Ardbeg Traigh Bhan Batch 3

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
Stated Age
19 years old
American oak & Oloroso sherry casks
46.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Traigh Bhan
Bottle code
Added on
21 Mar 2021 12:19 pm by GIORGOS

Average value

€ 346.32

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Traigh Bhan Batch 3

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.57 points

  1. Jackdaniels777 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

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


  2. 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.

  3. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 88 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.

  4. 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!

    • 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.

  5. VanOpek scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    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.

  6. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 92 points 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. ;)

  7. maxi_vor95 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. FernetBranco scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Eisieisbaer08 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • 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.

  10. Sir MaHei scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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


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