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Ardbeg Traigh Bhan Batch 2

Overall rating
89.12/100
votes
349
Whiskybase ID
WB179473
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
Bottled
03/04.08.2020
Stated Age
19 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Casks and American Oak Casks
Strength
46.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
Batch: TB/02-18.09.00/20.JT
Bottle code
L2386660 , L2386634
Barcode
5010494964257
Added on
21 Mar 2021 8:51 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 353.72

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349 × member ratings

2058 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Traigh Bhan Batch 2

49 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.12 points

  1. whiskygold scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    I like him .... Batch 1 & 2 succeeded.

    Awesome Bolou.de for 289 € that is customer-oriented :)

  2. m4y4 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Release price by Ardbeg Germany was 220 EUR

  3. Kimba scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    First contact. The drops on the hand that got onto them when the sample was opened.
    There was a great deal of smoke rubbed in the hands. A lot of smoke.
    The smoke in the glass was more reserved.

    Which doesn't mean he's weak. For 19 years he's very much there.

    Ok ... 10 minutes have passed since the last sentence ... and I am not able to write a normal note ... so from here on different.

    If you don't like smoky whisky, stay away.

    Can you taste this typical Ardbeg fresh sweetness?
    No! So not me. So not directly ... with a lot of imagination and the knowledge to have an Ardbeg in the glass ... maybe ...

    It's so complex that I can't take it apart.

    Sweet? Yes.
    Age? Definitely.
    Sherry barrel? I don't know ... yes ...

    It's so incredibly dense and, above all, nice to drink.

    I have come to the conclusion that I am a) too stupid to even begin to call a reliable grade and b) it doesn't really matter.

    The mouthfeel is really nice ... just the right mix of liquid and creamy ... very gentle ...

    The taste is unique in its complexity.

    It's fun and I want to drink more than the 2 to 3 cl that I just had in the glass ...

    The TB Batch 2 is very tasty ...

    After I had a lot of fun with him, let's move on to the tiresome subject of money.

    220 +

    It's a house number and way too much money for a bottle of alcohol! This is how the real world thinks.

    In the whisky world this is the price that had to be paid at the time of dispensing to experience this taste, which I haven't had before.

    Alright for me.

  4. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I haven't tasted the first batch but I do like this one. The nose isn't just those typical Ardbeg notes, yes they are there, but there's more to it. There's also an almost elegant freshness and the medicinal note reminded me a bit of Laphroaig. On the palate, it's definitely Ardbeg what you get. But also here is way more to explore and after that it develops slowly into a long, satisfying finish. All nicely balanced.
    • Nose
      More peat than I would expect at this age. Bbq smoke and somewhat ashy. But there’s a medicinal note too. Bandages. Resin but also a tropical note from pineapple. Then sweet vanilla. Fennel in the background. Lemons. A hint of nettles and eucalyptus too.
    • Taste
      It's quite ashy in the beginning, but it feels like there's less peat than the nose suggested. Vanilla custard and sweet nectarines in the background. A hint of mint and it's a bit oaky too. Hazelnut. Liquorice and anise. Somewhat salty as well, which reminds me of seawater.
    • Finish
      Long and somewhat dry because of oak. Creme Brulee and mint again. But also peat, a hint of ash and liquorice.

  5. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A bit more sherry-heavy than its predecessor and also a bit more intense in the mouth, so I like it a bit better, but both are beautiful Ardbegs
    • Nose
      starts directly with milk chocolate, compared to batch 1 the sherry is more prominent, then there is a nice fresh citrus note, slightly spicy smoke, a hint of cinnamon, slightly greasy, a lot of chocolate, therefore quite creamy, raisins, a little salt, fresh lemon peel slightly A minty touch and creamy chocolate set the tone together with the spicy smoke, a pinch of espresso powder in the background, and now and then a little vanilla flashes through the sherry, especially if you smell a bit longer in one piece, it's fun after the first sip I also have some wet tobacco
    • Taste
      Sweet start, vanilla, creamy, then again sweetness, a little citrus, chocolate, cinnamon, dark chocolate, raisins, espresso, more sherry influence here too compared to batch 1, the kick in the mouth right after the start is reproducible from sip to sip , I like it very much, now cask strength and I would be happy, but not as bad as with Batch 1, it still brings a decent intensity to the tongue
    • Finish
      salty, intense, ashy smoke, oak, tart lemon, creamy mouthfeel of really dark chocolate, the mouth feels invigorated

  6. Dottore scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I actually like it a tad better than Batch 1. Sweeter, sweeter and a little fruity. The 1er was a bit bitter, smokier and with more menthol. But both at a high level, unfortunately also in terms of price.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Gentle and extremely mild for Ardbeg! A great and very successful bottling, I really like it!

    23/23/22/23 (91P)
    • Nose
      Tender amber rests in the Premium Snifter, occasionally thick "legs" pull their tracks back into the glass. A breath of cold smoke blows from the glass, earthy peat with subtly sweet fruit aromas is minimal, the nose is initially very mild and reserved. In the meantime, a multitude of long and oily "legs" stuck to the glass wall, the appearance of the Traigh Bhan already gives me great pleasure. A hint of fly ash dissolves, the smoky note intensifies a little, sweet caramel, toffee and grapes come into their own. Minimally greasy and oily, a hint of citrus fruits, spicy wood and a little sweet tobacco, grilled apricots and peaches, sugar and a few drops of iodine. A few crumbs of milk chocolate and a sip of cold espresso, then the wonderfully smooth smoke returns with its minimal hint of ash and lemon.
    • Taste
      The first sip flows gently over the tongue. Minimal smoke, sweet apricots and caramelized sugar, delicate fly ash, a scent of grilled pork belly, followed by a splash of lemon juice and a few grains of salt. The second sip also flows mild and sweet through the mouth, tobacco and cedar wood, again fly ash with hints of oily bacon, chocolate and espresso, dried grapes and berries, dry wood with a handful of hazelnuts.
    • Finish
      Mild and dry, nuts stick to the palate, a few crumbs of tobacco lie in the open humidor, hints of lemons and mild grapefruit, the smoke has completely withdrawn, a few remains of bacon and fly ash are still sticking to the grill grate ...

  8. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Quite ashy, but with some nice fruity notes to balance everything.
    • Nose
      Sweet fruits like tinned pineapple and apricots, accompanied by soot, liquorice and smoked kippers. A hint of bandages as well, with some pebbles and a good amount of vegetal peat. Finally a whiff of iodine.
    • Taste
      Balanced and mature, with a peat influence to match. Still rather sooty and ashy though. Whiffs of tropical fruit, although maybe not in as much abundance as I'd like. A nice salinity with soft smoke and touches of plastic.
    • Finish
      Dry, vanilla and ashy. Finally a tinge of chocolate. Medium in length.

  9. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Again a very good whisky, no question about it. Compared to Batch 1, however, it seems a bit thinner to me, especially in the finish.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Cautiously smoky, but nonetheless clearly identifiable as Ardbeg smoke. Fresh strawberries straight from the field - just leave the crumbs on, dirt cleanses the stomach, as is well known. Freshly squeezed lemon-lime juice with a mint leaf. A fine spicy aroma of tarragon, marjoram and chervil. If you weren't so keen to try it, you could sniff it forever.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Mild and oily attack, which immediately lines the mouth with cold and ashy smoke. Sour lemon drops, some grapefruit juice. Floral notes, almond butter, custard, honey. Becomes increasingly dry, the peat smoke attracts even further.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium to long, but in the end he runs out of breath in terms of the expected aroma yield. Smoked strawberries, menthol, dry wood, the substructure a little thin.

  10. whiskydramo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Burnt tyre ashes, thick and grey. Moss. Wet hay roll on the farm after the rain. Preserved lemon. Mint candy. Strong sea salt. Rubber. Fermented rice. Finally some sweetness from liquorice. Burnt hay from the emptied glass. Clear layers, distinctive aromas. Dirty but it's within my tolerance.
    • Taste
      88 88
      light sweet honey, cucumber, beetroot, melon, bitter with light dirty peat
      bitter gourd? med body
      light coloured mud, toffee
    • Finish
      89 89
      Burnt light coloured wood, honey, liquorice, barnyard, hay
      Pleasant light fresh fruits hitback in 1min
      seirogan in the background

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