Ardbeg Blaaack

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Committee 20th Anniversary LIMITED EDITION
Pinot Noir from New Zealand
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L2386758 04/02/2020
Bottled for
Ardbeg Day
Added on
08 aug 2020 9:32 am by Dirk

Average value

€ 208.58

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Blaaack

10 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.81 points.

  1. magic_slim scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Color: Golden amber - I do not see anything reddish from the Red Wine Cask.

    Average Ardbeg quality. I would have preferred this in cask strength. The aromas coming from the red wine casks are not well integrated. The red wine and the whisky do not harmonize.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Mild, sweet and peaty with moderate intensity.
      The peat is delicate and a little zesty, as I remember it from older Ardbeg bottlings.
      After some time in the glass the red wine aroma from the cask becomes obvious.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Smooth and fruity mouthfeel that becomes peaty and smoky when swallowed. Pepper and camphor, black tea and a lot of red wine in the background.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium long.
      Dry. spicy and slightly bitter with notes of tar, ashes, camphor, oak and red wine.
      Some liquorice in the aftertaste.

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  3. Remu scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A very good peated whisky
    It's like sitting by the sea on Islay with a sandwich covered in jam
    The girl in the white socks, sitting across from you making blueberry chocolates
    • Nose
      86 86
      Strong peat, rust, leather, lemon zest, subtle sweetness, blueberry jam
    • Taste
      88 88
      Medium peat, sea breeze feeling, honey, slightly fresh fruit sweetness, red fruit juice feeling
    • Finish
      89 89
      Peat, warm malt sweetness, red fruit sweetness, light dark chocolate, cigar, black tea, not strong but more watery

  4. Mordeth scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. eddi14 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. 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.

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    • 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.

  7. Frank79 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Ardbeg with a Pinot Noir wine finish. tastes as good as it sounds.
    • Nose
      85 85
      smoke, oak, fruit, medicinal notes
    • Taste
      88 88
      sweet and a bit dry. smoke, dark fruits, oak, some saltiness.
      overall full bodied and complex.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long smoky finish.

  8. Kwokjoe scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    It provides a remarkable sense of smell and delicious taste, accompanied by enough Ardbeg expectation for me to drink, with enough strength and attraction. It's extraordinary. It's different. Ardbeg

  9. Gregers scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Nice nose, but the texture is extremely woolly and odd.

    • Nose
      87 87
      Very fruity, ripe pears and apples, strong medicinal notes, camphor, a bit of ashes, campfire, smoked vanilla, good does of brine, light lemon oils. Nothing winey here, fortunately.
    • Taste
      75 75
      Really woolly! Very surprising. Closed up, soft texture, must be those sheep on the box. I've never tasted anything like this. After coming out of the worst wool, there's some sharp tannins and very vague wine notes showing up along with light medicinal notes and brine. Second chew brings a little more smoke, light ginger, liquorice root, black pepper, very light chili pepper, light cane sugar sweetness, but the wool is still coating everything. Third chew is thicker, oilier, almost like jelly on the tongue now, some toffee and ripe banana notes, and finally the wool has worn off a bit. Not what I hoped for in this whisky.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Brine, lemon oils, camphor, smoke, ginger, light chili pepper, black pepper, grape skins, very light ripe banana.

  10. VanOpek scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      opens fruity, sweet, heather honey, cherry, soot or burnt toast, oud wood and vanilla, complex and rich
    • Taste
      87 87
      sweet and oily, notes of peat smoke, dried fruit, slightly peppery, hints of oak, moss, malt, burnt toast, dark chocolate, yeast and coffee, complex and rounded
    • Finish
      87 87
      notes of coffee or oak, hemp rope, , iodine, chalk, smoke and soot / burnt toast, warm, long and well-balanced, simple


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