Ardbeg Fermutation

Overall rating
87.49/100
votes
374
Whiskybase ID
WB183225
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
2007
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
13 years old
Number of bottles
8000
Strength
49.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L2422878
Barcode
5010494964714
Bottled for
Ardbeg Committee members
Added on
11 may 2021 5:05 pm by SneakyGentleman
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 467.23

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374 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Fermutation

70 users have left 72 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.49 points.

  1. Official tasting note

    Ardbeg Fermutation tasting notes by Ardbeg
    • Nose
      Fresh, floral, herbal and tart. Hints of mixed herbs and cedar wood. Very zesty, vibrant, hints of smoked orange and grapefruit, lots of menthol and peppermint. With water, powerful bursts of diesel oil, tar, fresh paint and aniseed. As this dies down, a memory of freshly cut hay, and the tiniest hint of something savoury, like yeast extract or bread dough.
    • Taste
      A lively, vibrant, sharp, ‘zingy’ texture, leading into very firm, distinctive flavours – malty/biscuit tones, powerful aniseed, cardamom, antiseptic lozenge, sweet mint toffee and cigar ash.
    • Finish
      Finally, a lingering, salty, firm aftertaste of mint, tar, oak tannin & leather.

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  3. ThorstenH scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I find the official note very appropriate. I'm not an Ardbeg fan. I like it comparatively well.
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  4. stlouisblues scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    Intresting Ardbeg where the smokiness isn't taking over until the very finish. With that siad, this is still very much a smoky dram.
    I find the taste most intresting in this Ardbeg, over riped sweet fruits along with the ashy smokiness does the job very well for me.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Glazed apples, overripe fruit, earthy with a distinct slightly sweet smokiness on the back end
    • Taste
      90 90
      Fairly heavy slightly sooty fruity sweetness, earthy, marzipan and the smoke only comes more intrusively towards the end.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Slightly ashy and smoky, menthol and medium/long.

  5. DistiLesha scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Judging by the reviews of colleagues, I expected much worse!
    And everything turned out well!
    Smoky, fruity, young, provocatively! No signs of barrel aging or tannins.
    As you can see, no new notes appear as the aeration progresses. Flat, two-dimensional, but quality whisky with Fr. Isla
    21 21 21 21
    • Nose
      Pleasant: sweet, iodine, fruity, smoked prunes, peaty haze, seaweed, salty sea breeze, phenolic gouache
    • Taste
      Lots of honey sweetness, peat-smoked fruits, prunes, smoked wild flowers, youthful and burning playfulness, salt, acidity, slight wateriness and lots and lots of phenols
    • Finish
      Long, burning, astringent, phenols remain seriously and for a long time

  6. BarrelBeast scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Youtube Review: https://youtu.be/_CeGVW5HLaw
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. face scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      80 80

  8. -sAxo- scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  9. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nice balance, sweet, complex but fresh and vibrant Ardbeg. Pretty good for me
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sweet, ash smoke, herbal (mint, sage), sea breeze, lemon zest, iodine, fresh wood smoke, white pepper
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet coal smoke, anise, iodine, fresh campfire smoke, herbs, lemon peel, vanilla cream, black pepper. Pretty aggressive but complex
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, sweet ash smoke, creamy, sea breeze, mint. Nice and pleasant

  10. Wilhelm58 scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    The most interesting Ardbeg I ever tried before!!!
    • Nose
      94 94
      Sweet, very strong Ardbeg smoke, herbal and minty notes, tar, sea spray, some lemon, gum, iodine, wood smoke, freshly ground pepper, anise
    • Taste
      91 91
      Vanilla sweetness, anise, iodine, mint, campfire, tastes very lively and fresh, reminds me a little bit of a special long island ice tea cocktail:) Very Interesting!!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Broad and long finish, sweet at first, then leather, tar, oak, ash, and mint

  11. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  12. domani scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    An Ardbeg with multi-faceted smoke, sometimes warm, sometimes cold, with predominantly earthy and dry tones, fruit and sweet are only present in nuances. Certainly a tip for special days - 08.08.2022
    • Nose
      87 87
      Behind the smoke, a toffee note initially emerges, in the background herbs and candied lemon peel, rosemary, otherwise predominantly earthy and smoky
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very sweet, the smoke is less present here, citrus fruits, long-lasting peppery sharpness, oak, bitter nuts
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length, earthy, cold smoke and ash, hazelnut

  13. MaroFF scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      sweet, smoky, a lot of peat,
    • Taste
      delicate, sweet, peat, undergrowth, blueberries
    • Finish
      long, delicate with a hint of forest blueberries and honey bitterness

  14. stormspt scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    is it really supposed to cost that much?

  15. d1scostu scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  16. Petitcham scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg's unique character is rampant and does not hurt the balance, clean spice and green apple

  17. nikolajsa@inbox.lv scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      smoke, creosote, smoked meats, sea salt, herbs
    • Taste
      90 90
      smoke, sweetness, creaminess, smoked products, berry sourness
    • Finish
      88 88
      medium, smoke, sweetness, spices

  18. glenrob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  19. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      86 86

  20. Echson scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Interesting unlike any other Ardbeg CR
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  21. eselsim scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A lot of herbs, sage, rosemary, mint, well-smoked alcohol, but it feels like not up to 10, peat is not expressive, the hype is superfluous, I did not feel the wildness
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  22. Whiskywiseguy did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Smokey, floral
    • Taste
      Earthy, fruity
    • Finish
      Smoke

  23. Gråmantel scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Sample.

    I am mindful not to be caught up by the hype of these releases but I do buy samples when I get the chance. The longer fermentation of this sounded interesting to me so I got me a 5cl sample that I split up into 3 small pours to try over a few months.
    • Nose
      Peat, like the 10 y.o. but a little different. I guessed before nosing that Fermutation would be less peaty like some other committee releases but it ain't. A slightly sour bread and malt note. Fresh wood, sappy. A little sweetness, pineapple. Spearmint. After a long while, the sourness steps up a little.
    • Taste
      Oily. A quite pleasant freshness on the taste. Grapefuit maybe or some other dry-ish citrus note. Some friends of mine get beer notes but I don't really find them. Some salt, mineralitet. Slightly sour.
    • Finish
      Medium, balanced smoke and sweet. This was better then I expected , really pleasant.

  24. Nikilema scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Moist hay, nice herbal notes
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  25. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  26. Wilhelm58 scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    The most interesting Ardbeg I have ever tried!!!

  27. SirTomasz scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Here a lot of sweets appear on the nose, vanilla puddings, sweets coal smoke then some wine notes appear, hay a little towards the PC, anise
    Salty, mineral fruit, and at the end a little chocolate is left at the finish
    It is pleasant to drink zesty citrus fruits, nicely balanced with this hay and malt, the smoke here is a bit more hidden than in the others.

  28. Wilhelm58 scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    The most interesting Ardbeg I ever tried!!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  29. WillWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Comfort and something not usual in ardbeg, I like that

      Something like yeast behinds?
      Some light dried wood or glass
      Pencil? Orange peel
    • Taste
      87 87
      Not yet figure out, a bit young and warm
    • Finish
      87 87
      Quite simple, consistent, and some expresso

  30. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  31. magic_slim scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Color: White Wine

    A lovely and complex Ardbeg bottling. More the light and old school version of Ardbeg and not a peat monster at all. It appears to me that this Ardbeg took benefit from the longer fermentation. Recommended.
    • Nose
      Sweet, creamy and peaty at first nosing with lemons. Very well balanced, smooth and dominated by the peat. Classical old Ardbeg school.
      Earthy and delicate, oak, slightly maritim, fresh and floral with mint and a whiff of pineapple.
    • Taste
      Smooth mouthfeel, which reminds me of lemonade. The taste immediately switches to peat, when swallowed. Round and very well balanced. Peat, oak, tea, lemon zest and malt. Quite spicy with notes of aniseed, camphor and pepper. Very tasty.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, zesty, oaky and peaty. Dry with a lot of pepper in the finish. Tar and ashes in the aftertaste.

  32. Darko_Dramz scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    interesting, unusual, but not high-class Ardbeg. I find the €180 that was called for him outrageous
    • Nose
      Fresh and fruity. Lots of lemon peel, grapefruit, cedar wood, fresh herbs, menthol, mint and woodruff. A musty note of smoke hovers over everything
    • Taste
      Strong spicy attack, followed by lots of vanilla and campfire smoke. Again mint, menthol, cedar wood and woodruff
    • Finish
      Long and spicy with freshly cut grass, mint, musty leather sofa and campfire smoke.

  33. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  34. WhiskySpirit scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  35. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Like it a lot. Highly recommended for Springbank friends in my opinion.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Fruity and citrus-sweet smoke, mineral, some grapefruit and above all lime, subtle vanilla in the background
    • Taste
      89 89
      Creamy, mineral, citrus-heavy, slightly acrid smoke is added, light but pleasant dryness
    • Finish
      88 88
      Here the smoke is most present, again citrus-heavy and mineral, lingers pleasantly long on the palate

  36. VEF206 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  37. The_Osprey scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg Fermutation 13 year old Special Committee Edition 49.4%.

    At Melody, March 2022.

    Very excited to try a wild ferment Ardbeg. The concept could hardly appeal to my interests more.

    Fairly pale yellow.

    Aroma is creamy lime infused sweets. Light aromatic smoke. Touch of Viennese whirl biscuit. Papery shortbread note alongside some citrus. It's subtle but has some complexity.

    Taste is so soft, creamy oak, becoming salty, the typical Ardbeg character is there – more or less; That light lemony ester, soft biscuity oak, salty breathy smoke. But it's subtly different too. Creamy, pencil shavings, other suggestions of citrus not typical to Ardbeg. It’s not dissimilar to a rye spirit in some ways, until the smoke starts coming through that is. A bit tangy on the aftertaste but that vibe is secondary to the smoke. Very interesting. 3.575/85

  38. BuzzT scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

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

  39. PortYouri99 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

  40. Luigisim scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Part of the Warehouse 3 tasting experience at Ardbeg Distillery.
    Good marketing storytelling behind (boiler broke down, three weeks of fermentation) but the result is not great. The beer notes and long lasting yeast are predominant.

  41. gossm01 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It has medium viscosity and its bouquet is moderately intense. I have aromas of maritime peat smoke, herbs, vanilla, malty sweetness and citrus. Moderately complex. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. The alcohol is very well integrated and it has a relatively heavy body.

  42. Mankut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I'm curious ????

  43. dram-drinker scored this whisky 84 points Photo Moderator

    Not very complex and not very special
    • Nose
      85 85
      White wine, peat, smoke, iodine, brine, apple juice, little citric
    • Taste
      84 84
      Punchy, salty, little sweetness, spices, herbs, some peat and smoke, little leafy
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium long, warm, more herbs, more peat, some bitter notes

  44. geriud scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  45. larswehmeier scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A tasty but unusual Ardbeg. For me, the special sour-fruity aromas of the extremely long fermentation go well with the light sweetness and the cold smoke of Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      Intensely citrus-fruity. Ripe pineapple, bergamot oil, peach, orange zest. dry smoke. Becomes more floral and herbal.
    • Taste
      Smoke, citrus, salty liquorice. Pulls the tongue properly. Orange.
    • Finish
      Smoky, sweet, bright, long, ginger

  46. redlightsflash89 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I did not want to contribute to the hype and pay that much for a Bottle of Ardbeg but luckily I was able to get my hands on a sample of this. So… Hype bottling or is it actually good whisky? We shall see. But in all honesty, this bottle is way overpriced, It does not beat the Port Charlotte MLC and OLC or the Laphroaig 10 CS and only closely beats the Ardbeg Corryveckan.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Immediately Sourdough, fresh cut grass, a nice very maritime smokiness, overripe pears, pineapples and mangoes. Kinda like a tropical fruit market on a hot afternoon… that was unfortunately burnt down ????. I get some very ledaig notes here as well that always remind me of a stable and a very Ardbeg note of enigne oil.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Also quite sour, like overripe pears and apples, then the smoke and the salt come to the forefront, quite doughy and bready I have to say
    • Finish
      88 88
      Here the smoke clearly pushes to the forefront but the sourdough and overripe pears and apples are still here as well. The finish is quite long and a nice salt note spreads around in the mouth. I like it.

  47. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Nose: The oily peat smell is great, and the overall performance is slightly softer and richer than the Ardbeg peat in the impression, and a very intuitive freshness. Brand new paper, sour star fruit, fresh melon vine. The newly renovated office, with no added citrus jam, the dry fragrance of Chinese Tieguanyin, is characterized by dryness, high, delicate and complex, like a delicate and fancy snake.

    Drink: The taste is more creamy, a lot of peat, very salty, sour fruit, burnt rice, orange peel, the overall will inevitably appear too monotonous.

    Overall: I have more expectations for Ardbeg, which has a longer fermentation time, of course, about the fruity expectations. It is undeniable that there will be more fruit in this product than other regular products, but all of them are fleeting, I don't have any Can't catch.

  48. Teodrhed scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Start with a great smoky nose that evolves quickly to a more refined and complex range of flavours.

    The palate is very well balanced, quite round at first but the finish is definitetely more vivid. Great elegance and integration of the peat.

  49. LuznyHenryk scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    The first thing you feel is a note of sweetness that immediately gives way to floral motifs, herbs, tea. It is all covered in smoke. Smoked bacon appears on the second stove.
    The taste is fresh, peaty, but the smoke is sweet and delicate. There are citrus accents. Alcohol well hidden.
    Long and dry finish at the beginning, then sweeter and warmer

  50. Najzero did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    As ratings seem to be quite... errrr.. under monitoring I just skip my numeric rating and try to write some words.

    Nose: "wtf is this, ardbeg smoke with something sour"
    Like beer that is over its lifetime for 6 month or so...

    Mouth: sour, peppery, bitter(!)

    Finish: peat + bitter

    Conclusion: not for me and I find the initial price already ridicoulos. Only collectors that keep this "masterpiece" closed should grab it.

  51. Funtik scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  52. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    An sich ist es sehr begrüßenswert, dass mit 13yo ein Alter angegeben ist. Wenn er jetzt auch noch zumindest sehr gut schmecken und nicht den Gegenwert von drei Ardbeg Uigeadail kosten würde - aber nein, er ist zwar handwerklich in Ordnung, dabei aber unspektakulär und belanglos. Und (natürlich) maßlos überteuert.
    Die Story zum Whisky: geschenkt.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Mit Wildkräutern durchsetzter Torfrauch, der aus der Ferne wesentlich besser auszumachen ist, als mit der Nase direkt überm Glas. Limettensaft, Zitronengras, frisches Gebäck. Torfrauch ist da, Zitrone/Limette ist da, was fehlt, ist das sonst so übliche Kalter-Aschenbecher-Feeling. Er wirkt zahm und zurückgenommen, da dürfte durchaus mehr kommen.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Süßlicher und mit Zitronenwasser „abgeschmeckter“ Torfrauch. Im Antritt kräftig und bissig. Trocken und kräuterig. Hier nun kommt ein wenig der mit Kippen überquellende Aschenbecher durch, er bleibt allerdings nicht sonderlich lange, sondern macht rasch Platz für noch mehr Kräuter, was ihn herb, ja fast bitter werden lässt. Pfeffer und Paprikagewürz, Grapefruit, Limette, Zitrone. Kalter Kaffee, geraspelte dunkle Schokolade.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Wäre nicht der Torfrauch, er wäre in nullkommanix weg von der Zunge. So hat man noch ein wenig länger etwas von ihm und kann pfeffrig torfrauchigen Limettenscheiben nachschmecken.

  53. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Floral, herbal, yogurt, followed by smoky, citrus
    • Taste
      88 88
      Lively tar, ashes, crackers, spices
    • Finish
      87 87
      Soft, sea water, mint, tannins

  54. Killswitch scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  55. whisky666 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A good and drinkable malt from Ardbeg.
    The whole marketing and committee posturing would, however, lead to deductions in the B grade....it's a good thing that this isn't taken into account here ;-).
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  56. hlz30 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    As I am running down to the end of my old bottle of Kilkerran 12, I decided to use it as a lightly peated "warm-up exercise" before I review this dram.
    I was expecting the super long fermentation to impart some different character, if possible a high ester level, but I got myself wrong: the stills went out of work in the winter of Islay, and the washback was left open for cooling down the wash and to reduce the activity of yeast, and not to forget that the yeast was never immortal. Were the 3 weeks spent for fermentation or sedation...?
    • Nose
      84 84
      Tangy and zesty at the arrival,along with a herbal note (fresh sage). The peatiness didn't overwhelm at the beginning and was rather round. There was a moment that I got a hint of ripen jackfruit. Some (mildly) ripen oranges and apricots. Crystalised sugar and a hint of burning plastic. Nothing special but not as annoying as I heard so.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Sweet-salty arrival but quickly dimished into being tasteless, with moderate viscosity. But there was no richness or complexities on the palate compared to the Kilkie, even if this dram born an extra 3% ABV. Rubber, earthy peat bog, and some overshadowed fragile fruitiness, and upon that the palate was dominated by the peat, burnt wood ashes, brine. Rather one-dimensional.
      The first sip was mildly spicy with white pepper. One thing for sure is that there clearly was medicinal bitterness, which did not intensify itself along chewing but luckily it was not standing out.
    • Finish
      80 80
      A heavily peated dram would always be of a med-to-long finish, and this one ended up with a just-over-medium length, balanced between dryness and roundness. The medicinal bitterness persisted, along with a hint of menthol that vanished swiftly. Cigarette ashes, burning kelp and wood soaked in brine, along with rubber.

  57. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Ashtray, mineral/rock, light meat notes, salt, zest, sugared grapefruit, vanilla, fruit curd
    • Taste
      91 91
      Oily ashtray, grapefruit, alcohol well integrated, everything very well balanced
    • Finish
      88 88
      Oak, oiliness, ashtray (but restrained), grapefruit stronger, more bitterness towards the end, ashtray again

  58. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    S 9
    You can clearly tell it's an Ardbeg, but you'll probably question yourself several times along the way if it's in a blind tasting. Definitely a dram for adventurers, give it some time to let the flavour fully develops.

    This is a very refreshing Ardbeg as opposed to its usual releases for peat heads like me. Imagine it's spring and you're in an endless grassland, that's how I feel when sipping this.

    N 27
    Did they mix some flowers in their peat?! Floral, nicely peated with a coastal influence. Moderately peated barley sugar sweetness, remind me of new-makes. Then some creamy, freshly cut grass. The nose end with some citrusy. Increasing vanilla pod aroma is also noted as time goes by.

    P 27
    Very grassy. Herbaceous, mostly peppermint. Then again, malty with barley sugar that slowly transits to smoked ripe fruit sweetness. Peppery comes first and gradually arrived as more gentle baking spices. By the end, a weirdly interesting mix of lemon tart and cigar ashes are also noted. Also, a touch of gasoline perhaps?

    F 26
    Mid finish. The promising Ardbeg's earthy, ashy peat has returned here. It's moderately peated with more barley sugar and maltiness. It ends with a very refreshing, almost herbal note lingering.

  59. vlad78 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    It was very curious to try this release, accompanied by such an interesting story. A long fermentation that seemed like a problem, but turned into a fascinating story. So…
    • Nose
      88 88
      Cucumbers, cut meadow grasses, some tropical fruits, red-yellow apple, moss and smoke, apple essence, lollipop, sour yeast.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet and sour, quite fruity, without aggression and smoke. Quite delicate, soft, good density, degree and body.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Smoke, fruity sweetness, small "prickly" tones that fade into smoke and cigarette ash.

  60. yarikovsky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very contradictory and multifaceted nose, from pickled cucumber pickle, to the aroma from a waffle cup soaked in ice cream sundae, in between with motor oil, ashes, smoked chicken meat, marinated with some kind of sweet sauce, sleepers, smoke, peat .. ., definitely let him breathe, the longer the better, otherwise the brine will overshadow everything
    Taste and aftertaste is real Ardbeg hardcore, this is why I love Ardbeg!
    22 22.5 23 22.5
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  61. daverdaz scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I am firmly convinced that a longer than average fermentation has many positive properties and this is also a reason why many older bottlings are qualitatively better than the stuff that was produced in the last 20-25 years. Unfortunately, the fermentation time has been shortened more and more in recent years for reasons of time and profit. In any case, I was therefore full of anticipation for this bottling. And of course also because I've been an Ardbeg fan from the very beginning!

    The nose is very nice, clean and also typical for Ardbeg. Great fun! Unfortunately, this is followed by a VERY unspectacular button. No bad grades or similarly negative, but really nothing special. If there were a 12-13y old standard Ardbeg bottling, I could imagine that it tastes exactly like this. In any case, I don't know if I could have blindly distinguished it from the 8y or 10y. At most because of the different alcohol content.

    So my conclusion: awesome marketing with a cool story, a funky comic label that I really like. But not qualitatively what I have to drink again. Not at that price anyway!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  62. dominikbraun scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    You can argue about the pricing policy and the marketing with silly UFO washbacks - but I'm interested in the fermutation as a further development, because you don't normally get a whisky with such a long fermentation time.

    What does it have to offer?
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose starts with a stale, yeasty aroma. There are also light citrus notes, typical Ardbeg smoke, moldy charcoal and a sour fruitiness in the background that reminds me a little of fizzy tablets. An interesting mixture of fruity-fresh and acidic-musty notes. Personally, I don't really like it that much.

      All in all interesting, but also surprisingly unspectacular.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Something different than expected. Significantly musty, again sweet and sour fruits, mustiness and mould, smoke, maritime and mineral notes and an idiosyncratic character that I haven't had before. The mouthfeel is partly tangy and fresh and partly quite soft.

      Overall tasty if you like this character. The "hottest, wildest and most exciting Ardbeg ever" turns out to be more of a toothless tiger.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is comparatively soft and leaves a smoky, mushroomy feeling on the tongue.

  63. Bene37 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nose: musty and fresh at the same time (that has something), damp forest floor with mushrooms, citrus notes (lime), a few herbs and some lovage, some pineapple and pear, some ash

    Palate: sweet entry, mineral, creamy, ash and cold smoke, citrus notes (lime), some pineapple and pear, some herbs, some solvent (turpentine)

    Finish: medium length, warm, ashy, hints of grilled pineapple

    Rating: yes, it's okay, even interesting in places. Has a lot to offer, but doesn't really want to pick me up either. Lots of ash, citrus notes (lime), some herbs, mineral and grilled pineapple. I would prefer the standard 10 by far over this one at any time. It's a good thing that the fermutation (on purpose) passed me, I wouldn't have wanted to pay 180 euros for it. The price is in no way comprehensible with what is offered here - and I am talking about the issue price and not what a crazy secondary market calls for. It's nice to have had it in a glass, but nothing more than that.

    86/100 or 6/10

  64. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    citrus, green fruits, coastal peat, eucalyptus, not bad

  65. whiskybdg scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Very nice release. There is a hit of oil, tar, tobacco, mint. The peat and citrus fruits are also present.

    One of the best CRs of recent years.

  66. whiskyclick scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Official tasting notes are described very well.
    .
    We poured in the glass right after opening the bottle. Nose was very sharp at the beginning but then it fully developed.
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    Very lemon zesty, orange, grassy, minty and salty, vanilla sweetness in the back. The peat is not so prominent, "high tones". Don't know why, a few times it remined us of an older Bowmores (violets).
    .
    On the palate light bodied, creamy, very bitter, mineral. Not too complex.
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    Finish is long, ashy.
    .
    Overall a very nice everyday dram. For us, too bitter on the palate as well it's not so complex. We would rate this one 6/10 (not taking the price into consideration and taking into account that the bottle is freshly opened).
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    We think the fans of very peated Ardbegs won't find this dram very attractive.

  67. eddi14 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    The guys from Ardbeg made a big hit !!
    Nose: Fresh apples, mint, light spicy smoky note, some engine room, caramel, cotton candy or cookie dough
    Palate: Tobacco, leather, salty liquorice, seaweed, campfire,
    Finish: beautiful spicy sweetness, finely integrated smoke, liquorice, nice notes of wood, wonderfully caramelly at the end
    Conclusion: All notes are beautifully integrated and very intense. You can enjoy the scent in your nose for half an hour alone.
    Nice and strong in the mouth and a real sea dog!

    I've had quite a few things from Ardbeg, but this one is really way up there!!

  68. nhuber scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Initially sold for 180€ including shipping in Germany.

    Classic ardbeg with solid age, price value relationship obviously questionable but nice fresh floral notes in the nose, well balanced in the mouth and medium long finish. Also good drinking strength, likes a bit of water to open up more... For a more normal price definitely something to consider

  69. F_Weinberg scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    I happened to be a in a local whisky bar the day after they got a bottle of this in, and tried a dram at a fairly reasonable price. After reading about the story and the inevitable hype behind this bottle, I was fairly sure this would be an interesting, overpriced failure.

    What a nice surprise to find that it was actually quite delicious!
    • Nose
      Classic Ardbeg peat up front (petrol, oil, ashes), but with an interesting softer layer underneath, with citrus, lemon zest, passion fruit and fresh floral blossom. Much lighter than expected. There is also a slight note of smoked meat evident.
    • Taste
      On the palate, smoked and cured meats like chorizo. A warm breadiness/maltiness. Quite savoury. A drop of water brings out some more sweetness, but overall the taste is quite savoury, dialling down the peat a bit, and all is in good balance.
    • Finish
      Excellent balance on the finish, with the lingering meatiness/saltiness complimented by the returning soft peat and fruity sweetness.

  70. VanOpek scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Surprisingly fresh, cut grass laid out in the sun, fermented vanilla, sour cream, slightly menthol, soft and fresh, citrus, raw cake, fire smoke or incense
    • Taste
      sweet, bonfire smoke, ash, tar, acidity in the background, chalky-mineral, full-bodied, not complicated, alcohol well hidden, very pleasant
    • Finish
      oaky with hints of bitter herbs, spices, peat smoke, smooth and long

  71. TheRareDram scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Nose: Big, rich, fruity, malty, peaty! Maybe I’m imaging things but it’s almost like I can smell the wash, bubbling over the Douglas fir washbacks as the air becomes thick with a yeasty, soapy aroma. Lemon flapjacks with an extra splash of lemon juice, kumquats, pear schnapps, tea tree oil. A rather soapy, peated aroma like walking into a Lush in Port Charlotte. The peat is typically Ardbeg and heavy with notes of tar, engine oil, dried earth, camphor and fresh pencil shavings.
    • Taste
      Palate: Dazzlingly fresh and vibrant with grapefruit, lemon cheesecake, gooseberries and aniseed sweets before building some funky untypically peated character with absinthe, Fisherman’s Friends, anthracite, pencil shavings, cigar butts and turmeric.

      Mouthfeel: Refreshing and sharp, like drinking honey and lemon tea, but wonderfully thick.
    • Finish
      Finish: Really something quite special. Starts off with the same sharp lemony aspect as the nose and palate before transforming into creamy, malty, biscuity goodness. Gooseberries in white chocolate, pistachio and lemon biscuits, then some final cigar ash to round things off nicely.

  72. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    According to the label on the back, it was due to an accident in 2007 when a boiler failed and the fermentation took six washbacks beyond the “point of no return”. The result is said to be the hottest, wildest and most exciting Ardbeg ever. The Ardbeg Fermutation is bottled with 49.4% alcohol strength, at least in the Committee edition

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