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

€ 345.69

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1998 Renaissance

72 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.78 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. 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.

  4. 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. 

  5. 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.

  6. 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.
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      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

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

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

  8. Foudos scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.


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