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Ardbeg Arrrrrrrdbeg! - Committee Release

Overall rating
85.61/100
votes
293
Whiskybase ID
WB175147
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Ardbeg Committee
Bottled
05.08.2020
Casktype
Ex-Rye cask
Strength
51.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
French label without bottle
Bottle code
L2396080 05/08/2020
Barcode
5010494967104
Bottled for
Members of the Ardbeg Committee
Added on
22 jan 2021 10:36 am by Coldorak
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 472.94

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293 × member ratings

2130 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Arrrrrrrdbeg! - Committee Release

53 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.61 points

  1. thebase did not rate this whisky Super Administrator

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  2. Noface83 scored this whisky 80 points Specialist

    Not a bad whisky but nothing special - a shame that this should be the goodbye for Mickey. 150 EUR is too much and all those who pay more are idiots. A sample was more than enough for me - I won't buy this botte.

  3. lovernanako scored this whisky 73 points Member Senior

    Rubbish

  4. NectarSong scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    What a fun!shame!

  5. edward122765 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    nose--
    Initially it smells of smoky roasted banana and western pear, and the nose feels a faint scent of rye bread. The sweet smell of vanilla toffee and star anise passing by.
    The scent of orange and lemon brings out a charming and refreshing sense of pleasure.

    Palate--
    The clear taste rises in the middle of the tongue, with banana, orange, and kiwi fruit. The same also transforms into star anise, smoky, toffee and distant fruit sour rye.

    Finish--
    The long aftertaste lingers, confirming that Ardbeg is left in the mouth as usual, with a faint smoky taste.

  6. Griller76 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    The best thing about Ardbeg Arrrrrrrgh is its nose. You can really smell wonderful natural pineapple, but at the same time a clear ester note as an accessory. The alcohol lingers in the nose.
    Palate: Strong, sharp burning. Short smoky notes and sweetness flash, only to ebb away all too quickly into nothing.
    Finish: Slightly sweet and extremely mild smoky note and then it's over. Really very disappointing!
    Personally, I have the feeling that Ardbeg now almost exclusively pushes whiskys without character out of the barrel in quick succession. Clearly more hype than substance!

  7. DrunkDude scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A very drinkable and commercial dram. Have a good balance on sweet-sour, have a detrimental lack in the body, the Finish is long but a little bit too oaky.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Oily and meaty off the nose, then some blue cheese, burnt ashes. There's some ginseng mixed with pharmacy, burnt lemon peel, some farmy notes like goaty taste. It reminds me of the old Clynelish with no tropical fruitiness. In terms of aging, the nose is fully developed with the wood, but not magnificent at all.
    • Taste
      87 87
      medium smoke, sweet roasted bananas, a little bit of lemon juice, burnt taco (made from corn!), big black pepper! some honey notes, the body is between medium and weak. Despite the lack of depth, the palate is fully developed with oak, and a good job cooperating the abv with the flavor strength.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Very oaky, sugarcane juice, Chinese herbs, long, and comfortable. But a little bit too oaky.

  8. daverdaz did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Yesterday for the fourth time in the glass. meanwhile the whisky has breathed properly, which is very important with this malt !!!

    This time as the last dram of the evening after we had a tasting with old Talisker whiskys.

    The smoke was barely noticeable after I smacked the Talisker so extensively directly before. In return it is very sweet and at the same time also has a eucalyptus aroma. Also in terms of taste it convinced again with its extreme sweetness and blindly I would actually have believed it 18-20 years old, because it made a very balanced impression.

    I didn't expect anything from this bottling because it comes off really badly in some notes. To be honest, I was expecting a terrible whisky!

    Exactly the opposite is the case here! Once again, I had a lot of fun tasting this whisky and am already looking forward to trying it again.

    If you like Ardbeg and have no problem with Rye, you will get your money's worth here!

  9. whiskydramo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Ash, peat, pine
      Methol-y
      Raw wax gourd "green" smell, it reminds me of a Guyana Diamond rum that I tasted recently.
      Seaweed, little bit of burnt wood
      Some pomelo zest
      Leave it for 5min, little bit of banana and pear, hay, as well as sour smoky rubber note.
      Be patient, it's not as bad as it seemed.
      A bit of barnyard after a sip. Roasted grain from emptied glass.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Hmm.. rich Strawberry juice, fresh, sweet and sour
      dried strawberry slices
      almost no spiciness
      Resinous peat is coming up as fruitiness drops
      Iced green tea
    • Finish
      87 87
      Sweet and sour berry juice
      Strong green tea, nice tea bitterness
      Baked fish with salt and pepper

  10. Othorion scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      oily, smoked bacon, smoke, banana bread, limes, floor wax, pear juice, vanilla, canned pineapple, a little camphor
    • Taste
      86 86
      black pepper, candied ginger, honey, well integrated smoke, banana, vanilla and lime zest,
    • Finish
      84 84
      warming, ash, smoke, brown sugar, black pepper, medium

  11. Foudos scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  12. voodoochile scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I had this Ardbeg at a blind tasting and was very surprised. Never in my wildest dreams i'd guessed this one as an Ardbeg. Not even a Rye Finish but i can't recall ever having had one. It is very nice has a lot of flavour and is definately an Islay Whisky. I could rule out Caol Ila, Laphroaig and Lagavulin but in the end Ardbeg? Never ever. It is a very nice dram and i am quite sure if people tried it blind without knowing what's coming at them and what's in their glass they would like it. Don't get fooled by the pricing and flipping just taste it and be surprised. True if you don't like the flavour range you won't like it but if you're into Islay Whisky give it a try. Make this try a blind one and the Arrrrrrdbeg will win you over!
    • Nose
      Smoky fresh, fruity
    • Taste
      creamy and a lot of power! Smoke fruits very nice
    • Finish
      Long lasting and also powerful

  13. jgav did not rate this whisky Newbie

    shortyx - release date is 1st Feb in Europe and 2nd Feb in the UK. Some may have gone to pick it up and started it already.

  14. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Hype or not. Great whisky. Super sobering nose and a more than solid aroma, which does not come close to the variety of the nose. Still one of the successful special releases.
    • Nose
      I didn't expect a strong fruity sweetness on the nose, of course citrus, but also clear notes of young rye whisky. In addition, of course, a lot of peat, but also a molenote similar to effervescent powder. Does anyone still know R'activ from the 90s? Suddenly cool, vanilla notes. Very nice, complex nose. You can tell that something is different.
    • Taste
      strong, dry, spices, peat, subtle fruit. Classic, maybe a bit more woody.
    • Finish
      The finish is therefore also minty, cool from the wood. The funny fruit whey still comes along a little, but the finish is spicy, smoky and relatively barrel-determined with rather bitter notes.

  15. manmathiou scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  16. ezioaudit scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

  17. mnljng scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  18. Rosebanker66 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    @ thebase well done

  19. olegborgol scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    bitterly salty NAS for an amateur (it's definitely not me), well, maybe 21.5-21.5-21-21
    • Nose
      peat, smoke
    • Taste
      salt and peat smoke
    • Finish
      short, not impressive

  20. Jan B. scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Typical Ardbeg character at first contact, phenolic, earthy, chalky, but also immediately a very young, metallic note in the background. Little fruit, but strong dry, woody notes. Anise, liquorice, caraway - clearly on the bitter, spicy side. Sharp, tingling start, more or less with the same impressions as the nose, quite voluminous and classic: oak, vanilla, dry smoke, now more campfires, tar, seaweed, but a bit disappointing under-complex, very young, unripe tropical fruits, none worth mentioning Development. Very dry and tart finish, black tea, bitter herbs. One of the driest and most edgy Ardbegs so far. Unfortunately, well below expectations, a sample is definitely sufficient here. About the PLV ... well ... too expensive for me at the initial issue price, not to mention the secondary market. In a direct comparison, a Wee Beastie in a glass, which convinces me more and looks more mature, complex and dynamic despite only 5 years.

  21. sealgair scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    This whisky is certainly not better than +/- 80 - it is much too thin and inharmonious for that. If you take the resale value as a basis, you can go over 90. But that's not the point here.

  22. FCBayernMuenchen1900 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    I could not yet buy this whisky as the Ardbeg shop page did not work on the 9th of February 2021. So far there has been no further information on when the bottling will be available to buy. How did others manage to buy a bottle. There was an e-mail message at 7 a.m. on the 9th of February that the bottling would be available from 10 a.m. on the Ardbeg shop page. A few minutes before 10 a.m. the shop page was already down. That did not change for the next 1 to 1.5 hours. Very disappointing. Normally, a large an famous distillery like Ardbeg should be able to organize the launch and sale of a limited bottling more professionally as they manage to do every year for the Committee bottlings for Ardbeg day.

  23. ybaden did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Spicy and fruity whisky (banana, pear ...) all smoked Ardbeg style. Happy retirement Mickey.

  24. Gregorsky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  25. Vale_Riano scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

  26. herby.usa scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  27. EvilAFI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Sweet strong peat, citrus, vanilla. Cinnamon and pepper with oak and char on the palate. Nice subtle finish that lingers with peat and spices.
    It’s tasty, but sadly not any better than the core releases. For its price it has missed the mark

  28. wisekyofcourse did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    not a fan but the pleasure of buying it to taste it over time!

  29. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    17.09.2021
    • Nose
      Cold smoke, lemon, dried herbs, herb candy, earth, eucalyptus, freshly cut hedge, slightly maritime, some rubber, nuts, honey, caramel, sugar and cinnamon,
    • Taste
      Herbs, grass, earth, lemon, a little caramel, a little honey, nougat, nuts, lots of spices - especially pepper, ash in the finish

  30. LittleAlbert scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Whiskyfun.com by Serge + Angus's corner

    Arrrrrrrdbeg (51.8%, OB, ex-rye casks, 2020)
    Fully matured in ex-rye casks and bottled to mark the departure of the great Mickey Heads. I couldn't tell you if I put the correct number of 'r's in the name there. Colour: pale straw. Nose: I don't find it particularly Ardbeggy, it's more on light seawater, washing salts, beach foam and sand to begin with. Any peat is very restrained. Putty, some crab sticks, sandalwood and chalk. Quite elegant but a bit uncertain perhaps. With water: very crystalline with brittle salinity, lemon juice, pine wood and a touch of aniseed. Mouth: some peat comes now, light and peppery peat, with metal polish, soot, indeed a little pumpernickel rye spiciness as well. Although overall it remains a bit youthful and sharp around the edges I think. With water: some smoked olive oil, some lemon juice and a bit of sharp, slightly acidic and tangy smoke. Finish: medium, prickly with smoke, some pickle brine, more aniseed and more pepper. Comments: not too sure about this one. It feels a bit undercooked and not particularly Ardbeg to me. Still, the freshness and crispness are very enjoyable.
    SGP: 355 - 82 points.

  31. Dramsky scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  32. sarthur71 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  33. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Smoky-spicy, clove, vanilla and many other spices / baking spices, slightly sweet, citrus fruits, idea maritime and a hint of alcohol.
      86-87
    • Taste
      89 89
      oily and soft, sweetish-smoky, a little tarry, fruity, honey, citrus fruits, hemp rope, sweet, spices, wood / oak, some barrel and coffee, slightly maritime and peppery. Goes well without water. Delicious!
      88-89
    • Finish
      88 88
      The coffee note still lingers a little, then smoke, spices, slightly sweet, somewhat tarry, hemp rope, wood / oak spice, some ash. Long and comfortable. I like this!
      87-88

  34. Sir MaHei scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  35. FernetBranco scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A - in my opinion - really not a bad Ardbeg! The nose is really nice. There's a lot in there ... from smoke to fruit. A bit thin on the palate at first. If you simply tip it down, almost nothing comes out - but the longer you let it circle and "work", the better it gets. Then he unleashes all of his potential. I like it. A bit too much bitter radishes in the finish - otherwise classic Islay. I think it's good ... price is gaga ... but normal!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  36. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  37. Paedi75 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  38. whiskyclick scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It's very balanced dram. It really needs time. I'm guessing some older casks are vatted here (15-20 y maybe?).
    Nose is sweet and little bit of oak here.
    Palate - It's very layerish, sweet and not so peated (I think that is why Ardbeg fans are not very keen to this edition) - just a perfect combo of peat and sweetness.
    Finish mid long. It falls apart in the glass after some time.
    Overall, if the price is 100€ we would gladly buy another bottle. If you are Uigeadail fan you probably won't like this one because this totally different kind of a dram. It's delicate, balanced.

  39. WillWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Still young and powerful, lemon peel, cream, tea etc
    • Taste
      86 86
      A bit not ready open, bitter taste, more than dark coffee? Some floral notes behind
    • Finish
      85 85
      Dark coffee bitterness a while but not much complexity to support

  40. Maltimizer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet smoke, banana bread, vanilla and some orange zest, light floral notes
    • Taste
      85 85
      Strong start and tingling alcohol on the tongue, then the smoke, further banana and rather tart citrus fruits, some forest honey and black pepper
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long and persistent smoky, slightly bitter towards green tea. More and more spicy over time

  41. Monstruo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  42. GIORGOS scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  43. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  44. Teomarg scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  45. Gous scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  46. ChrisE scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  47. Whisky_Momente scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Wow, I'm surprised. Yes, despite the fact that it was or is delicious, 150 € is a lot. But I think it's successful. Doesn't burn, sweet, spicy, slightly peaty, exciting and for a long time I still have the aroma in the finish on my tongue. It's a shame, at 90 € I would have bought a second bottle. But not like that.

  48. KonstUA scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nose 21, taste 21.5, finish 21.5, balance 21

  49. SteveW110 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A tip in advance:
    Give the Arrrrrrrdbeg time in the glass!
    It has to evaporate properly and then it can be enjoyed. Anyone who pours it directly into the glass and tries it has to be tough.

    A friend blindly sent me on a tour of Arrrrrrrdbeg, although I honestly have to admit that I was suspicious of the new Committee release.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Subdued smoke, closely followed by sweet barley, syrup and clearly noticeable eucalyptus. I felt like a koala.
      [To the nose he looks older (16y-20y) than he probably is.]
    • Taste
      82 82
      As in the nose, so in the taste.
      Moderately intense smoke meets honey-sweet eucalyptus
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length, without large corners or edges.

      A successful Ardbeg project, I cannot describe it otherwise.

  50. Mortimore scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Spicy, oily, smoky

  51. fradin11 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  52. Whisky360 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Tasty

  53. bruce77 did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Is it true that it is going to be on sale again starting from March? I saw a site price at around 168 euro sales starting on March 4th

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