Ardbeg 08-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
for Discussion
Stated Age
08 years old
50.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L2411230 17/03/2021
Bottled for
The Ardbeg Committee
Added on
22 Jun 2021 10:47 am by Tauti

Average value

€ 153.63

69 × in wishlist

299 × member ratings

3149 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 08-year-old

57 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.15 points

  1. FCBayernMuenchen1900 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Still available at 65 Euros or 57 Pounds in the Ardbeg Online Shop. People are manipulating the shop links by commenting that it is sold out even though it is simply limited to one bottle per customer. And by this they are trying to sell this at a much higher price in here, which is really ridiculous. Instead of just buying and enjoying this wonderful dram, people seem to be so desperate to make „big money“ . Maybe other people also want to taste this whisky. If a quick profit of say 50 Pounds/Euros is more important than enjoying, then these people are a part of society that I do not want to have anything to do with. Keep away from whisky drinkers that simply want to enjoy…

  2. Mitswhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    In Germany available for 65€ plus 8€ shipping.
    Total initial price 73€ per bottle

  3. captain_k did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    At the moment there is no reason to buy the Ardbeg 8 overpriced on the marketplace. it is still available in the Ardbeg Shop. 7/8/21 6:00 p.m.

  4. LukeFive did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Release price £57

  5. FernetBranco scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Open today and try. Put it this way: A conceivable bottling if you want to round off the range downwards. MMn almost irrelevant. A little smoke, a little hay, a little cucumber water and something in the direction of fruit. Nothing I wouldn't get at 10 too. It is even a touch more complex and pleasing. Anyone who wants to discuss should do so ... but for "classic" Ardbeg fans this is more of a disappointment.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

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

    With this bottling, there are indeed some points of discussion for me. A well-made whisky in itself, but I personally miss the sweetness and the Ardbeg typical citrus notes. What remains are lots of spices and dry ash notes with smoke and peat. The influence of the sherry casks used is, if at all, only marginal to me. The 5-year-old Ardbeg Wee Beastie has convinced me more.

    I thank Moët Hennessy Germany for the complimentary sample!

    • Nose
      The nose starts off with a subtle citrus note, but is immediately displaced by smoke, peat, bitumen and ash. In addition, some sweet toffee, accompanied by green bell pepper and herbs. A powerful nose with a hint of medicinal notes, antiseptic with adhesive tape.
    • Taste
      Powerful and warming on the palate with a distinct peppery spiciness. In addition, smoke, tar and anise, accompanied by salted caramel and menthol. Towards the finish slightly sweet bacon notes with a touch of sea salt.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and dry with peppermint, cloves and warming peat smoke.

      With water: After the addition of a few drops of water, there are clearly more notes of bitumen, tar and green bell pepper, with a hint of toffee. Somewhat tamed on the palate, yet still very peppery and also a bit tangy on the tongue with paprika, menthol, dry ash, anise and some caramel. The finish is still long, but becomes even drier with ash, clove and a slight sea breeze.

  7. TP-Darknight scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    SMELL intense, first strong notes of charcoal, tar and toffee, then a mysterious, herbal scent of fennel, celery and green paprika. As soon as these subside, milk chocolate, anise and wood smoke follow. With a small drop of water, further herbal notes appear such as coriander and lavender, aromatic wood smoke and a freshly salty sea spray.

    TASTE Pronounced peppery notes flow into a complex symphony of soft toffee, anise, salted caramel chocolate, eucalyptus, menthol and heather. A tingling peppery taste follows with sweet aromas, which are overlaid by hearty notes of charcoal, smoked bacon, burnt toast and tar. FINISH Long and persistent, with a hint of fresh peppermint and a pinch of clove.

  8. LukeFive did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Ardbeg 8 Years Old is a big, youthful, deliberately challenging whisky that we think our smoke-loving, insanely committed Committee Members will go wild for.

    Unmistakeable smoky intensity. Charcoal and creosote. Curious hints of fennel and celery mixed with woodsmoke… Ardbeg 8 Years Old is guaranteed to provoke discussion.

    Only available online, and only available to Committee Members, this bottling is pretty rare too… Buy, try and discuss the dram with us on social media using #Ardbeg8ForDiscussion. We look forward to hearing what you have to say!

    ABV 50.8%

  9. LukeFive did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Official Tasting Notes:
    Pale Straw

    Intense with a burst of charcoal, creosote, tar and treacle toffee, with curious hints of something vegetal, like fennel, celery and green peppers. Once these subside, there are hints of milk chocolate, aniseed and woodsmoke. With a little drop of water, some more herbal notes appear, like fennel, coriander and lavender, along with some characteristic Ardbeg aromatic woodsmoke and a hint of fresh, salty sea spray.

    A distinctively peppery mouthfeel eases into a complex symphony of flavours; treacle toffee, aniseed, salted caramel chocolate, eucalyptus, menthol and briar wood, to name but a few. The ‘tingling’, peppery sensation on the palate continues, with the sweeter flavours giving way to more savoury notes like charcoal, smoked bacon, burnt toast and tar.

    The aftertaste is long and lingering, with a suggestion of peppermint and clove.

  10. Noface83 scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Intense and very good - the best Ardbeg in recent years and definitely much more mature, complex and better than the 5 series. Also a clear step up to the TEN. Would say on a level with the Ugi and Corry and therefore fairly priced. Fortunately, it will be readily available for a longer period of time so that you can drink it with friends and then simply buy more. The finish is especially great.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Intense and slightly biting smoke on the nose, nice sweetness (juice from canned fruit mixture), toffee and light honey notes, something sour (malt vinegar), lots of spice (pepper, anise and clove), a touch of onion juice, heavily charred oak. After a while, dried herbs are added and I imagine I have some Oloroso sherry as well
    • Taste
      86 86
      Intense - peppery hot, again the aniseed and a slight sweetness like lemon cake with a little too much acid, hay mixed with dried herbs (like guinea pig feed), extremely strong notes of warm, biting campfire smoke and coal.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The finish is heavy, first a fresh menthol note and chilli catch then it becomes incredibly dry with a little sherry sweetness and toffee. But the smoke and the wood hit pretty quickly. Tar and extremely burned out barrels are left behind for a very long time. Even the dryness remains and pulls the spokes out of all pores. Once you get used to the smoke, there is a slightly nutty-sweet Oloroso note. Even hay and yes fennel come back at the very end.


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