Ardbeg Alligator

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Committee Reserve for Discussion
New American White Oak
Number of bottles
51.2 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml 4500 ml
Added on
01 Jun 2011 6:26 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 696.71

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336 × member ratings

1458 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Alligator

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.05 points

  1. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  2. 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.




  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. lucero scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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    • Finish
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  6. the_muskox scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Notes: 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.

    Palate: 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.

  7. larswehmeier scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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.

  8. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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    • Taste
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    • Finish
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  9. 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!
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    • Taste
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    • Finish
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  10. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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


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