Ardbeg 1998 Still Young

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

Average value

€ 359.69

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1998 Still Young

49 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.36 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. Kensay scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Even too lazy to spend letters on this whisky. It is absolutely not clear where such prices come from, for such a weak release.
    Iodine, lemons and peat, dry wood, straight, flat. This is not even interesting to drink for free.

  4. 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.

  5. gossm01 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It has a relatively oily viscosity and its bouquet is of relatively strong intensity. I have aromas of dry peat smoke, citrus, marine notes, ash, honey sweetness, malt and vanilla. Not very complex. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. The alcohol is well integrated for his young age and he has a relatively heavy body.

  6. pere scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    In comparison to Very Young, Almost There and Renaissance to me Still Young has always been the most maritime one and closer to Renaissance than the Almost There.

  7. maltaholic scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Yes, he looks young, a straw-colored yellow.

    But it smells good, doesn't overwhelm me with smoke.
    It is rather subtle, leaving the wood its place.
    But it also smells strong and has a lot of bangs.
    There's a hint of carnation and something sweet in the background ...

    It surprises in the mouth, doesn't burn straight away, looks creamy and soft ...
    but then it comes, develops spicy aromas, all very intense and strong.
    Appears a bit furry, a lot of barrel aromas, bitter spices.

    The smoke continues to recede.
    Now there is also a hint of vanilla.
    It just keeps getting better ...

  8. gossm01 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • 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.

  10. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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


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