Ardbeg 1976

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Ardbeg Committee
Calculated age
23 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
53.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
24 jan 2008 11:47 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 9145.48

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1976

14 users have left 14 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.87 points.

  1. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Crass bottling, real smoke power and still looking ancient, dark, deep, almost no fruit and yet very complex, this myrrh note is a dream!
    • Nose
      Initially very compact and restrained, it opens up with a lot of time and a little warmth, dark but slightly sour and moist, damp autumn leaves, slightly wet, old oak, fresh chestnut, plum, later also dates, saffron, truffle, black bread, pine nuts, black Walnut, mocha, myrrh
    • Taste
      Old tobacco in its pure form at the beginning, wow, intense and smoky, not so expected from the nose and the% are perfect! Roasted chestnuts, saffron, fennel tea, rye bread, charcoal, ginger, cardamom, beautiful malt, myrrh, thyme, nutmeg, allspice, ancient leather
    • Finish
      Cardamom, ginger, malt, tobacco, charcoal, saffron, oak, long, myrrh

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  3. Kimba scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    Possibly the best I've ever had in a glass!

    I can't and don't want to break it down into individual parts and write about a lot of smoke, sherry, etc.

    The whisky is perfect. The interplay of flavors is just wonderful. In the nose as well as in the mouth.

    I didn't want to drink it, it smells so nice.

    He has everything. And nothing disturbs. Everything fits together and results in the perfect dram.


  4. Glenbalvallan scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Simply wonderful, tasted with ColdAesthetics

  5. pere scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A bit more refined and not so smack in the face than the sister casks. Some smoke, some sherry sweetness, a bit dirty, quite fresh.

    In comparison 2390 is clearly smokier and a bit drier, 2392 is much dirtier and also sweeter and more intense, 2396 is a bit sweeter, cleaner and more intense.

  6. Jim_my_whisky did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    From whiskyfun,

    Ardbeg 1976/2000 (53.2%, OB, Committee Reserve, cask #2394, sherry, 446 bottles) Colour: amber. Nose: ah, yes, this is sherry! Starts on huge notes of balsamic vinegar and soy sauce, lovage, smoked ham, crispy bacon, grilled garlic then Smyrna raisins, old rum… Then we have all the usual resinous ‘stuff’, hints of camphor and embrocations, herbs (thyme). Ardbeg’s ususal markers are sort of toned down here but the result is still beautiful. Superb notes of walnuts and chestnut honey, slightly burnt cake, myrte… Superb again. Mouth: creamy, powerful, rather nervous, probably not as complex as on the nose but highly drinkable. Gets minty, with notes of cough sweets, ripe pineapples, banana liqueur… And then the resin and finally the peat and the pepper that won the fight, with a very long and bold finish on tar and peat. Excellent, especially the nose. 93 points.

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

    This is a very nicely balanced sherried Ardbeg with the right level of smokiness and sweetness with lots of typical sherry cask influences and nto overpowered by the peat and smoke. Delicious!

    Head 2 head with the #2390 it is really on a very similar level.
    • Nose
      96 96
      Little toffee, hints of dried fruits, cigar tobacco, whiffs of acacia honey, sherry wood, peat and smoke, bonfire, spicy, little herbal, brown sugar - excellent!
    • Taste
      96 96
      Oily, creamy, sirupy, little punchy, good sweetness, more dried fruits, peat and smoke, little salty, toffee, chocolate, sherry wood, little nutmeg, spicy - fantastic!
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long, warm, more toffee and fine sherry wood

  8. newman346 scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

    Fine espresso, ripe plums, iodine, leather, velvety fine smoke, old rosewood and dark chocolate.
    Dark cherries, fresh cream, earthy humus, smoked ginger incense, kipperheads, mocha, roasted nuts.
    The finish is powerful, long and long, with dried fruits and smoke coming in.

    Sherry Cask's awesome Ardbeg that combines the aging feeling and the power of alcohol with no more balance and timing.

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Vs 2390 and 2392, 2390 still wins but nonetheless a brilliant single cask ob

  10. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2001]  I had this dram during an Islay charity tasting at Rheinhotel Dreesen. 

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this 92,5.  Unfortunately no detailed notes were taken.

    But I noted the results of the charity auction:
    - = 610 DM (305 Euro)
    - = 270 DM (135 Euro)
    - = 540 DM (270 Euro)
    - = 2900 DM (1450 Euro, no one placed a bid at the mininum price of 2900 DM during the first auction round - in a second round with a reduced starting bid it was hammered at this price)
    - = 3500 DM (1750 Euro, no one placed a bid at the mininum price of 2900 DM during the first auction round - in a second round with a reduced starting bid it was hammered at this price)
    - = 560 DM (280 Euro)
    - = 560 DM (280 Euro)
    - a Macallan distilled 17.10.1988, bottled 22.12.2000 port finish for 400 days in a port quarter cask by Werner Hertwig, Berlin, bottle no. 3 of 30 = 140 DM (70 Euro)
    - = 670 DM (335 Euro)
    - = 710 DM (355 Euro)

    The final result of this auction (10.650 Deutschmark or 5.325 Euro) was donated to charity projects on Islay.

  11. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    What can I say, with the best that I had in the glass so far. Intense, complex and really simply delicious! Too bad that nowadays there are only such rare and high prices to be found.
    • Nose
      Pleasantly spicy smoke rises in the nose, salty as smoked ham, accompanied by a wonderfully integrated sherry aroma with milk chocolate and dark dried fruit, a breeze of cinnamon can be seen, in addition to the clearest coffee flavors that I could smell in a whisky, than you would hold a handful of freshly ground coffee under the nose, oak notes give the overall picture in the background held corners and edges, the alcohol is very well integrated and even with intense Verriechen lacks the sneezing reflex, which is often unique to me with strong whiskys , you can feel the whisky smelling on the tongue to taste and taste, after the first sip I have at the beginning very briefly Maggie herb, but then quickly goes back into the above-described flavor, overall now a little spicier
    • Taste
      creamy and oily mouthfeel, for chewing, great cinnamon smoke, spicy, creamy caramel, chocolate, then the dark fruits come, a little drier than in the nose, the spice dominates, great oak cargo joins again, espresso, to complete the picture, The cinnamon now dissolves from the smoke and is also there alone, intense, wonderful ...
    • Finish
      pleasant and long, persistently intense, a veil of smoke over everything, like campfire, almost ashes, lighter floral aromas, some of the aftertaste of shisha smoke, with which the coal can easily get away, and above that there is an aftertaste of fruit flavors

  12. Gloin scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    The sherry is very intense, but it leaves room for other things, the whisky is so complex, warm and impressive: it takes me on a journey, only very few manage. An incredible whisky! Once in a lifetime, a whisky connoisseur should experience such beauty. Only then do you know how great whisky really can be. I have tasted of the forbidden fruit, how am I supposed to wonder that I will long for it forever.
    • Nose
      It starts immediately very intense. When I close my eyes and smell the whisky, the world turns bordeaux red in my mind's eye. Clouds of smoke run through the room, not very strong, but omnipresent, sherry notes dominate my mouth, dark with raisins, now comes a slightly fresher note, all sweet as the sin. The memory of ham and a log fire give me a pleasant feeling, everything is incredibly closely interwoven. The sweetness has a harsh undertone, such as slightly burnt caramel or dark honey, at the very end comes a hint of tangerine.
    • Taste
      The body is soft, the onset is gentle with a hidden power, sweet is the whisky on the tongue. There's the fireside smoke and that harsh sweetness again. The taste is the consistent continuation of the smell. After a while, herbs are added, ham in rosemary and sherry. Despite the spice, the whisky is not dry, but moist. I can not think of a better word to describe it.
    • Finish
      Gentle smoke first dominates, then this herbaceous note comes to the fore, and also raisins, espresso sweetened with cane sugar. The memory remains long on the palate and in the throat, but not long enough: it could last forever.

  13. ASWhisky scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    yes, I'm in Heavenwas it only a Whisky?
    • Nose
      einmal an der offenen Flasche riechen
      sofort beginnt Deine Reise
      Du riechst Meer und Sehnsucht
      Meeresgrund und Meerjungfrau
      düster und schön

      ______________________________im Glas sieht er wie eine Kostbarkeit aus
      und so riecht er auch

      grau - das Meer, der Strand, der Himmel

      grau und feucht
      ein Espresso und Dein Whisky

      der Whisky - wie warmes Feuer in der grau feuchten Meeresluft
      Dein Espresso wird kühl
      der Kaminrauch und die feuchte Luft haben die Scheiben beschlagen

      sie bringt einen Teller Speck
      mit Tannenhonig karamellisiert

      lächelnd bietet Sie Dir einen alten Sherry an
      nein Du willst nur Deinen Whisky

      Du riechst an ihm
      24y Sherryfass
      das alte Holz ist noch lebendig, noch feucht vom malzigen Sherry
      Deine Zunge leckt über Deine Lippen
      sie schmecken weich und salzig
    • Taste
      Du befeuchtest Deine Lippen mit ihm

      mmh kühl und edel
      die Tropfen berühren Deine Zunge
      wie eine würzig wärmende Glut

      Du willst mehr

      rauchiger Kaffee mit salziger Meeresnote
      die Glut des Feuers
      in der feuchten Luft
      der weiche Malz zum harten Geschmack des Rauchspecks
      süß wie Tannenhonig
      und bitter wie Espressonasses Holz und trockener Sherry
      Brennen und Vergnügen

      am Ende ist es nichts von dem
      Du schaust durch die beschlagenen Fenster ins Graue
      ein Glühen in Dir
      Ihre Stimme
      jetzt ein Sherry...
      nein, Du willst noch lange an ihn denken
      und träumen
    • Finish
      Espresso, dunkle Schokolade, Malz, altes Holz, weiches Holz, malziger Rauch, süßes Karamell, süßer Speck ....
      alles schwirrt in Deinem Kopf
      er bleibt solange in deinem Mund
      Du genießt es

      er wird immer süßer und feuchter
      als wolle er Dich verführen
      ihn wieder zu probieren

  14. JvdH did not rate this whisky Member Senior

  15. Malt Hans scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at Craigellachie Hotel in July 2013.


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