Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
The Single Malts of Scotland
Stated Age
21 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
53.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
20-6000 010
Added on
24 Apr 2020 9:01 pm by Whisky_Addicted
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 164.09

17 × in wishlist

31 × member ratings

48 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardmore 1998 ElD

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.78 points

  1. Lcluy scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

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

  2. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nice bourbon barrel matured whisky, which for me benefits a lot from the addition of water.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fresh and crisp, very light smoke, light vanilla, some apple. Unfortunately, very closed and something in the background is easily annoying, something sour.

      Much nicer, more open and fruity with water. More apples, plus citrus, mandarins and menthol. It also looks a little smokier with water.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Quite powerful, oily, some oak, apple.

      Water also helps in the mouth, now very crunchy, lots of apples, a little lemon, the smoke is also more present. Very nice.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Powerful, tangy finish, very nice.

  3. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      [Without water] More yeasty/fermentary and acidic than WID 132095. Even though this one is nominally a year older, it seems younger, but also – paradoxically, perhaps – less smoky. Vanilla custard, natural yoghurt, lime, tangerine.

      [With water] No big change initially, but after the first diluted sip it does become noticeably more harmonious – and also more obviously and deliciously peaty.

      85 points without, but almost 88 points with water.
    • Taste
      87 87
      [Without water] Silky, oily arrival – great texture – with more peat in the middle and crisp spices shaping the third act. However, the fermentary character of the nose persists on the palate, creating a somewhat lactic impression (sour milk), which definitely subtracts a few points for me.

      [With water] Sweeter, and the lactic impression is gone, replaced by complex, fragrant peat and a juicy fruit note that segues into the finish. Much, much better with H2O.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Spicy, earthy, leathery, with a bit of citric acidity, sugared apricot and a creamy custard vibe. Long.

  4. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Where is the spark? (87)
    • Nose
      The aroma is juicy fruits, soft peat, lemon tart, peach skin, banana, sweet pastries ... green apple juice, shower without gas (22)
    • Taste
      Fruits and ash (22)
    • Finish
      Finish long, fruit and viscous ginger with wood .... lemon water, a little wax (21)

  5. OJK scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Lovely oily tropical fruit mixed with a mineral edge, with more chalky smoke and earthy peat than some other more gentle versions of 90’s Ardmore, giving it a slightly bitter bite on the finish.

  6. Макс scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. funtik1975 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    22 22 21 22

  8. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Orchard fruits, some exotic fruits, some dirtiness, very nice

  9. Yarema scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great nose with definite development
    One of my favorite distilleries !
    It's a pity that the Elixir Distillers has problems with the balance again...
    Nose - 23
    Taste - 22
    Finish - 21
    Balance - 21
    Rating - 87
    Sample from a well-breathed bottle. The balance has leveled and the nose and the finish have become even better!
    Nose - 23
    Taste - 22
    Finish - 22
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 89

  10. Castle did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Received a 90 by Ruben on whiskynotes https://www.whiskynotes.be/2020/ardmore/ardmore-1998-single-malts-of-scotland-750788/


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