Ardbeg Traigh Bhan Batch 3

Overall rating
88.97/100
votes
298
Whiskybase ID
WB179446
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
Vintage
10.10.2001
Bottled
11/14.06.2021
Stated Age
19 years old
Casktype
American oak & Oloroso sherry casks
Strength
46.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L2416908 , L2416910
Barcode
5010494971996
Added on
21 mar 2021 12:19 pm by GIORGOS
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 356.28

118 × in wishlist

298 × member ratings

1955 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Traigh Bhan Batch 3

56 users have left 58 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.97 points.

  1. aquataste scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Dried forest fruits with a hint of peat smoke, dryness with tones of wine, some iodine, ash with charcoal, forest fruit jam, freshly cut wood, lemon peel, dried herbs, a little buttery, vanilla, toffee and caramel, sea breeze with wet stones
    • Taste
      Sweet with the dryness of wine, mineral, ash with charcoal and dried forest fruits, peat smoke with a pinch of pepper, notes of wine, dried herbs, lemon peel, a pinch of salt, vanilla, a little toffee, old dry wood, sulfur, sea breeze in the background
    • Finish
      Long, dry with a slight sweetness, ash with peat smoke, dried forest fruits and herbs, oak bitterness with a pinch of pepper

  2. Astrid scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Definitely not recommended on its own. With a lot of time and love, or even a few well-placed drops of water, something acceptable will come of it. For the full review, go here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/11/07/singender-sand/
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  3. jenikok scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    Was a bit skeptical, have this bottle in my collection, but it came without a sample so I did not have a chance to taste it. That changed with recent Prague whisky festival where it was on the menu :) surprisingly good, from my point of view exactly what you'd expect from Ardbeg - smoky, wood tones, little bit of saltiness - but deeper, more pronounced, but also smoother in comparison to standard releases. Questionable whether current retail price is corresponding - not IMO, this whisky definitely hasn't been a disappointment

  4. Gregorsky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  5. dram1919 scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Overall a well-rounded, classic Islay malt.

    Nose: Smokey like a camp fire

    Palate: Smooth texture due to the age. Conjures up an image of well-cured bacon, fried to perfection, served in the luxurious dining car of a stream train from days gone by. Sherry casks added gentle sweetness that makes this "medicine" go down even more quickly.

    Finish: Warm & lingering with notes of South American dark chocolate

  6. gossm01 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It has a relatively high viscosity and its bouquet is relatively intense. I have aromas of pleasant maritime peat smoke, smoked bacon, citrus, malty sweetness, vanilla, creme brulee, ash and pipe tobacco. Moderately complex. Relatively dry in taste. The alcohol is very well integrated and it has a medium body.

  7. sengaia scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I have now tried all the batches (#1 up to #4) and they are all good. But I have also been to the Warehouse tasting and tried Ardbeg from a refill bourbon barrel at a similar age, and must conclude that it's the sherry casks keep these batches from being great. The sherry casks add sweetness and remove complexity. I expect a batch made from refill bourbon casks only to casually stroll well past 90 points and would love it if I tried at least once.

  8. KlausBlaueDer scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    +++
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  9. Gregers scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very pleasant and balanced dram. Wonderful finish.

    Review: https://youtu.be/VlAV_bHCbxo
    • Nose
      86 86
      Light smoke, wet dog, lanolin, bonfire, charcoal, sulphur, some tar, toffee, vanilla. A bit of tobacco leaves, dried fruits, apricot jam. Not bad, but a bit closed. Some mustiness.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Opens up nicely with warm smoke, medicinal notes, astringency, lemon oils, camphor, bonfire, good dose of sweetness, some barley, light oak, cereals, brine. Alcohol level is great, not too strong at all. Second chew is very creamy and full, adds a layer of fresh ginger, then custard, cream, and chocolate milk comes out, it's really quite nice on top of the smoky and medicinal stuff. Just missing a bit on the integration, but very fun to taste. Third chew brings sharper smoke, more ginger, and a little bit of pine cone, but otherwise it's quite consistent. Smoky and creamy smooth.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Nice warm smoke, some camphor, some chocolate milk and custard, vanilla, light brine, toffee. Some ripe banana developing. Warm and consistent.

  10. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    tame
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. whiskydramo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Banana chips, raw wax gourd, tonka beans, seaweed and rubber gloves with the smoke coming from the greenhouse. Quick fertiliser, strong sweet beetroot, garlic scapes, followed by Chinese scallion pancakes. Conifer cones, camphor, brine, Tiger balm back pain patch and honeydew after a while in the glass. Warm oil with sweet fried garlic after a sip. What a flavourful Ardbeg nosing.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Pear core, white wildflowers, unripe strawberries, aloe vera juice, bitter melon rind which got better in the second sip. Honeydew, pear peel, burnt wood, pepper powder. Pistachio shells, grass, lemon pith, ash and medical bandage.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Burnt wood put off by brine, loads of pith, mint oil, resin. Pears were especially obvious in the second sip, beetroot, melon seeds, the green watermelon skin and some Seirogan.

  12. TKoolhaas scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Wow, dear Ardbeg by far! Too bad I only had a sample.

    Nose: Smoke, ash, medicinal, citrus, marzipan, fresh wood, orange peel, apricot, smoked pineapple, banana, anise

    Taste: licorice, seaweed, salty licorice, white pepper, anise, cloves, fleshy, ripe fruit,

    Finish: LONG, salty licorice, peppery, citrus, ginger, fresh wood,
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  13. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Batch 2 was fruity and delicious - this one is just average in every respect - I find the great fruitiness of Batch 2 to be much more appealing
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  14. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Notes from a blind tasting

    I like the profile, but the dirty note on the palate confuses me a bit compared to the nose and the finish.

    Personally I would give this malt 88 points because I find it very appealing in terms of taste.
    • Nose
      Ash, smoke, some smoked ham, citrus fruits, pepper, subtly sweet in the background, then more fruit emerges very briefly, but disappears again behind the smoky notes. Some caramel and vanilla. The alcohol is slightly noticeable the whole time.
    • Taste
      dirty ashy, slightly sweet, citrus fruits, some vanilla and caramel, fruity and peppery, spicy, some herbs
    • Finish
      lots of ash, smoke, powerfully spicy, becoming sweet with a load of citrus fruits

  15. g00se scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Hmm, somehow I still like Batch1 the best, but even then the age was in no relation to the taste. Too bad, but better for the wallet.
    Notes from a blind tasting:
    • Nose
      88 88
      Direct charcoal smoke.
      Pretty clear Islay note, if there wasn't something green behind it. Sort of like kale and freshly sawn twigs. But I also find it a bit citric and quite spicy. Salty-mineral and a chemical sweetness of gummy bears.
      Up to this point I would have guessed Caol Ila, but a note of smoked ham put me on the trail of Lagavulin.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet-bitter-citric.
      Very salivating and strong.
      Candied ginger, citrus and salt.
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium length
      Toasted cask, wood smoke and gingerrr.

  16. Squinugie scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  17. GlasMost scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Just compared it to batch one side by side. Same DNA. Batch 1 feels fresher and slightly sweeter. I gave B 1 88 points then and today 87 Batch 3 gets 86.

  18. DrunkDude scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    scbp-6233, very sweet liquor with prominent maltose. An easy-drinking, smooth, comfortable whisky.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Moderate peat, prominent lime, a little charred animal fat, rich fructose, strong maltose, charred citrus, some plant stems, some white pills. 87
    • Taste
      86 86
      The alcohol level is obvious, the wine is light, with a slight aroma of roasted malt, maltose, scorched apple, barley tea, a little nutty, mint finish, strong lignin, cool, and even tonic water bubbles. p87b85
    • Finish
      85 85
      Cool finish, white pills, strong and persistent bitterness. Slightly astringent. 85

  19. springtank scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  20. Sandman23 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  21. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The nose is a bit weaker compared to the previous batch, but he manages the exit better, so that in the end batch 3 also ends up with a smooth 90 points.
    • Nose
      Clear peat smoke, which comes across as very tasty together with lemon juice and freshly sliced grapefruit. Sea Salt, Fruit Bread, Cookie Dough, Caramel, Vanilla and Honey.
    • Taste
      Cold and ashy smoke, an ashtray overflowing with butts, citrus juice. For a moment I thought it was thin on the tongue, but that impression vanished within seconds and it does exactly what I would want from an older Ardbeg: Rabatz. Grapefruit juice, sour lemon drops, kiwi, gooseberries, dryness spreads rapidly
    • Finish
      The flavor load of the palate lasts for a very long time, with the focus at the end clearly being on the lemony Ardbe gas cup.

  22. Luigisim scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Part of the Weird & Wonderful flight tasting at Ardbeg distillery.
    My score has not changed after one year from last time. First edition was much better.

  23. magic_slim scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Color: Pale gold

    The nose is a little bit weak and unimpressive, whereas taste and finish are excellent.
    Very good Ardbeg - Recommended.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Mild and balanced with moderate intensity.
      The peatiness is somehow tamed comparing it to younger Ardbegs. Some vanilla and sandalwood with decent peat and smoke.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Smooth, elegant, delicate, tasty and very well balanced.
      Sweet mouthfeel.
      Mild peat and olive oil with oak and decent pepper.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium long with a whiff of camphor, notes of tea and mild peat in the aftertaste. Remains pleasant also in the aftertaste.

  24. kramimatsimoto scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    As one of the previous speakers already wrote: A better ten! Doesn't sound very flattering, but it should be. Especially when you consider that the 10 is one of the best standards on the market.

    N - fruit gum lemon, plaster, anise, wrapped in smoke accordingly, this is no longer as present as in younger bottlings. There are also hazelnuts and walnuts with salt. Somewhere I'm still missing the punch, the decisive (unique selling) feature. That goes down a bit. However, the distillery character, especially a slight garlic influence, can be felt. Just smooth and all around compared to the younger bottlings.

    M- Medium-bodied, sweet, slightly soapy attack, fine lemons, algae, pepper, some chili, pleasantly controlled smoke, ending in a rather medium-length finish. The smoke remains subtle, but leaves the tongue quickly.

    A little disappointing given the rather high price. Otherwise a solid nearly 20's that delivers a typical distillery profile and shows what it brings with age.

  25. Killswitch scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  26. Gregorsky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  27. Luigisim scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A top back vs batch #2
    Batch #3 has rather the character of a young dram while #2 is more rounded and mature
    • Nose
      86 86
      Nice peat and pleasent smoked fish are a bit spoiler by the aggressive note of the spirits if was much younger
    • Taste
      86 86
      Salty and smoked, not too dense
    • Finish
      87 87
      Nice and long

  28. kikist scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Really nice whisky but price is to high for 19 years
    • Nose
      84 84
      petroleum, sweet, ham, seaweed
    • Taste
      93 93
      Oily, pineapple, salt, spicy, smoke, bitter, chlorine
    • Finish
      87 87
      Smoke, chalk, coconut, chlorine

  29. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  30. Wienter65 scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    A really great malt from the first nose to the finish. Here you can finally see the real Ardbeg character again, no superimposed finish, no metallic youth. I'm excited. For me better than batch 1 & 2.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  31. LittleAlbert scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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    Ardbeg 19 yo 'Traigh Bhan' (46.2%, OB, batch 'TB/03 -10.10.01/21.BL', American oak and oloroso sherry casks)
    The latest batch I believe. Is it just me, or are these batch numbers are longer than Bill Lumsden's joke book? Colour: pale gold. Nose: a highly aromatic and scented type of peat smoke that feels quite wispy, soft and permeating with impressions of sandalwood, furniture polish and crushed sea shells. Also things like smoked tea, menthol tobacco, myrtle and heather beer. Even though I suppose this is early 2000s Glenmorangie produced batches now, it feels more reminiscent of the 1990s Allied style. Which is quite reassuring in many ways. Mouth: pepper, smoked olive oil, very tarry, a lot of hessian, smoked cereals and some struck flints and other rather punchy mineral touches. In time it evolves these big camphor aspects but also quite a lot of dried herbs, aniseed, dried lime peel and hardwood resins. Finish: medium and with this warming peppery and peaty side (which seems to be an increasing hallmark of these modern Ardbeg), leather, pine cones, wood smoke and a little more aniseed. Comments: excellent whisky, no doubt about it. But perhaps the 8 was a tad more impressive simply by virtue of its youthful zest. Anyway, we're splitting hairs - this is lovely.
    SGP: 566 - 90 points.

  32. jupiter5979 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    well , this 3rd batch is way better than batch 1. batch 1 score 87 point.

  33. Jimbeau scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  34. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very syrupy nose, on candied lemon and pastry cream. Lemon tart, whipped cream, icing sugar. The peat and smoke are very inconspicuous, but constant. Peppermint, eucalyptus, iodized freshness. The entry in the mouth is very soft, fine, rose water and varnished wood, green tea, some vegetal touches. Then the spices rise, slowly, and impose themselves, nutmeg, ginger, saffron, curry, to explode in the finish, a long, pleasant finish, but not violent, on fine sand and dry earth. Lemon zest, citrus, grapefruit.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/12/ardbeg-2001-traigh-bhan-19-yo-batch-3.html
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  35. Imp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Quite good but not utterly impressive Ardbeg

    22 22 22 22

  36. olegborgol scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Dry, soot, fire smoke, burnt wood, baked fruit, toast with bacon, caramel, chalk, menthol, pepper, oak .. good balance. 22.5-22.5-22.5-22.5

  37. SherryDrone scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    An Ardbeg with a zeal.

    Well, even a 12yo at 40% from a highly marketed whisky brand costs £55. A 19yo Ardbeg at £200 is not unreasonable. It reflects the situation we are in.

    Colour: Lime

    Nose: Lime cordial. Lemon meringue. Wet ash. Almost the salinity of OP. Reminds me of Kelpie. Nice. A bit of fruitiness. Soft wood spice. Did I say fruitiness? Yes it has a fruity layer. Aniseed. Loads of it. Wet pebbles. Some white flowers. Arabian Jasmine to be precise. Perfumery.

    Palate: Lovely. Mild wood spice. Smokiness is rounded and not heavy. Almost a peated speysider. Viscous. Oily. Treacle. A bit of sweetness. Those small asian fleshy green pears. Aniseed & the tarry note from Ardbeg but the peat is much subdued. As if its diluted.

    Finish: Quite long. Some spices galore. Cloves, Fennel, Aniseed. And a distant vanilla. Soft bitter woody note.

    A lovely Ardbeg. Amongst all 3 releases, this is the one I like the most. Batch 1 had a lovely pineapple note but this one is excellent. The purity in it makes to rate it my favourite amongst the 3 batches.

  38. elipszis scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    We were able to compare it with Batch 2 since we drank it last time, according to the rating the same level, here only individual preference decides.
    • Nose
      93 93
      lemon sponge cake,
      salty
      iodine
      orange
      buttery
      mandarin
      intense
      cedar wood
    • Taste
      92 92
      sweet
      very round
      lemon
      salty
      buttery
      vanilla
      very sincere
      soft
    • Finish
      92 92
      mandarin
      sweet ground
      vanilla
      salty
      lemon pudding
      soft
      medium finish

  39. K C Wong scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  40. WillWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It's good but not that high marks yet...

  41. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    not been able to test the 1, just the 2 which had already strongly seduced me:
    nose:
    ashy vanilla, creamy from the start, unctuous peat not greasy, a little anise, fruit on sweet citrus, peppery spices that amplify the nose
    mouth:
    creamy!
    velvety, on baked vanilla, caramelized lemon, on candied citrus fruits with a little grilled pineapple, on smoked seaweed and dried by the iodized wind, by salty rain, more frank peat here, smoked herbs light
    the salted butter caramel all at once followed by a pleasant meaty return; hazelnut too and some dry oak at this time.
    return of finely peppery spices, wet ash, and lemon vanilla cream
    final:
    long, spicy-peppery, baked vanilla, citrus on candied lime and juicy and sweet pineapple, peaty and smoky with wet hay mown high on a cliff!

  42. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  43. dominikbraun scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      The color is somewhere between light bronze and dirty gold - the Oloroso barrels may have been refill barrels, or the finish was very short.

      All fruit notes and other influences that one would expect from an Oloroso barrel are accordingly. Initially, smoke, iodine, pepper and sea air dominate. Only over time do the vanilla pods and fresh citrus fruits crystallize out.

      Hints of charred wood are also interesting, the aromas of which almost merge into milk chocolate together with the bourbon barrel.

      The alcohol is generally well integrated, but the nose appears stronger than you would expect at 46.2%.
    • Taste
      Strongly spicy, maritime and smoky. Iodine again, some citrus fruits and charcoal again. The taste is also very strong for a good 46%.

      For my taste, the age could be better shown by a more filigree character.
    • Finish
      Salty and tart with oak, spices and - for 19 years old - relatively strong smoke.

  44. Mankut scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    WoW, the Ardbeg is beautiful so so creamy and great flavors Tomek from Whisky Gold gets to the point just watch YouTube.
    Absolutely great great delicious whisky ????.
    Ps. Just had (15 minutes) after the Ardbeg 19/3 the Milk & Honey Apex Pomegranate Wine Casks 59.5% vol. in the glass okay without smoke ???? ... but that's not what it's about, the 3 year old is just laughable.
    The Ardbeg has such a great appeal of complexity and creamy, thick, fat, sweet, herbaceous cleanliness, so what a great thank you Ardbeg, worth the 250 € in any case.

  45. daevid scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Spicier, and in taste drier version of Traigh Bhan without any highlights. Charcoal instead of tar, spices instead of sweet pineapple. The taste unfortunately could not keep up with the promising nose. It would have been great to have it bottled with higher ABV. All in all this is my least favorite batch so far, I expected similar experience what I had with the great batch 2 (bold, fruity with an explosive finish). I also prefer the earthy, minty first batch to this one (although I do not see a big gap in quality). Do not get me wrong, Traigh Bhan batch 3 is a fine single malt but unfortunately does not worth its price tag.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Much sweeter than the previous batches; dried fruits, toffee and vanilla, lemon with spices, delicate peat smoke and salty sea breeze in a remarkable balance.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Less sweeter what the nose suggest, starting with lemon(zest) and charcoal, then sweet fruits appear for a moment but quickly fades to strong spiciness (aniseed, cinnamon and clove) and nuttiness. Balanced, but wish it would be more powerful.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, but with medium intensity: spices and delicate smoke with a drop of lemon juice then fresh pepper attacks and leads to dry aftertaste.

  46. FernetBranco scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  47. Eisieisbaer08 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
      At the beginning a smoky note, which is then hidden behind citrus notes and grapefruit. Then come herbal notes. Fresh. A very good nose deserves a lot of time.
    • Taste
      88 88
      A large volume, a spicy, strong start. But there could be more than that. How about cask strength? Very round and balanced. The Oloroso influences are palpable, a bit dry. Sticky, oily body.
    • Finish
      90 90
      An ashy and sweet finish, very pleasant and long-lasting. Charcoal and herbs still show up before it ends gently.

  48. Sir MaHei scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  49. PepinleBref did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    Slightly zesty, peated. Perfect batch

  50. MaltHaus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      The initial nose overflows with beauty, wavering on one hand between citrus fruits (lemon, orange and grapefruit), fresh fruits (apple and pear) and mentholated, and on the other hand between ash, smoke, peat and oily. Everything is adorned with a vegetal, chocolate and honeyed. Allowed it to breath and with drops of water added, it becomes medicinal (camphor, ointment), herbaceous, smoked fish, shellfish and toffee. Gradually, floral notes flood the entire aromatic palate with their heady fragrance.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet on arrival. The first taste has an extremely delicate texture, it is also very fruity (pineapple, pear), nutty and luscious. On the mid palate, peat takes control. It sets a medicinal, salty, smokey and saline pace to its development. End of palate roots itself in a rich, oily and vegetal peat. With water: citrus fruits, black fruits and hints of rose petal play a pivotal role in creating a particularly radiance colourful to the palate. This increased power, enveloped the taste buds in a chocolate coating, whose delicate bitterness is rivalled only by its freshness.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long. At one with end of the palate, the finish begins by heading deeper into field of peat, drawing out huge quantity of mineral salts. Bouquets of dried flowers, notes of leathery, ginger, intense smoke… these are just some of the sequences offered by a finish that is also honeyed, fruity and jammy. Retro nasal brings out the smoked bacon, barbecue, leathery character of this Ardbeg. The empty glass is peaty, barbecued and spicy.

  51. pere scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    It has it's moments with the nice salty-citrussy freshness, but is unfortunately too ashy and burnt to be an outstanding whisky.

  52. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 92 points Shoplink Moderator

    Ok, this is my first batch of Traigh Bhan and I have to say that this 19yo really got me. And I'm really not a fanatical supporter of this distillery. At the same time, it is by far the saltiest whisky I've ever tasted in my life. Where does Old Pulteney go?

    The smell of smoked meat and smoked mackerel in combination with anise and cumin. Maybe vanilla sugar and some smoke. The taste is seaweed, vanilla, herring, licorice, cumin, oysters and Thai basil. The finish is incredibly long, intense and dry. Salted infusion, ash, cumin brandy.

    This was just a decent tasting of a small sample in my work, as I work as a bartender & taster in the Angels' Share bar (Ardbeg embassy). But she excited me so much that I had to share it here. ;)

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

    A surprisingly sweet and tamed Ardbeg with significantly less peat smoke than expected. The flavours show a nice interplay, integrated in warming wood smoke. Complex and rich. The influence of the sherry casks is only marginally recognisable on the surface, but fits the positive overall impression.

    I thank Moët Hennessy Germany for the complimentary sample!

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2021/09/08/ardbeg-19yo-traigh-bhan-batch-3/
    • Nose
      Wood smoke mingles with sweet vanilla, fresh citrus notes and white pepper. There is also a hint of fried bacon, tar, floral notes, some herbs and aniseed.
    • Taste
      Sweet start on the palate with brown sugar and burnt caramel. Warming smoke, tar, a little vanilla, citrus notes and aniseed.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, warming with wood smoke, clove, a touch of lemon zest as well as lightly bitter and dry oak notes.

      With water: After the addition of water, noticeably more intensity on the nose with peat smoke, a touch of sherry, herbs, some celery and white pepper. Further sweet on the palate, less warming with aniseed and some oak spice. The wood smoke is hardly noticeable. The finish is still long and clearly drier with oak, smoke and soot.

  54. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  55. VanOpek scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Perfectly balanced whisky. It displays all the strengths of the distillery in an exceptionally balanced and subtle way. I have tried all Traigh Bhan batches and in my opinion this one is the best. The complex and rich palate, which keeps the promise given on the nose, complementing it with additional aromas, all perfectly rounded and light in reception. The smoke is perfectly integrated into the other aromas. Long finish, characterized by aromas of soot, charcoal and smoke, very pleasant, a bit simple.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Sweet notes of vanilla and caramel, which turn into dried fruit and light sherry. This sweetness is shrouded in a clear, unobtrusive campfire smoke. The profile of the distillery is present: the typical Ardbeg - sweetness, with citrus, vanilla and tar notes. With time, the maritime note is present in the accompaniment of pine, chalk or sand notes and a light note of menthol
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very sweet on the tongue, I would describe this sweetness as citrus, fresh fruit that gradually turns into heavier tones of vanilla and toffee, reaching even dried fruit. This sweetness is perfectly blended with the smoke, which this time is industrial. With time, the notes of charcoal, wet sand and citrus clearly stand out. Whisky is surprisingly light, but it does not lose its flavor intensity, it does not bite into the tongue, but it impresses with its roundness and complexity of taste.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is long, characterized by strong soot tones, and smokes, which I would re-describe as campfire smoke. The smoke changes to a lighter sandy or chalky tone over time, all shrouded in a trace of freshly ground pepper. Long, fun and simple.

  56. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The color is golden, suggesting that most barrels were refillable.

    The nose is slightly closed at the beginning, it begins to develop gradually, meeting with bright freshness, then delicate peat slips through, and recedes into the background, where it is present all the time with a slight haze. Further, white fruits, citrus fruits, apples, a little salt, pepper, a little vanilla appear, oiliness and resinousness are felt, nuts slip with light notes, and then everything goes on to herbs and notes of anise. Whisky lasts a very long time in a glass. It is not bright, but at the same time it is quite complex and rich in undertones, it is pleasant to sit with it for a long time and delve deeply.

    The taste is soft, even, with delicate peat, citrus fruits, light pepper, herbs, nuts and anise.

    The aftertaste is long-lasting, slightly spicy, delicately peaty, with citrus fruits, herbs, vanilla, fruits, chocolate, nuts, anise and light coniferousness.

    The whisky is very well balanced. Nothing sticks out here, everything is normal. It is very complex and delicate. There are no bright motives in it, but many small undertones that enrich the organoleptic palette of the whisky.

  57. Jackdaniels777 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Initial price is £210 in the UK, 240€ in Germany.

    https://shop.ardbeg.com/en-gb/ardbeg-19-years-old-traigh-bhan-batch-3-p-101516

  58. Tomek_o scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    I have tested this dram on Whisky Festival in Jastrzebia Gora (Poland). Much better than Batch no. 2, not as good as first release. Dried Fruity nose. Ashy finish.

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