Ardbeg 08-year-old

Overall rating
86.72/100
votes
750
Whiskybase ID
WB185853
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
For Discussion
Bottled
17.03.2021
Stated Age
08 years old
Strength
50.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L2411230 17/03/2021
Barcode
5010494971040
Bottled for
The Ardbeg Committee
Added on
22 jun 2021 10:47 am by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 158.92

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750 × member ratings

5861 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 08-year-old

151 users have left 163 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.72 points.

  1. ThorstenH scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Quite harmonious. Light Ardbeg smoke with light floral notes. Fits front to back. Easy to drink.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Not bad.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Pleasant, fresh, meadow flowers, light honey, peat, campfire smoke, very characteristic of Ardbeg
    • Taste
      87 87
      Slightly sweet, fruity, peaty, slightly citrus sour
    • Finish
      86 86
      Above average. Woody and peaty, with citrus sourness

  3. Sirralf scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A good whisky, but nothing special. My expectations were not met. Ardbeg can do that better. For this price, the standard bottlings like Ardbeg 10, Uigeadail or Corryvreckan are definitely preferable.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Peat smoke, peppery, fruity, floral, honey, chocolate
    • Taste
      84 84
      Peppery, peat smoke, bacon, sweetness
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium length, somewhat flat, smoky, sweetness

  4. Jamie McDubh scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very "ordinary" compared to other Ardbegs. Better an uigeadail or corryvreckan....they taste far better.
    You can definitely drink it, but I would still prefer other Ardbegs in terms of taste and price.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Torf - Pfeffer
    • Taste
      83 83
      Peat - sweet - campfire
    • Finish
      85 85
      Just

  5. mandragoru scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. face scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  7. BarrelBeast scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Youtube Review: https://youtu.be/GSHZ69o9jj0
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. Astrid scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    My nose finds some refreshing approaches, but overall it's a very typical young Ardbeg in the sense of the committee releases: he has strength, but he still seems thin. Or is that not because of your young age, but because of the spirit itself? For the full review go here: https://halbendrinks.de/2022/09/18/evolution-of-ardbeg/
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. JorgenRichardson scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Smokey like a ham; vanilla and fruit; Calvados?
    • Taste
      91 91
      Smoky with fruity sweetness
    • Finish
      88 88
      Smoky, woody

  10. nomad_soul scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  11. aw-home scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Campfire peat smoke with maritime and floral notes, vanilla and spicy oak aromas.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Vanilla with maritime notes, peat smoke, peppery spiciness and anise.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Long with peat smoke, maritime notes, honey and spices.

  12. EricLeeee scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Not bad for a bottle of Ardbeg at such a price.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. leoasis scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    an age statement Ardbeg bottled at just over 50% ABV definitely worth to try

  14. Ficelli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Bene37 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nose: spicy and smoky, cold coals and ash, some tar, citrus notes (lime), pineapple, lovage, some liquorice, some sweetness, light ginger and anise

    Palate: Soft and smoky, ash, coals and some tar, citrus notes (lime), some sweetness, some pineapple, unfortunately not fully present

    Finish: medium length, warm, sweet, smoky, pineapple, citrus notes, lovage, light ginger and aniseed, some liquorice

    Rating: it's clear, but because of the inconsistent mouthfeel it misses more. Smoke and citrus notes, herbs and pineapple determine the picture. If the pineapple were as present on the palate as it is on the nose and the finish would be very good; so he's "just" totally okay. Personally, I still prefer the Ten.

    86/100 or 6/10

  16. fnk scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Ex Sherry Cask fits Ardbeg, a good combination!

  17. grinface did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I don't know what there is to discuss. I think this is a very solid cask strong whisky. A beautiful and honest addition to Ardbeg's portfolio. Which nowadays often seems to consist of quick money and marketing machinery.

    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/

  18. whisky_garage scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: A bit shy, but it's temporary. Oiliness, smoked meats, smoke, tropical fruits, citrus fruits, rye bread, spicy spices.
    Taste: bright, sweet with bitterness, smoky. Peat smoke, ash, creamy theme, vanilla, citrus, coniferous-herbal shades. Spicy spices, lots of pepper.
    Finish: dry with bitterness. Lots of pepper, thick smoke, diesel fuel.

    Conclusion: Considering this release from the standpoint of a regular lineup or a batch history, it would have turned out quite well, but you shouldn't serve it with Committee sauce.

  19. pianoman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      piercing. Charcoal smoke, wood varnish, lemon zest. Burnt garden herbs. Some vanilla pudding. A hint of mustard.
    • Taste
      Gasoline fire, lemon, old wood planks. Iodine and a touch of pepper. Cold coffee. Ash.

  20. Tutu scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

  21. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    nose:
    strong smoke over a damp fire
    fruits on cooked citrus fruits, peppery spices
    vanilla caramel, dried herbs
    stuffy:
    the dryness of the peat, spray that has settled on coastal grasses, a return zan dry, unsweetened, smoke at once, almond shell with its skin and its bitterness,
    fruits on the citrus fruits arrive, it's yellow lemon which takes your hair off to the inside of the gums, the ashy peat suddenly returns and sweeps away leaving only burnt caramel in return
    final:
    ashy, vanilla, woody, minty, medium.

  22. Arrrrrdbeg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A very successful committee release and fortunately always available and that's exactly why I don't understand why it's offered here for up to 200€ and let alone why someone should buy it instead of the RRP?
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sherry, Vanilla, Anise, Citrus, Ash, Smoke (typically ardebeg)
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sherry, sweet, ash, anise, campfire, spicy, citrus here again and of course a nice portion of smoke that hovers over everything.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long finish, smoke, spicy, sweet, slightly oily,

  23. Paedi75 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      81 81

  24. Romynator scored this whisky 99 points Member Junior

    Perfect

  25. Dr.Ago scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    Peated...

  26. JosMei scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Smell, aroma, taste, finish and in general very balanced and tasty.
    By the way, it's available from the Committee for €65 and you can order up to 6 bottles.
    Too bad to sell!
    A great Ardbeg!!

  27. FluidSunshine scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  28. stalker1971 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  29. Eisieisbaer08 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  30. fradin11 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

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

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

  32. Unlimit scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

  33. Isabell scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    This bottling is a real surprise, a positive surprise! For me significantly better than the Ardbeg Ten and at least on par with the Corryvreckan. I also think it's great that Ardbeg writes a single-digit age on the bottle here, please keep it up.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet peat smoke, coal, mineral-salty notes, lemon peel and vanilla in the background. After a little waiting, spice aromas such as juniper and thyme are added.
    • Taste
      90 90
      A great, sweet start with wonderfully aromatic peat smoke. Here, too, there is an interesting herbaceousness paired with sea salt, citrus notes and some heather honey. A veritable thunderstorm of aromas, which has a very pleasant bitterness to offer at the end. Really tasty.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Quite long, peppery spiciness, crushed juniper berries, menthol candy, sweet peat notes again, Scandinavian sauna infusion. Finally, it all transitions into a light nuttiness with nice campfire smoke. Pure Ardbeg.

  34. sublimesk scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Great young Ardbeg at an ABV that hits my sweet spot. Bought via the Ardbeg webshop at a holiday in Germany for €65 in april 2022...

  35. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I was pleasantly surprised by this one, but admittedly I had few expectations. I don't like the excessive marketing of the Ardbeg at all, but I really like the 10s, the Corryvreckan and the Uigeadail. And this one goes in the right direction, but without rough edges.

    This one is a really tasty, not particularly complex, but nicely intense malt.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Lots of salty peat smoke, the typical Ardbeg sweetness, pineapple and everything you like about the simple Ardbegs. Nicely balanced and round, despite the "cheap" price and not too thin. Everything very smooth.
    • Taste
      88 88
      There's nothing to complain about, because here, too, he's simply Ardbeg. Slightly maritime, sweet and smoky entry, which spreads just as well in the throat without offering any surprise or interplay. But again: hey, for 70 you can't complain if you're just looking for a tasty Ardbeg that you don't want to analyze too much.
      Good, slightly oily mouthfeel with dry herbs at the back, which are not a bad note.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Short to almost medium length

  36. Pepone scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

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

  37. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  38. MarcinCh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Pretty bright color. There is a slight oily.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Peat. Red fruit. There are many of them. Effect similar to Sherry Oloroso. Lots of red fruit. Cherries and wild strawberries. Maybe a red currant. Even some dark forest fruits. Some blueberries and blueberries.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Forest fruits. Blueberries and blueberries. Lots of spices. Chili. Sharply. Peat. Smoke. Caramel.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Peat. Smoke. Caramel. Sweetness. Dark berries. Blueberries. Berries. Medium to medium-long finish.

  39. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very good value for money, a positive surprise, very solid with old Ardbeg quirks
    Issue price: 65 EUR
    • Nose
      87 87
      Dusty ash, tar, lubricating oil, mineral lemon zest, wet leaves, some cumin
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet BBQ smoke, lube, gum, tar, leather, coal ash, light citrus notes
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long and smoky, the sweetness is followed by a hint of acidity in the aftertaste

  40. Raistlinmejere scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    Smell: Peat, gone.
    Entrance, a little rock sugar sweet. Intense thick peat and burnt peat flavours. Gone.
    Add water to dilute to about 40 degrees: the sweetness is similar to coconut water (not the mainstream white coconut milk in China), but there is no coconut flavor. The feeling of peat was originally very thick, but now it has become very thin, and there is a little smell of plastic bags and saltpeter. The aftertaste after the entrance, a little bacon burnt in the peat.

  41. Gregorsky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    84,5
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  42. Gregorsky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  43. etwa77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    sweet, peaty and pushing quite a bit on the tongue.. i am hesitant to proclaim it better than the 10, since i find the sweetness a little too much.. however, i do feel that the Ardbeggian peat is expressed beautifully here

  44. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Notes from an online blind tasting.
    Very tasty thing. Was totally surprised.
    • Nose
      Colour:
      Light gold

      Nose:
      My first thought is cold asphalt. Then ashy dry smoke. Slightly medicinal. Subliminal sweetness. Something metallic and maritime. Rather light fruity and a pleasant freshness. Herbal tea and hints of tobacco.
    • Taste
      Dry, spicy attack. Dry, ashy smoke. Again the subtly medicinal. Then a sugary sweetness. In the direction of cotton candy with honey. Herbs and again the Maritime.
    • Finish
      Rather long. Oily with a nice sweetness. Then noma comes the smoke ladle and brings pleasant dryness. Slightly metallic.

  45. prestonclub scored this whisky 45 points Expert Senior

    wood, bitter, apple, peat, smoke, grass

  46. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  47. magic_slim scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Color: Pale Straw
    A lovely well balanced young Ardbeg of very high quality. Best value for money, better than most of the recent no age committee bottling and much cheaper. The 90 Points on Whiskyfun are completely justified. Highly recommended.
    • Nose
      Intensively peaty at first nosing. Clean and typical Islay with notes of citrus and camphor. Salty and maritim. A lovely nose.
    • Taste
      Smooth mouthfeel with peat coming up. Still smooth and intensively peaty when swallowed. Creamy, oily, peppery, balanced, very clean and tasty.
    • Finish
      Medium long with the peat lingering on.
      Remains clean and tasty.

  48. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Excellent value for money regarding the distillery price.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  49. hzs275 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      76 76

  50. bankimate scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  51. tripel scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

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

  52. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  53. mjr1987 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    From what I've read and seen on Youtube, there's reservation in liking this Ardbeg too much. And it stems from the possibility of the standard 10YO, dropping to an 8YO.

    This would be unfair to this particular 8YO
    • Nose
      89 89
      Dry peat, smoked heather, damp timber, hessian sacks of potatoes, lovely barley sugar sweetness. No funkiness, very straight laced in terms of the delivery.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Oily new wood, medicinal, fried fish
    • Finish
      91 91
      Dry ash from a Clyde puffer, exhaust smoke, exhausted compost, old grape vines, damp masonry

  54. MarcinCh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Light golden color. Whisky is not too oily.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Smoke, peat. Sweetness. Feel the influence of Sherry. Red fruit. Spices. Black pepper. The second time the caramel comes out. Peat and smoke hide.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Peat. Smoke. Salt, sea. Traces of red fruit underneath. Lots of spices. Ginger, black pepper. Caramel. Salty caramel. Oily and thick whisky.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Peat, seaweed, sea. Salt. Salty caramel. Medium-long finish.

  55. Ostap scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    01/29/2022:
    Youth is completely unreadable, everything is very soft and smooth, as for Ardbeg. Only in the aftertaste there is a certain intensity and pressure of youth. Good release with inadequate price tag.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sour smoky peat, swamp water, prunes, straw, farm with cows, delicately smoked, dried fruits, candied lemon peel, peppermint chill, a little later tender ash, winter pear.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Ash, smoke, notes of sweet rubber, toffee, citrus.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Milk iris, ash, smoke, oak board, soft, oily, not too long, but not short, candied pumpkin, soot, citrus.

  56. Tommms scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

  57. Simon Stood scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose - classic Ardbeg with slight sourness
    Taste - quite young, but dense and oily
    Aftertaste - medium length, fruity.
    21.5-21.5-22-21.5

  58. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    There is nothing much to discuss about it, and it is OK. Sherry profile
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  59. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I like him. A bully. Find him even a bit heavier in smoke volume than the 5 year old Wee Beastie. A throat cleaner. Those over 50% alcohol please. Is he better than the Beastie? Yes, more intense. Better than the TEN? You notice the two years less in the barrel, but the more alcohol content pushes the edgy aromas more into the nose and palate. Therefore, the comparison is not 100% possible. But yes, at the moment I'm even more inclined towards the 8.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Ardbeg. yes Immediately a rush of cold ashy wood smoke with a sweet citrus aroma in the background - like a lemon candy dropped into the ashes. The alcohol is well integrated, the olfactory notes are brought to the nose with vehemence without a stinging or other sign of alcohol. Behind the smoke and citrus is a gentle sweetness with hints of vanilla. These are joined by herbs such as dried rosemary, thyme and sage. All the time, a subtle touch of iodine and minerals wafts along, like a walk on a stony beach. What I don't smell, however, is the influence of the sherry casks.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Creamy but at the same time intense mouthfeel. The youth begins with a slight sweetness. Then the smoke immediately sets in in the form of a full ashtray and the sea influence in the form of salty iodine. Sounds weird, but it's delicious. As in the smell, the citrus note is now also evident in the mouth, which has now mutated more into grapefruit. Add some vanilla and herbs. Slight spiciness, not unpleasant - the oak flavors from the cask are also present. As in the smell, I can't perceive any sherry cask influence in the taste either, which was apparently very subtle or only a small proportion of the cask inventory.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The dried herbs and the grated zest of the lemon/grapefruit are still present. The malt slides down your throat, warming you up. Add to that the heavy cold ash smoke. Long finish.

  60. voodoochile scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Well it is an experiment from Ardbeg and i did quite enjoy it.
    • Nose
      Stron with a hint of charcoal and citrus notes and mediterranian air, not as smoky as expected.
    • Taste
      Toffee, sweet and the alcohol comes through with menthol notes, a hint of smoke with bbq
    • Finish
      Long and a little ashy

  61. PortYouri99 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

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

  62. Walter19 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    By my tasting is a very good Dram, very easy to drink, just like it.

  63. martinseco scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I ended up ordering three bottles from the Distillery Shop. Now I can have a say: As of today - January 18th, 2022 - 6 bottles can be ordered per order. Shipping costs are waived from an order value of 155 euros. In Germany, shipping is from Nuremberg: There are no additional Brexit costs such as customs and taxes. That's the good news. Now for the discussion: Currently 4384 bottles are posted as "in the collection", and apparently there are still plenty of bottles filled if each customer is allowed to order 6 bottles. I would be really interested in the edition! Compared to the Ten, I find this 8-year-old very successful. It is darker and more intense, and at 50.8% vol. it has a strength that leaves room for your own water games. In my opinion, the Ten could use an update (Ten.two), especially a new alcohol strength of 51% vol.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  64. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  65. DistiLesha scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Quite dull and monotonous smoky whisky, although somewhat interesting when it gradually unfolds in the air.
    87 points
    Are you guys serious? :)
    N: 20 T: 21 F: 20 B: 20
    • Nose
      Sweet bourbon smoke, almost homeland, phenol
    • Taste
      The sweetness is not to say fruity, rather some kind of extraneous and chemical, phenol, smoke, tar, creosote, sweetness 7 out of 10, rather sharp, sour and suffocating
    • Finish
      Choking, tart, bitter, tannin, peaty, smoky

  66. KB201 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Only available online but for 65 euros.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Subtle citrus notes, smoke, peat, bitumen, ash, sweet toffee and herbs.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Smoke, tar and anise, caramel, menthol, bacon notes, a little salt.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long hanging charcoal, smoked bacon.
      Cloves and smoke remain on the finish.

  67. Goethe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Quite a nice Ardbeg bottling at 8 years age. Somehow it seems natural to compare it with the Wee Beastie (152827), but this is a total different whisky. More mature, more sherry, creamy, a lot of ashes (almost quite a mix of Lagavulin and Laphroiag notes). What can I say, nice work Ardbeg. Oh, btw, give us such a "CS" bottling (even with 8 years of age) and make it a standard bottling.
    Concerning price/performance ratio: 9/10
    • Nose
      Peat, sweet yellow and red fruits, salted caramel, citrus, methol, salted honey.
    • Taste
      Peat, salted honey, creamy citrus, some sherry way in the back, pepper and ashes.
    • Finish
      Peat, licorice, tar, ashes.

  68. domani scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Actually a good Ardbeg with creamy-sweet smoke. But you don't necessarily have to have it (at the price), there are already good established ones in the core range - 01/03/2022
    • Nose
      85 85
      First fruity sweetness followed by Ardbeg Rauch, charcoal, fennel, pepper mixture, wild rosemary, nutmeg
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet and buttery, scratchy smoky, very spicy, pepper, the alcohol is barely noticeable
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length, nice and creamy, clove, charred fennel on the grill, glowing embers

  69. dapoinbua scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  70. Gusto scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A youthful dram, strong in its sweetish smoky note, very Ardbeg, somewhat narrow, as with many young whiskys the expression is strong in this direction; the breadth, depth and diversity is not strong. On the other hand, whoever expects the power of Uigeadail or Corryvreckan will be disappointed. It offers more elegance, balance of distillate and barrel. Long finish, the sweet oil stays for a long time - that's actually the nicest part.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  71. SherryPeathead scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  72. MaltHarvest scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    A more rounded version of the 10 and has a great balance.nice level of peat which you’d expect from an Ardbeg but not long enough in the mouth for me.

  73. yarikovsky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  74. Pepone scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

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

  75. Spoerkel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    In particular, some of the purchase prices that have now been demanded encourage discussion. Regardless of this, a very decent drop - even if the "violence" of a Corryvreckan is missing, for example.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  76. LittleAlbert scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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    Ardbeg 8 yo 'For Discussion' (50.8%, OB, b18/03/2021)
    It's great that these bottles have more 'common sense' L codes these days. Colour: bright straw. Nose: delicately salty, this sense of things like smoked and pink sea salts. Bath bombs, sandalwood, briny pickling juices, kippers - feels notably more mature after the 5yo, perhaps deceptively so. But still, it's another very good one. With water: getting more aromatic and medicinal now with things like witchhazel, wintergreen and aniseed. Some touches of germoline and camphor as well. Mouth: hoho, lovely oily and textural peat, slathered on phenolics, engine grease, tar extracts, some punchy hospital vibes, gauze, iodine, black pepper and thick sooty notes. Totally superb and the texture is really what impresses most! With water: wonderful peat flavour, cough medicines, pepper and anchovy paste. A terrific tarriness that feels totally Ardbeggy. Finish: good length, peppery, tarry, slightly fishy and still with this wonderfully oily and phenolic vibe. Comments: I find this wee baby just absolutely superb, what I love most is that it feels not only technically good, but with this wonderfully texture it also feels like it has a soul to match. Benchmark young modern Ardbeg at its best. I will be buying a couple of bottles and you may take that as a firm seal of approval.
    SGP: 577 - 90 points.

  77. robse211 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  78. Petitcham scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    There's nothing wrong with it, it's balanced, but not fun.

  79. Willie JJ scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Some pleasant aspects to the nose, although a bit dull and vegetal after the typical citrus sweetness. Disappointing in the mouth. Arrived well enough, but flat in the middle and lacking in Ardbeggy zestiness. Again rather overwhelmed by the vegetal notes. The finish has a throat lozenge attack, which is not unpleasant, but it won’t win any prizes either. Overall this is the worst Ardbeg I’ve had in a long time. Very disappointing.

  80. bcd scored this whisky 98 points Member Senior

    Perfect beg for me. Oily and smooth. Had a 10 a few months ago and it was overbearing on the medicinal at 46%. This baby is top notch at 50%

  81. bcd scored this whisky 98 points Member Senior

    Perfect beg. Soft and peaty

  82. JimJaws scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  83. TechnOBY scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  84. Dogs2 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Warm smoke and ashes from the campfire, pepper, menthol, sweet or overripe lemon.
    Not as strong in taste as expected. Again the smoke and the ashes, again the sweet overripe lemon, pepper is added and makes itself felt with a slight tingling, I mean to find aniseed.
    In the finish, first sweet, then becoming dry, long, the smoke remains and dominates, again pepper, aniseed, then later, very subtle lemon.
    The bottom line is a very good whisky, the 8 years come across as older, but despite the 50.8% currently at € 65, it's too expensive, so I'd rather stick with Ten. I cannot say whether it is Ardbeg-typical, as too little Ardbeg (Ardbeg Ten and Uigeadail) has been tasted so far.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  85. Wolfe scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    This whisky is totally overrated

  86. eddi14 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    At the moment, every provider brings various "Limited Editions" onto the market, some at insane prices.
    The Ardbeg 8yo isn't the best I've had by the glass from Ardbeg, but the price of € 65 is okay in my opinion.
    If Ardbeg had called for € 89 or more for this dram, the customers would still snatch it from the manufacturer ...

    Nose:
    More discreet in the smoke than the Ardbeg 10yo.
    Light citrus notes combined with thyme, sea air and something spicy like bay leaves.
    Palate:
    The first thing here is a fine tar with strong peppery-spicy aromas.
    In the first sip there is nothing of the citrus fruit that was the first to stick out in the nose.
    But when the smoke and tar have cleared, there are nice herbal notes and sea air.
    in the finish there are smoke and pepper notes as well as a little mint followed by salmiak pastilles.

    In direct comparison to the 10yo core range, I find the 8yo more pleasant and more versatile on the palate.
    After several sips you will always find new impressions here.

    As I said, not the best from Ardbeg that I was allowed to try, but overall a good part for a reasonably reasonable price.

    Thick PLUS is the delivery time (2 days after ordering)

  87. yggr scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

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

  88. DerDennis! scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    I like the 10er better :)
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  89. Ed Radour scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

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

  90. LDB scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Indeed debatable: why spend more money on this than on the Ten
    or even the Uigeadail?
    • Nose
      85 85
      Immediately there are notes of rosemary and gin, and olive oil.
    • Taste
      84 84
      A great oiliness, it goes in the direction of the Ten, comes out almost the same, with a slight smokiness. A little salt, but then it quickly fades or a taste of blood creeps in
    • Finish
      83 83
      In the end, the burnt lemon remains on charcoal, then everything is gone quickly.

  91. Hady El Hachem scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    A truly great Ardbeg. Has everything Ardbeg fans (as well as peat fans) ask for in a whisky. The nose is quite beautiful, the palate rich and pretty complex for an 8 year-old, and the finish is long, lingering, and warming. I hope it makes it to the core range, because it's better than the wee beastie. It's like Ardbeg 10 on steroids.

  92. Mankut scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Wow almost as good value for money as the 5 series.

  93. MacMariner scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    As a longstanding committee member, this bottling makes me think in several ways. On the one hand, it is clearly recognizable as Ardbeg by its smell, has undoubtedly the character of a distillery, but leaves a lot to be desired. On the other hand, I wonder where the journey is going and what this bottling is actually "supposed to". If it is to replace the TEN in the medium term, I will be very sad. And if he is to show that Ardbeg can also do "8" (I think the Lagavulin "8" is great), the experiment has failed. In my experience, Ardbeg has fluctuations in the standard bottlings (less in the TEN, more in the Corryvreckan), and yet never a bottling, not even the Wee Beastie 5yo or any committee bottling, fell short of expectations.

    As I said, it has a typical Ardbeg nose, no real off-notes in the taste, but nothing "special" or "delicious" either. No "ooomph" either. It has a bit of cereal / vegetal (fennel ???), but a Glengoyne 10yo has more of it (and tastier, more agricultural there).
    I may be missing a bit of sherry influence in the taste, I can't find any noteworthy taste in the mouth, rather in the nose.
    The finish is slack and short, a bit arbitrary.
    Although it is also easy to drink "unstretched" and by no means burns or is bubbly, I tried to unlock the taste notes with a little water - no result.
    Conclusion: A craftsmanship certainly solidly made single malt from Ardbeg, which has no outstanding tasting or drinking properties, leaves some wishes unanswered and many questions unanswered and does not do justice to its price.

  94. elipszis scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    It would be nice to be in the core range.
    I think the pricing is fair.
    A very big favorite right now in 2021.
    • Nose
      powerful
      salty
      medicinal peat
      peach
      pear
      woody
      ash
      lemon
      vanilla
      coal
      chocolate
    • Taste
      powerful
      chili chocolate pungency
      then turns into a sweet malty flavor
      peach and pear
      cocoa butter
      spicy
    • Finish
      medium length
      medicated
      compote
      chili chocolate
      salty
      medium long

  95. d1scostu scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  96. robbert88 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      N: nutmeg, citrus, peat smoke, sea notes, but also medicinal, wet rope, cooking spices, charcoal, pear, fennel, red pepper, hint of cinnamon
    • Taste
      P: black pepper, eucalyptus, wood smoke, heavily smoked bacon, salted cashews, tar, greasy and oily, citrus,
    • Finish
      F: long, warming, a bit of pepper, charred wood, actually the palette shifts very nicely towards the finish.

  97. vk666 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  98. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very interesting nose. Taste and finish - classic slightly young Ardbeg. For Friday night
    • Nose
      88 88
      Fresh campfire ash smoke, sweet ripped apples, honey pollen, beef in aspic (salty jellied beef)
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet creamy intense wet campfire ash smoke, oily, wood charcoal, black pepper and dried beef, sour hay
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, creamy ash, white pepper

  99. erwinnlim scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Here's a good young whisky done right. It's the palate to this that really does it for me. It is still a big smoky Ardbeg upfront but has a youthful spirit character to it that adds something and works well here at a higher strength. Value (£57) : 4/10
    • Nose
      Sweet, smoky and spicy are the senses I get upfront. Nice amount of barley sugar sweetness with some light fruits to it. Some apples, pears and a fresh spritz of lime juice and a little bitter grapefruit. There is a dark leathery element to it as well. Then comes the smoke. Heavy and ashtray like as you would expect from an Ardbeg, adding savoury depth and a nice marine touch of sea salt. Then comes the pepper spice at the endear really giving this one a kick to it.
    • Taste
      A thick, oily mouthfeel to this. Much less smoke now, more dominated by light fruits and boiled sweets. Lots of salted caramel and sea spray as well. Mainly what I get here is that big youthful note that somehow really works well in this dram. More of a flat lemonade thing going for it here and the initial pepper hit from the nose builds more. There is also a drying element to it, like tobacco leaves or fresh leather. Much easier to drink than one would initially think.
    • Finish
      The palate transitions very nicely into the finish here. Medium in length but the peat smoke grows more and more intense every second. Sweetness slowly subsides, that spirit character still present. Smoked bacon on a barbecue by the sea shore is the best way to describe it.

  100. GIORGOS scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  101. TechnOBY scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  102. MonkeChef scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Most salty whisky i have tried.
    • Nose
      Sweet, smoke, citrus, salty sea, dried apricots, honey, apple, raspberries.
    • Taste
      Very salty, sweet, smoke, zero alcohol, smoked meat, citrus, dried plum, sheep cheese, brine, vanilla.
    • Finish
      Long, very salty, sweet, oak, citrus, smoked meat, dried plum, coal, smoked sheep cheese, brine, peach stone, vanilla.

  103. rolabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  104. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The shy nose surprises at first, but then there is still a lot to come. It then shows teeth on the tongue (ha, ha), the finish is also impressive. Ardbeg in young and with some power (just under 50%) works pretty well here. For a fuff in the standard range: gladly.
    • Nose
      88 88
      There is smoke, there is fruit, there is spice, but at the beginning it is rather indifferent. Or let's say: subtle. With a little time in the glass it becomes bolder and reveals mild peat smoke, underlaid with a fruit mixture of lemon pieces, banana, grapefruit and orange peel. On top of it some pepper and savory. The fruit notes are becoming more and more concise and dominant, even pushing the smoky note into the background. Now also roasted walnuts, raisin bread, caramel candy.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The mouthfeel is initially soft and creamy, but at the beginning there is a hint of very clear smoke, which is confirmed a short time later: Cold peat smoke, ash, sun-warm tar paper, lemon water - this Ardbeg ashtray where the attempt was made Covering up the smell with "Citrus Joy" air freshener has once again gone badly. Very dry, woody, persistent & long-lasting smoky. The fruity notes have obviously been quite exhausted in the nose, because here on the tongue it is definitely the smoke that is on the podium.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Yes, yes, already in the middle. Very smoke-dominated, but here and there lemon and grapefruit flash through again. Very dry, spicy ham, tar paper, warm diesel engine.

  105. vlad78 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    It happens, for example, I know my older brothers and when I see a teenager, I understand what family he is from.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Smoky, warm, with unripe, green melon, pear, raisins, smoked apricot.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Fresh, unripe melon, some lemon juice, smoke, apple, sharpness.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Sweet and sour, smoky, slightly bitter, medium duration.

  106. gossm01 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It has a medium viscosity and a high intensity bouquet. I have aromas of intense marine peat smoke, citrus fruit, caramel, vanilla and honey sweetness. Not very complex yet. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. The alcohol is relatively well integrated and it has a relatively heavy body.

  107. Hlektrion scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  108. FCBayernMuenchen1900 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Really interesting how people are still trying to sell this at almost double price in here although it is still available at the original price.

  109. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    'For discussion', huh? Let me sum it up: Buy the more complex and fun TEN instead for less money. No need to open this one, a sample does the trick. While Ardbeg will almost never be really bad due to good distillate, this one is a pretty one-dimensional and no useful addition to any Ardbeg line-up whatsover. Not bad but super superfluous.

  110. claymore84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 09-07-2021.

  111. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  112. Funtik scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  113. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  114. -sAxo- scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  115. Tordeaux scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  116. Comet67 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  117. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  118. olegborgol scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Drinking ardbeg, comfortable durability. 21.5-21.5-21-21
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  119. KonstUA scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 21, finish 22, balance 22

  120. Malthead_80 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  121. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    8 years and 65€ is the good price! today ans tomorrow!

  122. MaroFF scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I have a strange feeling about this Ardbeg. I bought a bottle, but also a sample, because remembering the experiences from this year's outings, be it Arrrrrrrdbeg or Scorch, which I expected more, and turned out to be medium whisky for me, with the intention of giving it to someone who liked it. And I don't know what to do. The aroma is nice, complex and rich in aromas that go well with each other, the alcohol is well hidden. The taste isn't overwhelming in my opinion, but it also has a bit of Islay's heart to it. However, he is surprised by the finish. Not only is it short, but it is also devoid of an expression that is impossible to remember. The note of the finish spoiled the entire assessment of this release of Ardbeg, which I could actually even like.
    • Nose
      83 83
      sweet, citrus, smoked plums, raisins, vanilla, smoky, burnt branches, some phenol
    • Taste
      83 83
      peppery, citrus, sea breeze, burnt log, railway sleepers, salty caramel, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      82 82
      short, bitter, warming end with a hint of honey that fades quickly.

  123. geriud scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  124. riegerjonas scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    2021-08-12
    • Nose
      85 85
      strong citrus, light pastries, ashy smoke, vanillin, very subtle aromas of dry sherry
    • Taste
      86 86
      strong ashy smoky, citrus, quite intense sweetness
    • Finish
      85 85
      Anise and menthol

  125. g00se scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice and harmonious Ardbeg, which you can tell the youth especially in the short finish. Strangely, very little smoke ... for an arbeg.
    I don't remember the 10yo, either way I wouldn't want to pay more than 50 € for this 8yo.
    • Nose
      87 87
      At first very sweet in the smell: candied pineapple, a bit like lychee and rosemary. Is there smoke there too? Nothing really crass. Singed rosemary. This makes it a little ethereal. Slightly salty.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Also quite sweet and mild at the start. From the essential it goes on to barrel spice. Getting slightly peppery.
      No real smoke here either.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The barrel wort fades slowly, although I would not describe the finish as long.

  126. valasios scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  127. Andytka3 scored this whisky 69 points Connoisseur

    1607) Ardbeg, 8YO, The Ultimate, For Discussion, Bottled For The Ardbeg Committee
    • Nose
      N- Punchy peat reeks, with quick intro of flinty sweet nuance, before classic coastal shells smokes waves in with more minerals, rusts and umami citrus spice mix, sort like a Togarashi. All good but nose dive to stale dry butter cookies with oily nut. Underlying rubbery and salts, but always at the soapy side. (86/20)
    • Taste
      P-Elementary sweetness with obscure honey smokes, cloying and surprisingly off par and shallow, flat and lifeless. (76/16)
    • Finish
      F- Long, stiff and prickly, unpleasant bitterness from the weak oak. Hints of spice under the dominant odd sweetener notes, some Pall Mall menthol add to the misery. (79/16)

      B/B- 80/17. Weak structure despite the high Abv. Acceptable aroma but distorted thereafter. This wasn't to my personal liking.

      Weighted Rate- 69pt

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

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

  129. Caesar_Ulrich scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    You can currently even buy a second bottle as a committee member ????

  130. Gous scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  131. MaltHaus scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
      This is not a classical Ardbeg. A very well distillates itself but the usual sweetness and citrus fruity notes of Ardbeg is no where to find. What this 8 years old left here are smoke, ash, tar, coal and wee hint of spices. For me, Ardbeg TEN and the 5 years old Wee Beatsie are more satisfying
    • Taste
      83 83
      Lively and rich of expression on arrival. Lots of tar, white pepper, cool mint and mentholated, eucalyptus with some heather honey notes. With water: pepper notes become obvious, some honey sweetness lingers well with the smoked ham, grilled bacon as well as toasted bread. End of palate is full of tar, caol smoke and burnt rubber.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Rather long, dry. The long finish that lines the mouth with a salty flavour together with hints of chocolate, caramel and smoked meat. Retro nasal is lingering with mint, menthol, pepper and anise. The empty glass presenting dried ash, tobacco, salt, smoke and tar.

  132. marcusjang scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    So unmistakably Ardbeg. If An Oa and Wee Beastie were Ardbeg-lite, this is much closer to the Ten. However instead of the sweet lemon-candy like taste of the Ten is replaced with a faint sherry characters here.

    Overall very close in its weight to the Ten, but the additional ABV does make a difference. Also the notes on the label turned out to be very accurate.
    • Nose
      Lemon juice, vegetal peat, tar, freshly roasted coffee, hint of cherry, creosote
    • Taste
      Oily texture, lemon zest, charcoal smoke, brine, meaty, black pepper
    • Finish
      Roasted barley, tobacco leaves, charcoal fire, some barbecue, long

  133. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  134. Whisky_Bro scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Overall I’d give it 8/10 one of the better Ardbeg releases in recent years. Reasonably priced and nice to see a return of the age statement for £57 I’d take another bottle.

    Full review at:

    https://twowhiskybros.co.uk/blogs/blog/ardbeg-8-for-discussion

  135. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      initially slightly sour, fruity, smoky, tar, a little creamy, then asbestos, citrus fruits, salt, maritime, a little hemp rope, spices, a bit herbaceous.
    • Taste
      warm, "Ardbeg-soft", intense, spicy, smoke, a lot of tar, spices and hemp rope, slightly oily, sweet and tarry, herbaceous, spices, some coffee.
    • Finish
      smoky, spicy, hemp rope, coffee, spices, ash, a hint of sweetish and a touch of hearty with smoked ham, citrus fruits, a little salty, ashy-smoky. Lingering very long.

  136. DerDennis! scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Very interesting aromas on the nose. Looks much older here. Unusual and not recognizable to me as Ardbeg.
    In the taste there is a lot of smoke and ash, which can be described as young overall. Still very drinkable.
    The finish is also medium-long and pleasant.

    In terms of price, however, completely excessive. For this price, I would expect at least a single cask in cask strength.

    You should definitely try this Ardbeg, I wouldn't buy it.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  137. LordIslay scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very good dram for his 8 years!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  138. Islaywolf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tried a sample.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  139. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A class better than the An Oa and very Ardbeggian. Like it a lot.
    • Nose
      Direct Ardbeg peat on the nose, rather light, citrus-fruity, maybe a little aniseed. Direct and strong but very nice with a fine sweetness.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, sweetish, peaty, citrus, becoming drier, some allspice and fresh herbs.
    • Finish
      In the finish, then a bit tart, again anise, the smoke is clear and clearly dominant, rather dry, but lingers long and harmonious.

  140. Kawa_ZX6 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: oops, is that a little old bottle flavor in the 8? He has a musty, old-style note of a wooden hut or a german party cellar from the 70s, where the entire room is completely covered with raw wood ;) anyway atypical for modern Ardbegs, I know rather from the older bottlings with double-digit age. This balances the whisky very well, the smoke is no longer dominant, in the background the typical citrus freshness, but there you have to smell very sharp.
    In contrast, the diluted Corryvreckan is almost refreshing, slightly mineral and in contrast to the 8 actually less complex. The Ardbeg smoke is side to side by something slightly meaty and cheesy, the note has hardly struck me so far undiluted. Ashtray and here a more complex moisture, coming from the barrel composition.

    Mouth and finish: a really well-integrated, warm and creamy alcohol that underscores the nasal impressions. I find the woody-smoky here as well, with the woody note even more dominant. In the background after the first wave of charred wood comes a little lemon, very little slightly salty caramel and somehow in the direction of smoked pulled pork and bacon. Not very expressive on the finish, but subsides evenly and straightforwardly, yet stays there warming and impressive for some time before saying goodbye.
    The Corryvreckan in the just-over-50% variant, on the other hand, is rather inexpressive when diluted down so "heavily"; the basic Ardbeg flavors are definitely there, but it lacks the campfire wood from the next morning and tickles the palate more than one might suspect with this amount of water. But this is my standard bottling of Ardbeg, I like it better than the Uigeadail, though everyone sees it differently.

    An experiment at the end, if both are already on the table: you add maybe 20% of the 8 to the rest of the Corryvreckan and suddenly have the best of both worlds in the nose - light, not too dominant woodiness, the freshness and smoke of non age stated Ardbeg and in the mouth in addition to the pointedness now also a touch of wood (cask), which suits the Corryvreckan excellent. And in addition, it remains a single malt!

  141. Jochen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    More on
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    The nose begins with wood smoke and a subtle citrus note. Then it gets funny: It's this scent when you make your own vegetable broth and cook the root vegetables and add parsley. Then replaced by sweet toffee and bitumen. If this conglomerate subsides in the nose, milk chocolate, aniseed and wood smoke follow. Friends, this really takes getting used to for me.

    Taste:
    Very peppery to begin with, but quite soft. Still powerful and warming on the palate with smoke, anise and salted caramel. Eucalyptus can be tasted and, towards the finish, also clove, with increasing dryness.

    The finish is medium to long - with smoked bacon, roasted aromas and aniseed again.

  142. FCBayernMuenchen1900 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Now it is even possible to buy 2 bottles per customer at 65 Euros per bottle in the Ardbeg Online Shop…

  143. whiskyclick scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Finally a enjoyable comittee release for a reasanoble price.

  144. Kanpai scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Great new Ardbeg whisky, I am very surprised, definitely something different from the previous bottlings, an indescribable scent of flowery herbs ...
    Immediately makes you want to have another dram :-)
    Well done, great price, many thanks to Ardbeg
    • Nose
      sweet syrup, some milk chocolate, zirons, spices, smoke, sea air, a great smell of fennel, or a little lavender ..., really great and something different :-)
    • Taste
      Pepper with oak, aniseed, menthol and herbs, then sweet toffee (chocolaty), burnt wood charcoal, peculiar floral herbal taste, but great, alcohol is well integrated but noticeable.
    • Finish
      Tar, anise, pepper, ash, oak, nice and long, definitely something different from the previous bottlings

  145. 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.

  146. VanOpek scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      maritime, dry, smoke, tar, fresh pepper, chalk, charcoal, hints of sweetness, complex and enjoyable, soot
    • Taste
      86 86
      sweet, smoke, pepper, tar, maritime, dark chocolate with sea salt, ashes, very close to Arbeg TEN, mineral, smooth and rounded
    • Finish
      86 86
      smoky, oak, pepper, dry, hints of mint, long and warm, well balanced whisky

  147. FCBayernMuenchen1900 did not rate this whisky 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…

  148. 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

  149. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I found the finish quite surprising - much more sherry influence than on the nose and palate. It doesn't quite fit, in my opinion. To me, this is another Ardbeg that gets high ratings because of hype. It is good, yes, but nothing special or particularly interesting.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  150. dominikbraun scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Strong, voluminous and much better than the Arrrrrrrdbeg. Immediately strong smoke, charcoal, grill, slightly sweet, light citrus notes, sea air, boiler room, campfire and some chocolate and cocoa powder. The 50.8% carry the aroma incredibly well to the front.
    • Taste
      88 88
      On the palate again smoke, pepper, iodine, tar, hints of nectarines and sweet fruits, grapefruit, very oily and pleasantly tingling on the tongue, dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Salty-maritime, dry charcoal and ash, spices, oak, espresso.

  151. glenrob scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  152. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  153. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This is an excellent Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  154. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 88 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.

  155. myrlo scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

  156. 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.

  157. Mitswhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  158. 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!

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2021/07/08/ardbeg-8-years-old-for-discussion-committee-release-2021/
    • 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.

  159. martinph78 scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Smokey but not peaty. Very drinkable.
    • Nose
      Light oaks. Smoke.
    • Taste
      Smoke. Pepper.
    • Finish
      Aniseed and pepper

  160. LukeFive did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    PRODUCT DETAILS
    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%

  161. LukeFive did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Official Tasting Notes:
    COLOUR
    Pale Straw

    NOSE
    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.

    TASTE
    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.

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

  162. LukeFive did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Release price £57

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