Ardbeg Scorch

Overall rating
88.02/100
votes
374
Whiskybase ID
WB182095
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Committee Release
Bottled
20.01.2021
Casktype
Ardbeg Alligator casks refilled
Strength
51.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L2408113
Barcode
5010494968781
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2021
Added on
23 apr 2021 7:11 am by maurizio
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 308.80

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Scorch

65 users have left 67 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.02 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. ConvalRen scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    Pepper, spice and nothing else much to be said.
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      75 75

  4. SYMUE1 scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

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  5. d1scostu scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  6. Saftkenner scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    He has a multi-faceted and extremely versatile nose, which I really enjoyed. It looks different on the palate - we are no longer on the "Island of Joy" here, the beast is let out here...
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very strong notes of vanilla, which are in the first row even before the smoke, which is also not bad parents. The smoke is surrounded by almost squeaky-sweet aromas and also - that's what makes it so appealing - by very nice, finely sour aromas.
      Rich vanilla, campfire with a maritime-salty sea breeze, iodine, honey cake, passion fruit, raspberry fizz, (actually also) fresh cucumber, hay, dry wood, a pinch of tobacco, lime slices.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Peppery start, slightly creamy, slightly dry. Stimulates the flow of saliva. If one calls the nose "pleasing", here we have the opposite.
      Gauze bandages, iodine, tar, cardboard, white pepper, citrus notes, vanilla, grapefruit, passion fruit, rubber and plastic in the fire.
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium length Dry. Grapefruit, Lemon, Vanilla, Cranberries, Ash, Burnt Caramel, Tar, Iodine, Gauze Bandages.

  7. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. ThorstenH scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Kind. But nothing to remember.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. vlad78 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Of course, this is smoke, this is peat, drying grass, fresh cut cucumbers, melons, perfumes. Salty, iodine tones, sea breeze are felt to a lesser extent, yielding to the above dominants.

  10. grinface scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I had more fun than the with the version with 46%. The intensity is quite high and good. The sweetness at the end is a fitting balance to that.

    Full review in a flight of six Ardbeg: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/07/27/maximum-ardbeg-teil-2-fuer-weit-weniger-als-16-millionen-pfund/

  11. Petitcham scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Comparison with 46 scorch: It retains the heavy characteristics of strongly burnt oak, but seems to be upward compatible in terms of stimulation.

  12. Danlow scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    One of the best Ardbegs I've had so far. Again significantly better than the standards, especially the Uggi and Corry, although not worth twice as much. I should have bought it at the original price though.
    So much has already been written about taste that I'm holding back. I recommend Archer's review though. This Ardbeg is very distinctively spicy, woody and smoky without denying the typical Ardbeg aromas and sweetness, especially the lemons.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. Echson scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A really smoky Ardbeg
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  15. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  17. teurodevil scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  18. Fight65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Successful Committee bottling that also reminds of a successful Laphroaig with its medicinal notes! Alcohol is nicely integrated.
    Refilled Ardbeg Alligator Casks!!!!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Gentle, non-stinging nose. Charcoal, peat fire with seaweed. Medical grades. Tanned leather.
    • Taste
      90 90
      IT: 89
      Licorice that is beautifully integrated in smoke.
      W: 90
      Great full-bodied body with a nice smoke profile
    • Finish
      89 89
      Burnt wood, campfire, light, tolerable bitterness that lingers forever at the end.

  19. Sporx scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Smoke from wet wood, marine, iodine, medicinal note, herbs

    taste
    Smoke, sweet, spicy wood, citrus fruits, becoming bitter

    finish
    Lots of smoke, medium length, clearly bitter

    It's not bad, but if I included the price in the rating, it would be a 60 rating .....

  20. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    On the nose a light smoke with freshly cut grass and herbs, fizzy candies, vanilla and some tropical fruit. On the palate, the smoke is a bit more pronounced like an extinguished campfire.
    Spicy and herbaceous with some tree resin and a creamy texture. The finish is rather short.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  21. elipszis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I liked the 46% edition better.
    Very similar to the two, but 46% are much more open.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Sweeter and more intense than the 46% model
      salty
      medicinal
      ashy
      lemon peel
      dry and spicy
      tannin
      woody
      iodine
      peach jam
      bitter almond
      (dry tasting: herbal tea + lemon)
    • Taste
      91 91
      ashy
      lemon
      salty
      musty
      oily
      (leukoplast)
      bitter almond
      sweet tobacco
    • Finish
      90 90
      medium long finish
      oily
      salty
      bitter almond
      peaty
      lemon
      peach jam

  22. penumbra scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    It’s at the mid-level in the ardbeg committee I’ve drunk, but why don’t the wineries understand it? In fact, for this kind of limited edition, you only need to make a strong version of Ardbeg 10 and Lagavulin 16. Fans will not be happy, but now they are all useless.
    • Nose
      The standard new Ardbeg, the peat has the ginseng medicine flavor similar to Lagavulin, bandages, iodine, soil bumps, bark, herbal medicinal materials, Ceylon black tea, the style is heavy and dull, thanks to the roasting process, a lot of sugar, Vanilla is particularly obvious, coarse grain pastries, coconut shreds, ginger sugar, sweet oak, American coffee, but the winery’s lemons are less refreshing, melons and fruits, dried pineapple slices, dried flowers, and the sense of fat is normal.
    • Taste
      Vanilla, brown sugar, slightly seaside peat, new wine, a little salt, plant ash, bitter coffee, firewood, pepper, a touch of American oak, fruit, the flavor is short and weak.
      Generally, the fat is average, low sweetness, no acid, no tannin, no astringency, heavier bitterness, no pungency, slightly alcohol, no irritation.
    • Finish
      Middle and lower, charcoal, bitter, smoky, charred wood.

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

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

  24. Gråmantel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Sample.
    • Nose
      Peat and honey. Spirit-driven but also a little vanilla, you do not feel the alcohol strength either. Like the smell of this more than the Arrrrrrdbeg CR sample I tried earlier. This is more "Ardbeggig". Some kind of hard plastic scent, not in a bad way. After a good while in the glass I get a "salted caramel in a cask scent".
    • Taste
      Sweet on the arrival that quickly becomes smoky and salty. Oily and wonderful mouthfeel, another plus compared to Arrrrrdbeg IMO. The alcohol content does not feel so much here either, it can be drunk dehydrated. No super Ardbeg, there is a bit of youthful rawness but it is good. Burnt wood. Slightly bitter.
    • Finish
      Burnt dry aftertaste. A little wood sweetness. Licorice and ginger. Long aftertaste, the smokyness persists.

  25. The_Osprey scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg Scorch 51.7%.

    At Melody bar, London, Jun/Jul 2021.

    Aroma is sort of milky, chocolate mousse, Horlicks, burnt chocolate tart, definitely chocolate mousse.

    Taste is a bit papery with the oak up front, rising into burnt wood and smoke, some oily citrus I associate with Ardbeg but lots of char and smoke here too.

    It delivers on some promises for sure. Sort of more wood focused than smoke. As though the char is operating like a charcoal filter, some of the spirit seems to have been stripped out rather than matured into submission. Some grapefruit and lemon is subtly hanging around in the background. Lingering medicinal and smoke notes. The deeply burnt char comes out again on the late aftertaste. Decent, although like so many of these Ardbeg releases, more of a novelty than a well-put together whisky, and certainly not an improvement on the core range in my opinion. 3.4/81

  26. Gregers scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very enjoyable and quite a bit better than the standard Scorch bottling.

    Review: https://youtu.be/hrXLHstcZfc
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very close to a traditional Ardbeg nose, peat smoke, medicinal notes, lemon oils, dried herbs. Smoked vanilla, toffee, light acetone, sweeter syrupy stuff also. Definitely peaty, medicinal and herbaceous, first of all. Nice, but nothing truly special.
    • Taste
      90 90
      First off, a really chewable dram. Thick, oily, good alcohol level, light black pepper tingle, then come biscuits, shortbread cookies, camphor, peat smoke, lemon oil, sweet toffee, then rolls up with more smoke and toasted oak, as well as some lightly bitter grassy juicy notes. Much better in terms of sweetness than the standard bottling, and much more to my liking. Second chew is more floral, with more herbs also, definitely lots of herbs, also dried apricots, cereals, especially oats, barley. Very good balance between all the flavours, smoke, camphor, astringent lemon oil, wonderful toffee caramel sweetness. Quite powerful expression, but really nice. Third chew brings more power with some ginger and thicker smoke, peppery bite. Really nice. If this was in a similar price range it would get the spot on my shelf instead of my Uigedail - but it isn't.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Strong peat smoke, camphor, ginger, black pepper, lemon oil, sweet toffee, very light oaky notes and grass juices. Long, warm, very nice finish.

  27. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  28. sagara-kun scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very good even if a little intense / sweet on the palate.
    I always leave defeatist on this releases. But this is not bad.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Oily, slightly burnt peat.
      Graphite, lots of spices. Clove, cardamom.
      Mirabelle plum skin, lemon zest.
      Mint, camphor, nice freshness fairly typical of ardbeg.
      Very light white chocolate.
    • Taste
      88 88
      In the mouth it is a little sweet.
      Fat, with a very oily peat.
      Orange, lemon, lemongrass.
      Light licorice, cloves.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Light finish on ash, smoke, lime zest, smoke.

  29. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Petrol, mineral peat, green fruits, ok ish

  30. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  31. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  32. Andytka3 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    1609) Ardbeg, Scorch, The Ultimate, Limited Edition, Fiercely Charred Cask, Committee Release, Fèis Ìle 2021
    As expected, with the excellent regular strength release, approach the cask strength version with higher expectation, however it might not be from the same vat.
    • Nose
      N- Pleasing and penetrating spicy smoke top notes from nose to tail, branched down with ripe sweet fruits, then salt roasted sunflower seeds, liquorice, vanilla cream and peppery. Orange zest with curious floral and black tea emerged over wood barbecued smokes. Being more tight, less fluffy as the RL...if to compared. (88/22)
    • Taste
      P- Dominant salted sunflower seed and moist sultana, a little sweet but pleasantly so that comes with ashy mouthfeel with hint of iodine and cold tar. (88/22)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, with drift of waxy sourness warming up to dirty mineral, coal and barbecued smokes. (87/21)

      B/B- 88/22

      Weighted Rate- 87pt

  33. DrunkDude scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    scbp-6634, this wine is very beautiful, and it can be used as a coconut textbook. The taste is very comfortable in terms of bitterness, astringency, saltiness and maturity, except for the taste, the wine is slightly soft, and the tail Duan is a good wine except that it has a bit of scorching and spiciness. In addition, the vintage of the wine should be around 15 years old, and the barrel is enough.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Use peat wine with roasted oak barrels to see if the final flavor is equivalent to using electric eels to see if electric eels will be electrocuted.
      The aroma is well done, moderately burnt, moderately smoky, refreshing, lemon juice, slightly sour, grapefruit peel, bitter tea, coconut sugar sweet, and even coconut paste. 90
    • Taste
      89 89
      Medium peat, high sweetness, jumping out of melon tea, sweet coconut, small sugar water, sour pineapple, candied/dried pineapple, weak wine power, inelasticity, weak oiliness, and the flavor presents fruit juice. Slightly irritating and limited in salt, it is finished with licorice mint sugar, and the finish is slightly bitter. p91b88
    • Finish
      90 90
      Slightly bitter, coconut, licorice, mint e-cigarette. 90

  34. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Nose: The very familiar Ardbeg, besides the thick, strong peat, you can find more spices and minerals. Tomato crisps, plums, broken peanuts, burnt cake surface, licorice, lime. Of course, the various scoring items for smelling, such as expressiveness, richness, and complexity, are all quite satisfactory, but they are not lost.

    Drink: The wine is unremarkable, the aroma is very Ardbeg, well, it is very Ardbeg Lour~

    Overall: If you blind tasting, I will recognize it as Ardbeg for the first time. If someone asks me the most authentic appearance of modern Ardbeg, I might say it is Ardbeg Scorch. But I don't want to say the second half of my sentence.

  35. LordIslay scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    For me one of the best Ardbeg in recent years. Compared to the "normal" Scorch, this one is even more tasteful in every respect!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  36. aryehf did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    According to interview with Dr. Bill Lumsden on 'one nation under whisky' podcast the scorch was matured on the same casks used for the Ardbeg Alligator (refill of course). Since the Alligator was released on 2011 one can deduct as well that the scorch is 9-10 YO.
    Reference can be found in https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-wwwpu-105233e starting on the 55th minute.

  37. PeatSnatch scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I like its spirit driven aspects as they nicely show the Arbeg's distillate qualities but I found it a bit hurried and has weird notes to be honest. Thats my first impression and maybe that Ill need to spend more time with it.

    Im a big Ardbeg fan, as the classic 10 was the malt that got me into that long and expensive journey (considering the prices of 12 years ago... hmmm)... The blaaack was more cask driven obviously but also showed more layers.

    I did it side by side with the widely available Corry and to me it beats the Scorch.

    Dont get me wrong though, I liked it but considering the marketing hype and what my palate is accustomed to in terms of high quality heavily peated young Islays, its not a mandatory purchase. I dont think many furure Commitee releases will be either...

  38. Simon Stood scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Sufficiently drinkable and not very aggressive ardbeg. Oily, dense with soft but rich peat. 22/22/22/22

  39. Monstruo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  40. holborndrinker scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The price will make your eyes water, but the taste will have you drooling for more. Belting dram.
    • Nose
      You can discern the nose from quite a way off - as soon as it hits the glass notes of roast, crackling and smoke waft around the room.
    • Taste
      The mouth feel is like a thin oil coating the mouth, giving way to quite a complex mix - spice, warmth, like cough medicine mixed with meths.
    • Finish
      Lingers like a pleasant memory, but makes you want more.

  41. Hlektrion scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  42. MaroFF scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I liked this Ardbeg version more than the Arrrrrrrdbeg version. Good whisky, unfortunately the price is high again for US .... Well, Ardbeg appreciates ... The note was made in the dark, I personally opted for lagavulin, I was confused by very modest pharmacy notes for the Ardbeg, which I had just had doubts.
    • Nose
      88 88
      earthy, intense, peat, smoke, smoked plums, skin, seaweed
    • Taste
      89 89
      peppery, smoky, honey, bitterness, vanilla,
    • Finish
      90 90
      quite long, strongly warming, oak, honey and smoking tip

  43. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Salami meets marzipan. Very interesting!
    • Nose
      93 93
      In the nose it is already multi-layered. You have to look for the distillery more than with other bottlings. The nose can move 5 cm away from the glass and still hears everything. Sweet smoke, salami, peanut flips, paprika spices, marzipan.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Full-bodied and right there. The distillery character can be seen, but is covered by the heavy smoke. The paired with the sweetness forms a very nice symbiosis. In contrast to the rest of Ardbeg, it is therefore less 'smooth'.
    • Finish
      90 90
      In the finish, the smoke and sweetness remain clear. Unlike many other Ardbegs. I like it!

  44. 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.

  45. claymore84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 06-04-2021 in Baveno, Italy.

  46. mins1929 did not rate this whisky Newbie

  47. 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.

  48. Griller76 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    I am amazed, because Ardbeg delivers a delicious drinkable whisky with well-integrated alcohol at a reasonable price.

  49. Paulsen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Top - especially compared to the Arrrrrrrdbeg! a great CR bottling, where you can still hold your head about the prices called up.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  50. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  51. gossm01 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It is of medium viscosity and its bouquet is of relatively strong intensity. I have aromas of intense peat smoke, vanilla, oak, pipe tobacco, maritime notes, bacon and creme brulee. Not very complex. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. The alcohol is well integrated and it has a relatively heavy body.

  52. gossm01 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It is of medium viscosity and its bouquet is of relatively strong intensity. I have aromas of intense peat smoke, vanilla, oak, pipe tobacco, maritime notes, bacon and creme brulee. Not very complex. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. The alcohol is well integrated and it has a relatively heavy body.

  53. whiskydramo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • 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...

  54. VanOpek scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    88/100

    Intense and overwhelming industrial smoke with hints of soot. The smoke dominates the other aromas for a long time. First, the profile of the distillery is visible, which is present in every Ardbeg: Ardbeg sweetness, after a while this sweetness disappears and gives way to a note of wet chalk or sand, with a hint of menthol in the distance. The smoke is still there, it does not disappear even for a moment, but you can feel a subtle hint of fruitiness here. The aroma is dominated by smoke, but is varied and deep.
    • Nose
      88 88
      heavy, intense smoky, menthol, tar, a little bit maritime, medicinal: hospital, soot and ashes, shoe polish, sweet - licorice, citric, banana, tropical sweetness - hidden under layers of smoke, complex and aromatic
    • Taste
      88 88
      sweet smoke, very intense, licorice, ashes, medicinal, tar, India rubber, lysol, seaweed, oily, charcoal, smooth and perfectly rounded
    • Finish
      87 87
      fruity-sweet, hints of oak, ashes, seaweed, bitter herbs, soot, tar with BBQ hints, smoke, long and pleasant, rather simple

  55. KjellRolandson scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    What if, the alligator would hit the market with the new Ardbeg character.
    I think that's true of Scorch.
    Very sweet, citrus and light. Cold ash smoke.

    Angang is unfortunately very inconspicuous and quickly gone.
    Still a tasty Ardbeg CR, the best is Dark Cove. For me a smooth grade 2 without taking the price into account. But it doesn't live up to its price. For € 100 he would have a good PLV.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      72 72

  56. Arrrrrdbeg scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    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.

  57. riegerjonas scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    2021-05-14: as always with the Committee Releases: tasty, but too expensive
    • Nose
      87 87
      Werthers Original caramel candies, herbaceous, light smoke
    • Taste
      89 89
      Coal, campfire smoke, sweet, nice note, difficult to define, light citrus notes, caramel (slightly tart)
    • Finish
      88 88
      strong tart caramel

  58. 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.

  59. SpringBarley scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    That is a better CR - powerful smoke bomb
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  60. Funtik scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    22 22 21 22
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  61. 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

  62. mnljng scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  63. myrlo scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

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

    An Ardbeg that I personally like very much. The surprising creamy sweetness harmonises nicely with the smoky notes and ash/soot. Very rich and complex on the nose as well as on the palate. The alcohol is wonderfully integrated, so there is no need to add water. Something for the cold spring evenings.

    I thank Moët Hennessy Germany for the complimentary sample!

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2021/05/06/ardbeg-scorch-committee-release-2021/
    • Nose
      The nose starts with aromas of peat smoke and sooty chimney air. Behind this, a fresh orange note appears, along with aniseed and caramel notes. In the background, soot, iodine and BBQ notes, along with a touch of pepper. Relatively complex and very pleasant. The alcohol isn't pungent at all.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly sweet on the palate with a lovely vanilla note, creamy caramel and orange fruit. Parallel to this, warming peat smoke emerges with some pepper, liquorice, herbs and sooty ash notes. Noticeably oily and multi-layered on the palate. There is hardly any alcoholic spiciness.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and oily with creamy vanilla and sweet smoke. Towards the end tarry with ash and a hint of menthol.

      With water: After adding a few drops of water more smoke on the nose with ash notes, liquorice and soot. The sweet flavours are somewhat pushed into the background. On the palate, however, still sweet with vanilla and caramel, but also clearly spicier and less oily with notes of pepper, smoke, ash and a touch of menthol. Less warming as well. The finish is still long with vanilla, liquorice, menthol, smoke and some tar.

  65. 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

  66. Ulcinj scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  67. TheRareDram scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Ardbeg Scorch 51.7%

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    Nose
    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.

    Palate
    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.

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

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

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    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

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