Ardbeg Ardcore

Overall rating
84.82/100
votes
245
Whiskybase ID
WB202641
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Committee Release
Bottled
28.11.2021
Casktype
Oak
Strength
50.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Committee Edition
Bottle code
L2436978, L2436980 28/11/2021
Barcode
5010494975284
Bottled for
Ardbeg Committee only
Added on
21 jan 2022 1:51 pm by Coldorak
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 328.36

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Ardcore

51 users have left 51 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.82 points.

  1. stlouisblues scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    It's like biting a spiky ball, really. Quite pale and sharp.
    You have a little bbq-smoke, ash, a litte sharpness on the nose.
    Pepper, ashiness, a little bit of fruit on the palate.
    It feels pale compared to many other Ardbegs, this is really the worst Ardbeg I've had, not saying it's horrible.
    I would add a small amount of water and you'll have a decent whisky with a high price.

  2. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    ... do you like your ARDCORE ...
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

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

    Good on the nose but a quite weak body and short finish indeed, rather easy drinkable
    • Nose
      86 86
      Coastal peat, seaweed, smoked oysters, sea shells, white wine, honeydew, little citric, apple cider, medicinal, little vanilla, damp hay
    • Taste
      84 84
      Oily, medicinal, band aid, some peat and smoke, subtle sweetness, honey
    • Finish
      82 82
      Pretty short

  4. Isabell scored this whisky 76 points Member Senior

    Almost surprisingly weak. I keep asking myself why such whiskys are bottled?! Even with a great imagination, it's hard for me to spot an Ardbeg here. Never in life can this whisky be sold at such a high price. The value for money is unacceptable.
    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      76 76

  5. Aaltare scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Ok, it isn't the best young Ardbeg ever, but it isn't by far not that bad as pronounced in a lot of reviews.
    Young - yes, peaty -yes!
    But diluted -no, weak - no no no!
    It seems to me that - since some years - a kind of "Ardbeg-bashing" has become modern, whenever Ardbeg releases - not only but especially - the Feis bottlings.
    I've tasted quite a lot of them and am very sure that they don't deserve a 75-or even less-rating.
    Of course, a single cask, preferably from the early 70's,
    gives even more fun, but in that case have a look at the price!

  6. domani scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Solid; but one of the weakest Ardbeg I've had so far. You could really have given it a little more time in the barrel - 08.08.2022
    • Nose
      83 83
      Less smoke than expected, a bit buttery, sage butter, herbs, parsley root
    • Taste
      84 84
      Intense malt sweetness, fruity, physalis, herbs, Em-Eukal, cloves, ginger, oak
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium length, sage butter, chocolate, oak

  7. claymore84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 08-12-2022. Not the typical Ardbeg taste but I enjoyed it.

  8. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Big badly licked peat. A little moist, sticky, marshy earth dust, ashes, raw coal. You can feel the Bourbon influence behind, but it's really discreet. A few touches of vanilla, honey. Oddly, it's a bit greedy, on shortbread, speculoos. After a while, it's quite balanced, even creamy. On the palate, the Bourbon stands out, it is very soft, pleasant, ethereal. Vanilla punch with lychees, a sprig of ginger, a zest of lemon and voila. Ah yes, a good pile of peat, of course. Very thick. The finish is unfortunately a bit short, but punchy, caramel, candied chestnuts, chocolate. A little dirt and coal, and guess what? A good pile of peat. Opaque smoke. A mint lozenge.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2022/08/ardbeg-ardcore-committee-release.html
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Disappointment.
    Will lose to ANY Ledaig (very similar to him).
    Ardbeg was not found here.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. KamiChichibu scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    Didn't enjoy this Ardbeg at all. The finish is so weak and I didn't quiet feel anything.

  11. -sAxo- scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  12. grinface scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    This is not a really "bad" whisky. Somehow, however, the impression here remains for me this is diluted new make.

    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/

  13. gaboruso scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  14. VanOpek scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Disappointment.
    • Nose
      85 85
      fruity and light, bonfire smoke, charcoal, vanilla, organic, citrus, some tropical, candy and bubble gum notes in background
    • Taste
      78 78
      heavy and young, very spicy and rough, oak, spice, bitter herbs, bonfire smoke, bitter chocolate and charcoal
    • Finish
      83 83
      dry, bitter oak and chocolate, herbal, tobacco smoke, mid-long

  15. zzqfyl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  16. SRB scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    A too young Islay peater, below average in most aspects. Although a few drops of water are helpful to work out the details in the nose, but leaving you with a diluted and too young peater.
    • Nose
      80 80
      In the begging zingy, ashy and dry, followed by tar and some hints of vanilla and breadcrumbs. With time and a few drops of water some leathery notes can be found, together with rotten carrots and bacon.
    • Taste
      75 75
      Pretty alcoholic, a lot of cold ash, white pepper. The texture is nice, but there aren't a lot of details in it.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Spicy, dry and ashy in the begging, followed by hints of vanilla.

  17. voodoochile scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This Ardbeg is nice to drink but nothing too special.
    • Nose
      89 89
      This is the most interesting part of this dram. Honey, caramel, vanilla and burnt grains
    • Taste
      87 87
      Starts smoky then developes into citrus notes, one dimensional and a bit thin.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, warm and smoky

  18. ScotchWorld scored this whisky 79 points Newbie

    As much as i love Ardbeg, this is probably the most uninteresting expression I've tried from the distillery to date. Nothing really stands out in terms of powerful flavours, and VFM-wise this is off-the-charts not worth the MSRP, and certainly not worth secondhand prices. Better to stick to the core range

  19. DirkMuellerDE scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Tried it yesterday and still really pleasantly surprised. Creamy texture, with ash, vanilla, lime and I also find chocolate and coffee on the finish. I found it delicious. In terms of price (and taste) you are of course still in good hands with the standards. Do you have to try this one - no. Nevertheless - good (unfortunately too expensive) whisky.

  20. Seanzhang scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  21. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  22. Bene37 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    Nose: not particularly pronounced, spicy, tar, coal, unripe malt, some vanilla, some green apple, some lovage and slightly peppery, young and immature

    Palate: Flat on entry, then becomes a bit juicier, tar, peppery, some green apple, light vanilla, light note of citrus, slightly chocolaty, becomes sour over time

    Finish: hardly present, ashy, some tar, slightly citrus

    Rating: the nose is still the best, after that it goes steeply downhill. He's young, has probably only seen empty refill barrels and is, all in all, immature. I'm good for nothing - especially not at the price. An inconsistent cacophony of immature aromas (although the tar could have been something...). No thank you. And given the price, it should actually be 2/10. When was the last really good committee release from them?

    76/100 or 3/10

  23. indynoir scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    Solid whisky, significantly better than some are describing. Not sure what the agenda is here but it's oddly extreme with some of the reviews, it's like these limited edition bottles trigger people. I'm kinda surprised some of the scores are allowed to stand, they are obviously emotional reviews. Maybe if they all stop buying and trying, I'd be happier as the bottles might go down in price and become more available. So hate away. I guess if you are into very delicate whisky's I can see how this is not your thing, but most Ardbeg's aren't. Wonderful oily creamy body with a little water and time. Tasted this head to head with an Ardbeg 10 (safely decanted) from 2008 and current Ardbeg 10 on the shelf. 2008 was close behind but 10's on the shelf now are easily surpassed by this bottle. It has a mouthfeel and development that are far superior to the current 10. It's definitely more funk and gritty compared to the current 10, I guess this is where they are coming up with spiky ball. My whisky group calls it "hornets" that are so common with the Supernova's. It's bright/vibrant and very fruity with some sweet/sour which is likely where some people think it's too young, but I find it much more interesting than the 10. It definitely needs a little water and at least 5 minutes before it starts to dance. Sure it's overpriced at 105 pounds but what isn't these days and don't believe the reverse hype that the 10 is better, it isn't, not by a long shot.

  24. Hlektrion scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  25. GIORGOS scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  26. valasios scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  27. notesofmalt scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg Ardcore Committee Release, 50.1% alc. Original bottling (2022). Extension: no information

    Nose: Ash and motor oil meet dark biscuits and delicate vanilla. The peat smoke is reminiscent of charcoal briquettes and burning flotsam, but farther away. I find a sliced lemon with a hint of rosemary, otherwise this Ardbeg is surprisingly reserved.

    Palate: Here Ardbeg finally comes to the fore! Typical sweetness, very creamy with lots of peat smoke and citrus fruits, plus aniseed and rosemary. Milk chocolate and the dark biscuits also come to the fore again, I also find forest honey, cold smoker and ash.

    Finish: Medium length and sweet, ash and some pepper, lime and malt.

    Conclusion: smoke with sweetness, easy and good to enjoy, anything but complex. An honest Ardbeg. 84/100 points (2022

  28. Fight65 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  29. GlasMost scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    What is the difference between this one a young Caol Ila? Round about 100 squid and a cooler label.

    Promising, but shy nose. THIN. Little rubbery which I usually consider quite interesting. Gone. Depth, complexity, Finish?
    As disappointing as Laphroaig's Select in its own way.
    It does not improve over time. How can someone bottle this and charge that price? A shame and the worst Ardbeg I have had since Blasda. Skip it.
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  30. Noface83 scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    Great potential but unfortunately filled a little too early. It's fun and satisfies you while drinking, but something is just missing. Too bad Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Beautiful, fresh, sweet smoke, light freshness of tang and mint, heavy note of heavily roasted malt, aniseed biscuits, some vanilla and no trace of wood yet. Great basic profile but everything seems very superficial - no change over time (even getting flatter) and no noticeable depth.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The taste is fiery, smoky and spicy with a lot of aniseed and herbs, really intense, stays nice and fiery in the mind the whole time but is at the same time smooth with a nice typical Ardbeg sweetness, the roasted malt only comes out at the end. The best part of this bottling - I really like it here.
    • Finish
      81 81
      The roasted malt combines with the smoke for a delicious medium-length finish. Quite good but a bit thin and young. I only like the great aniseed and herbal spice in the background. A rather weak finish for a smoky whisky.

  31. hs305 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2022] What a prophetic name "Ardcore" as I already suspected for years that my beloved complex (old) Ardbeg profile is slowly transformed into a rather simple hardcore malt. No problem if you love hardcore stuff...

    ...but very disappointing if you prefer complex and delicate drams. This one smells and tastes like a mere five-years old heavily peated any-distillery malt matured half in bourbon refill and half in virgin oak casks - so it is all about peat and wood. The malt itself is absolutely premature and compares more to the profile of a schnapps. Sorry folks, this is not my style of whisky hence you can have it all (let alone for such a ridiculous price).
    • Nose
      79 79
      unfinished raw malt, peat, wood - aggressive, spikey and intimidating like a bouncer in the red light district
    • Taste
      82 82
      juicy, spicy, straightforward - like a girl in the red light district
    • Finish
      78 78
      warm, thin, short - like a drink in the red light district

  32. JoshNRW scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Immediately after pouring into Glencairn: really tasty stuff - reminds me of the Dream of Scotlands I already had today. Just delicious, a relatively (again: delicious) and one dimensional profile (Sweet, Smoke and Salt) like a light, very well made Islay blend.

    Properly cleaned. Not much to complain about here if you ignore the name and price. The alcohol is well integrated and there are no off notes.

    A bit thinner on the palate, but no complaints either. With an Islay blend for 40 euros, I would say: really well done.

    Sweeter with water on the nose, even thinner on the palate. 87 points on the nose, 85 on the palate (because of the slightly salty tingling).

  33. rampah scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Very short finish, I enjoyed the normal Ardbeg TEN way more.

  34. Gris scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    What the hell is doing Ardbeg these last years? Their Corryvreckan is way much better than these bottlings... Well, at least, it isn't an NFT whisky... :|

  35. Kreimann scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Give it time and you will be rewarded. The nose opens up late, tentatively at first, but then there is a lot to discover.

  36. d1scostu scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  37. Nikilema scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Bready notes, no typical Ardbeg citrus notes, different, but quite pleasant
    • Taste
      85 85
      Espresso and dark chocolate notes
    • Finish
      86 86

  38. The_Osprey scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg Ardcore Committee Release 50.1%.

    25ml sample at home, May 2022.

    Very pale yellow with an almost greeny hue in this light.

    Aroma is lightly seaweedy, light in general, ever so slightly biscuity. The lemony note I associate with Ardbeg is more of a seaweed and waxy impression here. The smoke isn’t there on the nose. It smells a touch young – I’m getting some light peachy new make esters on the tail end, and they build over time.

    Not a bad nose but a little muted and young. It’s a pleasant, clean spirit-led aroma.

    Taste is soft up-front, the brine builds towards some classic Ardbeg smoke, always with those background peachy esters (there’s some immature whisky in this for sure), becoming slightly ‘green’ and waxy towards the finish with a salty linger.

    The smoke on the linger is not one dimensional – it makes up one third of a trinity of salt, smoke and ethereal estery fruit (maybe stone fruit).

    A good whisky. Drinks a bit like an independent 6 to 8 year old Ardbeg bottling. It’s enjoyable but putting this out as an official special release is slightly odd behaviour in my book - a touch short-sighted. Anyone familiar with Ardbeg (i.e. the entire target audience) will see that Ardbeg 10 is a better expression at a smaller cost in terms of both money and effort.

    I enjoy Ardbeg and this is absolutely not an exception to that, although I’d say that the outlay to quality ratio is a bit disappointing in this case. I get the distinct impression that the roasted malt concept was rushed out for marketing reasons with an emphasis on novelty over quality. The concept is interesting but the product was released too early with too much immature whisky in it. Nevertheless, drinking this reminds me that I ought to buy another bottle of Ardbeg Ten if I can get one for under £35 as I have done a couple of times in the past. It's just a lovely spirit. 3.55/85

  39. whisky666 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Eagerly awaited and then this...a deadpan yet disappointing bottling. The worst I've had from Ardbeg in my glass so far.
    It remains to be hoped that old virtues will be remembered again!
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  40. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Vanilla, citrus, cocoa, notes of engine oil, iodine, not bad

  41. dapoinbua scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  42. gossm01 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It has a relatively oily viscosity and its bouquet is relatively intense. I have aromas of dry maritime peat smoke, citrus, vanilla and forest honey. Not really complex. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. The alcohol is well integrated and it has a relatively heavy body.

  43. Manes scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    That's not quite what I imagined the bottling to be. Quite flat on the nose. Little of what I otherwise like about Ardbeg. Lots of anise, some peat, lactic acid and young oak. The taste is a bit ashy and not balanced. The alcohol is not integrated as well as in standard range bottlings. The malt probably consists of relatively young whiskys and relatively fresh casks. The light and golden color would also suggest this.
    Even after an hour in the glass, it doesn't get much better. Impetuous and wild. But that was already announced with the bottle.
    The marketing around this bottle is once again world class. The whisky doesn't convince me (so far). I will revise my review once I have given the whisky some time to develop in the bottle.

  44. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  45. MaltsofIslay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nice whisky, not outstanding like some of Ardbeg's older Committee bottlings, but still very drinkable. I would doubt whether it would have been worth the €133 (incl. shipping) that is now being called. There are actually Ardbegs from the standard range that are significantly cheaper and have a very good price-performance ratio!
    • Nose
      89 89
      In the nose nice citrus aromas, vanilla and of course the smoke is very present. The typical Ardbeg herbal aromas also come into their own on the nose. I also find the spiciness very exciting.
    • Taste
      88 88
      It falls off a bit opposite the nose. Not as "thin" as many have already described it, but a little weaker than the nose promises. At the beginning, the tip of the tongue “tingles” from the alcohol content, which I usually only get from about 55% vol. have, but very pleasant. The dark malt, pepper and above all a nice chocolate taste, about 70% I would say, come through clearly. But no bitterness, which often bothers me with dark chocolate. Soot, burnt shortbread and even darker baked cocoa come to mind when I have the Ardcore in my mouth for a long time.
    • Finish
      87 87
      On the finish, the smoke with pleasant dark chocolate remains on the palate. As in the mouthfeel, no bitterness remains here either. The soot and dark malt remain, but not for too long. Pleasant and you look forward to the next sip

  46. Artus scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    It hurts my heart, but why is such a whisky bottled as a "Committee Release" by Ardbeg (LVMH)? Does a master distiller out there like Dr. Bill Lumsden, don't you feel proud to simply stop such releases or not to release them in the first place?! ...I love Ardbeg, but this type of bottling destroys the good reputation of the distillery. Don't get me wrong, you can drink this whisky, but it's so generic, so replaceable, that EUR 130 almost seems like a hoax. Hopefully all the corporations out there will regain their expertise at some point!

  47. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    nose:
    peat, cold ash, vanilla, citrus, spices and a watery sensation
    blocked:
    peat to chew, at least we are good at Ardbeg;
    still the ashes, then a bacony, meaty and fine salty aspect arises, there are citrus fruits which give a little freshness, it is sweet and not very alcoholic, on the other hand it is quite monolithic apart from these primary scents
    final:
    the bright side with peppery spice, stewed fruit, ash and swirling smoke
    a good dram for his taste buds which does not transcend, which does not give in to novelty.

  48. Mankut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The bottle design is already world class !!!!

  49. millwalllarry scored this whisky 73 points Member Senior

    Very poor effort from Ardbeg, tasted sample enough for me will not bother to buy as i have more respect for my inners

  50. LundL scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    The first Ardbeg that I don't like at all.
    There's just not enough of everything in the glass. Very weak on the nose, little on the tongue and hardly any finish. Was able to taste it at the distillery on the launch day and then drank a Corryvreckan which was worlds more fun to drink. Sorry, but for me Ardcore just doesn't have enough punk in the bottle.

    Issue price on 04/21/2022: £105 = €126

  51. malt maniacs scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

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