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Ardbeg Ardbog

Overall rating
87.61/100
votes
1212
Whiskybase ID
WB203995
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
2013
Casktype
ex-Bourbon Barrels & Manzanilla Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
13000
Strength
52.1 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 750 ml 4500 ml
Bottle code
L13 044 & L13 045
Barcode
5010494913514
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2013
Added on
06 feb 2022 4:34 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 361.11

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Ardbog

170 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.61 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The taste has something dark
    in the throat a small explosion
    very long finish with many flavors
    • Nose
      Peat, smoke, dark fruits, pitted cherries, caramel, sea mud, mildew, coffee, burned gum
    • Taste
      Smoke, caramel milk, burned, tingling, salt, ripe sweet cherry, dry plum, smoke in the back of the throat
    • Finish
      long, pleasantly strong, dry on the palate, burnt rubber and caramel

  2. robbert88 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Wow. What a wonderful full and rich ardbeg
    • Nose
      Peat. But much sweeter than I am used to from ardbeg. Black pepper, the scents that are released during a BBQ, light sea influences, earthy, some wood, salted bacon,
    • Taste
      Salted nuts, smoke, cloves, sweet sherry, (fish?) Oil, caramel, red fruit, smoked meat, citrus, beef jerky
    • Finish
      Long. Very long. Pepper, cloves, a lot of smoke, dry, old leather, vanilla.

  3. Islaywolf scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    One of the best Ardbeg in my glass, if not the best!
    Thanks to the noble donor for the delicious sample!
    • Nose
      You can smell the peat, smoke and some sweet fruit from afar! Very good!!
    • Taste
      Surprisingly light and with many different nuances.
    • Finish
      Long and intense. Delicious ;)

  4. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I really liked this release. Harsh and at the same time delicate whisky.
    • Nose
      Spicy, perfumery. The first nose is smoked fish, damp forest, many marine shades (mooring rope, salt, iodine). Deeper - wine nuances, prunes, candied jam and caramel. Very deep - a belly and notes of old skin.
    • Taste
      Tart. Sticky prunes, dried apricots, honey syrup mixed with sea salty notes, with iodine and smoked nuances, with spicy spices and tannins.
    • Finish
      Long enough, very fumigated. Initially, meat burned at the stake, black bread soaked in sunflower oil and a lot of hot spices. Then - honey, chocolate chips, a hint of citrus and vanilla. At the end, some oak and again spicy spices.

  5. Edward MacKenzie scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    I was able to take my bottle with me on location on Ardbog Day 2013.
    It is therefore something very special for me ...
    The taste immediately reminds me of the distillery, the sea, the salty spray that blows from the sea. Also kelp, medical smoke, very much even. But also caramel, wood (not unpleasant) and bright fruits, also a little flowery it seems to me in the finish. A very round, well drinkable Ardbeg!

    88/100

  6. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  7. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2021] Together with friends I opened a bottle that I bought for 80 Euro in June, 2013 - to compare the new Ardbeg style to a fantastic Ardbeg dram from vintage 1974 (WB id 46398)...

    ...and this is completely different, what else given the vast amount of things and processes changed in-between. This is one of the better modern Ardbeg releases because of a significant share of sherry casks added to this batch (which is close to zero in more recent editions) and no virgin cask maturations added at all. I suggest to add a little water for more drinking pleasure.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is burnished and the nose offers a nice combo of bitter peat, sour sherry and sweet malt in a fine balance and without any off-notes. After some breathing the peat notes grow stronger while both the sherry and the malt retreat somewhat and the profile becomes a little unbalanced - so better hurry with the nosing investigations.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is dominated by heavy peat flavours with the sherry and malt as junior partners only. But this is not as bad as it sounds, actually I like this untamed profile (from time to time). Some chewing unlocks more the sherry and malt's flavours so I strongly suggest to do so. Water tames the dram and I like to explore it neat first and after that I prefer to drink it at around 45% abv.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The initial mouthfeel is warming with some bitter-drying moments of the peat (not the tannins, which is good) and a fine creamy texture which coats the mouth nicely. The finish is long and adds some fine impressions of dark chocolate and distant bonfires with some drying moments towards the very end again.

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: I'd have believed it if I’d been told this was sherried Springbank, such is the softness of the peated smokiness and its likeness to a Springbank 15yo I’m currently enjoying.
    T: Displays proudly its manzanilla sherry oak plumage, the cask doing most of the work without overly exerting.
    F: The smoke comes at the end.
    C: I loved this the first time I tried it in 2014, very possibly from the same bottle. Five years on I can better see it for what it is - possibly one of best manzanilla cask whisky I've tried and a really successful job. Same score as last time.

  9. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    an Ardbeg !!
    an almost old now, less trafficked than the last singular productions:
    intense nose on peat, smoke and wet side of wet but dried grass!
    moist wood, spices raised, lemon that arrives with a little cooked apples, the singular taste of the "hospital corridor".
    the mouth gives a little more on citrus fruit, but not much in fact, on vanilla still in return and on the wet peat and feast, there is salt, seaweed discovered in a small harbor with spray!
    final on the same scents! long enough because of the thickness of the peat injected into the bottle!

  10. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Amazingly sweet, spicy, exotic fruits, combined with vanilla, wood, slightly vinous sherry and of course peat, which holds back amazingly. In the finish he is there for a long time. Great whisky.

  11. toklian scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N21 P21 F22 B21

    I got no power here!

  12. Helgo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    In my opinion one of the better "Special Releases" completions by Ardbeg.
    Apart from that, I'm also a big Manzanilla fan.
    The Ardbog begins excitingly with aromas such as freshly brewed espresso, some brackish water, burnt rubber, old leather, tobacco notes and the typical Ardbegnoten. Towards the end juicy oranges and overripe cherries and a little clove. Finally, a diesel steam hammer ;-)
    In the mouth then an explosion and smoke and red fruits. The Ardbegsüße jumps right after. Again and again plump ripe plums, seasoning and the above cherries in the interplay. Some coffee and caramel as well as toffee at the end.
    Long slightly dry and slightly woody finish with lots of smoke and ash.
    I'm excited again. My current order: Alligator - Ardbog- Day- Galileo - Dark Cove - Kelpie - Auriverdes - Perpetuum
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  13. VEF206 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  14. glenrob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  15. geriud scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  16. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  17. pyrotukker scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    I did taste a sample and I had the feeling it was the last bit of the bottle, since the peat (nose mainly) was totally gone.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  18. Holzwurm scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  19. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  20. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Moltostock-Dragobrat
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. Nebuchadnezzar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  22. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Earthy
    • Taste
      Oily, mint
    • Finish
      Thick, chewy

  23. ailean scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  24. Funtik scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  25. the_muskox scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Delicious. I love all the grilled pepper notes in here. The sweetness really sings through the peat, there are just enough savoury elements, and the salt intensifies everything else. The only thing I might dock marks on is the slight lack of complexity compared to some other Ardbegs. That’s a bit harsh though. Is it better than Uigeadail? Maybe. It’s very close. They’re different whiskies, obviously. This doesn’t have the barbequed meat notes that so many people love in Uigeadail. It’s probably a toss-up for me. I’d have to side-by-side them to be sure.
    • Nose
      Intense. A whole whack of orange sherbet right at the front, along with rich Ardbeg peat. Sweet-savoury notes of roasted red pepper, grilled poblano, paprika, and pickled red onions. The peat is rich, but not really meaty or barbeque-y at first, mostly earth, salt, and applewood smoke. There are sweet notes of banana and vanilla as well. Peated creamsicles?
      Water added cheddar cheese soaked in wine, as well as a damp barley note.
    • Taste
      Thick and oily texture. Salty and sweet up front: peat, more onions, red fruit, and some chicken broth. The sweet orange is joined by hibiscus, chocolate, and heavy caramel. The peat deepens and chars on the development.
      Water brings out a lot more here. Big ripe cherries on the arrival now, with more of those grilled peppers and some herbs (thyme). The smoke gets heavier: some charred smoked pork starts to show up. There’s a rich browned-butter pastry-ish note now: croissants with strawberry jam? Some hazelnuts on the back end.
    • Finish
      Long, charred, and sweet. Smoked paprika, more orange, cherry, earth, salt, and caramel. More smoked pork.
      Water intensified the barbeque notes and brought more thyme and hazelnuts. A touch of lime appeared too.

  26. Petitcham scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Smoke, savory bread, nuts, salty like drinking seawater

    The fun expected of Ardbeg is less

  27. PRV scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    22/22/23/22

  28. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  29. Tordeaux scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  30. Gregers scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very nice Ardbeg, powerful but rounded, and with a great balance.

    Review: https://youtu.be/a_L8KOn3Lyk
    • Nose
      88 88
      Feels warm, probably because of the campfire sensation, lots of medicinal notes, band-aids, camphor, wonderful peat smoke, iodine, a little tar, nice worn leather, smoked vanilla, a bit of toffee, smoked prunes, brine, kippers, lemon oil. Great nose.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Nice and warm, alcohol level just right, light peppery tingle, a bit of chili pepper, mouthfeel is nice and full, borderline woolly texture, smack in the face iodine medicinal note and peat smoke, nice and warm, little bit of brine, some lemon oil, decent sweetness like steamed carrots. Very good. Second chew brings an almost syrupy thick texture, chewy, medicinal notes and peat smoke going strong, more sweetness is coming out, chestnuts, nutty sweetness, maybe salted, smoked almonds. Light toffee, maple syrup. Tiny note of dates. Third chew is more powerful with chili pepper and ginger, smoke and medicinal notes showing teeth, but also very nice fruity and nutty sweetness, it's very chewy and juicy, and greatly balanced. May be too powerful for many, and don't choose this one if you're looking for a pleaser.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Sweetness rolls off quite quickly, leaves powerful peat smoke, medicinal notes, light ginger, chili pepper, black pepper, a bit of toffee, brine, salty nuts, iodine. Very nice.

  31. Sandman23 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  32. Singlemaltmen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Smell: Soft smoke (anyway) the smell of a smoker that has not been used for a while. Leather, rotten wood, damp, plum.
    Taste: tannins, smoked meat, plums, berries,
    Finish: long with lots of smoke and spices, dark caramel, vanilla and leather

  33. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Modern Ardbeg style. Good but not great.
    But just my opinion.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  34. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  35. gaboruso scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  36. Schafranek scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  37. Ficelli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  38. thebonewolf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Smoke, dark fruit, gum.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Tart, fruity, wine, smoke, burnt sugar.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Coffee, chocolate, caramel, smoke. Long.

  39. rolabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  40. MasterMork scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  41. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  42. LordIslay scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Just wow"
    That's Islay !!!!!!
    So far the best Ardbeg (The new Ardbeg-Day series)
    • Nose
      93 93
      The smell of peat and overripe fruits almost knocks you off your feet. Very intensive!
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very sweet and fruity on the tongue.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The 52.1% make the Ardbog really juicy in the finish. Very pleasant and long-lasting Islay malt.

  43. McMoulis scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  44. Belsn scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
      dried fruit's, salt, walnuts.
    • Taste
      87 87
      salt, pepper's/spice, sherry notes that is centered.
    • Finish
      82 82
      short finish with pretty much just spice's, kind and mild.

  45. elidiot scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Really asks for some time in the glass before drinking. First seems quite banal and too simple, but when this guy has been breathing for a while, he delivers all the tasty cavern-like dark ancient sherry notes. Really delicious but no more than two glasses, I don't like horror films that much.

  46. underline55 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  47. Mapl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  48. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Asbestos, ash, raisins, light sweetness, smoked ham, liquorice, a hint of vanilla

      After the nose has gotten used to the smoke, fruity aromas emerge, but always with a veil of warm smoke notes.
    • Taste
      88 88
      A spicy start, burning and tingling, warm, oily, sweetish-tart-spicy with smoky notes, oak spice and slightly salty components.
      Slightly astringent on the palate.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Very long and soft, smoky with a bit of ash, slightly salty and sweetish.

      A very interesting "mixture."

  49. Lebenswassertester scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      spicy campfire smoke, a subtle touch of rubber
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90
      Strong pleasant smoke, salt caramel

  50. A__17 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  51. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  52. ezioaudit scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  53. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    At last a bit more grotesque Ardbeg, though the over sweetness takes a little balance. 87/88.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Peat and smoke, forest fruits, salted caramel, punch and camphor.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Syrupy. Smoke, caramel, honey, citrus and cocoa.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, dry, bittersweet, spicy.

  54. EvilAFI scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This sherry blends just perfect with the Ardbeg peat. This nose is one to remember. Warm, creamy, bbq, sherry, salted, orange. Yum
    • Nose
      92 92
      Sherry, but not the typical red fruit sweetness. A mellow rich creamy sherry Warm peat, meaty bbq notes, sweet ash, nosing is a delight. Restraint to the perfect degree
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet, creamy, bbq, vanilla, salted smoked fish, orange crush, close to the nose.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Warm and long, salted, the sherry is back from the nose, but now mixed with the creaminess of the palate. Very good

  55. ezioaudit scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  56. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Aroma:
    Asbestos, ashes, raisins, light sweetness, smoked ham, licorice, hints of vanilla

    After the nose has gained the smoke, fruity aromas appear, however, always with a veil of warm smoke notes.

    Taste:
    Spicy onset, burning and tingling, warm, oily, sweetish-tart spicy with smoky notes, oak and slightly salty components.
    Slightly astringent on the palate.

    finish:
    Very long and soft, smoky with some ashes, slightly salty and sweetish.

    A very interesting "mix."

  57. face scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  58. Roland7 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Coal, ash, burning plastic, paint, rubber, a new leather product, bandage, a bonfire, raw wood, black pepper, hot chocolate, almonds, butter dough, sweet corn. Red currant aftertaste!

  59. TechnOBY scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  60. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Excellent Ardbeg. If you like the Ugeadail like I do, you will also like this one. The dark fruits are very present on the palate and the finish is very meaty. A complex and satisfying dram that needs no water to shine! Is it worth the price of 3 bottles of Ugeadail? Not sure, but it’s definitely good.

  61. schengel10 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The special bottling from 2013 - the Ardbog is one of the top malts for me!
    [Color] amber;
    • Nose
      sweet, fruity, menthol, caramel, light coconut smoke;
    • Taste
      intense onset, sherry, caramel, vinous, dry, then salt, leather, lots of pepper, juicy oranges, great smoky aromas, very complex!
    • Finish
      long finish, raisins, smoke, ham; in the end a full tobacco note;

  62. dramspotter scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      smoke
    • Taste
      sweet oranges

  63. Jean-Claude Van Dram scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    On the nose: peat, tar, spices, tobacco, some red fruits, some chocolate and nuts. Opens on farm and animal notes.

    On the palate: sweet peat, cherry, a drop of lemon, burnt sugar, dark chocolate, some coffee, ginger and liquorice.

  64. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Sherry and peat, the perfect combination. The peat is spicy, deep, the sherry tasty, unctuous, greedy. Blackberry, blackcurrant, rhubarb, and at the same time, iodine, tar, rubber. A medicinal touch that is essential. A little seaweed. White fruits and vanilla, but it's very vague. On the palate leather, honey, spices, caramel, all well wooded. Very long, strong and pleasant finish, lots of herbs, juniper, a touch of mint, it's really very good and original.
    It seems to me that it is better to drink it without water.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/06/ardbeg-ardbog.html
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  65. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    21 21 22 21 85

    everything is good, but whisky without a soul, sorry

  66. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    That's fun. Compared to the Uigeadail more dark fruits. For me both delicious malts. The Uigeadail is and remains just fine.
    • Nose
      Pretty "dark" in the aroma. He got a lot of the barrel. Clear the smoke first. But then I have aronia in honey. Something resin. This is followed by dark dried fruits, which are not too sweet. Finally some black bread.
    • Taste
      Now a lot sweeter than in the nose. Even pretty cute. The dried fruits become fresh juicy fruits. Milk chocolate. Gradually, the sweetness subsides and it is more gooseberry. The smoke now pushes harder. Finally, the oak comes and it tickles a bit on the tongue. He does not need water.
    • Finish
      Smoked ham. The oak gets stronger. Raisins in chocolate maybe some salt.

  67. miz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Light owl note, moist soil, wild strawberry,
    • Taste
      Sweet, smoky chocolate, prune or dark cherry. With water: spicy, bread
    • Finish
      Medium long, sweet, gum

  68. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    www.passionduwhisky.com
    • Nose
      Nez: Tourbe, qui l'eu cru? De la cendre, de la viande fumée. Cuir, citron, chocolaté. Caoutchouc. Nous pourrions l'imaginé produit par un fermier au fond de sa grange, ça suffirait presque à mon plaisir.
    • Taste
      Bouche: C'est sec, avec de la céréale. Pour le coup c'est plutôt différent de l'Auriverdes par exemple. Noix, épices exotiques. Tabac. Il faut le mâcher lentement pour percevoir le sherry, plus crémeux, plus fruité sur les agrumes, peut-être quelques raisins secs. Ensuite ce sont des embruns.
    • Finish
      Finale: Salée, viande fumée. Epices masala. Grhhh je suis bien faible face à ce genre de tourbeux.

  69. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Creosote, vanilla, spices, dried fruits, raisin, sweet fruits notes on nose.

    Creosote, spices, oak cask, dust, raisin and pepper notes on taste.

    Long finish starts with creosote, and goes with vanilla, oak dryness, dry hay, pepper and earth notes. 

    I like it very much! 

  70. ricallende scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A bit salty, but not so peaty at first. Cherries, plums, brown sugar and walnuts. A bit lemony. Tobacco, vanilla and marzipan.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly punchy on the palate. Smoke and ash. Very salty, the Manzanilla comes really through now. Walnuts, cherries and lemons, followed by pepper, burned caramel, licorice and wood polish. A bit of tobacco. Gets pretty bitter and oaky towards the end.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy and dry. Smoke, peat ash and lemon salts. Caramel.

  71. Gerhans scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Really loved the nose and loved the mouthfeel as well. The actual taste was very good but not incredibly spectacular. I found the finish to be a little dissapointing, it felt a bit one dimensional, too much sherry and too little Ardbeg. Still, a very balanced, interesting expression. 
    • Nose
      First off, classic Ardbeg smoke and ripe fruits. Then, more dried fruits, plums, cherries and definitely some apricots! Some caramel and honey and a faint but incredibly appealing sweet chocolate note. After a while, some nutiness, musty tobacco and leather shines through.
    • Taste
      Wow! Manzanilla up front. Pretty oily, a mouthcoating syrup-like quality. Red fruits, raisins, some oranges, a slight but pleasant bitterness. Some nutiness, vanilla and honey again (from the bourbon barrel). A little leftwing for Ardbeg, since the manzanilla cask actually somewhat negates the more typical Ardbeg flavours. Whether that's a good thing depends on your opinion on Ardbeg. Personally I would have loved the typical Ardbeg profile to shine through a little more.
    • Finish
      A medium-length and very sherried finish. The oranges plus the apricots linger as well. I would have loved it if the sweet, long smoky finish that other Ardbeg expressions have would be more apparent in the Ardbog as well.

  72. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  73. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Powerful and beautiful. Delicious Ardbeg, sturdy but nicely balanced.
    • Nose
      Peat and smoke, but equally fruity: Red fruit, cherries. Coffee also strong, and caramel
    • Taste
      Full salmiakkick, licorice, pepper. Yet also smooth and round, smoke, coffee, caramel
    • Finish
      Relatively quite soft, smoke, licorice, caramel, coffee. Long aftertaste.

  74. Batman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Okay, here in 2018 I just opened this bottle of Ardbeg Ardbog from 2013.

    Back in 2013 I recall being amazed that Ardbeg could maintain quality in the face of high global demand.   Tasting this bottle in 2018, it reminded me of how Uigeadail used to taste five years ago (spectacular).

    It is clear that quality has unfortunately suffered at Ardbeg beyond 2013.  Serge at Whiskyfun seems to agree, saying that pre-2013 he suspects they still had older spirit available to add to the mix.  Although, Serge didn't seem to like Ardbog anywhere near as much as I did.

    Anyways.  Ardbog reminds me of how I recall Ardbeg Alligator's profile - smoky, meaty, ham, bacon, oysters, maple syrup.  Deliciously salty with a supremely oily texture, just like I used to get with Ardbeg bottles.  Less peat and slightly more fruity and less "brutal" than Uigeadail.  Powerful hot attack quickly rescued by all the full and rich savory-sweet flavors, with an extended finish that keeps going with the same profile.  Overall form and development classic pre-2013 Ardbeg.

    Really wish Ardbeg was still capable of releasing expressions like this.  Too bad.

    Rated 89 Points

  75. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2013/06/03/ardbeg-ardbog-2013-ob-521/
    • Nose
      N: l’alcol si sente, non poco; giovane, è giovane: si sente già dalla torba esuberante. L’affumicatura è molto intensa e acre, in pieno stile Ardbeg (gasolio, pneumatici, gomma bruciata), e il lato marino/iodato resta di discreta intensità, a differenza di una dimensione medicinale che per ora ci pare assente. Fin qui, tutto bene, e neppure il resto in fondo ci delude: c’è una ‘dolcezza’ secca, da zucchero e frutta cristallizzata (agrumi: arancia e cedro – ma anche, a pacchi, zenzero!); mela gialla? Comunque, è un lato composto e per nulla ruffiano. Col tempo si apre anche un bouquet di spezie tutto sommato inatteso; legno, liquirizia, cannella, chiodi di garofano, anche un po’ di menta… Forse una punta di tamarindo? Una suggestione di torta paesana (quella a base di cioccolato e pinoli).
    • Taste
      P: l’attacco (anche qui un po’ alcolico) è tutto su un tappetone di fumo di torba, intenso, acre, ancora molto ‘nervoso’, a svelare ancora la giovane (sì, ok, ma non giovanissimissima…) età – sembra quasi ‘frizzante’, una sorta di mix tra acqua di mare, zenzero candito e pepe: a tratti eccede, di certo non è un palato aggraziato. Certo è molto secco (D’Ambrosio ci spiegava che la ‘colpa’ è della quota di botti Manzanilla) e di una dolcezza agrumata discreta, presente ma non onni-: ancora agrumi canditi e liquirizia. Meno complesso che al naso, diremmo, e anche un po’ meno godibile.
    • Finish
      F: torba e pepe, pepe e torba, con un po’ di caffè e cioccolato. Lungo e molto persistente. Gomma bruciata.

  76. Chris P. Bacon scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  77. EarlMobile scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Beautiful Ardbeg, which tastes of ripe ("dark red") fruits. In addition there is the typical smoke, but here a bit more discreet. Very beautiful!

  78. mr.p9 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  79. Cast Olila scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  80. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    very interesting notes but the smoke is too dominant
    • Nose
      hardly smoke, grain (malt), slightly chemical, hair spray, slightly vanilla, soft plastic like a tarpaulin, Einweckgummies with: lemon, vanilla, malt, cinnamon
    • Taste
      around the palate good smoke, car tires with: more smoke, oak
    • Finish
      long light earth, good smoke again, sharpness with: roasted aromas

  81. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  82. Gatopardo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The feis ile 2013 was great. This Ardbog is very interesting release and was affordable at that time. The manzanilla gives it character. Tried neat.
    • Nose
      Salty, maritime, peat and smoke mixed with fruits (cherry probably). I notice again the white chocolate note I found in Galileo and Nectar D'Or. Great.
    • Taste
      Manzanilla barrels turn it into the driest and saltiest whisky ever. Very spicy. But there is room for some sweet notes too.
    • Finish
      Hot. Very hot. Dry, short and smoky. Habano mouthfeel.

  83. Cubey666 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nose: Subtle smoke with  some uncommon sweetness: cherries and and dried plums, mixed together with some coffee and grilled meats. Also after a while a bit glue-rubbery offnotes, but not in a way unpleasant.

    Taste: more smoke in the mouth than the nose gave away. still the cherries and dried plums are present. Also a bit salty. After a while it becomes quite dry.

    Finish: a mix of smoke, dryness and a dark chocolate drops filled with cherry filling.

    Quite a nice expression. Happy to have tasted it.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  84. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  85. Fabian Sean Ott scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      100 100

  86. Landryn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  87. Achany scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    smoke, peat, salt and quite a lot of them. citrus and some sweet vanilla, but a lot of spices from the casks. excellent Ardbeg, would be enjoyable if this would be a Standard bottling.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  88. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  89. JohannesB scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very exciting whisky! Probably one of the most comprehensible Ardbegs I know. There is no room for half things, delicate fruits or anything - it really gets down to business. I like it, but that's not for all days. The distillate of Ardbeg shines the most in my view, if the Brennereicharakter still has some space. Apart from that one of the best special bottlings in recent years.
    • Nose
      Pronounced saltiness and a cooling herbal note, like a sweet cough syrup. The smoke is there, but not as dominant as expected. Leather, tobacco and iodine. The manzanilla barrels bring a very dry woodiness reminiscent of walnuts, as well as blackberry jam, orange peel and cloves.
    • Taste
      A real wood hammer - here the barrels set the tone. Very spicy and dry with ginger, pepper and unsweetened licorice. This now more intense smoke, ashes, tobacco and strong espresso. The alcohol pushes on, but is overall pleasant, goes well without water.
    • Finish
      Pretty long and definitely still driven by the barrels. The whole spice rack is thrown into the fire, the spices and the wood char slowly and heavily smoking to ashes. Bacon with salt and pepper rim, chocolate espresso beans.

  90. Dyno scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  91. Dramlicious scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

     Ardbeg Ardbog is a wordplay of the distillery’s name and the peat bog on Islay. Pretty clever if you ask me!

    It has no age statement, but from what I understand, its matured for at least ten years in classic ex-bourbon barrels and “rare” — whatever that means — ex-Manzanilla casks (an extremely dry sherry).

    http://dramlicious.com/review-240-ardbeg-ardbog/

  92. Snerik scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Power!! 
    • Nose
      Woo, there’s a lot to this whisky. And every note is huge. No room for subtleties here. Leather, peat, pepper, cloves, dates, raisins, cigar, walnuts, wood. 
    • Taste
      More cigar coming through here. And peat, of course. Loads of peat! Cranberries, wet forest and leather. 
    • Finish
      A lot of peat. It’s powerful, big and leaves quite an impression! 

  93. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  94. skratte scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      83 83

  95. domani scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Strong, intense smoky taste that does not want to give way. Finally, flavors and sweetness unfold. The literally liquid peat bog is an interesting taste experience - 05.03.2014
    • Nose
      Heavy smoke, salty, musty, it takes a while for the sweetness to pass through, then brown sugar
    • Taste
      Smoke, salt, iodine, peppery spiciness, caramel, intense aroma
    • Finish
      Lang

  96. LittleAlbert scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  97. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  98. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Typical Ardbeg. Really enjoyable. Good stuff!
    • Nose
      Fruity with oranges, lemons, plums and sweet wood. Really just faint touches of peat and smoke.
    • Taste
      Well balanced peat and smoke with the perfect sweetness that only Ardbeg has. This one has also citrusy, toffee, touches of vanilla. Oily and smooth.
    • Finish
      Rather long. All aromas fading out slowly.

  99. Landryn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      85 85

  100. Segens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Puh where to put this. Ardbeg is always a good choice which is this whisky also. Nevertheless I prefer Uigeadail and the Supernovas '14 & '15. This whisky has a bit of something but is not a whisky that remains in your memory for long I fear. I would call it a "good daily dram" which is difficult with its price and limited amount of bottles :-)
    • Nose
      A lot of rubber and smoke but not much sea salt which I expected before. The sherry casks gave this whisky a nice fruity note which I do like a lot. Actually it is very complex so you may remain several minutes above the glas.
    • Taste
      The rubber is back but it is not negatve. Also the fruity notes of the sherry. Nevertheless even with the alcohol if feels like that they have put too much water in it. It is like there is taste missing... Do not get me wrong it is nothing where I can criticize a lot it is just that I am missing something here.
    • Finish
      spicy middle long finish with a lot of herbs and smoke. Very nice!

  101. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    What a coincidence  - I also just tasted the Auriverdes which is rather too dry for me. The Ardbog is not just smoky and ashy but has some subtle sweetness which makes more typical like the great Ardbegs. Thus better for me than the Auriverdes.

    The Ardbog has actually a less dominant smokiness which is not bad at all. I would place it somewhere between Corryvreckan and Uigeadail - means below Corryvreckan and above Uigeadail.

  102. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I forgot to review this before emptying the bottle :(

    A good Ardbeg. Better than the Auriverdes. Not better than the Day, Uigeadail or Corryvreckan. Full bodied, peaty, not so much smoky. I enjoyed it but wont buy another bottle.

  103. Thermidor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    First impression of Ardbog was lukewarm because the Corryvreckan I'd had before it seemed better by a mile. Later on, trying a dram from a bottle that had already been open a while it felt slightly better, but in the end I was still left with a whisky that was only nearly as good as Corry or Uige, yet more expensive. 

  104. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      85 85

  105. louich scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    decided to grab a bottle I should have reviewed long ago, Ardberg is
    the distillery and Ardbog is the name! Once a year Ardberg, the
    distillery that needs no presentation, gives the world a special edition
    bottling. In 2013 this bottling was produced in two format 700 ml for
    the world and and odd 750 ml for the USA and you guessed right they are
    going for an insane amount for the same content. Back to our subject...
    This dram is a 10 year old product refinished in Manzanilla Sherry
    Butts. I would debate on the subject of this being a cask strength or
    not but hey I would say a 52.1% is near. I opened this bottle for my
    B-Day in january and instantly like what I got.When poured the liquid is a golden color. The nose has the peat your
    looking and expecting from the distillery but with the addition of sugar
    notes, green apple ? Anyways, almost no alcohol hints and very nice to
    the nose. The first sip give the peat I was expecting but the Ardberg
    signature takes a cool turn here from what I am used to from the Iggy,
    dare I say sugary/grape fruit/ there goes the green apple? Yes I did ! I
    am thrown off, again, and the alcohol does not show surprisingly.I remember the first time I tried I was really thrown off my feet as far as my expectations were.Now the finish was long, still on the peat side but a mineral touch 'a la' Caol Ila and there goes my palate again... Pear ?One thing is for sure I am liking a lot.Verdict (91):

    Superb this Ardbog to say the least. Some will prefer the Uiegdail for
    it's straight to the point peat and punch but this dram as the upper
    hand on my scale. If you like peat and finesse (yes both can coexist)
    this bottle has to be tried.A winner in my book for sure.

    Rating scale:0-50 Drink at your own risk I would not wish this dram on my worst enemy.
    50-59 Uninteresting, something to serve to bad company.
    60-69 Shows some interesting touch but nothing more than average.
    70-79 Interesting Scotch, something to try before buying.
    80-89 Nice Scotch, something to insert into the rotation without a doubt.
    90-95 Superb Scotch, something to enjoy and share on special occasion with knowledgeable friends.
    96-100 A one of a kind bottle that should be hoarded as much as you find and can afford. These do not come along often
    and are truly a jewel of the crown in a Scotch bar.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  106. Rogier Engel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      89 89

  107. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      89 89

  108. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  109. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nice balance between pepper and fruit. Give this whisky quiet and considered the chance to become one with the taste buds in the mouth and you get a feast of experience of flavors !!!!

  110. Allandale scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This is Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      Here we go:Smoke and burnt rubber, something like a tyre. But also some fruit. Iodine, a hint of dark choco. coffeepads, sweet like candy gums? Salty and leather tones.
    • Taste
      Rubber again, fruit like raspberry.Fruity: vanilla,citrus,licorice, and big smoke. Shaved ginger, and green apples.
    • Finish
      A neat balance between, smoky. salty. licorice notes on one site, and sweeter sherry-tones, fruit on the other site. Long finish.

  111. Paulski88 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  112. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  113. FernetBranco scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  114. Shane_IL scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Dirty, sulphury sherry. Mineral peat. Red fruits. Goji berries. Sticky wood. Vanilla. Peanuts. Caramel pudding
    • Taste
      Salty nuts. Sweet peat. Dry sherry and dry wood. Treacle.
    • Finish
      Long. Dry wood and wood smoke with some hints of sherry.

  115. The Macallan scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A quick note made on 30-05-2015 at Ardbeg Day

    Sherry and American oak, nice vanillins, smokey layers, very tasty.

    Great stuff.

  116. dicembre29 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Smoke and hot rubber. Something akin to bicycle tire. Some neat fruits. Is there such thing as Ardbeg jam? Iodine (almost like farmyard urine). A small dab of ultra dark chocolate. A few drops of espresso. Black Wine Gums. Heavy salt. Seems almost like the Alligator, but further finished (though not necessarily better for it, to be honest). Some very tongue-curling deep red/purple jammy fruit notes…not far off from fruit leather.

    Palate: Here’s the smoking rubber again up front. Then into a vaguely raspberry note. Then into that Ardbeg familiarity: vanilla, citrus, licorice and big smoke. Shaved ginger. Granny Smith apple flavors add a drying tartness to the back end. A neat balancing act between smoky, salty, licorice notes on one side and sweeter sherry-influenced fruit on the other.

    http://www.allthingswhisky.com/?cat=4

     

     

  117. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Powerful peat and vanilla nose. Oily mouth peat and vanilla, more wet than the 10 years. Final very long. Simple but very good.

  118. Ciro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  119. Tomh scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Head to head with the Uigeadeail and the Auriverdes: In terms of color the darkest, the nose + taste is a lot sweeter, firm peat comes later. More wood fire in the nose. A lot more balanced than the Uigeadail, perhaps a little less challenging? With water a little sweeter / fruity (red fruit). Raisins, (dried) prunes. Clear sherry influence, which in my opinion is clearly a plus. The best of the three, especially because of the personal preference of sherry influence and firm peat.

  120. hfos scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  121. wekke scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    World whiskies awards 2014: Gold, Islay single malt no age statement

  122. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very nice whisky, water brings here taste in my opinion not much, to my personal taste, the weakest special bottlings of recent years, but that is whining on a high level
    • Nose
      Smoke, sweet orange, milk chocolate, marzipan -> dominoes
    • Taste
      Sweet smoke, again lots of chocolate, some oak, orange stops at first, but then comes
    • Finish
      In the finish again come the dominoes, clearly superimposed with smoke

  123. Tomh scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  124. harriedv scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  125. Paulski88 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  126. Murmelkasten scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  127. Whisky_Wolf scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  128. Georges scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  129. Georges scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Dry sherry, nuts, vanilla, chocolate
    • Taste
      Peaty, tobacco smoke, nuts, some lemon, spicy
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, woody

  130. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    ‘Dreeamy'

    N: The bar tender pours, he sniffs, and then says “Dreeamy”, before passing me a complimentary dram, and not a bad place to start at all. The spirit and peat take centre stage as equals with the wood showing confidently, green wood, like Hazelburn's Rundlets and Kilderkins. The peat is never over stated, more in the background than the standard Ardbeg 10 but with the same intensity. Toffee and caramel on show, pumpernickel bread, washing detergent, shoe polish, actually its more like wax protector for barber coats, green chestnuts, sweet baby bio and a touch of fresh cigars.

    T: Sugary sweet peat with cigar smoke, ice-cream wafer and a fruit cordial core. Oils develop with a slick body throughout, the peat hinting at Laphroaighs TCP profile as well as the candy bar sweetness of Octomore. Lots of chilli pepper throughout. Add water for a sweet oily laphroaigesque mouthful with a strong aniseed development. Drinking this Ardbog neat however offers a sublime and balanced combination of wood, spirit, peat and oils thats hard not to like

    F: After a long development of wood and spices the finish is comparably shorter as theres a noticeable drop off. Vanilla wafer with fresh wood spices and saline notes are revealed before becoming sweet. That green wood shows through right at the end demonstrating some decent oak. 

    C: Initially amazing but less sublime as the spirit went down. For me the strength of Ardbog is in the nose and subsequent arrival. Its a very nice expression and i can see why its gained many fans. Its not overly complex, not even on the nose but it’s a sublime cocktail indeed. Similar in style to Laphroaigs An Cuan Mor, like an Ardbeg/Laphroaig fusion - now theres a blending idea.

    Scores a B

  131. checkpointuk scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/feis-ile-2014-lagavulin-19y-sherry-butts-vs-ardbeg-auriverdes-33471/ Color: corn yellow
    Nose: smoke, iodine and earth as well as freshly pitted, wet peat in a lemon / orange mix. The whole sweetish spicy with a touch of grassy-young and immature spirit. Aromas of smoked ham, cinnamon and oak appear.
    Taste: Sweet round start, but immediately sharper and tart. Ash, herbs and mint with lots of salt and citric acid, nutmeg and black pepper dominate. Now sweeter impressions of honeycombs in maritime peat smoke - pleasant and balanced.
    Finish: Pretty long and very peppery-peaty - and still peatier. Chocolate notes with coarse-grained salt and smoky, peaty malt remain on the tongue - again balanced and delicious.
    89 points (nose: 87 / taste: 89 / finish: 90)

  132. whioli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  133. ricallende scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: swetness and smoke
    taste: very salty (too much for me) and peaty.Chocolate and some sweet cherry
    Finish: medium long and dry with less peat than expected.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  134. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Earthy peat and meaty sherry. Toffee, dark chocolate, salt, smoked ham, cranberry, vanilla, a slightly farmy touch and a whiff of matches.
    • Taste
      Peat, toffee, sea salt minerals, pepper, citrus, dark chocolate and raspberry.
    • Finish
      Peat, dark chocolate, burnt wood, smoked ham and pepper. Not so much of the sherry notes left now.

  135. Mushinico scored this whisky 1 points Expert Senior

    In the smell of honey, beeswax and wine bar. Smooth dirty and smoky smoke. Slightly ginger. The flavor begins as a fiery smoke burning. Strongly smokes smoke, wax, burnt tobacco and vanilla. Roasted sawn wood and ginger. Manzan has a strong presence, dryness and versatility here. The aftertaste is moderately short and smoky. There is a small tinge of freshness in the mouth. With water the flavor opens slightly and softens. Water brings good balance to a certain point beyond whisky, especially the after-taste is lost.

    This is something that has become tasty and totally convinced I have not yet. I think this is a little bit of Ardbeg's omnipresence over other tastes. I have noticed that this benefits from a little water and a glass of the time. Otherwise, this takes a little time and getting used to it, because it's about to be a bit of a tight distillate. Perhaps a small contradiction is between wine-making and smoking. It reminds me of the "contradictory" nature of the Laphroaig PX cask, but perhaps this smoke is somewhat "more suitable" for Manzanilla than for Lappaari PX. This is also a bit drier and cleaner. I think that tasting is still to be continued and it is considered whether the effect of oxygen on the bottle will later increase softness and balance.
    • Nose
      1 1
    • Taste
      1 1
    • Finish
      1 1

  136. mayyerrumleak scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    great stuff... a tarier and stronger uigedail, close to the old Mor from the 90ies
    • Nose
      Lots of warm smoke, peat with heavy phenol, hint of citrus zests, hot popcorn machine, hot electric trafo, sherry, sultanines, caramell und koffeesugar
    • Taste
      Strong peat, a mouthfilling sherry with boutrite grapes, raisins/sultanines, fuity citrus notes, burnt electrics, oily
    • Finish
      oily and long sherry and smooth peat finish, tar, asphalt

  137. Elandi scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Something disappointed. Come for me to the Uigeadail (Uiwiegeil) not ran.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke predominates. Burns in the nose. With a little water, the smoke comes back and caramel and the sherry barrels come forward.
    • Taste
      Little complex. Tar, peat and iodine. Burns on the tongue. With a little water, only the burning is suppressed. No gain in flavor. Maybe caramel becomes a bit more dominant.
    • Finish
      Long and smoky. In the end noticeable caramel.

  138. Wild Thing scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Mineral odors, strong smoke and then comes caramel. Sea air. A strong alcoholic note.
    • Taste
      First, of course, the smoked ham. Very dry, fruity and finally slightly salty.
    • Finish
      Long and dry.

  139. Gronqvist scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Oily with sea salt, hints of barbecue, cured ham, maple syrup, plum, orange, apricot, honey, mint, herbs, coffee, wine, pecan nuts, toffee, lavender, lilac, leather and peat. 
    • Taste
      Soft and bold with warm fruit, honey cake, juice, cashew nuts, green olives, coffee grounds, raisins, pickled onions that touch of anchovies, rhubarb, oak tannins and klasisk Ardbeg sweetness. 
    • Finish
      Long, hot, smoked and dry with honey sweetness, apricots, nuts, caramelized apples, Christmas cake, chilli and paprika.

  140. Ruud6421 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  141. Ruud6421 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here (in Dutch): http://www.whiskyruud.nl/blog/ardbogmania/

  142. djork scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  143. alectron scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Single dram note. 2013_11 in a blind tasting, I was rather convinced this is a Port Charlotte...
    • Nose
      bacon, linen, cheesy
    • Taste
      peat. spirity, sweet, vanilla
    • Finish
      more of the palate

  144. Aetius scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very balanced and surprisingly uniform for an Ardbeg. Not dull, though, even so, but far from their most complex whisky either.
    • Nose
      Hints of flowers, fruit and smoke, along with some slight licorice. It's all dominated by marzipan and burned or toasted sweetness, however.
    • Taste
      More of the same. Toasted sweetness and burned sugar, along with hints of nutty and spicy sherry, and smoke.
    • Finish
      A slight bitterness creeps in on the aftertaste, but stays just shy of doing damage. The smoke is more prominent now, but the sweetness and toffee-ish flavours are still the strongest.

  145. peathead scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I continue to find this a strange dram. I think Ardbeg and manzanilla are an odd combination. It doesn`t appeal to me. The sweetness doesn`t really mix with the smokeye style Ardbeg.
    Thanks for the sample, RvZ. 

  146. Blue Darkness did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Ardbog is still powerful, but sweeter then i had expected.

  147. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Oh dear that is a good one...
    • Nose
      Heavy peat and the typical Ardbeg sweetness. Very powerful. Kinda like having a BBQ at the sea. Salty, smoked meat. Beautiful. 
    • Taste
      (neat) 

      Sweet, sweeter, Ardbeg. Oh my, beauty! Powerful ripe fruits, chocolate, nice oak, not bitter at all. 
    • Finish
      Looong finish, staying sweet and moth coating till the end. Not dry at all.

  148. LukeFive scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I enjoyed a sample from this one ( twice ). To me its classic ardbeg except it has a little twist to it.

    Powerful peaty and smoky malt with good complexity of flavors under the smoke and peat. Once you get under it, it satisfies the mouths with richness. Finish is sweet with smoke on the tail.

    One of those Malts that makes you wonder

  149. LukeFive scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Its good but not better than Gorry
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  150. getz scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    Ardbog Day, a celebration of the peaty bogs of Islay, from whence the peatiness in every drop of Ardbeg hails.

    Originally launched at their Feis Ile open day for 2013.

    From Ardbeg Distillery

  151. getz scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    The 2013 Ardbeg Day whisky, released on June 1st initially as an Embassy exclusive. Taking inspiration from their last few releases, this is a down to earth whisky, concerned with the history uncovered as you dig deep into the peat bogs of Islay. The whisky is a vatting of 10 year old spirit, some matured in bourbon casks and some in manzanilla casks for a balanced of soft, sweet and earthy flavours

  152. I_SPEY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: dry!, salty!, oilyish, peaty, ashyish. 

    Taste: sweeter than the nose, even soft, becoming more salty, some cinnamon and almonds, toffee. Smokyish!

    Finish: long, smoky and rather dry!

    Comments: I do like this dram, but  maybe better without the manzanilla (in this case, because I do like manzanilla, but better with Caol Ila`s, I think!  

     

  153. Feis_ile did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Second release of Ardbeg in honor of Ardbeg-Day. On June 1, 2013, the second Ardbeg day was held, in which natural and new whisky was introduced. Under the motto `we dig peat`, Ardbog owes its name to the peat blocks that provide the malt with the complex peat taste. This limited Ardbog has been aged for 10 years on ex-bourbon barrels, followed by a finishing touch on `Manzanilla` barrels. This gave this Ardbog an underlying dry sherry key. Beautiful single malt on barrel strength that can have some drops of water. Powerful and relatively young-flavored Ardbeg with fine sherry properties.
    Taste comes close to a marriage between the Alligator and the Galileo with a beautiful sherry test at the end.

  154. FedeBosco scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Nose : it is definitely Ardbeg, peat diesel oil a note sulfur softened, not too strong, harmonious even if with the characteristic aroma of peat and Islay. After a while you notice the note of Manzanilla, brown sugar, dark honey, a medicinal note warned but a bit incongruous, it softens more and more. Taste : decided, goes off a bit, not very intense, rather sweet or perhaps sweetened, young body, lacking in level and complexity, probably for the young age (it is rumored 8 years, someone even says 6). Final : peat, although not very strong, goes out on the sweet, slightly sour. Comment : a good daily dram far from Ardbeg Ten, soft and sweet even if decided as a self-respecting young Islay. Very large commercial operation with constantly rising economic evaluations since the moment of exit.

  155. Gronqvist scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Oily with sea salt, hints of barbecue, cured ham, maple syrup, plum, orange, apricot, honey, mint, herbs, coffee, wine, pecan nuts, toffee, lavender, lilac, leather and peat.
    • Taste
      Soft and rich with warm fruit, honey cake, juice, cashew nuts, green olives, coffee grounds, raisins, pickled onions that touch of anchovies, rhubarb, oak tannins and klasisk Ardbeg sweetness.
    • Finish
      Long, hot, smoked and dry with honey sweetness, apricots, nuts, caramelized apples, Christmas cake, chilli and paprika.

  156. Ivynor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    And you dare to sell that 85 euros in starting price to the shop?
    • Nose
      Do not miss in 2014 the new limited edition Ardbeg: Hard Beurk, FDG Ed. (Foutage de Gueule Edition).
      Smoke and sherry, on dried fruits, medicinal plants, candy sugar and hints of kirsch.
    • Taste
      Easy, quite woody and sweet. It is unfortunately quite volatile and green.
    • Finish
      Quite dry, I would say astringient. Always smoke associated this time with hay and ash. It's rather austere I think.

  157. Drochaid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This whisky combines two types of ripening to create a whole new taste experience: at its very core, the typical smoky, yet fruity and floral distillate stored in Spanish ex-Manzanilla sherry for ten years, then combined with typical Ardbeg of the same age to become. This previously matured in American ex-Bourbon oak barrels. Manzanilla drawers add salty flavors to the whisky, while first-filled ex-bourbon streaks provide creaminess comparable to maple syrup. As always with Ardbeg it was also important to find the right balance of the numerous flavors. Grades such as mocha, cloves and even anchovies could thus find their place as well.

  158. Gatopardo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A marvel. The first drink anesthetizes your palate but the development of flavor in the following is incredible. A very pleasant surprise that in my opinion surpasses Galileo last year. Start salty and finish sweet. One pass.

  159. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A great expression!

  160. Cast Olila scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  161. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  162. Sonett scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Ashy Charcoal smoke and peat dominates, a light coastal nose combined with a hint of vanilla
    • Taste
      A smoky sweet honey mix, young fresh salty with a nutty taste going towards growing spices but stays before getting peppery
    • Finish
      Medium long with a chili pepper tone fading out in a fresh light sweetness 

  163. Otje scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    9000 bottles released, for as far as i know.

  164. Sinbad50 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Does anyone know how many bottles were released?

  165. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A softer nose than the standard 10yo, with the tempering of the peat allowing through waves of salty air and rich pudding fruits. Quite closed at first, but time and a few drops of water opened things up, adding a nice toffee fudge note. Oily and salty on the palate, with water adding some spicy and peppery edges, but the peat is only allowed through in the long, warming finish, where salty aspects linger at the very end. I enjoyed the sherried aspects of this Ardbeg, but it lacks the depth and complexity I associate with Uigeadail or the Lagavulin Distiller`s Edition. Perhaps a touch youthful...I`d like to try this after 15 or 16 years in the cask. 
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  166. checkpointuk scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2013/feis-ile-2013-tasting-mit-ardbog-bowmore-bruichladdich-lagavulin-und-laphroaig-27719/ Color: Full gold with a light amber stitch
    Nose: coal, ash, asphalt, peat and smoke, menthol, vanilla, white pepper, slightly maritime and fresh. Notes of green apple and gooseberries.
    Taste: Sweet coal dust, tar, sugar, caramel, honey, peat and carbonized wood. Becoming medically-sweet.
    Finish: Medium length, very sweet, mild paprika, hints of iodine and towards the end slightly tart almonds.
    86 points (nose: 88 / taste: 85 / finish: 86)

  167. granella2003 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sea salt
      and brine with some dark fruit and hints of barbecue. Maple syrup, plum, orange,
      mint and more herbal notes with a touch of tomato vine. White coffee
      develops
    • Taste
      Like all the moisture is being sucked out of your mouth at first but in
      a good way(!). Salt crusted raisins, rich nuttiness, pickled onions.
    • Finish
      There's red chilli heat on the finish as well as paprika

  168. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Like the Galileo, it may be too far away from hardcore Ardbeg to many
    peatfreaks. Too much manzanilla influence, they may think. But for me, it
    works. I find it better than the Galileo, it easily outshines the Rollercoaster
    and Alligator, but it is still no match for the Day, Airigh Nam Beist,
    Supernova, let alone the Uigeadail or Corryvreckan.
    • Nose
      The nose is immediately oily and salty, like cured ham and olives. Peat,
      surely, but a lot less than I would have expected. Sweet ashes. Wet
      earth. Rocky coast. Far from fruity or sweet like the Galileo
      (which I put next to it for the occassion). The salt might be from the
      manzanilla of course, as this dry sherry from Andalusia (Spain) is known to be
      a bit salty. If you leave it for five minutes, it does show a sweet side.
    • Taste
      It is surprisingly soft on the palate. Immediately very salty, like on
      the nose. Quite overpowering, blocking everything else out for a few moments.
      Only midpalate does the meaty and sweet character surface. Nutmeg and a touch of
      cinnamon. Nuts,
      too. Almonds to be precise. Caramelized apples and some toffee now. Nice
      development. Mildly drying towards the end. It is only at said end
      that the peat shines through with a grand smokiness. I find it rather complex.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, smoky and dry.

  169. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice but far from as stunning as all the boxing around ...
    • Nose
      Solvent, dry, slightly mineral and marine
    • Taste
      Bold on the palate, well controlled alcohol
    • Finish
      long on iodine

  170. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N: ashes, liquorice, peat, smoke, iron and some cranberries
    T: smoke, oily, citrus, white pepper and ashes
    F: seaweed, earthy - mushrooms, pepper and curry
    tasted with Aby and JJ

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