Ardbeg Traigh Bhan Batch 2

Overall rating
89.04/100
votes
457
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

€ 433.10

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Traigh Bhan Batch 2

63 users have left 67 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.04 points.

  1. kanpai79 scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

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

  2. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    While I'm not blown away by its complexity, this Traigh Bhan is a very tasty malt. The aromas are very nicely combined, but you won't find the sherry. The sherry casks used may be used to give it its subtle oak note. A few drops of water make it even more interesting in my opinion. But it's not worth its current price.

    https://www.aboutwhisky.de/tastingnotes/ardbeg-traigh-bhan-batch-2/
    • Nose
      As expected with clear peat smoke. However, this is not as dominant as in other Ardbeg bottlings, but rather pleasantly soft and well integrated. Its character is greasy with notes of smoked ham. There are also maritime impressions and a slightly cooling feeling of mint. In contrast, there are ripe fruits such as peaches and apricots with a slightly exotic touch, as well as caramel and vanilla. The aroma has hints of sweetness without being completely sweet. The sweetness is complemented by a slightly sour aroma with a hint of citrus fruits. Oak is also present in the background, but very faintly and so intertwined with the citrus and smoke that it's almost lost as a single aroma. I can't find sherry notes.
    • Taste
      It starts again with greasy smoke, which is a bit more phenolic than in the nose. The mouthfeel is initially sweet with oranges, then shifts towards sour citrus fruits. The oak is already present shortly after the start and brings a bittersweet note, as well as some pepper and almonds. There is also a hint of vanilla and herbs.
    • Finish
      Pleasant peat smoke. The sweetness decreases, the mouthfeel becomes drier. The oak with its bittersweet notes is present again. There is also a slightly cooling feeling of mint and citrus fruits again. Towards the end it gets a bit spicier with paprika and pepper, as well as herbs and a hint of hops.

      With water:
      The nose becomes a little sweeter, the fruits come out more clearly. The smoke, on the other hand, becomes a little weaker. In the mouth, too, the fruit comes to the fore. Now I can also identify peaches and apricots. Oak will be nerfed and come with a bit of a delay. The sweetness lasts longer in the finish, followed by clear notes of almonds and orange marzipan. The herbal notes also become more intense.

  3. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    ... i miss the old stuff. Remember airigh nam beist ?
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. trungpham scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

  5. trungpham scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81
    • Taste
      84
    • Finish
      85

  6. WhiskyMue scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Darko_Dramz scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      the smoke is there, but even less than Batch 1. Identical to Batch 1 are vanilla, citrus, coconut, herbs and wood. The mint is more present. No sherry to be seen here either
    • Taste
      significantly less smoke. Seems a bit spicier and fresher as there is more mint to taste. Again vanilla, citrus, coconut. Some hazelnuts in the background
    • Finish
      medium long. Slightly bitter, dry and slightly sour. campfire smoke and pepper

  8. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    So today I'm trying this version of Ardbeg. Over the years I've liked some and loathed some. As time has gone on, I've steered clear of the yearly marketing bottles and preferred to enjoy the 10 year old version or some other classic version I've found at festivals. Let's see how this tastes.

    Nose starts out pleasant enough with brine, citrus, gentle smoke, iodine on bandages, and some coastal air.

    Palate starts with mild citrus, then becomes oily and ashy, a mix of heather and peat, then smoke starts arriving, a fine medicinal note as well.

    Finish carries on from the palate with the smoke and oils, then drying ash, a touch of spice, and mint on bandages.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Pepper, smoke
    • Taste
      Fruit, toffee
    • Finish
      Smoke, pepper

  10. DramRol scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Maritime saltiness, seafood, seaweed mixed with wonderful fruity sweetness, velvet in the mouth, really great

  11. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Ashes, iodine, band aid, candied lemon, tad herbal, very drinkable

  12. Gregers scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Decent Ardbeg bottling, a bit low on sweetness, but with plenty of other good stuff.

    Review: https://youtu.be/YV9vugCjBuU
    • Nose
      85 85
      The nose is surprisingly light, but the peat smoke is clearly there, and then some lemon oil. Lanolin as well. Smoked vanilla. Very enjoyable to nose, but not a lot of elements that can focused on.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Alcohol level is just right, full and nice. Peat smoke, a little bit of barley. Sweetness is really low. Second chew brings more smoke, light espresso, chocolate milk, and then a crazy fruit cocktail with green grapes, mango, and kiwi. As it rolls off, the balance becomes a lot better. Third chew is drier, smokier, chocolate milk is still there, but the fruit is gone, and here it's very good. Light minty character, a little bit of ginger.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Peat smoke, peppermint, espresso, liquorice, toffee sweetness.

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

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

  14. Killswitch scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Killswitch scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

  16. WillWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    87.5, better than batch 3 at this moment

  17. zzqfyl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  18. elipszis scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      vanilla
      ashy
      coal
      lime-lemon
      sweet tobacco
      honey sweet
      BBQ
      meat
      intensive
      rounded
      orange
      cinnamon
      hungarina cake (drum cake)
      salty
    • Taste
      92 92
      intensive
      ashy
      BBQ
      buttery
      chocolate
      lime
      coal
      peaty
      woody
      earthy
    • Finish
      93 93
      intensive salty
      smokey
      medicinal
      peaty
      peach compote
      cocoa powder
      medium long finish

  19. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  20. Tordeaux scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  21. fradin11 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  22. MLE scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  23. Ragazzo scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Great Ardbeg. Even better than batch 1. Reminds me at the older Bottlings.

  24. riegerjonas scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    2020-10-24: reminiscent of Talisker 18, but significantly smokier
    • Nose
      88 88
      cold-smoky, very fine nose, resin, citrus, tangerine, orange, mint, creamy milk chocolate, subtle vanilla in the background
    • Taste
      90 90
      Vanilla, creamy, rather lighter chocolate, sweetness, light vanilla, very balanced, ashier
    • Finish
      89 89
      intense smoke with light oak notes

  25. 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.

  26. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  27. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A bit fuller than the 10 and a bit more complex, but there is not much more to it. Beautifully round and harmonious, there is a hint of depth. The profile is typically Ardbeg, especially the citrus note is totally there. You won't find any other flavors here. Even a little thinner on the palate. Here also really nice and round, but also much too boring.

  28. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    nose:
    creamy, sweet, lemon vanilla, frank but delicate peat smoke, fruits on candied citrus
    mouth:
    the slightly watery peat, the alcohol a little short, the lime, almost fresh, spicy sweetness, a little salted caramel,
    the barn peat that suddenly arises, that's it Ardbeg is there, peppery spices, licorice now, it goes on the dry glue, the slightly dried marzipan, the resin, hazelnuts crushed, candied and sweet fruits
    quite simple on the palate in fact, but the scent of which swirls in the mouth with smoky peat, that which emerges from a pile of logs left at the entrance of a port, fleeting grassy touch, spray, candied sweet fruits, a little marzipan
    final:
    Refined peaty liquorice, spicy, lemony, slightly woody, caramelized and chocolatey for a monolithic finish that lasts.
    (9.4)

  29. whiskydramo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • 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

  30. ValStern scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      75 75

  31. DGV scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Great whisky. Soft, with an interesting aroma and pleasant taste. Compared to TB b1, he noted that b2 turned out to be drier, "oyster" and less berry.
    • Nose
      Fresh seafood (mussels, shrimps), light smoke, lime, bread with various cereals, some berries, creosote.
    • Taste
      Mild, with moderate sweetness, citrus bitterness and a grill theme.
    • Finish
      Great whisky. Soft, with an interesting aroma and pleasant taste. Compared to TB b1, he noted that b2 turned out to be drier, "oyster" and less berry.

  32. -sAxo- scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  33. Schafranek scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  34. Teresa scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  35. pandelid did not rate this whisky Newbie

    91 points at WhiskyFun:
    http://www.whiskyfun.com/archiveoctober20-2-Glenallachie-Bruichladdich.html#191020

    90 points at WhiskyNotes:
    https://www.whiskynotes.be/2021/ardbeg/ardbeg-traigh-bhan-batch-2/

    there must be something to it :)

  36. geriud scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  37. aphex scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasted with batch 1.
    Both noses are very good but the second batch is more complex with candied citrus and these resinous notes I love. Anyway, I could nose them for hours. They remind me my first encounters with Ardbeg (Ten and Corrywreckan) and what I loved in this distillery.
    As for the palate, the second batch wins again with its tarrier and dirtier palate. First batch is good but would have benefited from an higher ABV.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Peat smoke, polish, a little tar, a touch of pepper, citrusy notes (candied lemons), coastal notes with seaweeds and seashells, hessian, resinous notes.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Peaty, oily and tarry, a few ashes, pepper, juicy lemons.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, smoky, tarry.

  38. 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 ...

  39. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    White Soft Sand

    When the first batch of this Traigh Bhan was released, people went nuts, because an Ardbeg with age statement – a lovely 19 years to boot – is not something you see every day. That batch will now set you back some 300 EUR already. This year, batch 2 was released and can – with some effort, it is true – still be found left and right. It’s a vatting of American oak and oloroso sherry casks.

    The nose is surprisingly fresh and fruit for Ardbeg, as if the peat – present, sure – seems to have ‘matured out’ as it were, giving peach, pineapple and limes the chance to shine. Some apricots and vanilla and only then some ashes and medicinal notes, almost as an afterthought. Finally I also get something that I can only describe as the small of a freshly opened pack of band aids.

    Nicely oily and immediately very sweet. Vanilla custard, pineapple and peach, but also some hazelnuts. Quickly some soot, liquorice and a big dollop of brackish water kick in. The smokiness remains rather soft, while mint gives it a fresh lift.

    The finish is medium long and somewhat drying on vanilla and oak. Mint has the last word.

    Lovely Ardbeg indeed. Everything is finely balanced and I’m very impressed, except for the price tag of 250 EUR. FYI: Traigh Bhan (say ‘tree-van’) is the name of the beach close to the distillery and literally means ‘white soft sand that sings underneath your feet’.

  40. AnnEm scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I don't like it as much on the nose as batch 1, because it is less balanced and because the beautiful lemon is hardly there. On the palate, however, this bottling is wonderfully harmonious and balanced, almost palatable. Although I rarely feel like peat at the moment, I get along well with it here because the peat is strong on the aromatic side. For me this is not a rabid monster. It's not enough to be a gentleman either, but the corners and edges have already been sanded off. I hardly found the sherry influence. But I didn't miss him either. Not a candidate for purchase due to the price.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Compared to Batch 1, much more restrained or closed for me. At the beginning tobacco leaf and some hay. Dry peat. Malty sweetness. Barley sugar. An increasingly intense note of motor oil or petroleum and a bit of BBQ grill meat funk. This petrol note partially overlays the other flavors for me. After standing for a long time, a hint of sherry-like fermented grapes flashes through here and there and also some walnut. It also has a bit of citrus, but only very subtle.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Cool, tart, citrus-fruity. I would say grapefruit. Peat, algae, iodine. And a lot of campfire smoke. Also the grilled meat that I found in Batch 1 again.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Peaty sweetness is in the foreground for me. Warming, slightly peppery. Here now also fresh citrus fruit. In addition, a lot of malty sweetness, which results in a good sweet-sour balance. Sticks to the palate like a syrup.

  41. VanOpek scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      tropical sweetness, pineapple or candied orange peel, powder candy, a bit alcoholic, fireplace smoke, brown sugar, peat, sea, burned hay
    • Taste
      88 88
      sweet, peat, chili, pepper, smoke, seaweed, hints of oak bitterness, very smooth, sweet red paprika, kippery
    • Finish
      88 88
      wood, citric bitterness, grapefruit, peat and smoke, chalk, wet sand, dry, long and smooth, warm and complex

  42. vlad78 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I tasted the first batch of whisky, now let's evaluate this one.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A crust of unripe melon, an Apple tree in bloom, Linden petals, raw newspaper, and a little smoke. It smelled like it was passing by a haystack.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is floral-Apple, fragrant, bright and yellow. A firebrand that was taken out of the fire was poured with syrup and put in a mouth. Next, the taste is astringent, like an early cherry plum,or green unripe cherry.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Aftertaste of candied flowers: first the sugar, then the taste of the petals.

  43. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Good Ardbeg but rather a dry one of its kind
    • Nose
      89 89
      Iodine, little medicinal, great peat and smoke, bonfire, hints of honey, whiffs of vanilla, little fruity, spices, wet hay, tobacco - pretty good
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oily, creamy, little sweetness, spicy, herbal, peaty, smoky, dry oak wood, cold cigar ashes, ginger, chili
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, warm, more peaty, herbal, little dry

  44. Maltimizer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Relatively strong smoke for 19 years, citrus fruits, mint, salty maritime, leather, slightly medicinal and subtle tropical fruits, some vanilla to caramel
    • Taste
      82 82
      Creamy, smoky, spicy, little citrus fruits, no more tropical influences, nutty and maritime
    • Finish
      80 80
      Very dry, ash, oak, medium length

  45. Fight65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
      IT: 90
      B: 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  46. eselsim scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A refined version of TB B#1
    Love it or hate it, TB#2 totally worth every penny spent on it
    • Nose
      Resin and lemons, mild smoke and ambers well balanced and well rounded, kippery
    • Taste
      Dried fruit alongside with fresh squirting orchard fruit juice, sweet malt, candied zest and a fresh wood board, nothing fishy about this malt. Smoke covers it all
    • Finish
      Long pleasant winey smoke with nutty chocolate finnish, burnt wood as it is.

  47. eselsim scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A refined version of TB B#1
    Love it or hate it, TB#2 totally worth every penny spent on it
    • Nose
      Resin and lemons, mild smoke and ambers well balanced and well rounded, kippery
    • Taste
      Dried fruit alongside with fresh squirting orchard fruit juice, sweet malt, candied zest and a fresh wood board, nothing fishy about this malt. Smoke covers it all
    • Finish
      Long pleasant winey smoke with nutty chocolate finnish, burnt wood as it is.

  48. etwa77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    like 2 brothers, i like them both the same, though they are clearly different..
    • Nose
      90 90
      very creamy .. unctuous.. buttery nose. Clynelish-esque almost. dry.
      herbal, slightly bitter.. interesting how sniffing the glass produces taste associations.
      heavy, heavier than batch 1 which was breathier, with more citrus and herbs
      much much smoke after a long while
    • Taste
      89 89
      mild dose of menthol upfront.. peat smoke, grilled lemons and ashes follow shortly after.. bitter morphing into iodine closing a very muscular show
    • Finish
      89 89
      licorice replaces the fruity tart note most present in batch 1.. bitter lemons and heavy spices like nutmeg and black pepper.. again, batch 1 was breathier, with a spicier bite.. but i cannot say which one i like best..

  49. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  50. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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  51. Von Barton scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    91 points on Whiskyfun today ...

    The marketplace will be able to have a blast!

  52. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  53. Maltimizer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good but overrated. There are better Islay whiskys for less money.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Quite thick smoke for 19 years!?!?!?
      Citrus fruits, leather, mint, salt, slightly medicinal, subtle tropical fruits and vanilla sweetness
    • Taste
      87 87
      Creamy, smoky, spicy, almost no fruit to be found, at most a little citrus, salty, maritime and nutty. Edit: after adding some water, the tropical fruits come through again and it becomes much sweeter and rounder!
    • Finish
      84 84
      Fairly dry, medium length, ash and oak, some fruit

  54. sealgair scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    After a few disappointments in recent years, this one is worth its price again!

  55. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The whisky offers a complexity that is second to none. Absolute buy recommendation.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  56. Saltmark scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Not a big difference to Batch 1 from 2019. Maritime grades come into their own here, however.

  57. Patrick93 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  58. Jnpons scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Go ahead sharks sell + 20%, it's a good start
    We are on the same line between Batch 1 and 2, very nice. I preferred Batch 1.

  59. 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

  60. 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.

  61. 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

  62. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  63. 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.

  64. 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.

  65. whiskygold scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

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

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

  66. m4y4 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Release price by Ardbeg Germany was 220 EUR

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

    An Ardbeg tamed by almost two decades of maturation that knows how to please. Very well balanced with a complexity and great harmony of aromas resulting from the different cask types. Smoke and peat are pleasant companions of grilled fruit aromas and nicely warming spicy notes from the wood.

    I thank Moët Hennessy Germany for the complimentary sample and the image!

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2020/09/07/ardbeg-19yo-traigh-bhan-batch-2/
    • Nose
      Sweetish on the nose with wood smoke and BBQ notes, accompanied by some soot and ashes. This is joined by fruity aromas of grilled apricot and pineapple, with some burnt toast in the background.
    • Taste
      A slight sweetness is noticeable on the palate with creamy vanilla and fruity notes of apricot. Pleasantly warming with a fine spiciness of oak, allspice and a hint of celery. The whole is accompanied by subtle peat smoke as well as some ashes and chimney air. A touch of tangy lime and some roasted peanut aromas linger towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish shows a nice length with warming notes of peat smoke, some dry oak and slightly burnt caramel.

      With water: Much more intense in the nose after adding a few drops of water. Smoke and peat are more evident, accompanied by medicinal notes and a touch of celery. The fruit aromas fade into the background. On the palate, only a subtle sweetness is noticeable, but clearly spicier with black pepper, accompanied by peat smoke and soot. Burnt caramel with subtle peanut aromas linger towards the finish. The finish is of medium length with clearly dry oak, ash and fine peat smoke.

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