Ardbeg Blaaack

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Ardbeg Committee
Pinot Noir
50.7 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Members of the Ardbeg Committee
Added on
20 Feb 2020 10:51 am by Tauti

Average value

€ 244.81

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130 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Blaaack

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.72 points

  1. Gris scored this whisky 1 points Expert Senior

    Wow, so much "fans" of Ardbeg bought this bottle... And so much "fans" sell it (the same day) for 200€ or more... Looks like so much "fans" in fact don't like Ardbeg at all XD

  2. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A really atypical Ardbeg - and I liked it very much. Not the bold peat smoke, citrus fruit and cowshed atmosphere, but fine, yet clearly perceptible wine and fruit aromas, which are wonderfully balanced with the spice of the casks and the perfectly integrated Islay peat smoke. An Islay dram, which, either neat or with a few drops of water, immediately takes you to the shores of this Hebridean island.

    I thank Moët Hennessy Germany for the complimentary sample!

    • Nose
      For an Ardbeg very subtle smoke at first, followed by a spicy sweetness with dark grapes, grilled bananas and some BBQ sauce. A hint of ripe peach, paired with tobacco notes and cloves. Towards the end a little more peat smoke and a bit of cowshed atmosphere.
    • Taste
      First a fruity and sweet start, which immediately faces a spicy and peppery punch. Red grapes and cherries mix with grilled fruit and crispy bacon, seasoned with crushed black pepper and cloves. This is all wrapped in fine peat smoke with a slightly bitter fruity wine note towards the finish.
    • Finish
      A medium to long finish with a fruity residual sweetness that gradually leaves room for dry oak, allspice and ash. Cold peat smoke lingers for a long time.

      With water: A little fresher on the nose after adding a few drops of water. Spicy fruit aromas mix with delicious BBQ notes, accompanied by more peat smoke and distinct cowshed aromas. Clearly tamed on the palate with prickling fruit sweetness of grapes and cherries. Only a little peppery spiciness, surrounded by cold peat smoke. The finish is of medium length, slightly warming and fruity sweet. A little drier towards the end with oak, ash and peat smoke.

  3. Mitswhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    110 € plus 8 € shipping in Germany. A maximum of one bottle per person and you couldn't avoid shipping. So 118 €

  4. Gris scored this whisky 1 points Expert Senior

    @bikenerd : 90€ (sic)

  5. Signatory scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    The Ardbeg Day bottling "Ardbeg Blaaack" for the 20th anniversary of the Ardbeg Committee is something special. The ram on the label recognizes the flock of "black sheep" - the whisky fans who have dedicated themselves to the Islay distillery.

    The content is also special, the whisky matured in New Zealand Pinot Noir barrels and brings a combination of velvety red fruits, sour cherries, sweet pudding and the typical Ardbeg smoke. A really successful bottling!

    Thanks for the sample.

  6. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    After last year's committee release, I started tasting Blaaack with little expectations. However: Ardbeg will probably not deliver another poor performance like with the drum, or.
    Indeed: he can do something. Without bringing too much sweetness, he fully exploits the quality of the Pinot Noir barrels. If you don't cheat with wine barrel-aged smokers, you are in good hands here. And that it is an Ardbeg can also be tasted, hooray. One or the other UA - if he gets sensible barrels - should perhaps take it to heart.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Oha, that's a nose that I haven't had before with an Ardbeg: The wine barrels stand out clearly, delivering sweet cherries, strawberries, raspberries. A note of warm peat smoke hovers over it, appears nice and thick. Yeast dough, vanilla and honey reline the fruits in which the cherries set the tone: freshly baked cherry crumble.
    • Taste
      88 88
      It continues seamlessly with the aforementioned impression from the nose on the tongue. With sweet cherries, raspberries and red currants, it spreads pleasantly in the mouth. Dry and astringent from the start. Warm smoke, salt, pepper, dried algae (nori leaves). Freshly picked peppermint leaves, violet liquorice. Intense mouthfeel. After a while menthol starts to soak up when the peppermint leaves appear. Milk coffee, fudge. The smoke is becoming more and more distinctive. It hardly shows any spices, but it nevertheless has a certain sharpness that comes from pepper.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium-long and very dry finish, with pepper, menthol, peat smoke and lemon cake.

  7. elchingy did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    @Gris. I see your point and I totally agree with you, this is parasitism. However you can't shit on people who want to make some profit on our back and on the other hand mark the whisky 1 just because you are pissed off. It's not the whisky's fault if people are venal, so leave it out.

  8. wisekycourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Pinot Noir finish of a New Zealand wine:
    tarry, bacon-flavored, spicy and slightly sweet;
    a little wet barn, actually dirty, pepper,
    a little smoked bacon at this time with a little bitterness, on the ground almonds and the resulting juice.
    mouth :
    on the stewed and sweetened fruits again, on well spiced spices, dry wood as full, after a chocolatey sensation, the smoke with cold ash, the soot even rather, juicy return on the blackcurrant there, then candied strawberry and incisive, strong on the palate, return of dry and cold smoke, meaty ash.
    long enough spicy, sweet (tangy candy), then the strawberry dried again, smoke well present, the fine peat arrives at the bottom of the glass, and woody again, nice for dram which goes out of the standards in a good way.

  9. Murain scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    First impression, sweet tasty and atypical Ardbeg ... The Pinot Noir notes, red and black fruits, come through nicely, rounded off by the typical Ardbeg smoke ... I like it well ..

  10. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
      Only solvent / eagle owl, smoke, but not the typical ard use, rather ash, sweet light fruits (apple, pear, peach), which then become darker and sweeter (black currant), a little "gauze bandage", all very well integrated and complex, very good for me personally
    • Taste
      93 93
      Only smoke that combines with sweetness, I no longer have fruit directly, light pimples, subtle wine note in the background, alcohol perfectly integrated, oak is looming and is becoming stronger to very strong
    • Finish
      89 89
      Oak, oak, oak, some sweetness and smoke remain, quite a long finish


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