Ardbeg 1998 Almost There

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 317.10

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416 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1998 Almost There

50 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.41 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. mudshark scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Malthead19 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    - 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

  7. 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;

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.


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