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Ardbeg Blaaack

Overall rating
88.05/100
votes
45
Whiskybase ID
WB158182
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Committee 20th Anniversary LIMITED EDITION
Bottled
31/01/2020
Casktype
Pinot Noir from New Zealand
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Bottle code
L2379659 31/01/2020
Barcode
081753832834
Added on
14 may 2020 7:03 am by MaltEdMalt
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

USD$ 382.02

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45 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Blaaack

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.05 points

  1. netcorpse did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Sold out within less than 20 minutes on the shop site so expect bottle flippers to pop up here at double the price shortly.
    Sold price: 110 € bottle / 157,14 € per Litre including tax. So 118€ with shipping

    Erste Ebay Inserate: 220-250€

  2. antyloop scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

  3. 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.

    Link to review: 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.

  4. Apikalov scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  5. WLGOAGN scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  6. thebonewolf scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      Vegetal peat, dry, fruit, wood, meat.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Dry, peaty malt. Minerally. Tiny bit of heat but barely.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long. Bit of ash, moreso smoke but ashy. Dry.

  7. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Juris scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

  9. hsmithjr scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The Point Noir casks have sure done their work here. A different Ardbeg, but a very enjoyable dram.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Cherries and strawberry jam right away. Ripe red berries. The cask sure has had a big influence here. Charred oak, cigar humidor, and smoky firepit.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Stewed stone fruits. Cherries jubilee. Overripe limes. Smoked wood. Burnt coffee. Dark Belgian chocolate. Peat.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Sweet, smoky, and medium length. Plenty of wood smoke, more of that dark Belgian chocolate, and walnuts.

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