Ardbeg Lord Of The Isles

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 2216.79

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Lord Of The Isles

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. tigercat scored this whisky 98 points Member Senior

    Very good, unique sandalwood fragrance!

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. John87 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  8. leeho scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  9. 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


    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%

  10. 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.


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