Ardbeg 1998 Almost There

Overall rating
86.61/100
votes
492
Whiskybase ID
WB16
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
3rd Release
Vintage
1998
Bottled
2007
Strength
54.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L7 058
Barcode
5010494241280
Added on
02 jun 2007 1:11 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 420.30

136 × in wishlist

492 × member ratings

1894 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1998 Almost There

54 users have left 62 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.61 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. Create a free Whiskybase account to read all 62 reviews for this whisky
    Create free account
  3. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Had this one in a range with the Very Young, Still Young and Renaissance. This one was initially the most sweet one in the nose, although some fruitiness as well. It was also the most consistent one, considering the nose and taste combo. Also more peaty and smoky in taste than nose, likewise the others.
    Interesting dram for sure.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Ripe fruits and sweetness initially, full scent, earthy. Later on tobacco leaves, and more grassy. Even peaches arrive at the scene now.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Some power, rubber, earthy peat, pepper. Sweet smoke, some caramel sweetness, creamy. A touch of ash, full body.
    • Finish
      87 87
      More smooth now, smoky, pretty long finish, wood smoke, tobacco. Finish seems to get longer in time.

  4. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Squinugie scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  6. DrunkDude scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    scbp-7567, a highly peaty spirit, sweet and sour. The metallic feel and alcoholic spiciness are slightly rough, but it is called almost there after all, and it is naturally incomparable with 10 years.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Earth, syrup, charcoal, smoke, salted fish, polished metal surfaces. 89
    • Taste
      88 88
      A lot of fruit acid, pineapple, ginger, maltose, malt chaff oil, single and strong flavor, a lot of spicy, slightly metallic, peat is more restrained than the smell. The wine is light, refreshing and easy to drink. 88
    • Finish
      85 85
      Nougat, slightly astringent, not a lot of attachment, ash, licorice, slightly spicy. 85

  7. Nikilema scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Last dram at 360 Tasting on Saturday, thanks to Jackie for the last surprise of the day
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. VanOpek scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Typical Ardbeg notes with a quite rounded and mild palate and smooth finish

    Colour: rich gold
    • Nose
      light-bodied, burned-hay, typical ardbeg core - citric, vanilla, charcoal notes, earthy, constantly present bonfire smoke, mild, pleasant and rich
    • Taste
      semi-sweet, bonfire smoke, oily in structure, old oak, charcoal and seaweed, quite mineral and spicy, rounded and enjoyable
    • Finish
      smoky and mineral with coal-gas, tar and ashes breaktroughts, long and smooth

  9. Izzino scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    37. Ardbeg - Almost There - massacre smoke, strength, robustness, youth - patada - 95

  10. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Orange creamsicle, smoke, spices, chocolate
    • Taste
      Sweet, citrus
    • Finish
      Oak, vanilla, citrus

  11. Thermidor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A youthful yet surprisingly ready, tasty, and lovely Ardbeg that has stepped past the punchy roughness of Still Young into something that feels like some of the best refill casks on their way to becoming Ardbeg 10 were pilfered into this vatting. Of course it's not in any way worth today's price, but price doesn't figure in the score, does it?

    Tasted with Renaissance (84 pts.), Supernova 2009 (86), Ardbeg 27yo 1975-2002 DL OMC 198 bottles (92), and Ardbeg 15yo 1973-1988 Sestante 53,4 (96).
    • Nose
      Young, sooty, and lemony at first whiff. Nicely ashy soot, not at all the coal of Caol Ila or burnt wood of Laphroaig. Iodine, salinity, linoleum and kelp, The oak here is surprisingly soft and not at all planky or bourbon-y. The spirit feels youngish, but not boozy. Some pharmacist shop ambience. With 4 drops of water some hay comes out, and tar candy.
    • Taste
      A surprisingly soft body for such a young, strong whisky. No sharpness, and no booziness either. A lemony, stickily tarry experience with a wisp of dry white wine and iodine. Tastes totally of refill bourbon casks, fairly worn ones, but of good quality. I like the faint marine touches too.
    • Finish
      Pitch and lemon stick around. "Sticks" is a good word for how it sinks into my gums. Surprisingly long for an under-10yo whisky. More, please.

  12. PRV scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    22/22/22/22

  13. SAND scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    (TASTED BLIND)
    NOSE: Slightly sour bon fire smoke, sweet frutiness, ashy, some buttery or oliy richness. Some barnyard (89-90p).
    TASTE: Wood smoky and fruity, lovely sweetness, well rounded, not a sharp edge in sight. Sweet. (90p).
    FINISH: Sweet, ashy, astringent. Nice. (89p).
    OVERALL: Lovely, rounded mature peated whisky. Total score 89 (90) points.

  14. mudshark scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  15. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    What a wonderful "almost" TEN at cask strength. Crisp, clear, powerful and pleasing, no off notes, nice smoke and citrus and great ex-bourbon casks. No flaws, except, of course, the lack of age and complexity of an older Ardbeg. If I had only known in 2008 this was a one-off, I woud've bought more (+ the following Renaissance for that matter). Great stuff.
    • Nose
      Smokey, crisp, citrusy, sweet maltiness
    • Taste
      Well balanced, powerful but not too overpowering, smoke, great development from start to finish, no gaps. Lemon oils, malti sweetness, reminds me of certain batches of Laga 12 cs. No off notes, maybe a bit of its youth shining through, very slightly metallic
    • Finish
      Medium long to long with mainly smoke + some ash sticking around. Still pleasant to the peat lover.

  16. gossm01 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It has a relatively oily viscosity and its bouquet is of a relatively strong intensity. I have aromas of dry peat smoke, citrus fruit, maritime notes, malty sweetness, honey, pleasant oak and ash. Moderately complex. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. The alcohol is already well integrated and it has a heavy body.

  17. Malthead19 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    - a good Ardbeg but no better than the TEN
    - surprisingly good to drink for 54%
    - who wants to pay the prices as a collector of over 250 €
    everyone has to decide for themselves, not in terms of taste
    worth more than 50 €
    • Nose
      Vanilla, light smoke, honey, very pleasant despite 54%
    • Taste
      oW: surprisingly pleasant soft start, aromatic light smoke, oak (note of wood here very clear), interesting combination of pepper, salt and sweetness (butter biscuit);

      with water: somehow noticeably loses character, significantly weaker in aroma, not an advantage, definitely better without water
    • Finish
      mild medium-long finish;
      medium-long smoky aftertaste

  18. schengel10 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    An intense 9 year old who clearly shows the potential of the distillery.
    From my point of view, it can easily keep up with many special bottlings from the 2010s!
    [Color] straw yellow;
    • Nose
      82 82
      aromatic, wonderful smoke, fruits (green apples, citrus) and spice, some alcohol;
    • Taste
      84 84
      intense fruity approach, sparkling, spices (pepper, salt), sweetness (pastries, biscuits), full of campfire smoke;
    • Finish
      82 82
      good medium-long finish, citrus, pepper / ginger; in the aftertaste then salt and campfire smoke;

  19. maltaholic scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A nice malt, but I liked the Still Young a little better ...
    • Nose
      85 85
      An idea darker than its predecessor "Still Young",
      gets some color.

      The aroma is similar:
      A subtle note of smoke, spices, wood.
    • Taste
      83 83
      In terms of taste, the focus is on spices,
      the barrel flavors hold back.
      There is a mix of bitter leaves, cloves and tobacco.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Quite a long finish, spicy, smoky.

  20. gossm01 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • 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

  21. Gregers scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • 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.

  22. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very citrusy with hard edges

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

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

  24. miz scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • 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

  25. 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

  26. 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, 

  27. 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.

  28. rpvdwel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  29. rpvdwel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat and little smoke. Fruity, sour apple.
    • Taste
      Peat. Pepper. Salmiak. Licorice. Mouth full.
    • Finish
      Long. A lot of peat and smoke.

  30. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  31. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  32. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  33. Muff Potter scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  34. St. Pauli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Seriously good stuff. It's rather bold and young, but well-fed with good casks. Probably in it's prime now: the Renaissance was a bit over the line if you ask me. This is perfectly balanced. Not for every day, but a pleasing salty, maritime dram.
    • Nose
      Obviously heavily peated, but later on that. Quite crisp and clean on lemon juice, with a green grassy side. The alcohol is already quite integrated. The peat is on a combination of soot, licorice root, cold smoke, ash and oyster. Later, some velvety vanillins join the nose. 
    • Taste
      Well-balanced without water. It's rather peaty and holds a good mix of sweet, dry and sour. Let's not forget the salty touch of oyster and anchovies. Add some mossy peat to that, licorice root, a bonfire, maybe even a hint of peach, and black pepper.
    • Finish
      The finish is crisp again, with a little spicy kick from stem ginger. Further, there is lemon zest, ash and salty peat smoke.

  35. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:
    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/ardbeg-almost-there/

  36. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  37. steinrich scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  38. Patrick93 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  39. Landryn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  40. Claudio + Cats scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I can not drink this today, shakes me now, if I smell it already.

  41. Dyno scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  42. Claudio + Cats scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Have long been in the closet, a medieval whisky. Nice typical Ardbeg, but that's not the big hit. It's interesting because it somehow tastes different than other Ardbeg. It is miles away from Lord of the isle. I used to have 1974s, 1976s, 1977s and 1978s. At that time I thought that was good. Today I see it a little differently. The Lord of the Isle is the only Ardbeg that meets my demands today. The Almost there, I will still drink, but certainly no longer buy. Arbeg are whiskys for connoisseurs who know little, but think they know a lot. Hehehe. The taste of the Almost There is just enough, with a salty tone.
    On Neudeutsch: You the brew, the good for you and buddy, that also nothing of wisgki. Quality so-so, know, taste like pizza when cheese is old on it.

  43. 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.

  44. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  45. Bosi scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    Much more mature than the previous bottling. Softer, more complex and balanced. A fantastic whisky.
    • Nose
      In this bottling is very strong Ardbeg character to recognize. Heavy sweetness meets orange and a hint of leather.
    • Taste
      The smoke is wonderfully pleasant. The pepper note of the Still Young is almost completely gone and the whisky is much softer and rounder. The main aromas are nutmeg, malt, raisins and chocolate. The texture is slightly oily.
    • Finish
      The medium length finish offers smoke and sweetness in great balance. Again, the weakness of Still Young, the strong bitterness, has completely disappeared.

  46. Landryn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  47. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  48. Achany scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  49. barryfox915 scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Pale yellow
    Nose: Dry bread and dry barley, some discreet citric notes. Clean, very
    peated and quite young in the nose. Diluted, gets rounder, more floral and less
    aggressive on the nose.
    Taste: Very peated, salty, maritime, dry bread and barley and then gets
    rounder, some dried meat, on bitter citric notes and some floral notes
    (lavender). Diluted, it becomes rounder and more lemon notes are perceived. The
    finish is dry, peated, on hay and dry bread with some saw dust and peat
    notes.
    General
    Impression: A very peated expression of Ardbeg, quite aggressive and still quite
    immature. In comparison to the Still Young, it is more peated, more pungent and
    dryer and seems even younger than the Still Young. When the new Ten will be
    available, the aromatic profile might be quite different from the current Ten.
    The Almost There will be available from March 26 from the Ardbeg shop.

    http://www.whisky-news.com/En/tasting4.html#05Mar07

     

     

  50. tebond968 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg Almost There 1998, 54.1%, OB 2007 - Islay
    The third step to the new 10y, distilled in 1998 (reopening distillery). First (Very Young) and second (Still Very Young) I have not tasted, but I can imagine that this is less rough. Yet it is a real peat bomb. Properly medicinal in the nose with many sea associations. Seaweed and salt. Charcoal. Cereals. Unripe pears. Less fruity than the 10 year old I have. Little fruit can also be detected in the taste. A lot of peat and herbs. Recurring smoke. Long peat finish with the pepper. Lets some complexity, but some extra ripening can do wonders. 82/100 http://onversneden.com/2010/01/26/twee-ardbegs/

  51. GuyIncognito scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The departure with the three "layers" Weinig / woody Herbs in honey smoke
    is excellent
    • Nose
      Cinnamon, peach, light sherry notes, dry smoke, with water a touch of chocolate, kumquats and tangerines
    • Taste
      Grape and raisin, tobacco and old leather, oiled wood and dry plum one notices the increasing age compared to its predecessors
    • Finish
      At first vinous with spicy wood, then followed by a great herbal aroma with honey sweetness and some fruit, at the end then nice dry smoke which is especially noticeable in the later swallowing

  52. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Cinnamon, peach, light sherry notes, dry smoke, alcohol even better integrated, reminds me a little of a typical Kilchomannase With water a touch of chocolate, kumquats and mandarins
    • Taste
      Also typical sherry notes, raisins, fruity sweetness, cinnamon, camp fire smoke, tobacco and leather, oiled wood, more barrel influence, prunes (light sulfur)
    • Finish
      Heavier smoke, thin, woody, dry, furry feeling in the mouth, now also the fruits are clearer Peach, mandarins, herbs, only a short intermezzo, then bitter smoke that settles

  53. zby0001 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  54. ricallende scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    This is Another Ardbeg's Masterpiece!! God save this distillery!!!! I'm a surrended fan!
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      95 95

  55. Nethar did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Quite expensive but very good.
    • Nose
      salt, medicine, smoked meat, maybe not so smoky as classic Ardbeg
    • Taste
      Extreme smoke, really very good, no water necessary
    • Finish
      Fireplace and vanilla.

  56. granella2003 scored this whisky 99 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      100 100
    • Finish
      99 99

  57. granella2003 scored this whisky 99 points Connoisseur

    WOW. Another wonderful wonder from Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      Peat, medicinal, sea and iodine. Lightly smoke 

       
    • Taste
      Peaty, Spicy, Citrus, salty and sweet. Malt at the end. An inusual wonderful combination
    • Finish
      Long with lots of iodine ,peat smoke and sweet malt

  58. granella2003 scored this whisky 99 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      100 100
    • Finish
      100 100

  59. Collector57 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Back to peat, mdeicinal and seaside. Seaweed and iodine.
    • Taste
      Peaty. Hot (pepper?). Quite smooth and slightly sweet but the peat ovrcomnes all in a lovely way. Malt is there too. So is the iodine and a little tarry flavour. Very good.
    • Finish
      Long and fresh with lots of seaweed and peat smoke.

  60. Willie JJ did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Great stuff but Renaissance is so much better.
    • Nose
      Ah, peat-reek and creosote and tar and TCP and carbolic and new leather. And vanilla and Horlicks and grist.
    • Taste
      Lots of strong peaty flavours that follow the nose. Bit like drinking a peat fire (I know, I know, you can't really do that.
    • Finish
      long and delicious.

  61. ardpeat scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    nose: complex, eucalyptus citrus hay cut. very fresh and peat is present non-invasive hand. Extraordinary mouth of sweetness and paradoxically attack franche.iodià © and always this sweet peat. eucalyptus persists final long and very smooth o

  62. Lafroy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Typical present Ardbeg
    • Taste
      Stunning! It starts with a little bit of sweetness, spiciness, some dryness, bitterness, sourness and more sweetness. Salt in the aftertaste. Ocean and countryside notes!
    • Finish
      Medium long, smooth, peaty sweet, spicy and semidry.

Tastingtags

Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky.

Whiskybase

Whiskybase is founded in 2007 with the goal to create the biggest resource of whisky information in the world. A community driven website built by and for whisky enthusiasts.  




Whiskybase B.V. 
Zwaanshals 530 
3035 KS Rotterdam 
The Netherlands 

KVK: 60207205
VAT: NL853809112B01

Copyright © 2022


Forgot your password?

Login