Ardbeg Blaaack

Overall rating
87.33/100
votes
695
Whiskybase ID
WB157647
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Committee 20th Anniversary LIMITED EDITION
Bottled
04.02.2020
Casktype
Pinot Noir from New Zealand
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L2380128
Barcode
5010494960600
Bottled for
Ardbeg Day
Added on
06 may 2020 1:51 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 555.78

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Blaaack

99 users have left 104 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.33 points.

  1. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Better for me than the March March Committee Release, which is rarely the case with, since I usually prefer to drink kegs rather than drinking strength. Convinced me completely now. Great Ardbeg!
    • Nose
      The nose comes across very fresh, maritime, slightly salty, decent smoke, sweet, dark chocolate, but not the very dark one, over time the chocolate gets lighter and it goes towards cocoa, a pinch of cinnamon, a very light note of glue, can also be a rather sour fruit, lime is above everything, the Ardbeg character is very clear, a few nuts appear, some pepper, raspberry, over time it becomes berry with a slightly effervescent sweetness, very nice nose
    • Taste
      wow, nice start, exciting, full of character, sweet kick at the tip of the tongue in combination with an intense citrus note, chocolate, light roasted aromas, spicy smoke, some salt that with the sweet aroma keeps a fight for the tip of the tongue, good drinking strength, not watered down
    • Finish
      intense roasted aromas on the back, lime, it becomes lighter, now the red berries are also coming through, ashy smoke fills the whole mouth and lasts a long time

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  3. Tordeaux scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  4. EvilAFI scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    While very tasty, the slightly higher abv version does have a bit more flavor. Similar in fashion and a great Ardbeg LE
    • Nose
      89 89
      Soft peat and plum sweetness, smoky and salty
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily, ashy, peanuts, red pepper, dark dried fruits (cherry and cranberries)
    • Finish
      88 88
      Ash, spice, subtle sweetness

  5. Boletus did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The youthful brandy is definitely enriched by the Pinot Noir barrels, whereby the unique ''Ardbeg'' character can hardly assert itself against the influence of the barrel at first.
    It's a good malt, no question about it, but I'm used to it from this distillery. However, I think that the whisky for a special bottling lacks a bit of passion. Every year these bottlings are sold out extremely quickly and I don't see any significant unique selling point here compared to other, well distilled, young Islay malts with a red wine finish that makes this development appear justified.
    Good yes, but nothing more. I'm missing the special here, the special, for the whole Bohei around this bottling.
    • Nose
      The typical ''Ardbeg'' smoky notes initially remain subdued behind the wine barrel influence, quite sweet in appearance, red grapes, brown-stained bananas, a hint of vanilla, some lime and red currant bring a certain acidity into play, freshly chopped red cherry chili, now comes then the fire did break through, the amount of smoke seemed surprisingly dirty, not the harmonious herbal smoke influences that were to be expected, more the greasy wet ashtray, at the same time a memory of simmering ''Carrera'' car engines, hot sheet metal and melted hard plastic, but there are also in the background a few lighter spices, rose paprika and a pinch of turmeric
    • Taste
      At first quite inconspicuous and sweet, dried banana chips, seems almost a bit thin at first, a dash of lime introduces the sour berries, red and black currants, rather unripe raspberries, a bit earthy and peaty, then a certain spice builds up, turmeric, becomes sharper over time and again creates the association of hot paprika or mild chilli powder, a coppery sheen also indicates a noticeable youth, a light rubber and plastic note waits in the background, the smoke component now makes a nice appearance, tar , ash, a small pinch of iodized salt
    • Finish
      Not that long, some malt comes through here, a small sip of espresso with lots of brown sugar, the smoke now also has the herbal components in its luggage, little anise, at the end the ashtray is back, but is under the strong influence of the Wine barrels accompanied and almost covered, some cassis and cherries, a delicate peaty aftertaste lingers along with the sweetness of the banana chips

  6. Hegu scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Ardbeg 2020 bottling. New Zealand Pinot Noir barrel-aged unmarked whisky.
    • Nose
      Meaty smoke, rye sausage, light vanilla, rowan berries, cocoa, nuts,
    • Taste
      A brisk start, dry and smoky, softens or becomes lighter towards the end.
    • Finish
      An elegant finish, the smoke lingers in the mouth for a long time. Better than I remembered. I can't really find red wine, maybe a bit tannic on the taste side.

  7. DramALife scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    S 8
    Opened for 2 years, time to re-assess. Conclusion: Flavours still holding strong despite the fading peat. Another earthy, ashy Ardbeg with a twist of juicy red fruits, what’s not to like?

    [86-89] YES!!! One to be tasted and remembered for years. I'll buy a bottle whenever possible.

    N 27
    Clearly heavily peated. Earthy peat placed side by side with handfuls of red/citrusy fruits (grapefruits, cherries, dark grapes). Savoury yet also slightly sweet. A whiff of smoked oak. A whiff oily. Fast forward 15mins and getting honey cake.

    P 26
    Ashy peat. Bonfire smoke. Red fruits basket. Salted caramel. A touch of oak bitterness. Heated peppery spices underneath.

    F 25
    Long, slightly meaty finish. Drying oak. A mild touch of juicy fruits lingering. The faint oaky wax just won’t let go even if I drank a full glass of water.

  8. SYMUE1 scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

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  9. VEF206 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. sUrs scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
      First fruity, then comes fine smoke. Nice balance between rooted berries and wood smoke.
    • Taste
      85 85
      At first there is a subtle note of smoked bacon. The smoke is very soft, then the sweet berries (raspberry, blackberry) displace the fire smoke.
    • Finish
      85 85
      A surprisingly short but spicy finish.

  11. Ficelli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  12. Gil firth scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very peaty. Loved it.
    Reminds me of ardbog with more sweetness.
    Red fruits, lemon, ham, tar, sea. Great!

  13. Gregorsky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  14. Mordeth scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  15. DramALife scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Interesting dram to show how well Ardbeg can handle wine casks maturation. Overall experience is sweet & peat & transiting to spicy towards the end.

    In my pre-historic scoring method, this is a 9/10.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Ardbeg. Juicy sweet fruit. seaside peat that's heavy and savoury. A whiff of vanilla. Burnt wood spices, fairly ashy and earthy. Digestive biscuits. Sponge cake. Charred ham.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Ginseng. Intense sweetness kick at the beginning (cherry, pear). Rich & full. Bonfire peat smoke. Lovely sea characters (kelp, sea salt). Malt
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long finish. Relatively mild Ardbeg peat smoke. A touch herbaceous. The biscuit layer in Ferrero. A hint of espresso beans and dark chocolate. Char-grilled meat seasoned with pepper.

  16. geriud scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  17. pyrotukker scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  18. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  19. FluidSunshine scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  20. FluidSunshine scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  21. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Good level of sweetness, quite balanced and rather easy drinkable, really not bad
    • Nose
      88 88
      Peat, smoke, bonfire, ashes, vanilla, some honey, some yellow fruits, peach, apple, banana - not bad
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, creamy, good sweetness, sweet peat, smoke, more bonfire, honey, apple juice, black tea, some spices and herbs - pretty good
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, warm, peaty, smoke, quite some sweetness

  22. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Coastal peat, chocolate, tobacco, easy to drink but lacks a bit of personality, easy to sip though.

  23. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2022] A quick review of a sample...

    ...which is another one of these modern designed drams that mainly rely on cask effects. Do not get me wrong: This ain't necessarily bad if the profile is tasty and interesting but unfortunately, most are not and this Ardbeg is just another such "me too" dram. It owns nothing of interest to my taste buds and the taste is average only (at best) with a disappointing bitter-astringent mouthfeel and finish.

    If you never drank an excellent Ardbeg before this surely is an impressive dram but once you know what Ardbeg is capable of - you might be rather disappointed with such average stuff, most probably. Still the 10-years old standard Ardbeg is much better (and cheaper) than this let alone the 10-years Laphroaig CS or the 12-years Lagavulin. One for collectors and hard-core Ardbeggians only, I am afraid...

  24. Spoerkel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A typical Ardbeg - both in taste and because of the PLV, which is absurd for limited bottlings.
    But undoubtedly tasty, smoky and greasy, whereby the Pinot Noir appears only very shy.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  25. Isabell scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    A beautiful Ardbeg that can finally convince with some quality again. Of course, we don't have to talk about the current price, far from good and bad.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Little smoke, caramel sweetness, does not look particularly young, a little spice, a little star anise, oak.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Powerful start, a little sharpness, smoke, subtle fruitiness, a little salt, black pepper, tobacco.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Relatively dry, spicy, slight bitterness, tar, tobacco, dark chocolate, medium-long finish.

  26. TechnOBY scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  27. K C Wong scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  28. Andytka3 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    1633) Ardneg, Blaaack, The Ultimate, Committee 20th /Anniversary Limited Edition, Ardbeg Day 2020
    100% matured in a New Zealand's Pinot Noir wine cask, but totally different if to compared to the most of Bruichladdich wine cask releases, this Blaaack offering a very different spectrum of flavours, but equally intriguing and that's what make the whiskies great!
    • Nose
      N- Quintessential seashore oriented, sweet maple wood charred thick bbq gravy and smokes small red berries, moving on to softer notes of chocolate, mud and umami-ed mineralic peats. Rich with layers of intriguing nice smelling floral in the middle, before savoury pork streaky and salted sunflower seed emerged...both favorite Chinese snacks that marks that CNY is coming soon! (91/22)
    • Taste
      P- The restrained sweetness amplifying the elegant woodiness, packed with raw spices, bitter scents of driftwood and dry leather. Salty peat prevailed with rounded spiciness that skim thru the palate effortlessly, hints of petro and oily on retrohale. (91/22)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, ginger and rye spicy mouthfeel, well salted chewy peat with drying tart citrus peel and spicy nuttiness. (90/22)

      B/B- 91/22 Fine balance of sweet and salt.

      Weighted Rate - 89pt

  29. elipszis scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The degree of alcohol was good for me.
    The base modell or the committee, it doesn't matter at all.
    • Nose
      92 92
      salty
      fruity
      winy
      cinnamon
      pepper
      pharmacology
      milk coffee
      toffee
      meat
      tannin
      woody
      ash
      almond
      peach jam
    • Taste
      91 91
      oily
      salty and sweet
      chocolate
      winy
      cinnamon
      bitter
      lemon and lime
      herbal
      vanilla
    • Finish
      91 91
      winy
      peach compote
      meaty
      herbal
      peaty
      medium finish

  30. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  31. 88bamboo did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Very complex and also surprisingly balanced but yet distinctively Ardbeg. There was a good interplay of flavors that gave me enough to think about but yet didn’t overstay its welcome.

    Its was heavy enough to give you a very lush mouthfeel but light enough that you’d pour another glass. It leans more towards a sweeter creamier side of Ardbeg that we haven't seen.

    URL: https://88bamboo.co/blogs/the-bamboo-post/ardbeg-blaaack-ardbeg-day-committee-20th-anniversary-46-ob-nas-2020
    • Nose
      Nice amber colour, nicely flickers in the light. Looks pretty heavy bodied by the looks of it.

      Nosing it, you get that smoky barbequed meat peat which is pretty much expected from Ardbeg (they give you a small plot of peat after all, we get it you have a lot of peat).

      Smokiness fades and you get slight jam-my tartness, alittle like cherries and blackberries, and there’s also a good base of of earthiness to it, very wine-like, with a good hint of fresh harvested truffles (soil and all).
    • Taste
      On to the palate, good ol’ familiar Ardbeg with the sooty peat, but this time it doesn’t get too overwhelming but definitely packs a mouthful. Very big on the mouthfeel but at the same time velvet-y and smooth. Feels very lush as it coats the palate, as expected, its as heavy on the palate as it looks when your swirl it around.

      Makes way for what really tastes like wine. Here comes the fruit jam, the cherries, blackberries, stone fruits. It definitely gives you stewed fruit/cherry pie, sweet, mellow with an edge of tartness similar to green apples. There’s some ripened strawberries and peach in there.

      Underlying it there is a solid butter biscuit / cinnamon chai latte foundation that is carrying it through.

      As the wine fades, you get some espresso, mocha, chocolate… well mocha is coffee with chocolate right? Its there but not overpowering, very much back palate but definitely noticeable.
    • Finish
      The finish is fairly long, creamy but yet refreshing, not as heavy as you might expect here. Leaves pretty cool and minty. A good balance between cask and distillate, would go great with a steak dinner.

  32. Georges scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Peat smoke, coastal notes, salty, ashy, barbecue meat, nutty, nougat, caramel, berries
    • Taste
      89 89
      Peat smoke, ashy, pepper, oily, berries, citrus, smoked bacon, tary, liquorice
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, ashy, spicy, bitter, dry

  33. Malthead19 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    - quite a good Ardbeg special bottling, BUT
    doesn't really knock me out now
    - not necessarily better than the DRUM and clearly
    behind GROOVES or DARK COVE
    • Nose
      nice fruity-smoky aroma, vinous, fruity, intense, very tasty aromas, very mild smoke and super integrated
    • Taste
      smoky start, unfortunately not as fruity as the smell suggests
    • Finish
      longer smoky departure;
      longer smoky reverberation

  34. jykoo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Intensity: medium
    Sweet with some citrusy and flora note, a lot of fresh tropical fruit, pineapple, flora, malt, glue, plum. Some chinese preserved duck egg ( i google it and some name it as "Century Egg")
    Sourness, dry, sweet, some bitterness which i always get from Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  35. ThorstenH scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I try all the time to get the chocolate that everyone here is writing about ... but I can't. Smoke with a sweetness that I wouldn't call fruit sweetness.
    Not uncomfortable, but nothing that really inspires me.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  36. STL scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  37. Thermidor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Much like Kelpie before it, Blaaack is too cask-driven, which stops me from enjoying it.
    • Nose
      A world away from Wee Beastie (82 pts.), but not an entirely good world. Dry wine, eucalyptus, resins, pitch, and more eucalyptus. Ketchup? Time helps a bit with the nose, leveling out the eucalyptus bitterness, but the end result is an oddly wine-y Ardbeg that IMO has gained from the casks a character not entirely of Scotch whisky, and certainly not Ardbeg. It's not bad, but it's not at all something I'd be looking for from this brand either.
    • Taste
      Odd how the body is even flatter than Wee Beastie. This does not bode good for the future of this distillery. It's drying and chalky despite all the rubbery latex-y wine in it. Blackcurrants and peat.
    • Finish
      Peat and blackcurrants, and some wet chalk in the tail.

  38. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  39. Mankut scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very, very tasty, the Pinot Noir comes through. Very pleasing and tasty Ardbeg Smoky to drink Price fits ????. Thanks Ardbeg….

  40. glenrob scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  41. Pauci scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Super young, super cute. I have incense in the finish. Not so pleasant ...

  42. riegerjonas scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    2020-10-21
    • Nose
      89 89
      fresh maritime, slightly salty smoke, sweet, slightly dark chocolate, peach, some cinnamon, cocoa, some pepper, nuts, sour
    • Taste
      86 86
      tart, slightly sweet chocolate, spicy smoke, a little lime, pepper, soft, light mint, yellow-fruity
    • Finish
      87 87

  43. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  44. gossm01 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It has a relatively oily viscosity and its bouquet is of medium intensity. I have aromas of marine peat smoke, bacon, creme brulee, vanilla and dark chocolate. Moderately complex. Relatively sweet in taste. The alcohol is well integrated and it has a relatively heavy body.

  45. mandragoru scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  46. TechnOBY scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  47. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  48. dapoinbua scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    i like ardbeg but not as some see it as the best islay whisky. this dram is nice, but considering its price i think it is massively overpriced. also the abv of 46% makes it a bit watered down. considering that this is priced mostly over 200€ i am a bit disappointed. if you like ardbeg, i guess this is something you should try.
    • Nose
      88 88
      ardbeg peat rounded with dried stone fruits and heavy sweet wine notes. iodine and liquorice. some aniseed and tar, combined with molassy sweetness. the sweetness is very strong on this one. no citrus notes or any other fresh fruit. deep and dark sweetness. sticky and sour.
    • Taste
      87 87
      tar start. goes more into the liquorice direction. cigar smoke. cold ash. wet oak. not as sweet as the nose would suggest, rather dry. mediocre complexity. not very oily for an ardbeg. some more abv would do it good. i guess the committee release would suit me better.
    • Finish
      86 86
      dry finish with some fizzy notes. not bad but not overwhelmingly good either.

  49. Foudos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  50. dapoinbua scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  51. rolabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  52. waal scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg Blaaack 46% Vol.
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/157647/ardbeg-blaaack

    Ardbeg Blaaack Committee 50.7% Vol.
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/149464/ardbeg-blaaak

    Islay Smoke meats New Zealand Pinot Noir.

    Blind tasting ->

    Eye:
    46% vol .: saffron colored, high viscosity

    50.7% vol .: saffron-colored, high viscosity, a touch darker (?)

    Nose:
    46% vol .: pleasantly sweet smoke, intense, chocolate, fresh, subtle citrus note, grapefruit and lemon peel come to the fore, some freshly mown grass, bacon rind in the cooling campfire, light, tender fruits, a little vanilla, pepper

    50.7% vol .: more closed, but also fuller, the higher alcohol content is subtly more intrusive in the nose

    Mouth:
    46% vol .: sweet, vegetable, slightly astringent (stronger in the aftertaste), the wood is clearly present, becoming increasingly dry, nut chocolate, cool cigarette smoke, slightly fruity, strawberry, raspberry, very good drinking strength, well-dosed seasoning, a little less complex than as hoped, except for the smoke character a rather short finish

    50.7% vol .: the almost 5% vol. More are not worth mentioning (parallel ok, but rather not tasted separately), of course already fuller and more mouth-filling, rounder, more balanced, sweet chocolate, honey, less spicy, less woody, a lot more exciting, similar in terms of fruitiness, orange zest

    Conclusion / points:
    For me, this is further evidence that thinning is not always beneficial. The tension in the Committee Release is always present and the malt doesn't get boring. The 46%, on the other hand, is a wood-heavy, green mass product. This is indicated in the nose and confirmed in the mouth.

    By the way: whether it is a Pinot Noir barrel or not is irrelevant. This is 99% marketing blah blah and in a blind tasting nobody, really nobody, would have a clue of the kegs. Most would guess Fino, Bordeaux, European oak. I'll make every bet there.

    46% vol .: 84/100
    50.7% vol: 87/100

  53. Cyril31 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Nose : meat, fat, vanilla, geranium.
    Taste : meringue tart with lemon
    Finish : on the lemon, the citric side.

  54. Gery_80 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  55. SAND scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    NOSE: Sweet, smoke, rounded ashes, sweet cigar box, ripe oranges, red berry jam. Lovely nose. (89p)
    TASTE: Rounded, slight sweetness, fruitiness, high quality red berry jams and marmalades, (89p)
    EXIT: A bit short. A little pepper. (86p)
    OVERALL: A successful wine finishing! TOTAL SCORE 88 points.

  56. GIORGOS scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  57. crazyji scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Nose:
    Bubble gum, pulled pork, medicinal, new tires, hollowed log, manure, potato chips and of course huge peaty. Quite a nice dram.

  58. lucero scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  59. Gareth74 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Fleeced?

    Ardbeg makes greaaat whisky. It’s almost impossible to argue otherwise. I’m not a massive drinker of their output but I do respect their craft. And they are one of those distilleries that just has a great way with their branding and packaging. They can do things which should, for all intents and purposes, look crass, trite or cheap but they always pull it off. It’s quite a skill. Once a year for the past 20 years they’ve been flexing those creative muscles with their fan club special edition. It’s always interesting to see what the creative brains have cooked up to excite the punters. I’ve never been tempted, but this year I cracked. (Though I’m already tempted by the design for next years Dragon themed release - already seen the leaked design on Reddit of all places!) The 20th anniversary committee release looks great and as its a peaty whisky in a wine cask, well I couldn’t resist.

    Blaaack is a a heady and witty mix of great marketing and humour before you even take a sip. For this alone I want to give it a slap on the back for a job well done. But we’re never really here for the bottle and the box, it’s the juice that counts. Off we go.

    Sweet and juicy and ashy. Travel sweets from a tin - you know the sort if you’re a certain age. It’s faultlessly Islay straight away but there’s a fruitiness to the nose that is lovely. There’s a little Juicy Fruits chewing gum in there, some red bootlace liquorice and liquorice root, brine and bicycle inner tubes. It’s full and rich and warm and sweet. It really does invite you to take a sip almost strait alway. It reminds me of the PC MRC:001 but with a sweeter aspect on the nose. Less intensely ashy, smoother and softer. Some roasted, candied nuts.

    In the mouth and straight away this is a peated whisky wearing the wine influence front and centre. It’s quite a fresh and zesty affair, a little tingle, lively and smoky and red fruits and wine must all arrive at one. There liquorice, smoked meat, burnt sugars, a little coffee, salt and some strawberries but it’s also, strangely, quite light. A delicate nuttiness. I was expecting something more brooding, heavier, more substantial. That’s not to say it’s in any way bad - it’s not, it’s just unexpected. It feels young too, not in a bad way, just more lively that I was expecting. Maybe it’s just me, but as a 20th anniversary thing I’d have expected something with more heft and leather and soot, more discernible age, even in a NAS bottling. But this is where we are. The finish is nice, composed and winds down and fades away a very nicely but it’s shorter than I would have liked. It’s still full and rich but I wanted it to really stick to my ribs. There’s wood and ash and wine barrels, brine and flashes of other fruits and coffee and caramel and at the death liquorice root again.

    So, a special bottle? I’m not sure, it drinks exceptionally easily, it’s jam packed with flavour but it’s not overly complex. It’s a great dram to sniff as well and drink but it feels younger than perhaps you’d expect (though it doesn’t feel rushed and rough). Price wise, you have to allow it to be a shade more expensive as a special release but it’s hardly a limited number of bottles, the secondary sellers maybe played themselves with this one as the secondhand market is awash with bottles for a little over retail, auctions regularly sell them for as little as £110. Perhaps they finally fleeced themselves?

    So, all things considered, like a lot of the current crop of endless, special edition whiskies, this is just another one of the flock. (is it special? One has to wonder). Very much worthwhile drinking if you can afford it and even affordable on the secondary market, but there’s better to be had for less pennies. I’ll have 3 ;)

  60. Dagobert scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  61. Dagobert scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  62. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  63. Carlos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  64. nallacam scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Well, it has been running through like a red thread for several annual releases. The nose is really impressive and complex, imk mouth is then only the back burner. This is how I feel with most Ardbegs and so no bottle will still adorn my shelf.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Sweet smoke, also a note of wine, green unripe nuts, bacon, IPA, hops, green tea, olives, white smoke, cloves, allspice, pepper, a touch of cherry from Pinot Noir, honey, cold fireplace
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very herbaceous, chatreuse, dry peat, again tea, slightly bitter, somewhat watery, mouth-filling cold smoke, the sweetness is gone, the edgy notes take over
    • Finish
      85 85
      Dry, medium length, green tannins

  65. domani scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A modern Ardbeg, the wine barrel maturation complements the distillery character quite well, I think. The berries underline the influence. For me, the maritime impression only arises in the empty glass. Overall, a good Ardbeg that seems very balanced to me, also due to the drinking strength - 10/10/2020
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweetish-greasy smoke, rubber abrasion, hand warmth brings out light fruits, mirabelle plums, herbs, fruity salsa, a little clove, freshly opened tobacco box, star fruit, cinnamon, freshly ground pepper, while the second crawl comes light chocolate which becomes stronger over time, chocolate raisins
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very chocolaty and dry at the beginning, white pepper, very oily and creamy, stays sweet for a long time and turns into deep red fruit, ripe strawberry, blackberry, milk chocolate with a smoky aftertaste
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length

  66. DennisV scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  67. vlad78 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Diluted to forty-six degrees, it became much less aggressive, and pleasant for long-term use in the company. Sweet and very bright smoky. Calmly soft. Grey aftertaste like after a weak cigarette.
    • Nose
      Smoky and fruity. A little oil, little caramel.
    • Taste
      Pleasant, smoky, and fruity.
    • Finish
      Not long, but very sweet and pleasant.

  68. Henry Wolf scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Nose
    Yeast, peat, light perfume,
    Taste
    Sweet and sour, empty. Rotten wood, yeast, peat, spices.
    Aftertaste
    Long lasting. Spices and peat, soap, used engine oil.
    Balance
    Indistinct for the Peat Monster!

  69. TsiAI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Eyes: Golden Scent Nose: Higher balance and softness than the regular version, slightly sour, salty, slightly fishy, plant ash, sea fish, cold jellyfish, some thick-skinned grapes, limes, black chocolate, and charred grains , Wood soaked in sea water, burning plastic bags, extinguished matches. Palate: saltier, sour, red berries, Fengshui pear, blood orange, lemongrass, salt, coal, ashes, matches, mud, dry straw , Heavy tannins, red grapes, braised pork spice, wood end rhyme Finish: long, whole wheat bread, brine, diluted milk, sweet apricots, loquat body: medium, more fat, average stimulation

    Nose: 85/100
    Palate: 85/100
    Finish: 85/100
    Body: 86/100
    Overall: 85/100, maybe after opening the bottle for a while, the peat smell is not very strong. Black sheep is in the middle level among the Abbes I have ever drunk. At least it is much richer than Supernova 2019 and Eternal, but there is nothing new, just like ordinary island wine (I am the default Abbe shouldn’t be ordinary? So The god-making movement is too much to be bitten.)
    Abbe gave me a good-looking cover character, but it turned out not to be the case when it was released. I have almost figured out Ardbeg's routines, but I don't know when Bill Leong will be able to transplant all Granger's various plays. I hope that wild yeast and Local Barley will be completed soon.

  70. Nikilema scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nice, great nose, in the mouth and in the finish it drops extremely, just briefly and away, the nose is convincing, the rest looks young and immature

  71. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
      Acidic, pukey, Ardbeg... smells a bit like vomit, at least initially. Seriously, not the kinda whisky I was looking for. Sweet, very sweet.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Very saccharine. Overly so, just like the nose. A plasticky, Sunny D orange drink overtones to this. I'm not a big fan for sure. Very weird, with a bit of mosquito-spray in the palate. I haven't chased their annual limited releases for years now, and I can see why. This is pretty terrible stuff. A total gimmick.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Too sweet here..

  72. Othorion scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  73. wouterk scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  74. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 83 points Photo Moderator

    The more I drink this the less I like it.

    Not sure why I liked it as much as I did when I first got it early last year? I'm now into my second bottle and the flaws are becoming more pronounced the more I drink it. This is a really weak scotch without much body to it.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  75. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  76. Lorion scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant, flattering. A welcome relief. But towards the end it gets a bit too ashy for me. 77 points.
    • Nose
      Smoke, of course. But very creamy with apples and mild orange. The smoke is typical of Ardbeg, but quite tame. A slight sweetness and some bacon.
    • Taste
      Amazingly tame on the palate. Almost unspectacular. Light fruit notes. The aftertaste is clearly ashier.
    • Finish
      Medium length, ashy with citrus fruits.

  77. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 64 points Expert Senior

    13-06-2020
    • Nose
      63 63
      tobacco, peat, smoke
    • Taste
      65 65
      tobacco, vanilla, oak, pepper
    • Finish
      64 64
      tobacco, vanilla, oak, pepper

  78. LordBellamy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    with water: nope, the malt is almost too watery anyway

    Conclusion: the combination is very successful and knows how to please, especially the nose is really good and has something surprising to offer with the baby carrots. There are drawbacks for the slightly thinner finish, maybe 1-2 years more maturity would have been better here
    • Nose
      89 89
      very nice combination of red fruit (especially blackberry and black currant) and the ashy lemon smoke from Ardbeg, distinct sweetness without recalling liqueur, maybe a tick too watery, also a few oak flavors come in (cinnamon and nutmeg), toffee / Hazelnut, root vegetables (steamed baby carrots)
    • Taste
      87 87
      sweet start with red fruits and citrus notes, ashy peat, subtle sea aromas, interesting sweetness
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium length, carried by the typical Ardbeg lemon peat, the red wine barrels only discreetly with some red fruits, subtle oak notes, which get stronger and also clearly dry at the back, it remains curry powder at the end (!!), but overall the finish is a little too one-dimensional

  79. butt scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  80. face scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      78 78

  81. birkzehn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  82. ChrisE scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Was hesitating for a while before I bought a whole bottle, glad I did. Not bad at all!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  83. Igitor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  84. DrunkDude scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    a friend of mine send me one sample and I thought its a 40$ cheap whisky and just happened to try it and was surprised. I tried it with Lagavulin 16 and feel this one ain't simple, so I am here writing the review right now, that is a really impressive whisky and worth a try.
    • Nose
      87 87
      floral peat with a strong feel of dry fruits, incense, feel of vanilla and sherry cask, definitely wonderful
    • Taste
      87 87
      salty dry fruits, grass, honey sweetness and peat flavor, its well balanced
    • Finish
      86 86
      charcoal and sweet, slight bitterness of chocolate and coca, medium length of the smoky feeling stick to me.

  85. g00se scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nah you. I didn't even think that well. For me neither meat nor fish. Hardly Ardbeg is really drowned in wine, either.
    If you take a quick look at the price ..... yes then

  86. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    **Black Sheep**

    For Ardbeg Day 2020 the Islay distillery launched a sheep theme. Ardbeg claims to be very different from all other distilleries on the island and therefor calls itself the black sheep. Well, well, the boys and girls of the marketing department really earn their keep. Still, it is a very interesting release, as the malt got a finish on Pinot Noir wine casks from New Zealand. Next to this limited edition Ardbeg also released a Committee Only bottling with cream colored label and at cask strength. We’ll try that one as well, but let’s start with the 46% release for us mere mortals.

    Ooh, this nose is pleasant! At first I get the typical peat, smoldering wood, ashes and even Wellington boots – all typical for Ardbeg – but also some nice umami and dark & sweet notes. Think marinated ribs on the BBQ, blackcurrants, nougat with hazelnuts, paprika powder, coriander and a bit of caramel. This is a very good nose.

    It is surprisingly creamy upon arrival. It bursts with fruit, ashes and pepper. It immediately sets the mouth aflame. The smoke becomes big, the berries dark and then suddenly citrus fruits kick in and the malt evolves towards the liquid ashtray I have so come to love. The dark and sweet notes of the wine remain present, but clearly plays second fiddle now.

    The finish is long and chockful of ashes, then turns very dry. A bitterness appears at the death.

    I’m not fond of Ardbeg’s marketing strategy and therefor sometimes try to find flaws in the product. I know, silly and narrow minded. And wrong. Honestly, this Ardbeg is absolutely delightful.

  87. Jackson05 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Sample

    Year after year Ardbeg turns out a NAS (marketing driven) committee release to pretty enthusiastic fanfare. Next year should be virgin oak no doubt. I always wonder why could they not release a 10 year cask strength committee release? People would go crazy. Probably because they simply don’t need to, but also because it would set a age statement precedent they want no part of. I digress...

    There is not very much wine influence here, or at least not near what you’d think. That’s not a bad thing mind you, but no one can convince me either that this is that good. It’s fine, but passionless whisky. Laphroaig 10 cask strength or Lagavulin 12 smash this whisky.

  88. Hoorhay scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Great whisky. Pinot cask definitely did a favor to it.

  89. LordIslay scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    An average good Ardbeg. Last year's bottling (drum) was much better. In the meantime the whole Wine-Cask finish bottlings get on my nerves. Almost all of them taste watery and are far from a good old oak cask or similar.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The smell is the only one that suggests an Islay whisky!
      Very pleasant nose!
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet, watery and no trace of Islay.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is somewhat peaty again, but also very thin and short-lived.

  90. Islaywolf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A little too sweet for me but 87 p.
    The hype was a little over the top.
    Price up to 130 € ok.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  91. mothers_finest scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A good Ardbeg, you can clearly see the red wine barrel maturation. In the end, however, the finish is surprisingly thin. Almost dead diluted. Still delicious tasty malt.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  92. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    interesting that it can be so sweet without getting sticky in the finish or appear syrupy - a light sweet biscuit fruity malt with subtle smoke for an Ardbeg. designed to be mass-compatible - would be worth the price of a laphi lore ~ 60 € until recently - but I'm not a fan boi either - price not rated!
    • Nose
      88 88
      the first nose still looks out of round - fruit and smoke are separated - with more air it gets better - combines.
      very dense, sweet, the wine barrel notes dance fruity on the nose - very lively but also very, very sweet
    • Taste
      88 88
      primarily sweet and yellow-fruity, then more seasoning, pepper and mint - warm and cold at the same time - only then does the smoke slowly appear more clearly
      very nice texture and excellently integrated alcohol - the 46% fit him perfectly - more would probably make him stand out easily
    • Finish
      86 86
      it does not want to be drunk in too small sips - if you chew it well and it is not miserly the finish is nice - with nerd sips it looks rather thin - you have to drink correctly
      there is a lot of liquorice in the finish for me

  93. Fight65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  94. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very successful bottling for me. The smoke note is not too extreme and intrusive, the peaty and maritime character comes into its own, the fruity grapes harmonize wonderfully with the acidic citrus aromas. Even if there is sometimes a lack of volume and "boom", the alcohol content of "only" 46% is the optimal drinking strength for me.
    Tastes and likes!

    22/23/22/22 (89P)

    These tasting notes and points awarded reflect my current personal impressions, are not representative and can fluctuate due to the daily form ...
    • Nose
      Creamy amber shines reddish in the glass, a thick and oily streak adheres to the glass wall of my Premium Snifter. Warm peat and gentle smoke stand out with sweet dried grapes and berries from the glass, caramel and sweet apricots beguile the nose, extremely thick "legs" on the glass wall visually complement the great first impression. Chocolate and cocoa powder follow, salty notes appear, salty fruity sweetness and smoky peat blend into a wonderful blend. Roasted hazelnuts and walnuts, a hint of tart citrus, the nose makes you hungry for the first sip!
    • Taste
      Fruity peat flows gently over the tongue with a cold smoke note, burnt wood tones are reminiscent of campfires, ashes and embers, caramel and sweet grapes combine with grapefruit and zest from lemon peel, a pinch of white pepper gently massages the tongue. The pleasant sharpness slowly spreads throughout the mouth and lines the palate with cozy warmth. Fly ash, burnt wood, cold smoke in combination with peat fire end after a few moments in fruity sweetness, the fruity sweetness changes into sour citrus fruits from which sea salt and a stiff sea surprise dissolve ...
    • Finish
      Creamy and subtly smoky sticky peat and fading fruit aromas on the palate, caramel and toffee end in hazelnuts, salt and pepper still rest on the tongue in the form of pleasant sharpness. The citrus fruits slowly fade, the hazelnut aroma becomes more intense, old walnuts are added. In the background there are tart and smoky wood tones, an ember nest disappears, fly ash is minimally distributed in the mouth while the fruity peat is warming through the palate and throat ...

  95. mema82 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  96. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    In contrast to the previous year, Ardbeg finally delivers clean work with both the Committee and the Limited / General version of the Blaaack. I particularly like the way the distillery character is played here, this shifting between berry fruits from the wine barrels and lemony Ardbeg ashtray. The influence of the wine barrel is not too dominant, rather the wine barrels provide a flavor complement without flattening the other character.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The aromas from the Pinot Noir barrels immediately push forward and manifest themselves as blackberries, blueberries, black currants and black cherries. Pleasant, warm peat smoke that easily plays around the fruit. Leather and tobacco notes. Pepper, grated nutmeg, cinnamon and coriander. Nougat en bloc, soft toffee.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Creamy and fruity appearance, in which the warm peat smoke immediately gives way to the lemony Ardbeg ashtray. Blackberries, blueberries and black cherries from the nose can be found on the tongue, but lemon and lime slices give a swirl in the tropical fruit corner, so that later also pineapple and kiwi (not really, or. Pinot Noir barrels from New Zealand and now Kiwi fruits: too obvious, my brain will surely play a trick). Becomes increasingly dry and goes entirely on the side of citrus fruits. In addition, cold, stale smoke, dry wood, a little liquorice, spices of slightly bitter herbs and pepper.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length, dry, ashy, some menthol. Grated lemon peel, full of ashtray, coffee powder, pepper, paprika spice, some curry powder, dark chocolate.

  97. whisky_talk scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    very excited for this one.
    hope its will be better from the committee version.
    • Nose
      87 87
      feinty, peat, greens, fruity AF, sourness, lemon, grapes, cherries, cardamom, hay, grass, little campfire, old wood, dirty wine, old chocolate
    • Taste
      90 90
      from the first sip is typicall ardbeg, very smooth, grapes, fruity, sheep farm, hay, dry wine, pld chocolate, dirty wine, sour cherries, plums, grape sugar, oily mouthfeel, peaty and almost no smoky, mahleb ( spice made from cherry pit)
    • Finish
      91 91
      very long, raisin, raisin cinnamon pastry, hint of vanilla, peat, woody bitterness, greens and fresh grass

  98. dramspotter scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    It seems the power of autosuggestion several black things came to mind and I don't know if the folks at Ardbeg had that in mind. Firstly, I think the weak aspect is the palate - I don't seem able to relate to that. The finish is a bit twisted but at least it was interesting twists and turns. The nose starts off being something as you would imagine it to be but takes on a different guise after tasting. This whisky seems to be a novelty, there doesn't seem to be an integration of the Pinot Noir and the peated whisky but rather both elements co-existing.

    I think I would prefer a cheaper Corryvreckan over this.
    • Nose
      83 83
      acetic, red winey, cheese and peat - it does take some getting used to - the peat has a taint of petrol reminiscent of Kilkerran
    • Taste
      80 80
      dry, the alcohol seems quite low to start, thinking of orangeade rather than wine, followed by black pepper
    • Finish
      83 83
      it finishes like it should be black, which given the name makes a lot of sense; the heat does build but there is a tarry aspect left in the mouth that is not very complementary

  99. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The nose excited me a lot. While the palate couldn't quite follow in its footsteps, overall that leads to a really good rating.
    • Nose
      This is fruity, savoury and with a nice smoked paprika edge. Tinges of barbecued meat with raspberry and blackberry confit. There's a new-rubber-soles smell, as well as embers and wood smoke, but it's all very much in check and balanced with the fruitier notes.
    • Taste
      Nice interplay between soft campfire smoke and sweet fruits with spicy, cracked black peppercorns. Some medium rubber notes as well, and a whiff of smoked bacon.
    • Finish
      The finish isn't very long at all, especially not for a peated whisky. Spicy and tapering off into soft vegetal notes.

  100. RJKrueger scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Again a delicious Ardbeg for Ardbeg Day compared to the not so great bottlings before; would also be suitable for Ardbeg beginners, but the price / performance ratio remains problematic.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Right at the start a nice, rather fruity, mild aroma for an Ardbeg; red fruits, cherries, grapes are immediately present; the Ardbeg character is behind.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Nicely fruity and sweet mixed with typical Ardbeg flavors such as campfire and smoked bacon; somewhat nutty; rather tame at the start, but over time the pepper comes; hardly any maritime appeal.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-long fruity finish; Wood smoke and spicy aromas remain longer; in the finish it still lacks some balance and complexity.

  101. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  102. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    nose on the smoke, a maritime side, a little soot, citrus fruits, a cocoa and barbecue return, the juices roasted on the cast iron!
    Fruity mouth, then smoke more than peat, even direct ash, peppery spices, strawberry, if and yet I haven't eaten before !, and the burnt wood which gives off smoke ; more fruit later on juicy cooked peach.
    Final on red fruits, smell of dirty port at low tide and the black smoke in the distance which comes in a pack of small clouds.
    • Finish
      the interesting side is not to have any peat, and to perceive a gripping cold ash.
      The fruits bring this fleeting sensation of strawberry (more about crunching inside and perceiving this concentrated juice, I ask myself the question of strawberry or wild strawberries ??)
      slightly bitter cocoa and dry wood shavings too!
      criticized, this 2020 vintage changes from the omnipresent peat.

  103. Tingrus scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Available at shop.ardbeg.com for £94 5.27.2020

  104. dominikbraun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I am pleasantly surprised, very tasty.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Heavy, aromatic smoke, salt, maritime character, sea air, juicy peach, ripe citrus fruits, slightly bitter notes, milk chocolate, fruit tobacco and BBQ sauce.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Heavy and fruity straight away, then comes smoke, freshly ground pepper, peach, cherries, slightly dry fruit and charred wood.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Red fruits, espresso, again slightly maritime with campfire smoke.

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