Ardbeg 25-year-old

Overall rating
89.30/100
votes
239
Whiskybase ID
WB156643
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
19.08.2020
Stated Age
25 years old
Number of bottles
6500
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L2390157 19/08/2020 002081
Barcode
5010494963977
Added on
22 apr 2020 10:40 pm by Coldorak
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 1658.91

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 25-year-old

33 users have left 33 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.30 points.

  1. Astrid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    There are some parallels in taste to the 21-year-old. The Quarter Century has more exquisite fruit, more developed smoke influences and more to offer at the end. At the price, however, I can understand why it is still easily available two years later. For the full review go here: https://halbendrinks.de/2022/09/18/evolution-of-ardbeg/
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasted together with my favorite (OB) Ardbeg, the Dark Cove. How is the new high-end Ardbeg doing next to it?
    Quite equivalent on the nose, but then surprises with a certain soapy one-sidedness (washing powder) in the mouth and a lack of presence in the finish.
    Not a bad malt, I liked it, but the price tag is crazy. This Mslt would not be worth more than 120-150 € to me. Then rather a Dark Cove or Ardbog from the secondary market.
    • Nose
      89 89
      As expected, the malt needs some patience to release its aromas. Still surprising. Not in the predominant aromas of peat, citrus and vanilla, but in the restrained intensity and yet liveliness of Islay's south coast chat characteristics. You have to smell something to get behind the still surprisingly present peat (hardly any smoke). Behind that you'll find lemon biscuit, shortbread and a smidgen of salt and band aids. The classic Ricola joins them a little later. Then some liquorice again. Then pineapple again. Quite changeable if you take your time, I like that.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Initially really mild on the palate, the aroma sets in with lavender-soapy (washing powder) delicate smoke and salt. Behind it buttery pastries, some vinegar, light fruits. But the washing powder remains dominant. The complexity of the nose doesn't matter here.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Islay smoke, candied apple, butter cake. Medium intensity and length.

  3. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. Seanzhang scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Luigisim scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Part of the Warehouse 3 tasting at Ardbeg Distillery.
    Fantastic dram but to be honest I had too many drams earlier yesterday.
    Still, I remember the linger and soft profile.

  6. Mane140486 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Nose: intense despite the age, smoke not too acrid, almost sweet mixed with an aroma of incense, green citrus and a hint of sweeter fruit in the background.
    Palate: WOW !!!! is the whisky with the clearest note of pine resin. there is peat, present but not overwhelming, lime incense and pine resin, then sweeter notes of yellow fruit arrive. it is a succession of aromas that play to chase each other without anyone dominating the other. an iridescent whisky. Long finish of dull fireplace and balsamic aromas. really good

  7. EvilAFI scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I set this bar a bit too high in my mind, the peat is much more vibrant than I expected, it is very much a ashy bbq type of dram, but I was wanting a tame more refined version that I heard were things of the 70’s. Don’t get me wrong it is delicious, but not like some other 25yr old peated ones.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Soft peat, bacon, citrus (lemon cream), cinnamon, brine
    • Taste
      91 91
      The peat is still vibrant for its age, warm chewy ashy peat, oak, soft tart red berries (cranberry, gooseberry), white pepper
    • Finish
      89 89
      Ash, brine, woody, hints of berry sweetness

  8. ChrisE scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. DimiIkon scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tasting: November 2021
    • Nose
      88 88
      Iodine, sweetness, citrus, a mild peat smoke, some saltiness and a little vanilla. The alcohol is not present on the nose.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Spices, with peppercorn. Then a peaty sweetness, some dried salted meat, orange peal, smoked scallops and vanilla. Could have used more alcohol for the balance.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium long. With a deep peaty smoke, orange sweetness and fantastic spices. A well balanced finish.

  10. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at whisky show 2021, zesty, sweet peat, very enjoyable

  11. L_Gillian scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Given the chance to try one sip of this elusive malt... and i mean one sip only. I was able to take my time on the nose, less so on the palate and finish. Take that in mind.

    Active ex-bourbon (some first fill?) influence, the balance is struck right, as expected for a malt of this calibre.

    I personally didn’t pick up lots of tropical fruity notes in the foreground, but they’re definitely there. To me, it was mostly oils and waxy ointments.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Aromatic and very oily, vasoline-like.
      Sweet lemon, rubber tires stored in a musty basement, charcoal dust, anise, tiger balm,
      sea salt and thick, well-behaved medicinal smoke perfectly woven in, a hint of battery acid.
      The nose comes off as very coherent and round, balancing itself on sweet, saline and smoke with a constant balm-like note throughout. Fantastic.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very rounded and soft, likely due to the ABV. Medium intensity, very oily texture. Smoked lemon and honey, softly smokey sweet and sour. Pleasant but not too long lasting.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Again very oily, sunflower oil-like. Silky smooth and landing on an echo of the palate with drying smoke breaking down the oily textures.

  12. ShutUpNDrinkIt scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Epic old style Ardbeg reminiscent of the soft sublime Ardbegs of old. So many haters out there. Fine! More for me :-)

  13. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Blenders Glass.
    Except for the price - a great malt! Well balanced, there are no questions to the body, even 46%, but I can't call it outstanding.
    Balance 23
    Total 90
    • Nose
      Nose: meadow flowers and herbs, light honey, wax, Montpensier candies, quince, canned pineapple, light fire smoke, sour peat 23
    • Taste
      Taste: light, fresh, mint, sweet and sour, yellow fruits in fire smoke 22
    • Finish
      Finish: long lasting, mint, citrus; sour peat and damp earth remain on receptors for a very long time 22

  14. whiskyclick scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very gentle peat, sweet and balanced nose.
    On the taste is sweet, hey and watery.
    Finish is long sweet but oak dominant.
    Overall not worth the price.

  15. whiskydramo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • 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.

  16. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  17. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  18. kevin720 scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  19. jjkmlss scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Nose: It smells of apple from a distance, but you can't discover the fruity aroma if you get closer. Under the lighter lemon and evaporated milk, high-purity dark chocolate, soot, and ink are straight and pale.

    Palate: The sweetness is outstanding, but it is still difficult to conceal the bitterness brought by heavy peat. The flavor of the privately owned licorice and meringue in the previous paragraph is quickly covered by tobacco, soot, pulp, charred Milanese sausage, strong pepper, and bitterness. Lack of over-flavor in the mid-range. Five years ago, the same style of bourbon barrel 21 years bottling Twenty One has a triangular balance of creamy protein snacks, lemon curd and premium soot. This wine is covered by a strong toilet paper flavor.

    Finish: Long and very weak. Licorice, bitter tea, pepper and smoky flavors.

    Body: Lightweight wine body, better fusion processing, the wine tends to be clean and tidy, and does not have a prominent alcohol feel.

    23>21>>>>>>>22>25

  20. DGV scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    A quarter of a century spent in captivity pacified Ardbeg's violent nature.
    When he was released, he became docile, neat, secretive. Now, his main baggage is citrus fruits, ice cream, caramel, vanilla pie. Over the years, tobacco notes have appeared in it, lacquered wood, smoked meats have become less and less. And only near, perhaps even inside it, the phantom smoke of past events was preserved.
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  21. Teresa scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  22. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  23. whisky_garage scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    The aroma is rather closed, dense, sweet with citrus sourness. Lots of citrus, lemon, lime, light haze, caramel (not candy), vanilla, sweet popcorn, creamy shades, noble tobacco.
    The taste is rich, dense, enveloping, sweet. Citrus, vanilla, peat, phantom smoked meats, creamy notes, tropical fruits, spices.
    The finish is long. Peat, spices, some vanilla and citrus fruits.

    Conclusion: Time has changed the brutal and energetic Ardbeg alcohols, they have become more comfortable, delicate, refined.
    I would drink and drink it, but the price kills on the spot.
    Generally abstracting from the price, the whisky is worthy.
    ⚡89⚡
    PS Perhaps, if it was a tasting outside the club, and at home in an armchair by the fireplace, then the assessment could be different, but for now, as it is.

  24. 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..

  25. 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,

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. vlad78 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    fruit and vegetable smoky release that we are waiting for for a long time.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Linden flowers, yellow apple, a little light honey, peach, smoke. Baked vegetables, zucchini, and cauliflower rise.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is sweet, floral, vegetable, smoky, bright, yellow.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The aftertaste is sweet, smoky, with fresh petals.

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. daevid scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    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.

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