Ardbeg Blaaack

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 447.31

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Blaaack

68 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.66 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Mitswhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  4. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It already pulls your mouth together ;-)
    Just like biting a lemon. Despite everything, it is actually quite mild, is easy to drink without water and a treat for the palate for friends of dry whiskys, definitely not an everyday Ardbeg.
    The big winner is the nose that takes me straight to Islay.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Nice spicy smoke, like from scorched pine needles, with fresh mint, peach, sweet grapes, sour, sour apple, light creaminess, vanilla, with time it gets sweeter from the basic tone, a breeze of cinnamon, and pepper, malt, a short touch of bread dough, grape juice, at the back you can also find almonds, nice nose
      after the first sip even fresher, a bit of citrus is added, you can summarize it with spicy smoke + sweet grapes + fresh mint and citrus, the rest are details and in the background, now I just had to think about this yellow lemon glaze
    • Taste
      87 87
      quite dry at the beginning, wood, acidic, then becoming sweeter, dry, slightly cinnamon-like smoke, sour apple, grapes, slightly creamy, quite tart, bitten grape skin
      second sip: really edgy at the start, now here too citrus, clearly citrus, vanilla, chalky, the rest of the first sip is there again, not what I expected, but not bad now, but rather on the dry side
    • Finish
      87 87
      here it gets nutty, hazelnuts, astringent, a hint of grapes on the palate, cooling mouthfeel, fresh, light smoke, and a citrus overtone

  5. Dronach_Aficionado scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is one of the better CR NAS in recent years, no comparison to the rather weak kelpie or perpetuum. Not as good as Galileo or Ardbog but very nicely done: the sweetness from the Pinot Noir wine barrels combines well with the characteristic Ardbeg Rauch, but is a bit too dominant. The smoke is not as pronounced as with the standard Ardbegs. I like it very much, more may come in the direction.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. 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.

  7. 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 ..

  8. 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

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    Quite drinkable
    • Nose
      89 89
      Vanilla peat and smoke, little fruity, peach, banana, herbal whiffs - not bad
    • Taste
      88 88
      Punchy, oily, peaty, smoky, good sweetness, vanilla, pear, peach
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, burning, sweeter

  10. Dottore scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I can only agree: see unusual Ardbeg, maybe it is also because you rarely get Ardbeg from red wine barrels under the nose. I wouldn't have blindly tapped an Ardbeg when I smelled it. Surprisingly, the smoke is hardly present, but I had it open for 30 minutes before trying it out. Very fruity, very greasy. Grilled bacon and raspberry jam. Red wine tannins. Vanilla. Eraser. Cold ashes. In the mouth a bit more and nicely smoky and yes, really very sweet, but also a little metallic. White pepper. Ashy. The finish is unfortunately a little one-dimensional, gets dry quickly and has little surprise to offer, which regularly bothers me when red wine is ripened.
    Overall, however, this bottling was successful. Of the volume percent just right and not too weak (despite over 50%), I dread something about the 46% version. The nose is the highlight here. After that it gets a little weaker. 87 points


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