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Ardbeg 1998 Renaissance

Overall rating
87.74/100
votes
483
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1998
Bottled
2008
Stated Age
10 years old
Number of bottles
21000
Strength
55.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L8 121
Barcode
5010494294286
Added on
14 Jun 2008 5:04 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 321,39

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1998 Renaissance

51 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.74 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    wow that's good
    • Nose
      salty stale seawater, peat, smoked ham, salt, light fruit, medicine
    • Taste
      mmh. a taste explosion smoke, peat, candied fruits, iodine, coffee, a lot of caramel,
    • Finish
      long, hot, smoky, candied fruit, smoke, fish, old rope

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/05/17/feis-ile-2018-ardbeg-day-excise-house-tasting/

    N: Noticeably more mineral-led/more contemporary in style than the 21yo, whilst tempting us with its well-loved bourbon-light fruity honeyed buttery-earthy dunnage style.
    T: Certainly a more contemporary coastal style with beautiful underlying barley spirit. Top notes talk of a fizzy sweetness, a sugary sweetness, salty sizzle-y lemons and oysters.
    F: Sweet fresh and salty, the abv strength carrying this one far and wide. Easily the smokiest of the lot yet it’s no smoke bomb compared to uber-smoke-driven contemporary malts from in the last decade. Super form.
    C: One that stylistically treads the line between then & now. Right up there with the stalwart standard 10yo.

  3. gossm01 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Vanilla, pipe tobacco, intense smoke, refreshing mint
    • Taste
      91 91
      earthy and slightly sweet, honey, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      90 90
      Pleasantly warm and mild

  4. schengel10 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The Ardbeg Renaissance - the fourth (of four) bottlings on the "Peaty Path to Maturation", Limited Edition 2008;
    Finally a 10-year-old - a very good Islay Malt!
    [Color] white wine;
    • Nose
      some smoke, sweetness, herbs, salt, vanilla;
    • Taste
      undiluted: full on, smoke, pepper, ginger, sea salt, lemon;
      diluted: wonderfully creamy, caramel, voluminous, complex;
    • Finish
      long, peaty finish; Ash and ginger sound;

  5. Falnor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. laurensl scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  7. ricallende scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very herbaceous and some what green at first followed by some quite sweet and honeyed peat smoke. Menthol and burnt twigs.
    • Taste
      There is lots of peat reek, sweetness, liquorice and it’s warming but not much else.
    • Finish
      The finish is quite big, mild damp ash followed by pleasant moments of sweetness and the peat reek and the lumber notes. Loads of peat that carries on forever along with a large dollop of bitterness. After a number of minutes the finish levels off and is quite pleasant.

  8. oppi scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Pretty smoky .. Very strong chocolate
    • Taste
      Smoky Something malty
    • Finish
      Long and intense

  9. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. St. Pauli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    This is not an easy whisky. It has a fair wood effect, which makes adding water a tad tricky: too much water will kill it (by becoming too tannic). Overall, it's a good whisky, better than the youngish stuff that is released nowadays.
    • Nose
      Obviously the same profile as the "Almost there", but creamier due to the fact that the wood had its effect. It's certainly friendlier. Lemon milkshake, toast, wood chips, cut grass, a hint of a farmyard, oysters, kippers, and moss. 
    • Taste
      Quite punchy and hot without dilution. It has plenty of pepper, licorice root, lemon zest, and salted peat. With water, it opens up, becomes friendlier, rounder in the beginning, but tannic towards the end. It's more on candied lemon, stem ginger (with an increasing intensity), and licorice root. 
    • Finish
      Moderately long, rather woody than peaty (although the peat is still detectable). It's a combination of salt, ash, licorice, ginger and pepper. 

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