Ardbeg Traigh Bhan Batch 4

Overall rating
88.58/100
votes
170
Whiskybase ID
WB214331
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
Vintage
2003
Bottled
16.03.2022
Stated Age
19 years old
Casktype
American Oak and Oloroso Sherry Casks
Strength
46.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
TB/04-07.03.2003/22.CG
Bottle code
L2439722
Barcode
5010494975574
Added on
15 jul 2022 12:50 pm by SneakyGentleman
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 303.46

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Traigh Bhan Batch 4

30 users have left 31 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.58 points.

  1. pere scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The batch 2 is still a notch better in my book, but this one is luckily not burned and ashy like the batch 3.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Dirty smoke, coal tar, soot, leather, even a hint of black rubber, a bit of seaweed.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Smoky, salty, peat, a bit of fruity sweetness, does not get too dry and luckily no ash.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Salty smoke, peat, I cannot really find the menthol, but it stays quite fresh in a maritime way.

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  3. AlphaCentauri scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: Let's stay as positive as possible. If you read Ardbeg's notes yourself and think: Man, that's something for me! will certainly not be disappointed, as there is actually a lot to be found. To be honest, I didn't read them before ordering, just the advertising text.
    For my personal taste, this bottling, like the Ardcore, is unfortunately rather sobering. Blindly I would never have come up with 19 years and a high/higher proportion of Oloroso casks. However, you can tell that it is an Ardbeg.
    260€ were called. Too expensive? Definitely for what it has to offer in terms of taste. Judging by the speed with which it was sold out, not really. Ardbeg can bottle anything, call up any price, write what they like and the bottlings are always sold out. An enviable state! From a business point of view, everything is done right here.
    However, one can certainly argue about the development of taste ...
    For me, it is not a whisky that will be remembered or even do justice to its key data.
    • Nose
      Fresh, the alcohol goes down a bit due to the menthol note. Ashy smoke is muted but present. This is followed by something herbaceous/minty and the typical Ardbeg citrus note. Unfortunately, I can't find any sherry or chocolate and I don't trust his nose for 19 years either.
    • Taste
      Alcohol is well integrated. The smoke is more present than in the nose and the menthol notes are fortunately more restrained. Despite the "only" 46.2% vol., it creates volume in the mouth. Slightly peppery and again herbal. A slight trace of tannins, but more fresh than bitter. Again, the typical Ardbeg ashes and citrus notes. I continue to look in vain for the chocolate or dark influences of the sherry. Unfortunately, he is not able to convince me of his 19 years either.
    • Finish
      Medium to short. Smoke, menthol and citrus fruits shape it the most. At the very end, I make up my mind to taste a little chocolate.

  4. Spoerkel scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    One of the best Ardbegs I've ever tasted. Strong, smoky and yet mild. Not as one-dimensional as many of the newer batches now come across. Unfortunately, the PLV doesn't fit at all, but luckily it doesn't affect the enjoyment...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. Eun1 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Really good stuff!
    Rich smoke on the nose with clear smoked meat notes and a potpourri of light and dark fruits.
    In the mouth a full start with smoke, lots of fruit and oak spice.
    The finish is a long, slowly fading continuation of the mouthfeel.

  6. KyleRamsay scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Best and most complex ardbeg ive had thus far but unfortunately the low abv was a killer, sad. Otherwise this has potential to be in the 88 or 89 point mark.

    Had a 1 cl sample at a bar. Never took detailed notes.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Typical ardbeg smoke, seaweed, salty, tons of vanilla, spices, a bit of oak. A bit thin on the nose
    • Taste
      85 85
      Very typical ardbeg flavors just with added complexity, nothing really special.

      Quite thin abd a tad watery. Lacks punch
    • Finish
      86 86
      Same notes from palate nothing memorable.

  7. Luigisim scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A nice improvement vs Traigh Bhan Batch #3. More mature, sweet and long vs previous edition.

  8. whisky666 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  9. ThorstenH scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A little time in the glass is good for him to unfold a little.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Good nose, even if I found the Ardbeg Galilei (parallel tasting) better/fruitier. Here we have smoke with some fruit.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Round and balanced in the mouth. Very pleasant to drink. Here the relationship between smoke and fruit fits better. You can keep it in your mouth for a long time.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The smoke dominates. Slightly ashy with liquorice. OK.

  10. Hsh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Well-balanced peet whisky
    This is how mature Ardbeg feels.
    I liked that it had a profound charm rather than a smokey look
    I ordered it after drinking quite a bit, so I omitted the detailed notes.

  11. huangshantong scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is the performance of the Abbe I like very much. It reminds me of the 01 batch, and the earlier Abbe 22. These are closer to the Abbe tonality of that great era, and I like this Abbe expression very much. It's better than most of what's been bottled this year, even those sky-high single casks, even the more expensive 25 year olds, I don't think it's as good as this one.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Light peat feeling, peat does not belong to the direction of disinfectant chemicals, this peat feeling is very natural, close to real coal balls, platycodon piles, burning wet sticks; the fruit is bright and fresh , lively, lemon, citrus, and then a very rich and solid malt. This kind of rich malt feeling makes me feel like my favorite expression of CI. In short, I like this one very much
    • Taste
      91 91
      The entrance also makes me happy, enough sweetness and sourness, wrapped in a light moist, powdery peat cloud, great
    • Finish
      90 90

  12. migratore scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  13. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    It's very lemony and herbaceous, on eucalyptus, laurel, humid undergrowth. Vegetable moss, tree bark. Very quickly we feel the tide, the iodine, the mangrove. Kelp, seaweed. Peat is not so strong. Fine, it disintegrates into a nice grainy smoke. Very smooth, oily, fruity on the palate, on plums, Mirabelle plums, Comices pears. Banana, citrus. Mastered spices. Sufficiently long finish, beautiful, parsley, reeds, marshes. A hint of peat on the end, spicy, earthy, dark chocolate. Cola, coal.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2022/11/ardbeg-2003-traigh-bhan-19-yo-batch-4.html

  14. springtank scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Nikilema scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Solid Traigh Bhan, was the first dram in the 360 tasting at Ardbeg on Saturday
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    round story. Unfortunately not particularly complex
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  17. Killswitch scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  18. frozzy scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Only one sample unfortunately.
    Heavily smoky, nice and dirty. Best traigh bhan

  19. DrBest scored this whisky 97 points Expert Junior

    Best Ardbeg over the last 5 years. Wow! That tropical touch compared with the intensiv ash. Oh yes! That remind me about the bottles from the 70s. Oily consistency - absolutely delicious. Bottles like this are the reason I love Ardbeg. What a nice surprice.

  20. domani scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Find him quite successful, beautiful Ardbeg with a slightly tropical fruit component and spicy oak. The red thread for me is the rubber abrasion - 17.09.2022
    • Nose
      88 88
      Unmistakable Ardbeg smoke, warm campfire, chemical components such as rubber, bicycle tube and some solvent, burnt match and subtle roasted aromas. A hint of tropical fruit. In the background malt sweetness, grain and oak round off the warm, smoked profile
    • Taste
      88 88
      BBQ in the smokehouse, sweetness, icing sugar, intense pepperiness, tropical fruit, lots of wood and barrel, cloves, rubber
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, BBQ, campfire, spicy oak with a slightly dusty component, rubber abrasion

  21. Mankut scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Man oh man….. the Ardi 19 B 4 absolutely hit my nerve!
    Whether you're at the trade fair or at home, great sweet spice, ardbeg typical smoke, delicious great sherry content and comes from the stinging and spice in the finish to about 50% of the alligator, from its delicious sweet pepper spice even slightly waxy oily very light but that's how it is yummy.

  22. JoshNRW scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I had an Ardbeg online tasting with 8 Ardbegs-Flipper bottlings that week and can therefore classify them well. The pinball fillings (including Groove, Ardcore, Drum, Black, etc.) were all delicious and scored between 85 and 88 points. By the way, my winners were the Kelpie and the Uigedal. That's why I can classify it here quite well. And if he had been present at the tasting, he would have won by a narrow margin.
    A beautiful and somewhat complex malt.
    • Nose
      The nose is characterized by a subtle, very balanced Ardbeg profile of restrained smoke, jog, sweetness and citrus fruits and has no off notes.
      The alcohol content would have to be clearly higher in order to remember this whisky in the long term.
    • Taste
      88.5
      Again very clean and nice but not particularly complex and a little too thin here to be really good. I don't even know which flavors to list here, as they are essentially just the classic Ardbeg flavors with no surprise or highlight. The age here makes up for the lack of alcohol content and offers a slight interplay between smoky and sweet.
    • Finish
      The finish is longer than I expected for this prelude, because it doesn't drop to the nose and palate, although I expected that at the 46.2 percent.
      The mouthfeel is really nice and again a clean Ardbeg profile of modern times.

  23. whiskydramo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Pretty salty to start with a huge wave of tar, burnt wood and brine mixed with salted lemon. Burning candles, old newspaper, hay and some seashells. Grilled crabs, liquorice, anise, cumin and melon skin. Subsequently arrived the plain honeydew and lemon zest.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Not sweet pear with peel, water-cress, even leaf mustard. Grilled vegetable skewers, sweetness came from beetroots, dried dates, wet burnt wood and slightly burnt vanilla sticks. There's also a hint of green tea with honey.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Ash, cigarette butts, old colour ink magazines and some purple grape flesh. There's so much going on within the peat that you almost felt it never stopped evolving. Eggplants, thyme and some roasted meat as well.

  24. Kimba scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Let's forget these 90 points of whisky, which are red-fruity, dark, creamy and old... mop... not at all.

    The nose is gross... tar, rubber tires, burned etc... but in a sweet way.... the gross outweighs the sweetness... and he seems like he has more than 46 volts. He has a cool nose.

    In the mouth it's pure bourbon cask with dirty smoke... if you keep it in your mouth for a long time there is a pastis mentol note... but only for a short time. Then comes sweetness that doesn't stick... just a hint.
    From the first moment there is a pleasant sharpness. The spiciness is there all the time... but carries the flavors more than disturbing...
    It's all very tasty.

    The finish is epically long... the whole mouth is filled with dirty Ardbeg.

    I find Batch 4 very successful.

    Is there a whisky that is more pleasing for 260 euros? Naturally.
    Do I want these if I want to drink a 19 year old Ardbeg? no

    And that's where his niche lies.

    It can do a lot, is very complex if you know how to read it and definitely not an overpriced TEN.

    You can tell the 19 years by the harmony in the chaos in the mouth.

  25. kanpai79 scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

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

  26. Islaysmoke scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    For me the best Traigh Bhan, but I think the full moon during bottling has nothing to do with it :-).
    • Nose
      91 91
      Definitely Ardbeg. Ardbeg smoke, lots of vanilla. Slightly sour (lemon?), maritime.
    • Taste
      93 93
      maturity! Restrained smoke. Typical cooling menthol notes and now more clearly lemon/citrus. Some sweetness and peppery spiciness.
    • Finish
      92 92
      long and beautiful. Sweet. Lemony-maritime, almost salty notes remain.

  27. Dome306 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    High recognition value on the nose, with notes of burnt tire rubber and tar. In contrast to the younger bottlings, these leave much more room for other components: A nice vanilla note, lemongrass and even a few sherry notes.

    A similar picture then on the palate, you can tell its age, the peat smoke is much more restrained. Some menthol and pepper mixed with citrus fruits and oranges.

    The finish is medium long and then ends pleasantly.

  28. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  29. -sAxo- scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  30. pere scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Bottled 16.3.2022 according to the code on the bottle, so not exactly under a full moon after all?

  31. BehindSpace did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Bottled: Under a full moon.

    Holy s***. What stupid marketing idea comes next?

  32. Jackdaniels777 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Release price: 260€

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