Ardbeg Alligator

Overall rating
89.08/100
votes
359
Whiskybase ID
WB22110
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Committee Reserve for Discussion
Bottled
21.04.2011
Casktype
New American White Oak
Number of bottles
10000
Strength
51.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml 4500 ml
Barcode
5010494904123
Added on
01 jun 2011 6:26 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 817.97

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Alligator

26 users have left 27 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.08 points.

  1. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    21 22+ 23 22 88+

    Soft smoky delicious whisky!
    Ok, there is a suspicion that my sample did not live up to the testing a bit, but there is still a feeling that this is a Beautiful tender story from the island of Islay!

  2. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    ... one of my favorite and fastes bottle kills ...
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  3. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I wrote the notes for the general Alligator release some time ago. You can definitely see parallels, but also differences, which could also be attributed to the shape of the day and experience. Is it actually known whether there is actually exactly the same whisky in the bottle? The alcohol strength would also speak for it, but of course it can only have been set that way. In any case, the Committee Alligator is great too, although I can't quite keep up with the enthusiastic 93P I gave the regular Alligator here.
    • Nose
      Ashtray rubbed directly with lemons, behind it a clear sweetness, maritime, somehow cool, greasy, then vanilla, baked sponge cake, very sweet, vanilla cream, very pleasant, cold espresso, lime juice, creamy, tobacco, I keep thinking of lemon cake, but there there are also hazelnuts in it, minimal bread dough
    • Taste
      oily, sweet at first, very sweet, yellow fruit, vanilla, wow, delicious, medium-strong and slightly ashy smoke, cinnamon, salt, then drier, some oak, the start is awesome, the second sip the smoke is more intense without the remaining aromas to cover, good mouthfeel
    • Finish
      now the lemon is also in the mouth, making it even drier, sour, still vanilla, in contrast to the lemon it is also creamy, long-lasting with warming, spicy smoke, nice

  4. Albaron scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    Very complex, but also young and fresh, quite simple. But the flavors change strongly and quite quickly, very unusual and complex.
    • Nose
      phenolic smoke, including brown cane sugar, caramel, sherry notes, particularly raisins and dried fruit, faint oily and faint solvents, slight bitterness and burnt bun
    • Taste
      malty, the cane sugar, but also phenolic smoke, some sherry aroma, caramel and dried fruit, some solvent, then tannins, strong
    • Finish
      the tannins dominate, with some phenolic smoke in between

  5. the_muskox scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A nice, warm, and rich Ardbeg experience. The nose is just divine: the fruit and spice notes are lovely, and that mix of chocolate cake and peat is something that I tend to really enjoy. Unfortunately, for me the palate and finish aren’t quite on that same level, as the sweetness does overwhelm things a bit. Still, it’s a very satisfying dram by any measure.
    • Nose
      Warm and richly spiced. Loads of gingerbread, rich dark chocolate cake, toffee, and caramel. Some sweet tea, plenty of lemon oil, pineapple, granadilla, and orange zest. There’s certainly some salty peat in behind, with plenty of mineral notes, some gasoline, and more than a hint of barnyard. Something like Italian parsley.
    • Taste
      Medium-thick, lightly oily texture. Sweet and citrusy up front, before a rapid development into heavy peat, always coated in demerara sugar. Carrot cake, tobacco, a hint of ash, and plenty of peat reek. Some cola-like notes toward the back, maybe cherries? More savoury spice, salt, and iodine.
      A couple drops of water make things earthier and slightly less sweet. Some browned butter and toasted walnuts.
    • Finish
      Rich and peppery. Sweet tea, vanilla, and smoked meat. Earthy malt, something like poppadum.

  6. lucero scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nice ardbeg but the price is ridiculous compared to uigaedail and al

  8. larswehmeier scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Not complex or particularly varied but simply delicious.
    • Nose
      Dry and ashy smoke. Sweet sweet vanilla behind. For me a very classic interpretation of the Ardbeg style.
    • Taste
      Much power. A lot of smoke. Bright sweetie. Hardly any fruit.
    • Finish
      Long and smoky.

  9. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  10. robain scored this whisky 80 points Specialist

    So not worth the price of 3-4 corryvreckans. i would never buy this over a couple of ugea & corry's

    Tasted through a sample.

    How can any of you pay 400$ for a NAS whisky?? Go for Cory or Uieg!
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  11. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Hits the Ardbeg style very nicely without just copying it.
    • Nose
      90 90
      A cool, strong smoky note. In addition, the refreshing wind from the sea, seaweed, salt. Removes the smoke from a ship's diesel engine. smoked bacon.
      Cooling menthol, lemons and limes.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Dry and lemony smoke. ashy. Toffee, marzipan and milk chocolate. Ginger. almonds. Smoked bacon again. Red apples over time. Above all the smoke and flakes of ash. Barbecue feeling.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium to long, dry and ashy with a dollop of orange marmalade.

  12. Segens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A very good Ardbeg I simply love their style. It is a bit a mixture of the old Ardbegs (before 2005) and the new ones. I realise the evolution in between in this dram :-) If I would have a bottle I would not open it but I am happy that I had the possibility to try it. Thanks!
    • Nose
      First realising that it is darker than the newest Ardbeg whiskies. The nose is extremely heavy smoke with sweet barbecue notes and burning wood. 
    • Taste
      Sweeter than the newest versions but not as sweet as the old Ardbegs. Apple/Pears a bit of honey/caramel. Of course still BBQ sauce and cigar smoke.  
    • Finish
      First bitter and wooden but not negative then comes back the smoke and the barbecue notes remain. Very nice!

  13. molar3rd scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Darker than the 10 year old. I wonder if the extra charred wood is the culprit…
    Nose: Sweeter than the 10 year old, with less lemony notes, vanilla, spice, pepper, BBQ sauce, Peat and Charcoal , some brine, and also toffee and burnt sugar as in the Brule crust. Lovely and quite complex until now.
    Palate: Heavy but not ultra peaty, but very Smokey as in smoked tobacco leaves, leftovers of a cigar, quite chilly and peppery with a gingery zing on the tongue as well. more than the 10 year old. Liquorice and dark tea, as well as other spices i can’t quite pinpoint. Not a peat monster at all (less peaty than the 10 or the Corry by far)
    Finish : Long, with a lot of ash, pepper and gingery zing, spice, and some burnt wood.Bottom line :

    This is a very good dram. well made. It did not blow off my mind , but it’s well made, very enjoyable and offers a little variation on the 10 year old profile. If you love Ardbegs, and a little spiciness does not scare you off, it’s a bottle you should own. It’s not too expensive. I think i will opt for a bottle when the OB comes in a few months time.

    http://whiskyisrael.co.il/2011/07/03/tasting-the-ardbeg-alligatorfinally/

     

     

  14. tebond968 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg Alligator, 51.2%, OB 2011
    The nose starts on peat, rubber and wood cabbage, followed quickly by herbs, citrus and rhubarb. Best herbs over time: liquorice, ginger, thyme ... almonds too, just like what is salty. Smoked halibut. Adding water is not necessary, if you do, then the citrus will come to the front. Full flavor on peat smoke, orange, apples, ginger, nutmeg, licorice and toast. And here also some salt, just like seaweed. More salt with water. Not very complex. Not too long, dry aftertaste in line with the taste with nuts as an extra. Tasty whisky, but that is tasty without more. For me a slight disappointment, I had just expected more of it. 84/100 http://onversneden.com/2011/11/14/ardbegalligester/

  15. karloff scored this whisky 96 points Specialist

    This was a big surprise off my wife, a big fan of peaty whisky and a big fan of Ardbeg. I wish I could afford to buy more of their stuff so this is a rare treat. This is five star whisky and I really enjoyed every single drop of it. Absolutely Awesome.
    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      99 99
    • Finish
      97 97

  16. karloff scored this whisky 96 points Specialist

    This is a world class whisky. My wife bought me this for Christmas.
    • Nose
      Just as I imagined, a strong thick bonfire nose, tcp and a band aid also come to mind, but it's the spices mixed with chorizo and red onion that really capture this peaty monster.
    • Taste
      I first tasted this straight, thick and oily, heavily peated and smoky, lovely, but just add a drop of water and it really comes to life, barbecue sauce, pepper, salt and loads of other mixed spices.
    • Finish
      A very long finish of a well charred pork sausage followed by the best Cuban cigar.

  17. zby0001 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  18. Ivynor scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A little better for my taste than the "classic" version of the Alligator, which I found too alcoholic and grilled.
    Good product, however below Corry or Uigeadail.
    • Nose
      I tasted the classic Alligator at Ardbeg last July (cheap at this time). Let's see the difference with this version:
      Nose of oily peat, lemon, wood, a touch of toasted, candied fruit and traces of fruit brandy
    • Taste
      The palate is surprisingly fresh, helped by citrus aromas. We find peat of ardbeg and medicinal plants.
    • Finish
      Grilled notes, wood and earth.

  19. MB28 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  20. granella2003 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Quite lemony against the obvious peat on the nose, and very, very sweet. Itâ€
    • Taste
      Big creamy sweetness, the expected hit of vanilla
      comes later. We get peaches in syrup, maple syrup, and then onto citrus, with
      zest, pith and fruit. Blood oranges, and grapefruit late palate. This has a huge
      maltiness, with ginger, fivespice and Crêpes Suzette.
    • Finish
      Confectionersâ€

  21. Furtia scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  22. Cast Olila scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  23. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Like said, this was a very hyped release and it is more than good,
    definitely on par with the Rollercoaster. Bill Lumdsen also dropped hints that
    2012 might see a Committee Release in 2012 of something he described as the
    Son of Alligator. Hmm, I wonder what he means by that? I am looking forward
    to it.
    • Nose
      It is less peated than the 10 Year Old and has a much sweeter nose. Next
      to Wellington boots, sea salt and oysters, I get wonderful whiffs of marzipan
      and rhubarb jam, even some bitter orange marmalade. A big dose of liquorice and
      ginger. Water cress. Dried grass. And that wonderful A1 barbecue sauce that I
      always poured on my T-bone steak in the States. Ah, I love it.
    • Taste
      The mouthfeel is round on apples and grapefruit with quite a bit of
      spice. Salt and sweet at the same time. Chili peppers, cinnamon and ribs on the
      BBQ (obviously coated in the delicious A1 sauce), loads of liquorice and a hint
      of vanilla. Enticing.
    • Finish
      The fairly long finish continues on almonds and dries your mouth
      completely.

  24. corbuso scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A pleasant expression of Ardbeg, but the notes of charcoal and burnt wood are overpowering the distillate.

    A nice whisky to taste, but I would not necessarily enjoy drinking a full bottle.

  25. mmaclean scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This was very allocated here in the states. Originally I only could

    receive one bottle from Del Mar Wine.com however now it is in stock and

    is readily available to purchase. I love this Islay because it is

    powerful in the beginning and tappers off nicely to a sweet vanilla

    finish.

  26. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  27. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A nice Ardbeg: darker, warmer and sweeter than Ardbeg 10, with a "modern" wood influence. I like the result, but the complexity seems a little under par compared to some classic expressions.
    • Nose
      It shows all the power of Ardbeg 10, with charcoal, medicinal peat and smoke, but also added notes of cocoa, marzipan and sweet barbecue sauce. A little vanilla and burnt sugar. Nice balance of sweet and savoury notes. Definitely less lemon notes, this one is darker and warmer. I like it. With some water, the toffee / vanilla combo stands out, and some fresh lemon shows up.
    • Taste
      Medium weight and medium peat, more gentle than I've come to expect from Ardbeg lately. Lots of pepper and ginger. Some cardamom. Charcoal and vanilla. Some liquorice. Evolves around spices, but it remains a little youngish maybe.
    • Finish
      Tarry with coffee and chocolate, but shorter than expected.

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