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Ardbeg 1998 Renaissance

Overall rating
87.77/100
votes
609
Whiskybase ID
WB2405
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

€ 381.31

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1998 Renaissance

83 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.77 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. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Terrific.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Not only the color is bright, but also the nose. Very fresh first impression. Apples and pears, sea salt, bacon in the background sizzling on a charcoal fire. Grated lime zest, the juice of a pineapple.
    • Taste
      91 91
      He really gets going when he arrives and delivers a 5-course meal in one fell swoop. There is peat smoke and sea salt, but also very sweet, almost candied fruit. Overripe pineapple, lemons, oranges and light apples.
    • Finish
      90 90
      In the long finish, wafts of smoke drift through, dried herbs and roasted lemon peel cover the tongue.

  3. whiskydramo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Strong brine. Light smoke with sweet and refreshing fruits. Green apple, muscat grapes and juicy honeydew melon. Candied dates, cigarette paper, mashed pumpkin with a touch of vegetal peat. Plain nuts, candied lotus seeds, kale, sweet baby Chinese cabbage and some light wild white flowers, followed by old books and pomelo. After a sip, boiled chestnut and sweet orange pith.
    • Taste
      89 89
      A split second of medicinal notes in a hospital, fresh seaweed, lotus seedpod, broccoli. Sweet and green with smokiness arrived shortly. Smoked nuts, pomelo, radish and paracetamol. And konjac to finish.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Nice and rich muddy notes that came with root vegetables, for example baked taro and sweet potatoes. Black sand fried chestnut, hay and thyme. Chinese celery, Holland beans and some green tea.

  4. SAND scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    (TASTED BLIND)
    NOSE: Sweet, funky-farmyardy, pear, some yellow fruits, slight perfuminess (89p)
    TASTE: The arrival is sweet and fruit funky, slightly towards Jamaican rum. On the mid palate quite rich, nice body, some almonds and marzipan. (89p)
    FINISH: White pepper, a little chili. (86p)
    OVERALL: Total score 88 (89) points.

  5. Man of Skye scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Ardbeg 1998/2008 ‘Renaissance’ (55.9%, OB)  (yeah, sorry, we’re late…) For the first time some ‘new’ Ardbeg has been officially bottled at 10yo, as contrarily to what some do believe, the 10yo ‘Mor’ was made out of pre-takeover distillate. Colour: white wine. Nose: very clean and pure, much more estery and fruity than expected at first nosing. Unexpected notes of plum eau-de-vie, newly cut apples (granny smith), then just a little porridge, phosphorus, a slight fizziness (lemonade), hints of orange squash, coal smoke and gentian. Much less peaty, phenolic and smoky than expected (anticipated?) and much gentler. Mouth: an attack on pure gentian eau-de-vie with a teaspoon of sugar into it. Very different from the ‘older’ Ardbegs, with also notes of herb liqueurs and sweet ginger. Develops mainly on fruits (pineapples, even ripe kiwis) and gets then even gingerier. Quite some peat for sure but maybe not the usual ‘untameable’ one. Finish: medium long, ultra-clean, on gentian, ginger and pepper. Comments: I think this is an easier, simpler and gentler dram than the Ten that we all know well, even at cask strength. As if their will was to make it kind of more ‘approachable’ to the general public. But it’s still a lovely dram, no doubt about that. SGP:436 - 86 points. 

  6. slothmister scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    Nice, strong version of the standard 10yo. This is a limited edition release, the last of the "young" serious which includes the 7yo Very Young, 8yo Still Young, 9yo Almost there.In my opinion it is not as good as the 10yo but with the addition of a little water you do get a bit more grass on the nose and the palate is a little sweeter.

  7. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A classic that remains somewhat inconspicuous....
    • Nose
      89 89
      South Isley Peat.
      Kalamata olives, rubber abrasion, auto repair shop, oil, oyster water, salt, maritime, saltiness
    • Taste
      88 88
      Ash smoke, cold, maritime, classic
    • Finish
      87 87
      dry, cold chimney

  8. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Orange, lime
    • Taste
      Licorice, smoke, ginger
    • Finish
      Apples, licorice

  9. Thermidor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Quite a surprise after the characterful and tasty Almost There, since Renaissance has way more active wood, and as a result is more rounded and less interesting. Think in the terms of Laphroaig 10yo vs Laphroaig Triple Wood.

    Tasted with Almost There (87 pts.), Supernova 2009 (86), Ardbeg 27yo 1975-2002 DL OMC 198 bottles (92), and Ardbeg 15yo 1973-1988 Sestante 53,4% (96).
    • Nose
      Nosing it alone I'd probably be fine with it, but next to Almost There I pick up strong active wood. It's like there's the Almost There (or 10yo) palette underneath, but on top of it more vanilla, bourbon sweetness, and with water, a fruitiness like ripe bananas begins to emerge.
    • Taste
      Definitely rounder than either Almost There, or what I remember from my last taste of the 10yo. There is certainly that taste of bourbon wood pushing through here, as if Ardbeg was already looking for a larger audience than the people who were there at the time expecting this one to land. Water makes it even more pleasant, but in my Ardbeg I want angles, dammit. A nice variation of the Ardbeg recipe perhaps, but for me a bit odd and uninteresting, in the same way 1st fill bourbon Caol Ila tends to be.
    • Finish
      Long and sweetly tarry, with iodine and some medicinal liniment, but there is no development here. The finish is nice, but a shadow of what Almost There or the 10yo offer.

  10. the_muskox scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A lighter and sweeter Ardbeg, but a tasty Ardbeg nonetheless. If I had to guess, I’d say there’s a higher proportion of first-fill bourbon casks used in this release than in the standard 10. There’s a lot more stonefruit, and the peat isn’t quite as intense despite the higher strength. I’m gonna use that word “effervescent” again, as it really describes the palate and finish well. Speaking of the finish, it’s a little short and flat for my tastes, which is the main detractor from an otherwise really nice dram. Then again, I really like fresh and floral whiskies.
    • Nose
      It’s definitely Ardbeg: plenty of dirty peat smoke and earth. I’m getting a neat chicken/beef fat meaty note as well. There is, however, more of a sweetness and lightness here than in the regular 10. Grapefruit oil, demerara, and ginger. A bit of a dusty mineral note, almost slatey. There’s something of a cola sweetness in here too: black cherry, thyme, and caramel. Some shortbread came out after some more time in the glass.
    • Taste
      Medium-light texture, and effervescent. Definitely fresher and sweeter than your average Ardbeg 10. Arrives with nectarine, white cherry, and honey, before deepening into seaweed, then earthy peat and ash. That mineral-water edge is here. The peat lightens into sort of a white tea and jasmine, before vanilla and chocolate appear, then it fades back into stonefruit.
    • Finish
      Light and short. Woodsmoke-y and mineral, with some hardwood ash and charred grass. More tropical here: papaya, mango, lime, and orange sherbet. It sort of reminds me of whatever flavour Juicy Fruit is. More demerara sugar. Just a hint of anise and peppermint, with some rubber.

  11. kanpai79 scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

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

  12. Petrenko scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    22/23/22,5/22,5

  13. ep11ripee scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    classy balanced malt: 22.5/22.5/22.55/22.5
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  14. Captain Teague scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Its just a little more of evereything (better mouthfeel / fat more aromas) compared to the fantastic regular 10 yo ....If there just wasnt that crazy pricetag today...

    Convinced me that WB180364 is so 100% AB...

  15. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  16. dreamingpill scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    It's a typical ardbeg as well as iconic.

    Nose

    Apart from regular peat formula, this one got some intrigue factor - smoke ham / with sweety honey mustard, which bounce forward and back through pulled pork sandwich and roast fillet. Later red meat texture. And generally not very oily but meaty, so smell from a T-bone rather than chateaubriand I guess. Gunpowder, slightly.

    Taste

    Main character is saltiness though more likely find to be rock salt. Iodine and leather - in a good way. Get fruity enough with most snacks.

    Finish

    Long but diminishing while no big complexity shown, understandable with a ten years. Burning in stead of blast which is appreciated.

  17. John87 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  18. etwa77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    the nose is worth mentioning.. typical Ardbeg bringing lemons, peat and sea weed together in the freshest of the maritime embraces.. the rest is just nice albeit too sweet and too gentian in places.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  19. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  20. Foudos scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  21. gossm01 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It has an oily viscosity and its bouquet is of relatively strong intensity. I have aromas of vanilla, pipe tobacco, dry peat smoke, refreshing mint, honey sweetness, dark chocolate and citrus fruit. Moderately complex. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. The alcohol is well integrated and it is heavy.

  22. hottentotte1969 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Fantastic Ardbeg ... exactly as expected. Can only be recommended for every Ardbeg fan. The proportion of peat is not as strong.

  23. Albaron scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    The alcohol is strong, but it makes up for it with a nice malty aroma and a great finish. It's really fun and this finish encourages you to take a new sip again and again. Very fine, also has a certain complexity that supports it. So I wished for a TEN Cask Strength.
    • Nose
      Freshly poured immediately a dominant hair tonic note, but it subsides after a while and then disappears completely, the alcohol bites strongly, citrus fruits, a lot of solvent, a little vanilla, plus a slightly phenolic smoke, a bit dry, malty and slightly metallic
    • Taste
      Noticeable alcohol, but also immediately the very dry smoke, slightly phenolic, vanilla with a hint of caramel, a little malty, a hint of anise, light fruits
    • Finish
      the smoke remains clear, in between a nice maltiness with a note of caramel, but the alcoholic spiciness remains for a long time, and now and then a few tannins pass by

  24. Gous scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  25. maltaholic scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The smoke strong, fiery, dirty.
    A nice, slightly sweet note of wood in the background.
    Full of spices, a whole bouquet full of flowers.

    Very strong, snappy in the mouth.
    The full breadth of flavors, just like in the nose.
    The smoke recedes.
    The barrel notes unfold.

    I almost have the impression that his "Still Young" was the best.
    But that shouldn't affect the other two ...

  26. Simon Stood scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: 21.5
    Taste: 22
    Finish: 21.5
    Balance: 22
    87

  27. sakis scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  28. besar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  29. ezioaudit scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  30. rpvdwel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  31. mr.p9 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  32. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  33. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  34. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  35. tyan17 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

  36. vriesdich scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Fuel, bonfire, dry, licorice, black pepper, Mebos (South African dried fruit)

  37. KayMeertens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This one came out when I started drinking single malts and instantly brings me back there when I open it. Great distinct quality.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Peat of course, but that's definitely not all. Tangerine, honey, gingerbread, vanilla and a gentle touch of spice. Eventually even a whiff of hay.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Peat, honey, tangerine, nutmeg and vanilla.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Peat, gingerbread and honey.

  38. 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.

  39. gossm01 scored this whisky 90 points Expert 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

  40. 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;

  41. Falnor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  42. laurensl scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  43. 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.

  44. oppi scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

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

  45. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  46. 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. 

  47. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:
    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/ardbeg-renaissance-ob-2008/

  48. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  49. Cubey666 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  50. FernetBranco scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  51. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Enthusiasm 4/5
    Whisky n ° 1342
    • Nose
      Peat, vanilla, yellow fruit, lemon, very fine. Elegant and malty on milk chocolate. Becomes more homogeneous and rather warm. Limestone (?), Lime / grapefruit notes.
    • Taste
      Intense and intense. Chiseled, spicy, and supple, it evokes lemon pie. Alcoholic integration at the top!
    • Finish
      on citrus, sweet and creamy.

  52. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A cheerful and cheerful silence, very simple, but alive, bright and without the usual severity and severity of Ardbegam.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, ash-peat, charcoal, dry peat, lemon peel.
    • Taste
      Thick, sweet peat, coal, lemon and orange peel, some other fruits, light pepper, notes of eucalyptus, tar, there is not a strong feeling at all, very spicy.
    • Finish
      Dry, orange, sweet and sour candy, peat, a little skin and varnish, smoked, but mostly - peat and dry.

  53. vredensever scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Aroma : obviously lemon, herbaceous and vegetable theme, salt, iodine, smoke, cooled brazier (coals, ash, metal), land (humus), peat, smoked products, burned rye bread, apples, fruit jam (hot, burnt), butter , resin, lacquer. Not bad. The taste is sweet, powerful: rubber, peat, earth, spicy spices, coals, fruit candies, butter, smoked lard and fish. With water a little sweeter, but not better, maybe even rougher (there is an unpleasant bitterness). The aftertaste is quite long: burned bread, a lot of heavy peat, smoked products, fading sweetness. In development slightly astringent, with bitter taste. Conclusion . Unusual, interesting aroma. Taste, and especially the aftertaste is coarser and simpler. Unbalanced towards the fragrance. Overall, not bad. Good fortress. It is better not to add water. To my taste, it is more interesting than a regular dozen, although we should compare them together. Rating: 84 (n23t21f20b20).

  54. ErzWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      dry, peaty lemon peel; bright smoke; Herbs / Absinth note
    • Taste
      very smoky, then sweet with vanilla notes
    • Finish
      strong; warm hot; smoky; slight bitterness; long

  55. HunterRomario scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Great whisky, I'm very excited about it.
    • Nose
      Straw, citrus, sea salinity, peat, sausages, resins, conifers, all of which blends with sweetness. (92 b)
    • Taste
      Citrus, tar, iodine, sweetness, salinity, ash. Spicy to explosive on tongue. Taste and flavor is monstrous. With water, it becomes rich in fragrance. But the peat does not weaken. The same thing happens after dilution in taste, but it is not so explosive. Better so I am not going to polish it anymore and enjoy it full. (96 b)

  56. Waykid scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good and tarty without being bitter.
    • Nose
      Honey and quite a strong yet soft and creamy smoke, some acidity, mortar, green apple and nougat.
    • Taste
      The mortar comes first, some fireplace-smoke, light for an Ardbeg. Tarty yet not bitter, green apple, some roasted chestnuts and also rowan-candy.
    • Finish
      Quite neutrall, pleasant and malty.

  57. ZwiJo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  58. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  59. Bosi scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    A good whisky that does not match the power and intensity of the three Ardbeg standard bottlings.
    • Nose
      A nice complex aroma of apple, light smoke, plum, chili and ash. Overall, the Ardbeg smells very fresh and quite young.
    • Taste
      The taste of the smoke is stronger and goes towards ashes. In addition, the whisky tastes nice sweet to chocolate.
    • Finish
      The finish is sweet and medium in length. Something is missing here the complexity.

  60. Peter87 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  61. barryfox915 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Pale yellow-straw
    Nose: Peaty, maritime, tarry, on hemp rope, with
    some sweet smoke, pear and some mint.
    Taste: Peaty, sweet, slightly floral
    and bitter, maritime, with some pear. Becomes more peaty with time. Diluted, if
    becomes lighter, more citric and on lemon, with a nice light freshness. The
    finish is long to very long, satisfying, very peaty, salty, tarry, on liquorice,
    wood smoke, and some herb spices. Diluted, it becomes lighter, dryer and more
    salty.
    General Impression: The Ardbeg Renaissance is a very pleasant whisky,
    not as oily and heavy as the Ardbeg Ten. Not better, but different and
    enjoyable.
    http://www.whisky-news.com/En/tasting8.html#29Apr08

     

  62. markkerr02 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    http://smad.se/provningar/Provning%2084%20Islay%20Festival%202008.html Test 084: Islay Festival - 081011 The whisky tested: Glass 1 Bruichladdich X4 + 1, 65.4%, 594: - kr (50 cl) 1 point
    Glass 2 Bowmore 8Y / 2000, 57.4%, 960: - kr 8 points
    Glass 3 Bunnahabhain 21Y / 1986, 46.7%, 2510: -kr 108 points
    Glass 4 Lagavulin 16Y, 43%, 549: - kr; reference points
    Glass 5 Laphroaig Càirdeas, 55%, 649: - kr 78 points
    Glass 6 Ardbeg Renaissance, 55.9%, 549: - kr 113 points
    Glass 7 Lagavulin 15Y / 1993, 52.9%, 720: - NOK 118 points Testimonials Per Eriksson Ardbeg Renaissance, 55.9%, 549: - kr
    Scent: Smoke, sweet, light chocolate
    Taste: Smoke, sweet, light chocolate, nuts, spices
    Aftertaste: Smoke, nutty, spices, medium
    Score: 86 Testimonials Bernt Sjödin Ardbeg Renaissance, 55.9%, 549: - kr Color: Light, white wine Scent: Smokiness that dominates Taste: Smoky - skin tones, dried fruit Aftertaste: Long, smoky, fruity, some vanilla tones that grow Score: 91

  63. GuyIncognito scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The taste and mouthfeel are clearly the great strength of this drams
    • Nose
      Dry smoke, vanilla, caramel, smoked ham, and an overall construct that reminds me of Ricola cough drops
    • Taste
      Forest honey and pine needles, rum pot and vanilla combined to an intense sweetness. In addition comes feinherbe chocolate and orange which makes me think of something Sherryfass influence. Overall a very creamy / oily mouthfeel and well balanced
    • Finish
      Herbal candy from the nose is picked up again, plus malt and licorice and smoke on the palate

  64. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Dry smoke, vanilla, caramel, smoked ham, ricola, herbal drops, some banana. With water, the banana becomes clearer
    • Taste
      Very sweet, strong onset, wild honey, vanilla, rum pot, almost syrupy, pleasant smoke, with time, the herbal notes emerge more and more, pine needles, orange, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      Herbs, malty with liquorice, becoming bitter, light acidity, with time the smoke comes more into the foreground, tobacco

  65. zby0001 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  66. ricallende scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I thank God for this spirit! Ardbeg is just...perfect!!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  67. Allandale scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    complex, young and very good a Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      punchy smoke,hint of coke dust,the citrus is there but is partially hiding while the phenol level.
    • Taste
      a stunning delivery both reflecting the sharpness  on the nose yet also in a light oiliness.
    • Finish
      long,vanilla,smoke is moving forwards

  68. captain Islay scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasting notes from Blindtasting
    • Nose
      Smoke, peat, heather, roses, sea breeze
    • Taste
      Smoke, wood, flowers, peat
    • Finish
      Long lasting beautiful finish

  69. Nethar did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very good Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      Islay, salt, earth, peat, smoke. Later some fruit tones, creamy, honey, red oranges.
    • Taste
      Cask strength, peat monster, smoke smoke smoke, you will feel like dragon with mouth full of fire. Coal.
    • Finish
      Smoke, salt, vanilla, fireplace.

  70. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    sample available on www.whiskysample.nl
    • Nose
      smoke, vanilla, spices - paprika, syrup and meaty
    • Taste
      very full with ashes, pepper, iron and oily
    • Finish
      long, drying with spices - white pepper, citrus and ashes

  71. aby scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    for a 10y old this is pretty amazing.

    sample available on: whiskysample.nl

  72. Malt Hans scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Smoky and fruity aroma, apples, lime, cherry,

    camphor, pepper, floral honey, mustard, malt, linseed oil, turpentine

    and vanilla. Marzipan sweet and smoky taste, parsley, pepper,

    eucalyptus, anise, orange marmalade, lapsang souchong and ginger. Long,

    smoky, spicy and fruity end.

  73. Andy scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  74. Furtia scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  75. sebou007 scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    A very nice whisky. Not super complex, but effective.
    A very consistent nose and mouth, even though the nose is thinner and more complex. The mouth is a bit of a block, a bit bitter.
    A good peat blast!
    • Nose
      We start with a light smell of orange, smoke, iodine and candied lemon (with fleur de sel ).
      We then go on roasted seeds (almond, hazelnut, peanut ) and a little coffee.
      A nice side resin and eucalyptus (cough syrup) and a meaty and smoked (ashtray).
      For a whisky of this age, it's rather complex and interesting. Thank you to them for not diluting it ...
      With a drop of water, the nose becomes even finer, like fleur de sel on lemon. A little perfume and honey (kind mead ).
    • Taste
      We stay on smoked and iodized notes. Very light lemon, roasted almonds. It's good and dynamic.
      It is pretty chiseled, citrus, peat and hazel intertwine very nicely.
      On the end, a bitterness although present that does not take the mouth.
      It lacks a bit of complexity, but we take pleasure.
      The water soothes a little (it's almost a pity to try to tame such a beast), gives it a green apple side and removes a little bitterness. It's not necessary.
    • Finish
      Long and hot, on smoke, wood and candied lemon.

  76. markjedi1 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur



    I can see why Ardbeg has so many followers. This Renaissance stuff is
    brilliant!
    • Nose

      Once past the initial alcohol burn, the nose is honey-sweet. Sure, there
      is iondine and seaweeds and a big chunk of peat, but my olfactory organs
      attention is drawn by the sweetness, that manifests itself in the form of
      chocolate, nuts and candied fruit! After a few minutes, it becomes very
      medicinal, like disinfectant. At the end a (totally un-annoying but rather
      excellent) hint of strawberry bubblegum. I am not making this up. Wait. I am, am I not?
    • Taste


      The attack is very hot, very spicy and wonderfully sweet, but peat and
      even charcoal elbow their way to the front. Very smoky. When that initial wave
      has passed, apples and vanilla surface. Boy, oh boy, this is the good stuff. Add water? What am I? Nuts?
    • Finish


      The finish is once again grandiose in length, sweet and smoky.

  77. Collector57 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Really fruity. Some smoke/peat but really it's the fruit that hits me.
    • Taste
      Sweet fruits (exotic fruits) and ginger plus the inevitable peat. With a few drops of water it gets even more fruity - pineapple?
    • Finish
      All that is still present in the longish finish.

  78. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  79. Lafroy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very peaty and smoky, with strong hints of pears and lemon. Excellent I must say. Additionally hints of smoked bacon, salt and potatoes baked in a fireplace, some pepper and a lot of smoke.
    • Taste
      Very intensive, peaty, fruity, sour, smoky, sweet with hints of seaweeds, honey, salt and alga. Very evolving and perfectly balanced Islay.
    • Finish
      Very long and peaty, smoky, sweet, powerful and complex.

  80. barto scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    A masterpiece!
    • Nose
      At first peat, then comes a marvelous mixture of sweet pears and vanilla, rubber, tobacco
    • Taste
      A mixture of peat and fruit with some rich vanilla ice cream.
    • Finish
      Sweet tobacco smoke, peat, vanilla

  81. CrilleVBG scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This fruity and smoky works together better than most with this combo.
    • Nose
      Of course, fumes, but also a bit more fruity than the 10yo.
    • Taste
      Very fruity, but allso smokiness. A glorious assault on the taste buds, from 55.9%.
    • Finish
      Medium long finish.

  82. I_SPEY scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great, just great!
    • Nose
      Typical Ardbeg, with a fruity nose. Lemon raspberry/gooseberry jelly mix with the usual vanilla and dry chocolate notes.
    • Taste
      Vanilla and cinnamon. Lots of peat but not too heavy. Marvellous dram.
    • Finish
      Medium and again the peat, perfect peat.Mmmmmmmmmmmmm!

  83. hape scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    good Ardbeg
    • Nose
      Slightly peaty, gooseberries, quinces, vanilla,
    • Taste
      (sweet) Sweet, lovely, slight orange, sharp
    • Finish
      medium finish

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