Ardbeg 1998 Still Young

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
2nd Release
Stated Age
08 years old
56.2 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L6 090
Added on
02 Jun 2007 1:11 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 315.81

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1998 Still Young

45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.37 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    a very successful 2nd step
    I'm very surprised how good the Still Young is at only 8 years old

    mmh, I like them indeed
    • Nose
      Smoke, caramel,
      and here now (at Very Young not yet) clearly maritime notes
      Sea, salt, again a nice citrus note and dark peat
    • Taste
      Wow very beautiful peat smoke with sweetness, chocolate on the palate is dark and dry, coffee notes, a little citrus, a tingle on the tongue and palate .. dried cherries
    • Finish
      dark chocolate, salt and malty sweetness ... my salt liquorice, slightly smoky peat ... delicious! An Islay finish

  2. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    young, very direct torfer.
    • Nose
      very direct peat, young, maritime, some sewing machine oil, beautiful fruit notes, tendency citrus, could also be something sour apple. Sweet and fragrant, maybe a bit dirty, musty at the end.
    • Taste
      very straightforward, slightly vegetal, grassy, peaty, becoming very sweet in the mouth over time. Very unusual, but really good. Vanilla, sugar bomb, with lots of peat, some pepper.
    • Finish
      peppery, sweet, peaty, the grassy notes are still there, in the end slightly tart, but with sweet undertones.

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2014]  I had this dram during an Ardbeg-Masterclass tasting at Bonn.

    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 it 80 points only.  My notes state it is immature and unbalanced.

  4. gossm01 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Peat smoke, citrus, salty, malt
    • Taste
      88 88
      Ashy, honey sweetness, vanilla, oily
    • Finish
      87 87
      Pleasant and long-lasting

  5. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      initially slightly acidic, asbestos, ash, citrus flavors, machine oil, a little dirty. Later spices, a little like pumpkin compote with clove. A little later: aromas of lemons, smoke, tar, spices. Yes, now like an Ardbeg again :)
    • Taste
      with a small start, warm, sweet, spices and smoke, some tar, slightly oily,
      somewhat spicy, oak, barrel, coffee, lemons, some candied, some ash.
      Pleasantly engaging, delicious! | Lukewarm alcohol comes through ...

      + H2O:
      sweetish, smoke, tar, somewhat softer and fruity, yes, the addition of water is good for him. Spices and condiments, barrel and coffee, clove.
    • Finish
      Lemon notes, some smoke and tar, slightly spicy, long fades away with a hint of ash.

  6. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. mr.p9 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. schengel10 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    The Ardbeg Still Young - the second (of four) bottlings on the "Peaty Path to Maturation", Limited Edition 2006;
    A young but good Islay Malt!
    [Color] white wine;
    • Nose
      fresh lime, grapefruit, alcohol, lots of smoke, vanilla;
    • Taste
      diluted: a powerful earthy onion, smoke, chilli-spicy, sweet, vanilla, maritime, salty;
    • Finish
      very short finish, metallically young and sweet, with a lot of ash in the finish;

  9. theograph scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Young, impetuous, slightly bitter; the 10yo standard convinces more!
    • Nose
      Smoke, lemon, tar, gum, salt, varnish, pepper, very robust.
    • Taste
      Soft (flat), lacquer, lemon, salt, pepper, yellow fruits, juniper, oak, mint, herbs, medicinal notes, slightly spicy and bitter.
    • Finish
      Oak, bitter, lemon, salt, fish, mint.

  10. Mascht scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful, maritime, young Ardbeg
    • Nose
      86 86
      Citrus, peat, caramel, motor oil, lacquer, maritime
    • Taste
      87 87
      intense smoke, Black Forest ham, dark honey, espresso, soap, brine
    • Finish
      86 86
      very long, spicy, dry smoke and at the end a maritime aftertaste


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