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Ardbeg Scorch

Overall rating
85.93/100
votes
108
Whiskybase ID
WB184802
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
16/17.02.2021
Casktype
Dragon Charred Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L2408939
Barcode
5010494969719
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2021
Added on
02 jun 2021 3:23 pm by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 381.32

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108 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Scorch

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.93 points

  1. stefanrietdijk scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Tried a sample of the scorch yesterday, it’s a nice dram, but it’s also a very young dram. Not very sure what’s all about this one. It’s definitely a smooth one, but also quite pricey and no age given.

  2. nikolajsa@inbox.lv scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      peat, dried fruits, sea salt, smoked fish
    • Taste
      88 88
      smoked products, smoke, sweetness, salt, menthol
    • Finish
      88 88
      long, smoked-peat, oak

  3. geriud scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  4. BGM scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. ailean scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  6. Whiskyfin scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Some classic Ardbeg notes here, including the typical peat, along with a haunting charcoal presence that is reminiscent of oceanic driftwood embers (there’s the toasted American oak!), vanilla pod, pine needle tea, allspice, aging cedar wood in a well-used sauna. There are also less prominent notes of black pepper and caramel nougat with peanut. Very nice. But let’s not forget cigarette ash in an ashtray (Nat Sherman MCD’s rather than more common brands with additives). I’m reminded of the old Peat Reek “Raw Cask” series from Blackadder (an independent bottler).
    • Taste
      The low ABV runs slightly hot for only 46% but not overly so. Does that mean it’s fairly young? Yes, most likely, but Scorch doesn’t have the telltale “mescal/banana” note of an excessively young spirit. Charred barrels come through.

      The resulting “smoke” isn’t all that strong when compared with full strength Ardbeg Day releases, or other especially peaty Islay drams. The palate has a nice, fat savory note that vacillates between smoked salmon and deviled ham, depending upon how I smack my tongue. But you can’t have salmon without a touch of lemon (in this case dried lemon zest). There’s a phantom note that reminds me of old Ardbeg Ten releases from the early 2000’s. Tannins from some fresh ex bourbon casks are also noticeable, along with a Honduran whole leaf cigar wrapper, and unsulfured molasses.

      Allusions to Blackadder Peat Reeks, as well: the good ones, not “off” bottlings. Who knows, but I’m fairly sure a few were Ardbegs, especially the really old ones. How well I remember floaty sediment in the bottoms of bottles that took guts (or madness) to swallow. Of course, there is no sediment in Scorch; I’m merely reminiscing about how the whisky shares its most bombastic of flavors with the aptly titled “raw cask” Peat Reek series, which was touted as being “old school.”
    • Finish
      The finish brings cigarette ash and new tire rubber, along with that classic smoked peat of all things Ardbeg. Speaking of which, the smokiness in Scorch tastes more “old school” than most special releases over the past eight years. This said, the finish is barely medium in length. At the death, my tongue is left with a phantom note of black pepper that creeps toward the tip. Any time a whisky moves around in my mouth like that, I enjoy it. Why? Because that’s kinda weird in a cool way. Often, older scotches are the ones that “take a walk on the wild side.”

  7. Hagerboe scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

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

  8. MrJensen scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Very interesting release not at all, as I expected. More smoke and charcoal than normal mixed with sweet and bitter flavors.
    • Nose
      84 84
      A lot of charcoal, sweet apple pie, lime, leather, peat
    • Taste
      85 85
      What a surprise not what I expected and not a typical Ardbeg imo.
      Burned wood, peat, bitter hops, malt, citrus, cooked fruit
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long oily feeling in the mouth.
      Short light bitterness, oak, malt

  9. WingMan scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

  10. vlad78 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Expectedly smoky, and very sweet release.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Smoke, through which you catch the aromas of plum jam, marshmallows and oriental sweets.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is smoky and sweet. Turkish delight.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The aftertaste is sweet, smoky, of medium duration.

  11. pranay butala scored this whisky 77 points Newbie

    Over priced, almost like the 10. Ardbeg’s entire business model for Feis Ile and special releases seem to be based on hype, fancy labels, silly names, and high prices. This is very similar to the 10, except a tad smokier. Not worth the premium...get the 10, Corry or Uigi instead

  12. glenrob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

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