Ardbeg Traigh Bhan Batch 2

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
Stated Age
19 years old
Oloroso Sherry Casks and American Oak Casks
46.2 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Batch: TB/02-18.09.00/20.JT
Bottle code
L2386660 04/08/2020
Added on
01 Sep 2020 12:59 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 295.03

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Traigh Bhan Batch 2

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.72 points

  1. whiskygold scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    I like him .... Batch 1 & 2 succeeded.

    Awesome Bolou.de for 289 € that is customer-oriented :)

  2. m4y4 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Release price by Ardbeg Germany was 220 EUR

  3. kraeftigen scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    First contact. The drops on the hand that got onto them when the sample was opened.
    There was a great deal of smoke rubbed in the hands. A lot of smoke.
    The smoke in the glass was more reserved.

    Which doesn't mean he's weak. For 19 years he's very much there.

    Ok ... 10 minutes have passed since the last sentence ... and I am not able to write a normal note ... so from here on different.

    If you don't like smoky whisky, stay away.

    Can you taste this typical Ardbeg fresh sweetness?
    No! So not me. So not directly ... with a lot of imagination and the knowledge to have an Ardbeg in the glass ... maybe ...

    It's so complex that I can't take it apart.

    Sweet? Yes.
    Age? Definitely.
    Sherry barrel? I don't know ... yes ...

    It's so incredibly dense and, above all, nice to drink.

    I have come to the conclusion that I am a) too stupid to even begin to call a reliable grade and b) it doesn't really matter.

    The mouthfeel is really nice ... just the right mix of liquid and creamy ... very gentle ...

    The taste is unique in its complexity.

    It's fun and I want to drink more than the 2 to 3 cl that I just had in the glass ...

    The TB Batch 2 is very tasty ...

    After I had a lot of fun with him, let's move on to the tiresome subject of money.

    220 +

    It's a house number and way too much money for a bottle of alcohol! This is how the real world thinks.

    In the whisky world this is the price that had to be paid at the time of dispensing to experience this taste, which I haven't had before.

    Alright for me.

  4. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I haven't tasted the first batch but I do like this one. The nose isn't just those typical Ardbeg notes, yes they are there, but there's more to it. There's also an almost elegant freshness and the medicinal note reminded me a bit of Laphroaig. On the palate, it's definitely Ardbeg what you get. But also here is way more to explore and after that it develops slowly into a long, satisfying finish. All nicely balanced.
    • Nose
      More peat than I would expect at this age. Bbq smoke and somewhat ashy. But there’s a medicinal note too. Bandages. Resin but also a tropical note from pineapple. Then sweet vanilla. Fennel in the background. Lemons. A hint of nettles and eucalyptus too.
    • Taste
      It's quite ashy in the beginning, but it feels like there's less peat than the nose suggested. Vanilla custard and sweet nectarines in the background. A hint of mint and it's a bit oaky too. Hazelnut. Liquorice and anise. Somewhat salty as well, which reminds me of seawater.
    • Finish
      Long and somewhat dry because of oak. Creme Brulee and mint again. But also peat, a hint of ash and liquorice.

  5. Dottore scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I actually like it a tad better than Batch 1. Sweeter, sweeter and a little fruity. The 1er was a bit bitter, smokier and with more menthol. But both at a high level, unfortunately also in terms of price.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A bit more sherry-heavy than its predecessor and also a bit more intense in the mouth, so I like it a bit better, but both are beautiful Ardbegs
    • Nose
      starts directly with milk chocolate, compared to batch 1 the sherry is more prominent, then there is a nice fresh citrus note, slightly spicy smoke, a hint of cinnamon, slightly greasy, a lot of chocolate, therefore quite creamy, raisins, a little salt, fresh lemon peel slightly A minty touch and creamy chocolate set the tone together with the spicy smoke, a pinch of espresso powder in the background, and now and then a little vanilla flashes through the sherry, especially if you smell a bit longer in one piece, it's fun after the first sip I also have some wet tobacco
    • Taste
      Sweet start, vanilla, creamy, then again sweetness, a little citrus, chocolate, cinnamon, dark chocolate, raisins, espresso, more sherry influence here too compared to batch 1, the kick in the mouth right after the start is reproducible from sip to sip , I like it very much, now cask strength and I would be happy, but not as bad as with Batch 1, it still brings a decent intensity to the tongue
    • Finish
      salty, intense, ashy smoke, oak, tart lemon, creamy mouthfeel of really dark chocolate, the mouth feels invigorated

  7. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Quite ashy, but with some nice fruity notes to balance everything.
    • Nose
      Sweet fruits like tinned pineapple and apricots, accompanied by soot, liquorice and smoked kippers. A hint of bandages as well, with some pebbles and a good amount of vegetal peat. Finally a whiff of iodine.
    • Taste
      Balanced and mature, with a peat influence to match. Still rather sooty and ashy though. Whiffs of tropical fruit, although maybe not in as much abundance as I'd like. A nice salinity with soft smoke and touches of plastic.
    • Finish
      Dry, vanilla and ashy. Finally a tinge of chocolate. Medium in length.

  8. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    An Ardbeg tamed by almost two decades of maturation that knows how to please. Very well balanced with a complexity and great harmony of aromas resulting from the different cask types. Smoke and peat are pleasant companions of grilled fruit aromas and nicely warming spicy notes from the wood.

    I thank Moët Hennessy Germany for the complimentary sample and the image!

    • Nose
      Sweetish on the nose with wood smoke and BBQ notes, accompanied by some soot and ashes. This is joined by fruity aromas of grilled apricot and pineapple, with some burnt toast in the background.
    • Taste
      A slight sweetness is noticeable on the palate with creamy vanilla and fruity notes of apricot. Pleasantly warming with a fine spiciness of oak, allspice and a hint of celery. The whole is accompanied by subtle peat smoke as well as some ashes and chimney air. A touch of tangy lime and some roasted peanut aromas linger towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish shows a nice length with warming notes of peat smoke, some dry oak and slightly burnt caramel.

      With water: Much more intense in the nose after adding a few drops of water. Smoke and peat are more evident, accompanied by medicinal notes and a touch of celery. The fruit aromas fade into the background. On the palate, only a subtle sweetness is noticeable, but clearly spicier with black pepper, accompanied by peat smoke and soot. Burnt caramel with subtle peanut aromas linger towards the finish. The finish is of medium length with clearly dry oak, ash and fine peat smoke.

  9. HariboManson scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Good but overrated. There are significantly better Islay whiskys for less money.
    Nose: 76
    Taste: 82
    Departure: 82

  10. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88


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