Ardbeg 1998 Renaissance

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
10 years old
Number of bottles
55.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L8 121
Added on
14 Jun 2008 5:04 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 336.96

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1998 Renaissance

71 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.76 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

    • Nose
      Not only the color is bright, but also the nose. Very fresh first impression. Apples and pears, sea salt, with bacon buffing on a charcoal fire in the background. Grated lime peel, the juice of a pineapple.
    • Taste
      The goes in the start pretty ran and delivers a 5-course meal in one fell swoop. There is peat smoke and sea salt, but also very sweet, almost candied fruits. Overripe pineapple, with lemons, oranges and light apples.
    • Finish
      In the long finish, smoke billows, dried herbs and roasted lemon peel cover the tongue.

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

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

  4. the_muskox scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    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.

    Palate: 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.

  5. Foudos scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  6. 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.

  7. mirkokuerten 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.

  8. 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

  9. Gous scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. 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 ...


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