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Ardbeg 1998 DD

Overall rating
89.08/100
votes
79
Whiskybase ID
WB21974
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Daily Dram (DD)
Bottling serie
The Nectar of the Daily Drams
Vintage
1998
Bottled
2011
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
55.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Market
be Belgium
Added on
23 May 2011 11:36 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 270.80

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1998 DD

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.08 points

  1. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    By Serge;

    Ardbeg 12 yo 1998/2011 (55.4%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams) Colour: straw. Nose: now we’re starting to talk. More presence, more complexity (although this is no complex whisky thus far), more fruitiness (pears) and a most enjoyable rootiness (gentian, celeriac). Some smoke of course but it’s no peat monster. With water: develops gently, with more putty, almonds, marzipan, apple peelings and soot/ashes. Mouth (neat): once again, we’re much higher – so to speak – than with the SMWS. Still a tad brutal but this is more complex, with kippers, liquorice, ginger, more smoked fish (salmon), marzipan, green tea, more liquorice… Very good, very good! With water: now it’s perfect! Not complex, not mindboggling, not really majestic but absolutely perfect. Finish: quite long and a tad rounder, which is always welcome in a finish (and seldom happens). Comments: I think Ardbeg starts to become really interesting at 12 years of age, unless it’s ridden with sweetish vanilla of course (sherry’s all right ;-)). SGP:447 - 89 points.

  2. tebond968 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg 12y 1998/2011, 55.4%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams
    Very clean and minerally nose. Wet earth, lime, grass, plants ... peat of course, but also this is very clean, salty, sea air (iodine) and a bit of fruit (hard pears, gooseberries). Not really complex but pleasant. The taste is firm, mouth filling and with a smoky start. But then there is sweet (vanilla, licorice and marzipan), then herbs, citrus and also some salt. More complex on the taste than on the nose. With water the whole becomes sweeter and fruity, and actually better. Long finish on sweet peat smoke. Interesting bottling and certainly better than the classic Ardbeg 10y. 86/100 http://onversneden.com/2011/08/14/ardbeg-12y-1998-the-nectar-of-the-daily-drams/

  3. squaadgras scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  4. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. tomy63 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Well above the Ardbeg Ten in my opinion, more powerful, more fruity and more complex.
    • Nose
      Very expressive, beautiful, very "Ardbeg", peat, iodine, a medicinal side then fruits, lemon, pear and apple.
    • Taste
      A little below the nose. We find the same aromas, but it needs a little water. Then the fruitiness takes precedence over the peat. Powerful but the alcohol is very well integrated.
    • Finish
      Long, powerful. A little almond too.

  7. STL scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  8. etwa77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      fruits and soft smoke whispering to each other.. very clearly salty water from my father’s pickled cabbage and tomatoes jar.. lemons over burning embers.. very nice.
    • Taste
      86 86
      a bit sweet, a bit salty, not much.. but well put together and with the alcohol nicely tucked in
    • Finish
      87 87
      very long.. more salt and smoky mints

  9. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  10. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

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