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Ardbeg Blaaack

Overall rating
87.90/100
votes
221
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 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

€ 217,69

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221 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Blaaack

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.90 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

  2. 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.

  3. dominikbraun scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    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.

  4. 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

  5. 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 ...

  6. Tingrus scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Available at shop.ardbeg.com for £94 5.27.2020

  7. wisekycourse 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. RJKrueger scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    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.

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