addiction of that special ancient peat that could get poetic even a fruit juice, and it’s incredible how much that worths into a seventy years old Ardbeg Scotch.
    • Nose
      A fan of different smells like malt, cut straw, mud, groundy peat and in a second time sugared sweet fruits, candied fruits, peaches and strawberries. At the end pungent alcohol.
    • Taste
      Extraordinary palate: groundy peat, salty, sea breeze, sea food, malt, chestnuts, Hungarian salami. Then it goes to the sweetness of chestnuts honey, creamy egg ice-cream, caramel and vanilla.
    • Finish
       A good persistence, memories of malt, syrup against cough, sherry, cocoa and olives.

  31. whiskyroma scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  32. markkerr02 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Tried the whisky Ardbeg Lord of the Isles 25Y; 46% Current prestige whisky from Ardbeg, which is bottled in limited edition. Released for sale at the end of 2001. Islay was once domiciled for the ruler of the Hebrides, Lord of the Isles. Hence the name of the whisky. Guess that will not remain on the market for so long. The vote on Best Whisky gave the following results (Rank 1, 2 and 3, respectively, scored 3, 2, and 1, respectively). 1. Ardbeg Lord of the Isles 187 points 2. Ardbeg Uigeadail 98 points 3. Ardbeg 17Y 77 points 4. Ardbeg Committe Reserve 2002 72 points 5. Ardbeg Ten 50 points 6. Very Young Ardbeg 7 points http://smad.se/provningar/Provning%2040%20Ardbeg.html

  33. Mushinico scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  34. Furtia scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  35. The Macallan scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Back in 2001, Stuart Tompson was kind enough to gave me a wee taster of it. I was gobsmacked by it. It was at the end of a session from a big whisky fest in Holland, by drinking that I was revived in a few seconds to pull me through the night

  36. Sjors scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

      appears after that.
    • Taste
      Again sweet, some tropical fruits in here. And clove?

      Smoky and peaty. Very well balanced.
    • Finish
      Long after taste with smoke and peat and a sweet fruity dryness

      at the end of it.

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