Ardbeg 1990

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
for Fortnum & Mason
Calculated age
16 years old
Sherry butt
Number of bottles
52.8 % Vol.
700 ml
gb United Kingdom
Added on
02 Mar 2008 5:49 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 3715.13

15 × in wishlist

35 × member ratings

53 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1990

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.28 points

  1. pere scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Smoke, fruity sweetness, salt, peat, spices, dry sherry.
    • Taste
      Intense, smoke, peat, wood, sweetness, salt, iodine, spices, drier than expected.
    • Finish
      Smoke, wood, sweet spices, peat.

  2. St. Pauli scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Super-medicinal and dirty, a perfect combination in my opinion. Top notch!
    • Nose
      Quite medicinal, salty, meaty and earthy. Iodine, bandages, oysters, salted fish, oil, cow stable (combo of cow skin, dung & hay), licorice, menthol and lemon.
    • Taste
      Full-bodied, sweet and oily. Again the medicinal elements, bit more combined in wet peat, sardines, brine, licorice, plenty of lemon, menthol and pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, warming and salty. Iodine, licorice, tobacco and menthol

  3. Gronqvist did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting notes from Ardbeg, by Master Distiller Dr. W. B. Limsden :

    Colour :

    Burnished Copper.

    Aroma :

    Delicious sweet notes of homemade fudge, licorice and treacle toffee are the first aromas to tingle the sense, followed by deep, rich chocolate and cherries (reminiscent of Black Forest Gateau), dried fruit (sultans, dates and raisins) and chestnuts. Through the sweetness, menthol notes of pine needles and wild mint are interwoven with aromatic rolling tobacco and herbal smoke. 

    Water reveals soft beeswax, linseed oil and dried fruit mingling with vanilla to give "moreish" fruit and nut chocolate. Sweet floral aromas of freshly cut violets, heater and lavender emerge; before fruity notes of limes and autumn berries are discovered. underlying notes of pine resin and coal smoke entwined with seaweed and a fresh ocean breeze add depth.

    Taste :

    Smooth, chewy and tingly as mouth-watering citrus olis and tangy orange zest coat the palate. Rich and mead-like with dried fruit and nuts-raisins, cherries, dates, almonds and walnuts intermingling with biscuit flavours, cinnamon spice and dark chocolate. Hints of carbolic soap, menthol, salty sea spray and kelp are discovered in the background with smoky sweet rolling tobacco, roasted coffee and pine needles.

    Finish :

    A long finish with soft notes of dark bitter chocolate and espresso, tobacco, dates and walnuts.


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