Ardbeg 1998 Almost There

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
3rd Release
Stated Age
09 years old
54.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L7 058
Added on
02 Jun 2007 1:11 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 289.75

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1998 Almost There

44 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.46 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Almost There, the finish is the best
    Here, too, I am very pleasantly surprised

    mmh, I like them indeed
    • Nose
      Citrus notes, clove, smoke, stagnation and sea, salty air, damp peat, stale tobacco smoke, wild heather honey
    • Taste
      smoky bitter chocolate, moist peat, intense citrus, with acidity and sweetness, warming smoke smokes in the mouth and mixes with caramel sweetness
    • Finish
      long and somewhat surprising at the end
      Peat smoke with typical Ardbeg sweetness ... very tasty
      At the end suddenly burnt rubber comes to it
      a feeling like scorched earth ... with caramel sweetness
      really great! And again and again smoke ...

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very fine smoky malt with a great peat note. Slightly fruity, sharp with campfire romance on the finish. A great and interesting whisky!
    • Nose
      Blind tasting: Pale, but somehow powerful gold. Again the streaks run back slowly and oily after swinging into the glass. A subtle smoky aroma rises from the glass, a wonderful peat note comes out. The alcohol begins to biter and tingle immediately in the nose. The nose is slightly sprittig with a slight adhesive touch. Some sweetness and a hint of fruit fight through the fine smoky note.
    • Taste
      A short fruity and sweet onset, then the smoke and peat hits. Immediately it bizzles and tingles in the entire mouth area. A cool and fresh aroma is created. After adding a good shot of water, a fruity peat note is created. Slight heat and pepper heat the palate. Floral aromas mingle with the sharpening smoke and peat.
    • Finish
      Again smoke and peat dominate the finish. The sharpness increases, but does not seem unpleasant and disturbing. An aroma develops after a campfire and ashes that are only slightly smoldering.

  3. gossm01 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Peat smoke, citrus, salty notes, malty sweetness
    • Taste
      89 89
      Earthy, ash, vanilla, chocolate, light oak, honey sweetness, dryness
    • Finish
      90 90
      pleasant, intense and long-lasting

  4. Gregers scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Medicinal, band-aids, camphor, decent amount of peat smoke, bit of brine, tweed coats.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Heavy peat smoke, balanced with the right dose of sweetness. Some barley and oak notes. Not as medicinal as the nose suggested.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The smoke simmers down a bit and leaves nice flavours of leather, crystal sugar, and cooked fruits.

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very citrusy with hard edges

  6. mr.p9 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  7. miz scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Citrus, butter, subtle smoke, green apple, some honey
    • Taste
      Dry, spicy towards pepper, dull oak, some licorice
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, full bodied, notes of gum / tartan sports ground in autumn

  8. Adamos scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    for the first time I could sense some bannana hints in the background of finish
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      99 99

  9. Adamos scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    very well done whisky
    • Nose
      sweet peat, butter cake, 
    • Taste
      sweet delicate peat, bisquits, butter cake, 
    • Finish
      all like above plus some bannas shows up in the finish, cookies, 

  10. ricallende scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Initially quite cerealy on the nose, sweet, with vanilla and lemon yet significantly phenolic. Peat develops with exposure to air, and there is a more profound ‘roasted’ note than in the Still Young.
    • Taste
      Very sweet and smoothly intense on the palate, where lemon can again be detected, followed by spices and pepper.
    • Finish
      The finish is smooth, long and peaty, but with a peppery prickle.


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