Ardbeg 1976

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay festival 2004
Calculated age
27 years old
Sherry butt
Number of bottles
51.4 % Vol.
700 ml
gb United Kingdom
Added on
24 jan 2008 11:47 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 5910.00

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82 × member ratings

90 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1976

11 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.74 points.

  1. Glenbalvallan scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Near to perfection Ardbeg

  2. checkpointrk scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      96 96

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo Moderator

    Very complex and balanced, fruity and sherry, toffee and maritime notes - delicious!

    Head 2 head with the sister cask #2397 I find this one more fruity, more good sherry, little sweeter and overall more drinkable
    • Nose
      96 96
      Nutty, toffee, sherry, some acacia honey, dried fruits, whiffs of peat and smoke, seabreeze, hints of seaweed, little cooked fruits, cigar tobacco and warm ashes - superb!
    • Taste
      96 96
      Little punchy, creamy, good sweetness, little liquorice, more dried fruits, sherry wood, toffee, of course some peat and smoke, hints of bonfire - excellent!
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long, warm, more toffee, little more woody, not drying - great!

  4. Griller76 scored this whisky 99 points Expert Junior

    The most balanced and multi-layered whisky I have ever tasted. A true Spitzenmalt, which one searches in vain in the current Ardbeg Range. A worthwhile luxury of this malt!
    • Nose
      Vegetable stew, creamy eggnog, full-bodied old sherry
    • Taste
      clear Petrol note, extremely balanced mildly round, alcohol extremely well integrated, full-bodied all-enveloping and filling sweetness, a hint of nutmeg, cloves, star anise, bar pepper, short flames medical notes on and peat fire and oak bitterness on which but soon disappear again, the sweetness occurs in its almost original intensity again with a warm and cozy feeling without burning, despite enjoyment of the most noble drop in barrel strength
    • Finish
      For ages, the spicy sweetness remains in the mouth and on the tongue with spicy aromas; It develops a long chubby log fire on the palate, which slowly migrates down the esophagus ultimately transforms the whole body into a velvety chubby stove, which warms from the inside

  5. helmutgw scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Excellent example of smoke that does not downplay everything and sweetly dominates.
    Finesse that can no longer be found today. 09.12.2017 95
    • Nose
      Sherry, subtle smoke, a bit closed.
    • Taste
      Sherry and smoke in harmonious harmony. Gentle sweetness that slowly turns to bitter.
    • Finish
      so it stays bitter, cold charcoal remains.

  6. Unclimbability scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Colour: Amber

    Body: Full

    Nose: Beautiful. Sherry stewed fruit, lime citrus, peat smoke integrated.

    Taste: Hugely oily, amazing lime rind, builds and builds, Sherry, raisin.

    Finish: Long length. OMG, amazing, lime.

    Single Sherry Cask. Bottled for the Feis Ile festival in 2004 at 27yo. Same score as the 1976 from the decades tour.


  7. Gloin scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Absolute top class. A dream of a whisky. Everything is alright. With this whisky, I understand why Ardbeg has the reputation it has and gets a lot of wet eyes when they read that name.
    • Nose
      It starts sweet and with soft smoke, followed by sea and apricots. The smell is a seduction. You want to drink immediately, but you do not want it to be over yet. Sherry comes in the background. Olives. The idea of ​​an autumn beach on the North Sea and a hot Mediterranean afternoon wrestle with each other. Very complex.
    • Taste
      The mouthfeel is light at first. Then comes a cozy glow, fire, nothing medicinal, fruits, again apricots and peaches and oranges, and salt, oak, but only light and not bitter, again sherry, but less than in the nose
    • Finish
      The finish is like glowing coal, heat, the memory of smoke and now also clear oak, sweet and slightly spicy, I have to think of a hot Feuerzangenbowle. At the very end comes the delicate impression of apricots. The whisky is not dry at all. And the finish is very long. Salivation until the end.

  8. Psyk0man scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Ardbeg 1976 Cask 2398 Feis Ile 2004

    Nose: Grilled oranges, peppermint, salty-peppery peppers, aromatic sherry, charcoal, old dried Serrano ham

    Mouth: Velvety soft onset, syrupy, clear sherry notes full of flavors. Slightly earthy with lots of sweetness and a slightly bitter, but very pleasant taste of the oak. Salty oranges and tobacco.

    Finish: salty with slightly bitter oak, tobacco and raisins a touch of tonic water.

    Conclusion: THIS IS IT! My first really high point Ardbeg! 96 points with tendency to become the first 97er!
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      95 95

  9. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    sample from Geert Brero @ Whisky in Leiden 2014
    • Nose
      sherry, orange, peat, spices - pepper and paprika, briny - salt, iron, some rye and menthal
    • Taste
      peat, some smoke, earthy, some floral notes, pepper and syrup
    • Finish
      medium drying with liquorice, smoke, peat, oily and cinnnamon

  10. ASWhisky scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    no words one of the bests
    an unforgettable Whisky
    • Nose
      das Haus am Meer hat einen Keller
      dort steht ein alter Leinensack mit feuchtem Meersalz
      Deine Finger greifen in das Salz
      Du riechst das Meer und fängst an zu träumen
      Oliven und Zitronen
      in Salz eingelegten Meerbarben…
      schwerem spanischen Rotwein…
      Du fühlst den Portwein und das Salz schon an Deinen Lippen
      es erinnert Dich an das klebrige Harz von Pinien 
    • Taste
      Du nimmst Deine Finger aus dem Salz und leckst sie ab
      Rauch von einem fast erloschenen Holzfeuer durchzieht langsam Deinen Mund
      das feuchte Meersalz geht weich und wärmend über Deine Zunge
      Unmengen Speichel vermischen sich mit dem Salz
      und erzeugen zitrusfrische Süße
      und die Erinnerung an den alten spanischen Port und sein Holzfass
      an Deinem Gaumen klebt Meer und Salz wie an einem alten Holzfass
      auf Deiner Zunge ist alles weich, feucht und süß
      Du steckst deine Finger wieder in das Salz
      Du möchtest mehr
    • Finish
      sehr lang
      altes weiches Holz vollgesogen mit Portwein und Salz
      süßer Tabak
      unglaublich feucht

  11. Lafroy scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      96 96


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