Overall rating
88.43/100
votes
58
Whiskybase ID
WB219029
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Brühler Whiskyhaus (BW)
Bottling serie
A Dream of Scotland - The Tasteful 8
Vintage
2006
Bottled
2022
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry & Syrah Wine Finish
Number of bottles
344
Strength
51.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
ARD
Added on
10 oct 2022 9:18 am by Ardbeg1
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 329.90

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Whisky reviews for Islay South Coast 16-year-old BW

10 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.43 points.

  1. Hemdl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    If you like it sweet and smoky, you should be more than happy with this Ardbeg. For me, the last Ardbeg from the series was slightly stronger, as it was a bit broader and more subtle in terms of aromas. Nevertheless, a very nice malt, the only downer of which is the price. But we have to get used to that...
    • Nose
      Exactly what I had hoped for. Simply and deliciously delicious. Dark smoke, sweet fruits. A potpourri of red berry jam and cold ash smoke. No off notes, alcohol very well integrated. Then the tooth starts dripping immediately...
      After a few minutes in the glass, the sweetness of the malt takes a back seat and becomes a bit spicier. Light oak now, still against the background of the ever-present smoke.
    • Taste
      The malt rolls on surprisingly gently and unfolds in the mouth. Viscous, downright creamy, smoke and fruity sweetness settle on the taste buds. The spicy oak notes are a little more present here than on the nose, but all in all an interplay between smoke and strong sweet aromas. A classic malt "a la Marco", if you will.
      But here, in my opinion, it fits wonderfully and everything is balanced. You can hardly feel the alcohol here either.
    • Finish
      Long and - surprise - sweet. It takes quite a while for the jam to fade from the palate and the darker smoke flavors to take over. Here - in contrast to the palate - it's almost a bit "too much" for my taste, you have to like it. But this is troubleshooting at a high level. The interplay of aromas here is also very pleasing overall and without mistakes.

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  3. vlad78 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Sweet, fortified wine, raisins and plum jam, flavored with thick smoke from burnt dry logs with bark.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. glen efze scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The Tasteful 8 is an ambitious series from the Brühl whisky house, which was released on the occasion of several tasting events with food pairing.

    Another whisky from the south coast of the Isle of Islay, this time 16 years old and priced at almost €250. So luxury that comes from an undisclosed distillery of a luxury group. The reference ARD on the label probably refers to the television company of the same name...

    It is a whisky from a price segment that normally does not end up on my table even as a sample. But with The Tasteful 8 I wanted the complete sample set, because the curiosity is great.

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    • Nose
      The smoke starts quite smooth, the sweetness is noticeable in the background and makes the aromas round. There are ripe fruits, honeydew melon and mango and then the smoke emerges and has a maritime squirt hem moment. Herbal notes with hints of sweet cough syrup are present, the smoke is ashy with some embers. Alcohol is hardly noticeable. Instead, juicy peaches wrapped in smoked kelp leaves.
    • Taste
      The first sip is strong, smoky red wine might show through. The smoke is a bit more maritime and port-heavy than the Lagavulin from the Tasteful 8 series, but this is countered well by the oily-sweet fruit jam that dominates the taste alongside the smoke. The sweetness does not become sticky, a herbal sugar component is also added. And the dirty smoke aspect has nothing to do with the soapy sulphur, which is always my dread in red wine and sadly ruined the Orkney from the Tasteful 8 range. This Aredbeg has a lot to offer in the nose and does not diminish in taste, but offers a wide range of aromas with smoky power.
    • Finish
      After a few sips, nice Islay smoke lingers throughout the mouth, which is more woody than smoky, the maritime flavors fade away a bit earlier than the woody-smoky ones. But it's a nice aftertaste.

      It already has a wide potpourri of diverse aromas and has matured flawlessly, keeping sweetness, smoke, fruit and herbs in a good balance, which leaves room for the individual aromas to develop. A wonderful end-of-the-evening whisky to keep in the glass for a long time, to sip with your eyes closed, leaning back. The whisky doesn't work on the first sip, it builds in the mouth and the flavors grow with each sip. It's great.

  5. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Violent finale for a beautiful and varied tasting. However, I can only imagine this whisky with an intense dessert, which is not for weak (taste) nerves
    • Nose
      81 81
      Now it's getting really experimental. I would never have recognized this as Ardbeg. Smells like overboiling chicken soup with Kassler filling into which you have just thrown a load of Ricola herbal sugar candies. Totally crazy, after a while in the glass it all settles down and now seems more civilized, just like an Ardbeg with an extremely wet wine barrel smells.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very fruity and sweet, the red Campino candies, with nice tarry smoke from the Ardbeg. Surprisingly tasty. I can imagine it with a heavy sweet dessert.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length, syrupy sweetness, greasy smoke, meaty.

  6. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    An Ardbeg with very intense barrel aromas. You can hardly recognize the distillate by its taste, but the special smoke still reveals its origin.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. glenrob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Artus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very nice Ardbeg, who knows how to convince especially on the tongue! The price is of course steep, but unfortunately that has to be paid for Ardbeg these days. Definitely recommended for all die-hard fans of the distillery.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. NorthCoast500 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very enjoyable for an easy drinking night. But this Ardbeg has been killed by the finishing cask. No Ardbeg left in this destilate.

  10. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  11. laph1 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Undisclosed Ardbeg.

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