Overall rating
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Stated Age
26 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
53.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 Feb 2020 12:31 pm by jstep83
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 587.66

22 × in wishlist

39 × member ratings

66 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1993 CA

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.81 points

  1. ARDBERG scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    To me the first 90s Ardies that trends to the 70s and that's great news. Though it stops short halfway in the taste.

    Whereas the nose and first impression in the mouth takes me back to Ardbegs glory days in the early 70s, the body and the stamina is just not there. Though, this is complaining on a very high level.
    Of course, the price is crazy and should rather be monitored and compared to 70s Laing OMC Ardbegs, which offer the high experience from start to finish.

    Thank you for the 2cl sample!!
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. nhuber did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Serge writes
    Ardbeg 26 yo 1993/2020 (53.7%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, bourbon hogshead, 240 bottles) Five stars
    Love it that Cadenhead would have used the relatively low-key Authentic Collection livery here, that’s so smart! Now, not all 1993s have been otherworldly in my book – after all, didn’t owners Allied only let the distillery run for a few weeks every year at that time, under in-house rivals Laphroaig’s supervision? Colour: straw. Nose: much, much, and I mean much lighter in style than the 1975, much more ‘purified’, fruitier, with even traces of rum here and there, and pineapples… Having said that, seawater tends to come to the front, and make this much more coastal, if not tarry. With water: gets drier, muddier (good news), with notes of stable and burning hay. Mouth (neat): hold on, this is really great too, just different! Sharper, more a razorblade than a bowl of pitch as was the 1975 if you like, more mineral and grassy, certainly peatier (as far as pure peat goes), and more on roots, celeriac… I’m most pleased with this baby, it was a hard task to come after the ultra-classic 1975. With water: absolutely lovely, and now surprisingly close to the 1975, just a little less fat and ‘typical’. Salt, bitter herbs, chalk, kippers, fresh walnuts, and this wonderful manzanilla-y feel that I’ll always crave. Finish: long, with traces of custard beyond the sharp, almost biting herbal bitterness. Always enjoy that too. Only the aftertaste is a tad less precise, but we’re splitting hairs again. Comments: no need.
    SGP:467 - 91 points.

  3. JFX scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Insane nose I spent 2 hours with - it just keeps evolving. Taste and finish are very good as well, but the nose was just stunning...

    Sadly I only had the chance to try a small sample, I will add more detailed notes as soon as I get my hands on the bottle...
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  4. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg, as you would like him to be more often. You can spend hours on the malt. Is more on the vegetables than on the fruit side. Somewhat overpriced.

    With water: rounder and sweeter. Then less intensity.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Salt, licorice, tar, floral and mineral, citrus, seaweed, sea. Phenolic peat smoke is present but not intrusive. Herbs, stick vegetables. Clearly structured.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Oily, immediately mouth filling. The smoke plays with the citrus and floral notes. Sea salt and white pepper. Mineral.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Tar, ash, celery, pepper, medium length.

  5. WSP scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    very fine Ardbeg without brute smoke.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Francescoredchili scored this whisky 91 points Newbie

    Nose: smoky driet fruit
    Palate: well balanced between dry smokiness and candy fruits, mouthwatering
    Finish: smell of sea, hints of fruit notes, long finish

  7. rampah scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  8. man2392 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose- briny smoke
    Palate- iron filings, brakes that need replacing, tar
    Finish- salmiakki, the glass still smells for a long time after drinking

    Noticeably better whisky than the 25yo but not worth the markup in my opinion

  9. Allandale scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Old and good
    • Nose
      Some sea salt, like gooseberry bushes and fruity like toasted or barbecued pineapple.
    • Taste
      Like new leather. Thunderbread ad some dry smokiness.
    • Finish
      Long-middle long. Some kelp. Smoked mussels. Maritime notes.


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