Ardbeg Arrrrrrrdbeg! - Committee Release

Overall rating
85.32/100
votes
576
Whiskybase ID
WB177626
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Ardbeg Committee
Bottled
08.2020
Casktype
Ex-Rye cask
Strength
51.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Label
label with bottle in hand
Bottle code
L2396081 05/08/2020 & 06/08/2020
Barcode
5010494967104
Bottled for
Members of the Ardbeg Committee
Added on
20 feb 2021 11:38 pm by Connaisseur
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 341.14

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Arrrrrrrdbeg! - Committee Release

56 users have left 57 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.32 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Rye-Cask? Really now? I would never have guessed from a blind tasting. Maybe even a rum barrel. Well: the nose is great, even if it's not really Ardbeg-like. The creaminess on the tongue is fun, even if it could have been a little less pointed on first contact. Unfortunately, it bends too quickly in the finish, so you have something of an Ardbeg 10 longer. An "ok" Ardbeg, we'd rather spread the pirate cloak of silence about the price.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A fresh nose that immediately delivers a mixture of well-dosed smoke and fruit salad made from grapefruits, oranges and pineapples. Add a few squirts of lemon. Spices lurk underground, which after a while reveal themselves as rosemary, thyme and tarragon. But the fruits are dominant, fruit sweetness pervades in waves.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Creamy and viscous, quite powerful. Holla, with his 51.8% he is going pretty well. Light fruity notes of grapefruit, pineapple, oranges and citrus juice also dominate on the tongue. There is a certain astringency. Dry wood, grated almonds. The smoke note is rather reserved. Pleasant sweetness, which here on the tongue, in contrast to the nose, is hardly contrasted with spices. Maybe a little pepper.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Kicks off relatively quickly. But it remains nice and creamy and fruity until it ends, peat smoke waves goodbye.

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  3. stlouisblues scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    Smells sweet smokiness, grass and rye/flakes, some kind of pepper but spicy overall.
    Dried fruit and fresh tropical fruits such as galiamelon, mango and papaya. A really nice scent if you give it some time in the glass, it only comes out more. Also somewhat reminiscent of Uigeadail.
    Spicy, slightly sweet and a sweet smokiness and pepper in the aftertaste at first sip without water, felt somewhat trapped. 3ml of water added to about 3cl of whisky and you feel more of the sweet smokiness in the aroma and really freshly cut grass, a little less pepper and violet and a lime-like freshness is added.
    Tastes much better with water, sweet, earthy smokiness, violets and you get a little dry in the mouth. The aftertaste is still peppery, but the violet and smokiness also follow. Unfortunately, it's a bit bent, I think, and the tangibility disappears quickly, but it's still there in the back because of the smoke, I think.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86
      A little weak finish unfortunately

  4. KlausBlaueDer scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. VEF206 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Gil firth scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice bottle but very disappointed.
    Too lite and uncomplicated to be a special release. Like most of the distillery releases lately.

  7. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  8. zzqfyl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Luigisim scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Spicy and herbal.
    Added by mistake some Coke and the result was the most amazing whisky Cola ever tasted.

  10. chen__yoo scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Nose: The first smell of the potion is obvious, pineapple, licorice, ginseng slices wake up about 15 minutes: the alcohol is still slightly pungent, the smell of pineapple continues, leather, cigar box wake up about 25 minutes: organic solvents, ripe bananas, licorice, ginseng The tablet lasts, and the mint wakes up about 35 minutes: Lime, the smell of the potion exists throughout, the new book

    Palate: The wine is full-bodied and solid, and the smell of ash in the nose explodes! With campfire, grilled bacon; oral licorice, charcoal, very dry, slightly oily

    Finish: The finish is medium to long, the ash smell of pineapple lasts, and a little sweetness

    Comment: The aroma is good, but the variation is not as rich as I imagined, but the taste is quite amazing! Full and solid, but not out of control to deviate too much from the balance, very interesting experience~

  11. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Fruity iodine. I don't know if it's pineapple or queen-claude, mirabelle plum or banana, or maybe all of these at the same time. Is the grain growing behind, rye or barley? I can say that it is delicious, fresh, bocage, on young wood, bread dough, yeast, sage leaf, Turkish delight. The smoke finally appears, rather light, it seeks to harmonize rather than impose itself, unusual for Ardbeg. Chouquettes, crust of bread, white crumb. Flour. With the addition of water, a little vanilla sets in. We stay in cereals, puffed wheat, popcorn. Laurel. On the palate, white fruits, on plum, it is very pleasant, light spices, curry, turmeric, ras el hanout, a few grains of salt afterwards. Nice finish, which seems to rise to the top of a tree, first the bark, then the branches, the leaves, finally the hazelnuts, acorns, nuts. Coal and earth, of course, as well as a little cola. Long as it should, without being overwhelming. Soda. Lemonade.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/12/ardebg-2007-arrrrrrrdbeg-committee.html
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  12. Spoerkel scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A successful combination of peat and mildness.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  13. ChrisE scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  14. Lemmy86 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Really ne absolute cheek for the money. Most standard bottlings around 40 € can offer me a lot more.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  15. elipszis scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    It’s not my style.
    • Nose
      85 85
      salt
      sweet
      citrus
      nivea cream
      oily
      grapefruit
      buttery
      smoothed banana
      sulfur
      iodine
      solid
    • Taste
      82 82
      lemon
      ashy
      dry
      medicinal
      floral (it is like eating like a rose with earth)
      banana
    • Finish
      83 83
      lemon
      ashy
      alcoholic
      medium- short finish

  16. Astrid scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    A classic example of what can go wrong in the whisky world. You can find the detailed review here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2021/09/22/ardbeg-committee-releases/
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  17. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Green industrial peat, not really to my taste

  18. Gråmantel scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    3cl Sample. Remember when Mickey was interviewed on WhiskyCast when he retired and this release was to be released. He said nothing about the release being anything special, a little fun to see himself on the bottle type. I got the feeling that he was not so concerned about the release, besides the glorious gesture and humor with the label of course, although it might be humility :)
    • Nose
      A little peat, sweet like that. Pineapple. Mint in the background. Very light in the scent to be released on barrel strength. The 10-year-old feels almost heavier despite his 46% in comparison. Burnt mash scent? Can you burn that? Something in the beer direction. Table salt. Lemon. Vanilla. Some kind of mineral, rocky scent. Maltig. Herbal.
    • Taste
      Smoky but not as heavy as eg Uigedail. Dark Chocolate. Sourdough bread. A little spicy, maybe from the rye dish.
    • Finish
      Medium. The peat remains, here it feels more like the 10-year-old. Have sat with the same glass back and forth for about 3 hours but I do not think the finish develops significantly. A little mint and spice after the peat has settled.

  19. dreamingpill scored this whisky 81 points Member Junior

    It is totally understandable why this one got some critics. If there is a gustation range that you expect from an ardbeg then the bottle as arrow probably only hit black inner. Smoky but no sign of coastal elements, more of an popcorn machine.

    Apart from the 'not so mainstream character', itself is still tasty though, walnuts, pancake, waffle, enough acidity to sustain its body. The finish seem to be a bit plain and boredom but come closer to a typical ardbeg with an image of bonfire, vege barbecue.

    Be frankly, a jump could've been better, and therefore I imagine a more complex and enjoyable rye-cask awaits.

    22/20/20/19

  20. Thermidor scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Contrary to my normal detailed reviews, I'm not going to bother writing a long one for this, because what happened here is so transparent it doesn't deserve a long take. Just take Ardbeg Ten and add a hint of that spiciness that is present in every rye whisky ever, and you have this "special edition". It's not a bad whisky, but it's tame and bland for what was supposed to be Micky Heads' swansong, and feels like not much thought went into it.

    Actually, so little thought went into this that somehow a whisky called Arrrrrrrdbeg is NOT finished in a rum cask. Why? Well, because of Ardbeg Drum, obviously, but the famous marketing department really dropped the ball here.

    I feel like the cask has kind of flattened out Ardbeg's distillate. The finish is dead on arrival, and the palate is tepid. Somehow they managed to make a dime-a-dozen travel retail ready bottling.

  21. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    If you take the smoke away, there isn't much left. Overall like an Ardbeg 10 with a higher alcohol content.
    From the Committee Releases I only know the Kelpie, and I found it (at least in memory) much more diverse and better.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Clearly alcoholic at the beginning, smoke, somewhat musty; alternates between medical (Laphroaig) and musty cowshed (Ledaig); Lemon freshness. Adding water hardly changes anything, the alcohol comes out more clearly.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Powerful start, sweet, fresh citrus notes, smoke, strongly spicy oak notes - do they come from the Rye Casks? A few drops of water make it a little more pleasing, and bring additional light fruity notes of pear and apricot.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium length, liquorice, light smoke, subsiding, again the spicy oak.

  22. pianoman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Coal smoke, lemon thyme, wood varnish. Cookie batter, vanilla sugar, sugar beet. Pine resin.
    • Taste
      Smoke, some lemon and orange, fir honey, thyme. Milk chocolate, pepper, liquorice.

  23. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Super dry charcoal smoke, smelling vigorously will definitely hurt your nose. Slowly you will find roasted potatoes and tomatoes. Later, more and more fruits, sour pineapple, lemon cream, beer, and of course a lot of tomatoes, there are also some hints of minerals in the charcoal smoke. Oh, there are toasts, but it’s too simple to make you feel uncomfortable, and the proportion of charcoal smoke is too much.

    Drink: The expressiveness of the mouth is much better, a refreshing and three-dimensional wine body, more wood charcoal smoke, a lot of juice in the end rhyme (but only about 3 seconds), and the end is pure charcoal smoke.

    Overall: The price in China once exceeded 3300 CNY, but the price dropped quickly. I probably know what kind of ardbeg bottle this is. I will lower my expectation to taste it, and I can still find some familiar shadows, but the overall level is still below the level.

  24. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  25. glenrob scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  26. Gregers scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Not quite different enough to warrant a new release, and it's a bit of a shame to spend this fabulous name on a release which doesn't have more to offer. Lots of classic Ardbeg notes, but overall simply too sweet.

    Review: https://youtu.be/skh6sBldV88
    • Nose
      83 83
      Basically a classic Ardbeg nose, sweet peat smoke, band-aids, lemon oil, freshly sanded wood, smoking pipe that's been in a drawer for a week after use, but also a bit of marshmallows and vanilla, thick honey, a bit of jelly beans, really on the sweet side.
    • Taste
      80 80
      It has a little bite, but not too much, some black pepper, and as expected, it's really sweet. Too sweet in fact, cane sugar with extra refined white sugar, sugar coated breakfast cereals, icing sugar, the works, light toffee. Of course also a good dose of peat smoke and band aids, but it's drowning in all the sweet. Second chew brings more barley, a bit of ripe banana, light note of grape skins, fresh spearmint. But sweetness is still heavy. Smoke luckily developing to counterbalance. Third chew just brings jelly beans, gummy bears, marshmallows, icing sugar. Luckily the peat and medicinal notes are there, but it's hard to find other fun stuff with all the sweetness dominating.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Peat smoke, band-aids, light lemon oil, barley, marshmallows, spearmint. The finish is by far the best part after the sweetness fades out.

  27. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The second time I try it, I don't think it's that bad, of course there have been better bottlings and I don't really understand the choice of this bottling as Mickey's Farewell Ardbeg, but you can enjoy it quite well. But there is also no question that the PLV is not really good, because for 150 € you can get other things that are not only easy to drink ;-)
    • Nose
      Freshly poured, it comes across quite lightly, sweet, vanilla, a little shortbread, very little smoke, the smoke is only indicated by a slightly charcoal touch, green apple, a little orange, becomes thicker over time, almost sticky from the sweetness, spice, that I would have expected from a Ryefass is missing completely, warmed up the Ardbeg in Arrrrrrrdbeg comes to life, there is a slight citrus note that brings in freshness, slightly greasy, but still no more smoke, maybe now minimal ash, very subtle dark chocolate that is really a very quiet and filigree nose, actually spicier after the first sip, then already has at least a slight rye touch, including malt
    • Taste
      Oops, here it is the smoke, sweet, vanilla, biscuit, malt, and here actually the expected spice, pepper, a pinch of cinnamon, a little apple, subtle citrus, good mouthfeel, the tongue is really coated and dry, a pinch of salt there, something happens in the mouth, at the start it could also be a Laphroaig
    • Finish
      Very ashy at the back, carried by sweetness, sticky, candy cane, apple, quite fresh, almost something of apple shisha tobacco, keeps tidy

  28. DistiLesha scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    N:20 T:20 F:20 B:23
    • Nose
      Stove smoke, black currant, phenols, malt and grain tones, citrus fruits, sourdough
    • Taste
      Woods, phenols, sweet and sour, kvass
    • Finish
      Phenolic, angular, wood tones, as is usually the case with the finish, not found

  29. The_Cask_Master scored this whisky 61 points Expert Senior

    I was really disappointed in this bottling. The rye casks really don’t go well with this spirit. It’s harsh, dry and very unpleasant. I’m a big Ardbeg fan, and over the years have sampled many great expressions from this majestic distillery. But this certainly isn’t one of them. It seems to me like a cask experiment that went terribly wrong, and this bottling, which should have been a tribute to the great Mickie Heads, is really just a bottle with a fancy label. Not worth opening in my opinion.

  30. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  31. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Not too far away from an Ardbeg TEN. A bit different in the fruitiness, seems a notch younger but seems to have less smoke at the same time. Yet clearly recognizable as an Islay (Ardbeg) whisky. Not bad at all, but as a friend of US Ryes I cannot detect traces of rye in this one, unfortunately. So in essence you get an overpriced marketing gimmick whisky in standard Ardbeg quality (though I'd rate TEN, Uigi, and Corry higher) at a very high rate. Better drink the others if you are into Ardbeg.

  32. riegerjonas scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    2021-03-03
    • Nose
      fine sweetness, round smoke, quite strong vanilla, biscuits, banana, light citrus
    • Taste
      Orange peel, slight bitter notes, gentle smoke, milk chocolate
    • Finish
      medium to long, very dark chocolate until coffee is left behind

  33. K C Wong scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  34. TomAndIngrid scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Nice to drink. It would be a delicious daily dram if you could afford it.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  35. Dorain scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Color: light brass
    Aroma: sweet peat note; Perfume; Sea breeze;
    Taste: Sweet peat; quite peppery; slightly salty, a hint of citrus zest
    Medium-long finish
    Conclusion: A simple south coast whisky from Islay with no real soul or recognition value. Clean peaty whisky, but also quite irrelevant. Did Mickey Heads deserve such a characterless bottling for his departure?

  36. robain scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Nothing special, no big influence from the cask, no special notes, just another boring NAS whisky from Ardbeg that tastes the same.

    Stick to Ten, Uigeadail or Corryvreckan to save your money.
    • Nose
      Sweet citrus peat - as a typical ardbeg.
    • Taste
      Sweet and peaty..
    • Finish
      Balanced.

  37. Nikilema scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  38. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice try, the sweetness is flattering. The nose is the most interesting, absolutely average in terms of taste. Smoke, sweetness, dry flavor at the end. Not much more.

    Personally, I don't see any real added value to the classic Ten. The Uigeadail is worlds more exciting!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Smoke and sweetness, vanilla sugar, frosting, very light sweet fruits.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Strong smoke, clearly spicier. The sweetness is still present, but weaker.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Cold smoke, strangely herbal, spicy, becoming clearly dry.

  39. dominikbraun scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Well
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  40. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/03/28/mini-spotlight-on-kornog-glann-ar-mor/

    If you’re wondering, it’s spelt using seven ‘r’s. As for the price of this NAS release, a bottle-split dram worked out at £13.50!! It is the Ardbeg Committee release, however, wholly matured in ex-rye casks – a first for Ardbeg.

    N: After the Kornog duo, this smells decidedly ordinary and even displeasing. Then again – Perpetuum, Grooves, Auriverdes – it’s not like I haven’t been here before. When I say ‘ordinary’, I really mean highly competent whisky [and it's those nut oils where I found some joy],.. but the price, the fanfare,… Here’s another release that won’t/can’t live up to the hype, and I haven’t even tasted it yet!

    T: Unremarkable, and what of all that salty < sourness? How many times do I [we] end up comparing these special [annual] releases to the standard 10yo? And what of the rye? Its influence might be found in the butter-melting mouthfeel on the turn into the finish, but there’s plenty of plain savoury-sourness to wade through before you get there.

    F: Thank goodness for some [rye-iinduced?] caramel to balance the sourness, but boy, tough gig. As usual, my view is not shared by the many.

    C: A worthy farewell to Micky Heads? I’m sure he has his own plans. Scores 85 [at best], in line with the Perpetuum [for example], but personally, I find both equally decent and dislikable at the same time. I’d just as happily drink the far more affordable Wee Beastie [WLP], and certainly more of that young Kornog.

  41. gossm01 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    It has a relatively oily viscosity and its bouquet is of a relatively strong intensity. I have aromas of maritime peat smoke, caramel, vanilla, citrus fruit, peppery heat and liquorice. Not very complex. Relatively dry in taste. He has clearly noticeable alcohol and a relatively heavy body.

  42. detachedblue scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Pure and balanced smoke, clean, floral, baby cream.
    • Taste
      Mellow, pure and clean, citrusy, peat syrup, leather, balanced.
    • Finish
      Hot, camphor, smoky leather.

  43. Islaywolf scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A good to very good ARRRDBEG
    But the price development of this bottle is questionable as with many today!

  44. LordIslay scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Very fine nose. Reminds many other Ardbeg's.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Fresh fruits, vanilla and chocolate.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Very fine finish. Woody and peaty.

  45. Sir MaHei scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Good whisky, only the purchase price is way too high!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  46. 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

  47. TechnOBY scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  48. robain scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    I honestly cant believe people are still hyped over overprized NAS whisky from Ardberg. Like retail 150 euro..and already flipping for 230+

  49. Segens scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Great nose - too bubbly on the palate and the finish is unfortunately bitter and short. It's a shame somehow ..

  50. Vallado scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  51. waal scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    first dull, then voluminous sweetness, associations with rum, medium-strong smoke, surprisingly little Ardbeg-typicality, a lot of vanilla, powdered sugar, subtle orange, rock sugar, with time milder, rounder, slightly floral, with even more time actually more rye, the malt experienced an enormous development in the Sensis Plus glass, milk chocolate, honey, cotton candy

    Mouth:
    Again an extreme sweetness like I haven't had for a long time, creamy, mouth-filling, full-bodied, pleasant sharpness and spice, a little dry in the finish and aftertaste, orange zest, harmonious, nut chocolate, tasty, omnipresent vanilla and (I repeat myself) sweetness

    Conclusion / points:
    Little expectation - but exceeded. I am actually delighted because the malt is so enormously round, pleasing and with its sweetness so wonderfully tasty. In a convivial group, a bottle from the bottling is sure to be gone quickly. Not an Ardbeg in the expected sense, but a great Islay malt. I would secure a bottle for around 75 euros. Certainly not for the currently called up prices.

    88/100

  52. Toddy scored this whisky 60 points Member Senior

    Nose:
    A subtle nose for an Ardbeg. Very pleasant, smoke with a light vanilla and citrus note. Tinny metallic in the background. Light sweet
    Taste:
    Immediately UHU disgusting, smoke and again the tinny note. Reminds me of sweat dust the mead. Grade.
    Exit,
    Strong start and quickly subsides, tinny and smoke again, and then nothing more comes

    Totally disappointing Ardbeg.

  53. VanOpek scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      sweet, banana, toffee, vanilla, herbs, smoked fruits, caramel, cream cake, very pleasant but closed, hints of rum?
    • Taste
      84 84
      pepper, peat, smoke, chalk, with water opens to maritime, cork, sweet, herbs. A little bit empty..
    • Finish
      86 86
      oak bitterness, peat, smoke, burned hay, sandy, pepper, maritime, nuts, warm and long

  54. Arrrrrdbeg scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    First of all I would like to say that the price / performance level does not match BUT there are enough distilleries where that is the same case and I do not include this in the rating.

    As soon as the cork is opened, a pleasant smell of smoked banana pours into your nose, very fruity, sweet smell, slightly musty (wine cellar) ..... the smoke is still in the background.
    In the mouth you can first feel a fruity sweetness (banana, pineapple, tropical) at the same time smoky but the smoke plays more in the background, a slightly musty taste (reminiscent of a wine cellar smell and moisture), the rye comes through and at the same time an alcoholic force which is more reminiscent of 60vol% whiskys (but still very balanced and round), at the end you can taste dark chocolate and dark dried fruits again.
    Finish very dry and long with the typical Ardbeg smokiness.
    All in all a very, very good whisky and I'm glad I bought it.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Smoked banana, fruity, sweet, slightly musty, slightly sweet smoke
    • Taste
      92 92
      Fruity, sweet smoked banana, light pineapple taste, smoke, musty, alcohol sharpness, dark chocolate and dried dark fruits.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, dry, smoke, slightly sweet, dark fruit, dark chocolate

  55. Malthead1893 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    I expected more of the whisky ... !!!

  56. d1scostu scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  57. rawdthyme did not rate this whisky Newbie

    This reasonably priced dram is exactly what I've come to expect by the wonderful people at LVMH. Kudos to those who chose this gem in memory of MH.

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