Ardbeg Scorch

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Committee Release
Ardbeg Alligator casks refilled
51.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2021
Added on
23 Apr 2021 7:11 am by maurizio
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 300.72

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Scorch

51 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.20 points

  1. Official tasting note

    • Nose
      Frightening, intense aromas of soot and smoke. Hints of aniseed and fragrant patchouli are intertwined with strong notes of hardened steel and saddle soap. With a drop of water, herbal top notes of briar, sage and pine come to the fore.
    • Taste
      With one sip, an abundance of aromas opens up. Oily, meaningful with a cloud of sweet smoke and kite-charred oak. Grilled food is interwoven with notes of black liquorice and medicinal lozenges.
    • Finish
      A long and heroic finale, with a light, tarry aftertaste that stretches happily and far to the end.

  2. Community Manager did not rate this whisky Community Manager

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  3. TheRareDram scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Ardbeg Scorch 51.7%


    Ardbeg’s (almost) trademark iodine peat and engine oil. Baklava, vanilla fairy cakes, strawberry laces, kiwi skin, balsamic vinegar. 100% liquorice, dried black tea leaves.

    Briny, earthy peat upfront. Fisherman’s friends, Battenberg cakes, ham hock, squid ink, calamari rings, underripe plums. There’s a prominent, dry wood here too.

    Classic Ardbeg. Thick, oily heaven with a pleasant level of spice.

    Steam train soot, white flour, aniseed, powdered yellow mustard, citrulline malate, toasted pine nuts.


    Have to say, I’m much more impressed with this than I have been with other recent Ardbeg “special” releases. First off, regardless of what weird or whacky thing they’ve done to their whisky, it’s actually a decent dram. It is unequivocally Ardbeg with a twist, rather than being totally overridden by the cask (Blaaack) or just boring (Arrrrrrrdbeg) with a reasonable number of vowels and consonants to boot. Age wise, I wouldn’t put this any older than 12 and it’s likely closer to 10, similar to most of these releases. The balance between peat and sweet it wonderful and this is definitely a great little drinker. Good stuff!

    Score: 81/100

  4. DoctoralDisaster scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    Ardbeg Scorch, 2021 Committee Release - 51.7%

    Color: Rich Gold
    Nose: Jammy fruits and of course coal gas. Immediately reminiscent of the early 90s Ardbegs for me. Diesel fumes slowly gain momentum the longer you nose. Lemon sherbets take over for a bit. Hints of wood spice. Beautiful.
    Palate: Good mouthfeel albeit a bit thinner. Spicy peppers, almost Talisker like chili peppers too. You have that wonderful lemony cake icing type of taste in the backend. There’s also a herbal bitterness present, possibly from the oak charring. The flavors sort of dilute with water (oh wait…)
    Finish: Medium. There’s the oak bitterness that lingers on. With water, the lemon zest flavors shine through more with less marked bitterness.
    Balance: Good body, spirit and cask are harmonious. A bit thin and water throws the whisky off in the palate but enhances the finish.

    Overall: This is the best Ardbeg I’ve had in a while. In amongst the experimental madness they’ve managed to produce an intellectual whisky replete with some old school character I adore. There is a bit of richness in the body and finish that is missing that drags down rest of the experience. I might give it higher points later, but this is damn tasty dram. If you like fruits and peat mixed up, look no further.

    24/22/21/22 - 89 points

  5. Arrrrrdbeg scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    In my opinion one of the best special editions from Ardbeg in recent years.
    Wonderful in the nose and also in the mouth a poem, only the finish tells me not entirely but is still good.
    It's a shame that I only have one bottle.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Wonderful, fine smoky scent in the nose, not too intrusive, anise and patchouli immediately rises into the nose, I also notice some tonka bean, pleasantly sweet smell, peaty.
      Wonderful smell notes.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Immediately you can taste billows of smoke followed by peat and vanilla sweetness, which does not push itself too much into the foreground, again anise, burnt wood, smoked wood
      Oily in the mouth.
      The 51.7% vol. Alcohol are super involved.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Sweet, dry, aniseed, burnt wood, always accompanied by a pleasant sweet (vanilla), tonka bean.

  6. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I see what the WB Community Manager has said re: comments that are not reviews. I gotta say, I am one of those folks that do like reading comments and gripes and such. It makes the "reviews" more entertaining, provides some context, and not just tell us that this is a "mix of plastic, menthol, raisin, linseed oil, crushed rocks, old books, blah blah blah" that may not mean much to many people. I do agree that fake reviews and fake scores have got to go! With that said, here's an honest to god review of this Ardbeg, a brand that people love to hate nowadays. Hopefully, that's not too much non-review.

    I compared Scorch side-by-side with Alligator (I happened to have this bottle closeby). Alligator is noticeably better, but then again, those in the know know that Alligator is actually one of the better modern Ardbegs out there! I would buy a bottle of gator and not a bottle of Scorch, even though Scorch is pretty good.
    • Nose
      A bit of orange, herbal liqueur mixed with peat. It's quite coherent and not a bad mix.
    • Taste
      Well, this is a pretty good one! Peat and vanilla. Butter and smoke. Pepper and licorice. Soot and metals. Nice mouthfeel. Faultless, in that regard, but in comparing this to the Gator, I think there is some younger whiskies here. The peat also feels slightly more raw. Again, pretty good, but not quite there.
    • Finish
      Nice, admirable, professional, commercial product. I will give it a good score. I stopped buying and chasing these Ardbeg releases years ago, but I do try to buy samples of them when the opportunity arise. Ardbeg is a good distillery and has always produce good products, past and present. Could they do better and give seasoned drinkers better stuff? Sure! But it is a corporation that answers to their shareholders, and it is what it is.

  7. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    In the nose I like the GR a bit better, but the CR is more stringent and delivers better performance over the entire distance in the glass. In terms of taste, not much is changing, only the few percentage points more help make the CR look a little better than the GR.
    • Nose
      Unlike the 46% edition of the Scorch, the Committee Release (CR) is not shy, but delivers rich peat smoke from the start, along with the well-known smoked strawberries and raspberries. The peat smoke of the CR is cooler than that of the General Release (GR). And here you can also find lemon, which was not the case with the GR. Vanilla and honey, white chocolate, white coffee. Clove powder, pepper, bay leaves. It pushes a little more than the GR.
    • Taste
      Creamy and very creamy, pleasantly strong. Immediately come up with a good dose of peat smoke. On the tongue it also goes much more towards Ardbeg than the GR, where strawberries and raspberries can also be found here, but flavored with lemon juice. Strongly spicy with pepper, grated nutmeg and clove powder. Despite its power, the fruit sweetness comes through clearly. Toffee, milk chocolate, milk coffee.
    • Finish
      Medium long, still creamy, slightly dry. Unlike the GR, it does not show any major weakness in the finish, but it pulls its program out of the nose and from the palate for a long time. He doesn't give any encores, but that doesn't matter.

  8. Mankut scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    He easily earned it.
    Great stuff in a positive sense, he does everything he offers better than right.
    Absolutely for those who think they know almost everything about Ardbeg tastes !!
    You could be very, very positively surprised. Keep it up Ardbeg thanks for the great drum.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The alcohol was very intense and almost spicy. But when the first heat is gone, great aromas emerge that increase the anticipation to try.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Great to drink and an infinitely pleasant finish ... could almost say a perfect Ardbeg in my taste profile great thanks Ardbeg for the great drop.
      I think that in the mouth as well as in the finish it has taste profiles that are not intrusive but that you can taste when the whisky has long been swallowed.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Great for my tastes. Pleasantly hot ???? the tingling lingers on the palate.

  9. whiskydramo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Wet firewood, charcoal, limestone. Vegetative peat arrives with seaweed and smoke from broiled meat. Pickled oranges and pineapples, almost rotten. Medicinal, rubber, dried herbs, roasted & salted cashews. Some bitter note from wood and spices.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet wood with loads of smoke. Spicy pineapple with a twist of citrus zest. Light chocolate powder, more and more spices. Mineral and pepper powder. Flavour goes from sweet to woody bitter, with vegetative peat lingering at the background.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Cinnamon, smoke, dirt, bitterness from burnt wood. Clay, aspirin, more and more bitter with pepper. Moss hit-back in a few minutes but the burnt wood bitterness seems to stay forever. What a terrible finish from over toasted barrel...

  10. Maltimizer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    In direct comparison with the Arrrrrrrdbeg! and the Traigh Bhan Batch II the clear winner!
    • Nose
      89 89
      Intense charcoal and smoke, sweet pastries, raspberry jam, citrus fruits, some iodine and slightly herbaceous
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet and oily, nicely integrated smoke, no alcoholic spiciness! Vanilla, orange-tangerine, further herbal mixture
    • Finish
      87 87
      Very long and oily, sweet smoke remains


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