Black Friday 22-year-old ElD

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
2020 Edition
Stated Age
22 years old
Number of bottles
50.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange
gb United Kingdom
Added on
27 Nov 2020 7:54 am by Bindy80

Average value

€ 214.95

16 × in wishlist

57 × member ratings

228 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Black Friday 22-year-old ElD

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.60 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very different from previous years but another winner.
    • Nose
      A touch of menthol (and even some iodine?) at first, but then gentle notes of a smouldering bonfire with baked peaches and caramel-glazed red apples. Somewhat waxy, a whiff of furniture polish and a good amount of sweet oranges. A hint of sage and thyme as well.
    • Taste
      Mouthcoating and a tad dry. Notes of charcoal, wood smoke and some ashes, but also a touch of pralines, triple sec and cinnamon. Some gentle vanilla custard in the background, as well as damp oak and some papaya. Finally some grassy notes.
    • Finish
      Soft oak spices, gentle wood smoke. Very elegant.

  2. grinface scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Every year on Black Friday, The Whisky Exchange launches a bottling that appears to be cheap for its dates. The distillery name is not on the label but is only hinted at in a mysterious way.
    This year the open secret was Ardmore. It felt like it took a few minutes longer until the 1400 bottles were sold out this year. After a few hours, everything was gone after all. And it was sure to be found on the auction platforms just as quickly as usual.
    Sigh... I liked this bottling a lot. Open it up and forego the few euros that you could get by flipping it. It is worth to be sipped and enjoyed! Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2021/03/29/eine-kleine-ardmore-session/
    • Nose
      88 88
      It starts exciting. Somewhere between dried and fresh herbs. Baked fruits from the oven with it. But the Ardmore “phenols” are also there. This is special, I don't think it's comparable to the Islay whiskys.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Spicy Mezcal Lemonade. I should definitely invent a cocktail with that name. It is also grassy and there is also coal smoke. In between a little exotic fruit. Already overripe. That is really good!
    • Finish
      89 89
      Some pencil shavings and apples with the mezcal. Smokey BBQ. Extremely tasty finish. The salivation doesn't ever stop. Is also a little salty accordingly. You have to stay tuned. It needs attention. And that is good!

  3. Jour.Ray did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    reviewed by Serge


  4. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This bottle sure took a long-ass time to really get going.

    Thing is, the finish becomes borderline sublime once the filling level is nearing the halfway mark.

    If you've bought a bottle and are mildly disappointed, stick with it, let the sucker breathe, and ... just wait.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Bright fruit notes, honey, soft smoke.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Good balance between sweet, sour, and savory, with quite some bite for 22 years and such a large vatting.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Hard to explain... My closest comparison would be a really old (28-32 y.o.) bourbon-cask-matured Bunna. It's got this softly smoky, mellow-fruity, spicy-salty je-ne-sais-quois.
      The kind of finish that has its *own* development, running from sharp to spicy to sweet-and-sour to savory/salty... Simply sublime.
      Oh, and looooooooong.

  5. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Somewhat reminiscent of the 20 year old from 1996 (WBID 102030).
    If you definitely need a lot of time and air to develop properly, then comes a very balanced mixture of dry wood smoke and light fruits, mixed with Balistol. Particularly pleasant, aromatic peat with oily flavor on the palate.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. whiskydramo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      spices, like herb with tiny bit of anise and a lot of pine
      smoked vegetable
      gradually turned Peach, strawberry then cherry
      Menthol is strong
      Smoky vegetative note
      sniff 1cm from the glass => vegetative peat
      ripe fruit
      let it breathe for a while (3min), more earth
      Make up powder after a sip
      Black pepper, soap and peat from emptied glass
    • Taste
      88 88
      Fresh fruits, strawberry peach mango etc even hard persimmon
      oily, mild spiciness
      little bit dry
      sweet enough
      oily and sweet dropped after 10s
      Gets a bit leafy
      More woodsy taste and more oily
    • Finish
      88 88
      Fresh fruit residuals last for a while
      with thin wax
      quick pepper at the back of the throat
      hard persimmon
      A bit of tea
      No bitter
      i quite like the finish

  7. Francishomola scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
      fruit, exotic vibe, whift of peat, banana,
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Medium smoke, ash, lemon, honey, apricot, light grapes, some caramel, nuts, herbs, grass, slightly maritime
    • Taste
      Physalis, lemon, unripe light fruits, grasses, herbs, wood, ash

  9. Calmar scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The aroma tuned in to a more harmonious and whole product, but the taste went a little to par, industrial and mineral harshness, unbalanced astringency and, in general, some kind of incompleteness, there is also not enough depth, the finish tries to smooth out these imperfections and to some extent it succeeds. but in general it does not help the situation.
    • Nose
      Open, moist, delicate smoky peat shades, lemon peel, leather goods, mineral tones - drying plaster, stone dust; some floral notes, sweet lemonade motives, wool.
    • Taste
      Harsh, dense, contrasting with the aroma, oak, bark astringency, sharp mineral notes, smoky peat tones, ash, metallic sourness, sweet creamy motifs, lemon zest, candied ginger, grapefruit peel, black pepper, discordant bitter and tart industrial shades.
    • Finish
      Soft, warming, oak, delicate smoky peat tones, sharp ash-metallic shades, dirty industrial notes.

  10. ThorstenH scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The nose really takes time to get really good and interesting
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88


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