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Ardbeg 1976 SS

Overall rating
90.22/100
votes
57
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Silver Seal (SS)
Bottling serie
First Bottling
Vintage
1976
Bottled
09.2001
Stated Age
25 years old
Number of bottles
276
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
07 Aug 2010 3:42 pm
Non-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 970,17

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1976 SS

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.22 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Brackish Water
    The Ardbeg An Oa is the newest release in the core range of Ardbeg, launched in September 2017. It is named after the Mull of Oa, where you can find the American Monument (if you’ve been to Islay, you know what I mean, if not: Google is your friend). The difference with the classic Ten is significant and I do not just mean the lack of age. This one matured on a combination of 7 cask types, including virgin oak, PX sherry and 1st fill bourbon casks. Oh, the ABV is odd: 46.6%. I tried it for the first time in the Old Kiln Café at the Ardbeg distillery, but saw that no actual notes were made then. Time to rectify.
    The nose is surprisingly fresh and playful for an Ardbeg, with lots of vanilla and lime, ginger and cinnamon. Fanta Lemon with some mint, fresh seaweeds and some polished leather. Some smoked mussels and diesel oil. And smoke, obviously. I think it’s quite light (for an Ardbeg, mind you), but just fine all the same.
    The spices come first, on the palate (ginger, pepper, cardamom) – that must be the virgin oak. It is followed by black tea, sweet lemons and pink grapefruit with a hint of brown sugar. Peat, of course, but also lots of brackish water.
    In the finish – quite long – everything has to get out of the way for lemons and peppers.
    Spicier, but less round than the Ten, but still Ardbeg all the way. Probably young, but it doesn’t bother. Just under 60 EUR.

  2. detachedblue scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A great Ardbeg with sweet peat and a lot of fruits.
    • Nose
      Engine oil, beautiful peat! Lemon oil, seaweed, ink, sweet barley, roasted corn, very robust burned barley smoke. Thick and oily.
    • Taste
      Sweet peat, more seaweeds, lemon-pineapple, citrus to tropical fruits.
    • Finish
      Peat, long, waxes, lemon oil.

  3. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Fantastic cask had been in the set with several equal Sestante Ardbeg bottlings and this one has clearly won, thanks as well to its great 50%, perfect.
    • Nose
      Papaya, mango, kiwi, sweet honey, orange oil, canned pineapple, sweet malt, brown sugar, honeydew melon, fresh crème, cherries, later some leather, old and oiled, green tea, fresh salt, chalk and a hint of iodine
    • Taste
      The Tropik comes back with beautiful power, papaya, pineapple, melon and mango, lavender and marzipan, sweet malt, brown sugar, beautiful leather and light cocoa notes, banana jellies, more salt later than in the nose, nice clear tannins, chalk, Butter biscuits, autumn leaves, salted caramels, fresh rye bread
    • Finish
      Banana chips, mango, dry pineapple, sweet malt and a few herbs, tannins, long

  4. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes: Nose: This old Ardbeg style shows up immediately! This style is so different from what you find in current bottlings of Ardbeg, which does not mean it's bad. But there is immediately a lot of elegance in the glass, far away from this exaggerated superficial smokiness. Although this is also smoky, but the phenolic notes are wonderfully integrated and not as intense as expected. In addition to seaweed, a little lighted match, but which lays down quickly. Then fine sherry (?), Caramel, malt, barbecue sauce, forest floor, campfire and fine wood. Everything is very harmonious and evenly connected.
    Mouth: Sweet, salty, surprisingly mild and light on the palate, and blindly I would have estimated the alcohol content at most 46% vol. He has clear iodine, sweet herbal sweets and also a wonderfully fresh citrus note, which vitalizes the malt very nice. The smoke is also beautifully integrated in the taste and again rather moderate in its intensity, even if it soon shows slightly ashy tones.
    Finish: Medium long, still sweet, barely smoky, but ashen with delicate herbal notes.
    Conclusion: What a wonderful Ardbeg, with great oldstyle character and optimal flavor integration. I would have liked a little more power in my taste. https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/

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