Ardbeg 25-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
25 years old
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L2390157 19/08/2020 002081
Added on
22 Apr 2020 10:40 pm by Coldorak

Average value

€ 1755.67

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159 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 25-year-old

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.20 points

  1. rampah scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    (Disclaimer: The price didn't matter for my rating.)

    Tasted this with the 21yo (2016), 23yo (2017) and 22yo (2018) head to head and had a lot of fun.

    Final score:
    23yo 91P
    21yo 88P
    25yo 88P
    22yo 86P

    It is very drinkable, if you like the modern Ardbegstyle like I do. But it offers little complexity, it tastes more like a designed blend, without any highlights.

    If you expect something outstanding or consider its price (750€ in germany, at least at first...), this has the potential to be your disappointment of the year.

  2. daevid scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    It resembles Laphroaig 25, but Ardbeg 25 is sweeter, less medicinal and less fruity (as it contains bourbon barrels only). It offers similar quality as Laphroaig 25 (2017); however its price tag is significantly higher. Great and rare whisky indeed with imposing package, but not as outstanding as its price would suggest.
    • Nose
      It has of course a significantly sweeter nose than younger Ardbegs: sweet lemon and banana surrounded by mild peat smoke, vanilla and also a wee bit of orange and peppermint. Impressive!
    • Taste
      Initially peppery then arrives the mild peat smoke and the sour lemon/sweet cream duo. Maybe a little apple and candied orange can also be recognised. Indeed it has not lost all its sharpness during the years, also has the balance but the flavours could have been a little more intense and sustained (maybe with higher AVB).
    • Finish
      The finish is medium-long where the peat smoke is also more pronounced than on the nose but still offset by the sweet cream. The finish is also balanced, no off-notes.

  3. MaltMinute scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Tried this as a sample generously given by a friend.

    How far this 25 year old Ardbeg spirit has fallen when compared to any bottling of the equally aged Lord of the Isles. The Lord of the Isles is certainly not a hugely complex whisky, but it's still more complex than this new 25. This new expression is a little bit sweeter than the modern core range, and the smoke is a bit tamer, but that's all the difference.

    87 points is generous, and that is without taking the price into account. If price were to be factored in, I doubt this would deserve more than 70-75 points. Shame on you Ardbeg and LVMH for even considering the act of stepping foot into Edrington-territory prices, let alone actually doing it. We're still in January and this could already be a strong contender for the most disappointing whisky released this year.

    To be clear, this is not a bad whisky at all, but at the current price it is impossible to recommend this over the 10 or the Corryvreckan (even the Uigeadail, hot mess that it is now, would be better). Or if you're in the mood for this style of 25 year old but done even better and cheaper, get a Laphroaig 25.
    • Nose
      Tons of smoke, burned wood and charred meat. Like the 10 but less aggressive. Hints of mainly lemon with a little bit of some other tropical citrus fruits, along with the signature Ardbeg aniseed/charred barrel/liquorice scent.
    • Taste
      A little thinner than the 10 or the Corryvreckan, but with similar flavours. The lemon is a bit stronger, the smoke is toned down, and there is a stronger medicinal component. A little similar to Laphroaig 25, but less oiliness. Vanilla and aniseed/sambuca/liquorice flavour appear the longer you hold it in the mouth.
    • Finish
      The black pepper, medicinal/brine notes, and lemon peel take over on the finish.

  4. SeWuWhisky scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    Nose: rather boring. Yes, the typical Ardbeg smoke is still relatively dominant at the age of 25. Clearly a bit medicinal and also typical Ardbeg fruit notes, but very subtle. The citrus notes are still the clearest.
    Taste: Of course, the peat comes into its own here too, but otherwise other flavors tend to remain in the background. A slight sweetness, neat spice and a little oak. But very poor for 25 years. Unfortunately also a subtle bitterness
    Finish: The finish is much weaker and boring. Smoke and bitterness linger over ...
    Conclusion: Compared to the 19 year old Traigh Bhan, especially the 2nd batch there, the 25 series is really far behind. We don't want to talk about the PLV here.

  5. Griller76 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    For once, an Ardbeg special bottling finally convinced me again for a long time.
    It is sweet, very sweet, graceful, fine, light golden and finely balanced. It is almost like being a bear licking warm liquid honey. It is not noticeably smoky.
    Anyone who is a pure color drinker and likes extremely strong notes will not be happy here.
    However, if you love a very fine summer barbecue concert in the honey bear forest, you will definitely be happy here.
    This whisky is so perfect that it doesn't need to be diluted.
    It's nice that Ardbeg is also able to play such fine and balanced tones on the taste board.

  6. gossm01 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    It has a relatively oily viscosity and its bouquet is of medium intensity. I have aromas of dry peat smoke, marine notes, citrus and vanilla. Relatively complex. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. The alcohol is well integrated and has a heavy body.

  7. whiskydramo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Moss, wet wood, bonfire, ash from burnt tyre
      Light citrus zest, black pepper.
      Sweetness from beetroot, melon, not-so-sweet Chinese pear and cinnamon.
      Brine. Salted baked oyster.
      Indian jujube, tobacco, pomelo peel.
      earthy especially towards the rim bottom
    • Taste
      88 88
      sweet melon, apricot, green grapes, then unripe green crispy melon, pepper, lemon zest, then earthy peat kicks in
      more and more earth with smoke, black tea
      body OK
    • Finish
      87 87
      Smoky burnt wood, slightly bitter but doesn't last long. Pepper, a bit of sweet cinnamon, earth, peat starts lingering after 10s, small amount of tannin around the tongue. Left with light woody bitterness at the end after minutes. It does make you think you're having a bonfire in the moist woods but alone.

  8. Najzero scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    So... Ardbeg 25.
    I am almost famos for my ardbeg hatred and my whisky groups slowly mocked me for not having a foundation to hate ardbeg any more (I have some history and gifted an Ardbeg 17 to a good friend as a revenge for gifting me something special).
    As we could score one bottle for the initial sale point we shared samples and I bought 2cl of this 25y thing.

    Nose: yep, that is neat. You can smell some kind of "richness". Its age, the Ardbeg style of peat... the burnt pineapple.
    Mouth: Oh, neat, Ardbeg 10
    Finish: Oh neat, the Ardbeg 10 finish.

    I used way more curse words in our whisky group to describe my emotions.

    So everything aside: why does it still score a 84?
    The nose is very noble and I was really "shocked" after the first sniff (because it was amazing!)
    Spend as much time nosing this thing as you can.
    So, Ardbeg 10, solid 8/10 for me... scale to 100 and add something because of the amazing nose -> 84 for me.

    I feared I have to reavaluate everything I know about the Ardbeg of the recent 3-5 years.

    Bottle design and feel is really something for the collector... it states "hey, I was expensive".
    And - damn - it was.

    In this price range are so many bottles ( even secondary market prices compared to the initial 750 ) that this suffers in every way possible against those bottles..

  9. Othorion scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Very sweet, subtle smoke, pineapple, pear, bananas, spring blossom honey, limes, anise, also subtle apricot, a hint of menthol
    • Taste
      88 88
      Vanilla, honey, orange peel, anise, a little liquorice, very filigree smoke, candied ginger
    • Finish
      88 88
      Quite long, limes, ginger candies, delicate smoke, warming, liquorice, tar,

  10. LordBellamy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    with water: I would do without it, at 46% it is almost a little too low

    Conclusion: Really great stuff, long-matured Ardbegs are often a dream, especially the nose offers beautiful complex notes, and the peat is no longer the only determining characteristic, the fruit components in particular are a lot of fun here. The alcohol content is not optimally chosen here, I would have allowed it 2-3% more. So he lacks a little strength with 46%. What can I say about the PLV? It's too expensive, but the packaging is really cool. For the money I'd rather shoot a G&M 1974 Ardbeg at an auction
    • Nose
      90 90
      sweet vanilla, with the typical ard taste, but this cautious, lemon cake, in between there are always light aromas of tar, orange peel, pineapple, tropical fruits such as mango flash out from time to time, bananas can also be found, a trace of aniseed, honey
    • Taste
      88 88
      not as oily as expected, intense sweetness with lemons and other fruits, then the sweet peat smoke breaks its way, but noticeably more restrained than with the more recent editions
    • Finish
      88 88
      long-lasting, warming, after the peat wave, first some citrus fruits, then anise / liquorice take over the command, a little tar, sea beach and some clove notes also play a role


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