Ardbeg Alligator

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Untamed Release
New American White Oak
51.2 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L11 195
Added on
31 Aug 2011 6:42 pm

Average value

€ 419.88

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Alligator

87 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.49 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    That's the way my whisky should be
    • Nose
      pleasant peat smoke, sherry with round sweetness, salt, sea salt, the nose is almost ideal, 2nd gear old leather, some ginger, a lot of spice, dark fruits ripe but with a bite, and again the salt from the sea
    • Taste
      Leather, smoke, peat, salt, wonderfully soft ripe Sherry unfolds between peat smoke and salt, without dominating, dry sweetness, in the back of the tongue gently peat smoke rises in the throat

    • Finish
      long, warming, campfire, old leather, soft sherry tunes

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The cold and ashy aromas still echo. What a powerful and voluminous malt! Actually, there is not much to say about the alligator, the notes speak for themselves! A great whisky, highly deserved 91 points!
    • Nose
      Already when pouring a heavy smoky peat aroma rises from the glass. Tough and heavy streaks oily stick to the glass wall and leave long oily drops. A subtle hint of vanilla permeates the smoky and glowing campfire romance. A hint of lemon rises from the burnt piece of wood, salt flavors dissolve from the pleasant smell of smoke and peat. The initially restrained vanilla is always sweeter and caramel-like. Fruity dark berries mix with powerful orange, in the background is the fine and very pleasant smoky notes. The smoke and the peat flavors have now almost completely withdrawn, it dominates a wonderfully fruity and sweet note, here and there, however, shows again and again the smoke and the fruity peat.
    • Taste
      At the first sip, burnt wood explodes in the mouth. Seconds later, the wood turns into biting and cold ashes, a glowing blaze blazes up. Lemon juice drips into the embers, liquorice and salt grains give the ashes and embers a bitter and salty bitterness. Spicy wood flavors mingle with coal and old leather, the sweet berries and oranges come back again. Powerfully, the alligator exudes its chubby and tingling warmth and leaves a cold smoky ash note in the mouth.
    • Finish
      Salty with a splash of lemon begins the finish. From the charred pieces of wood rises cold smoke and ashes, plump warmth fills the entire mouth area, wooden elements and cold ashes leave a salty layer on the tongue and remain long in memory. One has the feeling that the strong smoke, wood and ash aromas never want to end. A hint of liquorice rises again from the cold ash, the smoke returns slowly.

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2011] I had this dram during a community tasting and bought the bottle for 62 Euro in September, 2011.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 90. My notes state a very peaty and wood-driven profile that is interesting to explore.

  4. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Balance (22)
    Cool! Very powerful ... on this background, fresh releases look very pale (90)
    • Nose
      Dry, rubber and peat, dry wood and fruit in a heavy fuel oil glaze with butter ... chocolate farm and leather (22.5)
    • Taste
      Powerful, spicy, chocolate and spices, vanilla and salty ash (22.5)
    • Finish
      Spicy, salty finish ... iodine and cream, lemon and cardboard ... grass (23)

  5. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I love the alligator!
    • Nose
      Directly a dry seasoning with salt and a little pepper, the smoke has a slightly medicinal touch at first, but then goes in connection with the salt quickly Stockfisch over a freshly lit campfire, after a few minutes in the air then he opens up properly and it will fruity and creamy, milk chocolate with Fleur de Sel, with some caramel, it gets sweeter, the fruit is ripe and yellow, slightly banana, but also some acidity like a peach or a mirabelle plum, great, comes after the first blow in the face a nice pleasant aroma to day, after a break in Verriechen, I initially have the feeling of sitting in the sauna with fresh infusion, the flavors are very intense
    • Taste
      intense, starts with smoke, dry, then comes the sweetness, cinnamon spice, with creamy chocolate, here too the yellow fruit, ripe mirabelle, with tingling acidity, some salt, a pure taste explosion
    • Finish
      Here it is then really interesting, he is right back up gas, on the palate it is intense, sweet, fruity, and yet tart from the smoke, a mouthfeel of cold Shisharauch comes on, and again comes to this smoke, the fruity sweetness for a very long time

  6. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Yeah, that's fun. If he is still a bit reserved in the nose, he unfolds his full potential on the tongue. A nice, long finish.
    • Nose
      Mild smoke and fruit (lemon and pineapple) at the beginning. Beautiful connection that gets fuller and more intense with time. Salt comes, with a hint of sea (algae, seaweed)
    • Taste
      Great start with smoke, lemon juice and liquorice sticks. Undiluted absolutely not biting, but only pleasantly warming. The smoke from coals coated with a fine ash layer. The smell of a good piece of meat from the smoker, with honey and herb rub. Meaty and creamy texture.
    • Finish
      Long and smoky.

  7. Albaron scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Interesting aroma composition, very powerful and also quite bitter, yet exciting and tasty
    • Nose
      Alcohol, then immediately phenolic smoke, vanilla, a hint of sherry, caramel, solvent and oily, somewhat bitter and malty
    • Taste
      strong onset, phenolic smoke, malty, a hint of sherry notes and dried fruit, bitter as from almost burnt caramel
    • Finish
      a few tannins, bitter, malty but also metallic in between

  8. Càirdeas scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Here is an Ardbeg for beautiful evenings by the hearth. Warm at will with notes of peat, licorice, old leather and smoke from firewood on a relative sweetness of pineapple and toffee.

  9. gaboruso scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very cool part!
    • Nose
      Light amber

      A nice, thick smoke note greets me first. The smoke is neat, but somehow coherent and not intrusive. Behind it a great salt note. Has something of sea water. A little leather and a little mold. In return, I also find a fresh pinch that blows through the glass. Menthol and a trace of tobacco. I'll leave it there…
      With a little time in the glass, the smoke goes back a good deal. But pineapple, apricots, damp wood and smoked ham prevail. A little ash, a hint of caramel and vanilla are added. A really pleasant, soothing nose.
    • Taste
      Spicy, smoky, strong onset. Then immediately the ham and the pineapple. Tart herbs, malt and then a slightly bitter sweetness appears. Nice proof. Goes towards honey for me. With the second sip, I'm more with liquorice and again the damp wood. Some chainsaw fumes and a sour citrus note. This salty, slightly brackish sea water joins them. After that, it becomes more mineral in the mouth.
    • Finish
      Rather long. With pleasant smoke and a pinch of pepper. Then becomes a little drier, ashier.
      Then a subtle honey sweetness prevails and covers the mouth.


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