Ardbeg Alligator

Overall rating
88.66/100
votes
921
Whiskybase ID
WB24802
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Untamed Release
Bottled
2011
Casktype
New American White Oak
Strength
51.2 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L11 195
Barcode
5010494904185
Added on
31 aug 2011 6:42 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 585.96

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Alligator

107 users have left 112 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.66 points.

  1. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  2. nikolajsa@inbox.lv scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Powerful Ardbeg real peat monster
    • Nose
      89 89
      smoke, iodine, a little creosote
    • Taste
      90 90
      sweet, smoke, smoked, spicy, pepper, oak
    • Finish
      89 89
      medium, warming, sweetness, oak, spices

  3. Mankut scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      bold oily dry sherry herbal sweet smoke not so dominant with fizzy lollipop
      a nose with a nice pleasant tingling sweetness
    • Taste
      90 90
      an alligator dry youth beautifully bound it tingles in the mouth as if you were sucking a fizzy candy in the mouth beautiful white pepper quite intense but well present with the sweet in combination for a long time.
      With water approx. 46% more pleasant in the mouth, the sharpness decreases but more sweetness and more aromas are released.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long long great it tightens the mouth.
      Really delicious.

  4. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Reminds me of laphroaig lore.

  7. ailean scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  8. DimiIkon scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasting: April 2021
    • Nose
      Dry and with a medicinal smokiness, fruity sweetness, surprisingly round and pleasant.
    • Taste
      Nice smoke from the start, with sweet fruit, a touch of tar, dark chocolate, spices and some saltiness.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, with sweet smoke, iodine, spices, sea salt and some vanilla.

  9. dramidaris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Kensay scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very worthy of Ardbeg. It is a rare case when the body and finish impressed me more than the nose, although it is not very bad either. The balance is excellent
    • Nose
      88 88
      Mint, menthol, cold smoke, smoked dried fruit, very gentle and calm
    • Taste
      90 90
      Dirty sherry, dense, smoked prunes in smoke and salt, very tasty
    • Finish
      89 89
      Sweet smoke, prunes, tobacco and dark chocolate

  11. PRV scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    22/23/23/22

  12. elipszis scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    One of the best ardbeg I've ever drunk.
    Very rounded and majestic, it doesn't feel 51.2%.
    • Nose
      94 94
      sweet
      fruity
      salty
      medicinal
      leathery
      leukoplast
      tangerine-orange
      pear
    • Taste
      95 95
      toffee
      salty
      vanilla
      oily
      lemons
      very round
      ash
      iodine
      intense taste
    • Finish
      94 94
      dry ash
      iodine
      medicated
      leukoplast
      rounded
      long finish

  13. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  14. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A really good Ardbeg. A rather dark representative, but which also leaves room for slightly fresher and lighter notes. That fits well. I just tried a small sip of Corryvreckan, which I like too. However, compared to the alligator, the Corry looks relatively youthful and fresher.
    • Nose
      The Ardbeg smoke is there of course, but it is a bit more subdued and darker than you know from other Ardbegs. More like a smoldering campfire. Wood sugar. Vanilla. Removes incense. In addition, a freshness that cliché reminds me of a sea breeze. Somewhat sour earth. A few citrus fruits can also be found.
    • Taste
      At first it is pleasantly sweet and oily on the tongue. Herbal honey. Sugar beet. Nougat. Then comes the smoke, which now looks more herbaceous. Steaks marinated in herbs with a lot of toasted aromas, which were then drizzled with chili oil. There is also a crystal wheat with a lemon wedge.
    • Finish
      Marked by the smoke, which is now drier. Slightly earthy. A little cinchona and tonic water.

  15. Tordeaux scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  16. thebonewolf scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    This really just ticks every box I have.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Sharp smoke, meat/barbecue, white chocolate.
    • Taste
      96 96
      Smoke, leather, soy-like salt, char, pepper.
    • Finish
      99 99
      Chocolate, coffee, smoke, cigar, ginger. Long.

  17. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  18. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  19. DGV scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    A very interesting sample. From the very beginning, it clings to receptors with a flavor-aroma profile that is not quite typical for Ardbeg (we are talking about modern releases). Being in an open glass for 20 minutes, an hour, an hour and a half does not fall apart and does not become smeared, but develops, opening new facets and strengthening some of the original ones.
    • Nose
      Nuts, coffee, dry leaves, light sweetness. Smoke is present, but very calm, not dominant. After breathing, the aroma of coffee intensifies, shades of cocoa and a certain perfumery appear.
    • Taste
      Smoked with moderate sweetness. There is much more smoke than aroma. There are also many spices and red pepper in particular.
    • Finish
      Long. Grilled steak, cinnamon, roasted nuts, hot spices.

  20. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  21. lucero scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  22. dcsicsak scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  23. Valérie scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  24. kdschen scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    wonderful base note, full of flavor, extremely mild 51%. fpr me THE ardbeg

  25. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  26. 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

  27. 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.

  28. gaboruso scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  29. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very cool part!
    • Nose
      Colour:
      Light amber

      Nose:
      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.

  30. rolabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  31. Teresa scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  32. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Good, reliable whisky, but it’s too clumsy, like UAZ 31514, an off-road-tested, unpretentious car, but you definitely cannot call it convenient and comfortable.
    • Nose
      Rough and hard, very smoky with woody notes. Burnt pan, tarpaulin boots, ship's mooring rope, chernozem. In the background are blueberries, hookah tobacco and white chocolate.
    • Taste
      Crispy bacon, cucumber pickle, a slice of lemon and firebrand.
    • Finish
      Bonfire sprinkled with earth, tar, nuts, burnt bread, dried ginger.

  33. VollePulle scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  34. Sandman23 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  35. SUSPIRIA.FOX scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  36. schengel10 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The alligator is one of the better special bottlings; a top malt for me!
    [Color gold;
    • Nose
      (Bourbon) sweetness, vanilla, peat smoke, yellow fruit, salt, charcoal, oak;
    • Taste
      sparkling, fiery smoky onset, charcoal, ash, sweetness, vanilla, salt, citrus, smoke, tart spice;
    • Finish
      long and sweet with smoke and salt; in the end, lemon and cold ashes

  37. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Wonderfully smoky, greasy fruity nose. The taste is rather dry, but a pretty good Islay malt.

  38. 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.

  39. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  40. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  41. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Alligator name is appropriate, dangerously good whisky. American white oak is nice. :) 88/89.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sherry, peat and smoke, antique leather, spicy oak, salted caramel and camphor.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Powerful. Salted minerals, peat, sherry, spices, tannic oak, citruses, seaweed, smoke and ash.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, smoky, spicy.

  42. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The nose is nondescript but the palate and finish are quite nice so on taste its roughly 87-88 but the poor nose (neat) drags the average down.
    • Nose
      82 82
      The unmistakable smell of cheese and sweaty socks that I associate with later Ardbeg's and it is something I do not like so it will be interesting if what I am nosing translates to the palate?
      Sweet pungent peat, apple, yellow plum and sponge cake with a little lemon appearing after a few minutes in the glass.
      Being completely honest it does improve but still not to my liking,
    • Taste
      88 88
      Difficult at first peat driven, quite sweet but quite drying, I do however like the initial mouthfeel and there is a big dose of mallow at first.
      The fruit then arrives, mixed fruit salad basically and the peat is increasing and some ginger spice mixes is up nicely.
      Strange it becomes then like a bag a fruit gums and in particular some pineapple notes
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, spicy and peaty

  43. ricallende scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    God's dram!
    • Nose
      The nose begins with vanilla beans, piney peat, and salty cheese.  Then there are hazelnuts and caramel sauce.  After some time, a very strong cinnamon and cracked pepper note emerges which is very reminiscent of new make rye.
    • Taste
      The palate is intensely ashy, but sugary around the edges.  There's cinnamon, smoked cocoa powder, brown sugar shisha, and a bit of barley.
    • Finish
      It finishes on orange peel and cinders.  Sweet + peat.  Cocoa and lot of drying tannins.

  44. dberto scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  45. Chris P. Bacon scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  46. St. Pauli scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Wood-dominated stuff. Not as peaty as Ardbeg can be. Further, I find this rather tannic.
    • Nose
      An Ardbeg on wood. Toasted wood. Yes, that's what this is, exactly how it has been put on the market. The beginning of the wood dominated era, so to say. It's Ardbeggy, with damp, fishy peat and a green stitch of chlorophyl. But what's most prominent is rather active wood: wood itself, pencil shavings, vanilla, coconut, nutmeg and cinnamon. Behind that there is a hint of dried fruit.
    • Taste
      The woody character takes its toll. This whisky is rather tannic and drying. Behind this drying notes of wood, there is a note of rubber, peat, pencil shaving, dried fruit and vanilla.
    • Finish
      Medium long, increasingly tannic and woody, with some damp peat and dried fruit.

  47. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Me personally, he says little, believe with the 10 my poorest Ardbeg ...
    • Nose
      Bah, pure ash, a touch of candy, bright, very edgy oak in my opinion, a fresh campfire and after a while also some salt and a certain citrus acid, in the sense typical Ardbeg, but at the same time more unpleasant than others
    • Taste
      The smoke starts directly alone, with some pepper, some dry chocolate powder and citrus acid, salt, a little young leather, nothing more
    • Finish
      Medium long, lemon, young leather, old campfire congealed, cold ashes and not much more, probably. a little licorice

  48. Muff Potter scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  49. Talisker_22 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  50. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I'm not a fan of smoky malts but the nose is not unpleasant
    • Nose
      some smoke, bacon, car tires, sweetness that increases,
      with: light oak
    • Taste
      powerful on the palate, smoke, sweet, spicy gum, licorice with: the smoke is less, plastic
    • Finish
      medium long, smoke, earthy, campfire, slightly grassy notes

  51. Nikilema scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  52. Goethe scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Great Ardbeg. For those remembering the 'good old days' of Ardbeg in the 1960s and 1970s, this expression is quite a turn back into times. I like this style of Ardbeg very much.Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Gentle sweet smoke, sea minerals, oranges, leather, minerals, some herbs and berries in the mix, some ashes.
    • Taste
      Smoke, barbecue!, burned wood, licorice, pepper, salt. Nice texture.
    • Finish
      Very long. Sweet ashes, barbecue, sweet cigar smoke.

  53. Helgo scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Fantastic! My favorite kindbeg. Still! I would like to see a sequel.
    • Nose
      Clearly. Due to the extremely charred barrels in the alligator you expect strong ashy smokes and intense peat smoke.

      The alligator gets its name from the intensely charred inner sides of the oak barrels, which are supposed to be a visual reminder of the scales of a crocodile.

      In fact, once the smoke is in the room. The alligator has now rested for 30 minutes and the gentle "panning" form beautiful streaks and "legs", which slowly trickle down again in the inner wall of the glass. By the way, I recommend the big Snifter Premium glass here. A great red wine class would also be a good idea.

      Back to the nose: After the smoke clears, I get salt flavors with flame salmon from the Christmas market. Matching citrus notes.

      In the second pass then the sharp contrast to the sweetness and toffee, as well as juicy orange notes.

      The whisky is simply intense and very complex. Again and again other notes appear briefly, pause briefly and then move on again.

      An old rancid footbollbotten leather dominated the nose for a short time, but then flickers back a little smoke, so that the impression disappears again.

      Again and again a harmonious sweetness in the meantime and the toffee is back.

      An even longer maturing time would be interesting, whereby the smoke then further degrades and could release additional notes again.

      Finally, a little ginger.
    • Taste
      This time my impressions have probably desensibilized something, because the ashes and the smoke is not what I perceive first. Although this is always discreet in the background and brings in the interplay again and again, but as I said not as expected.

      A lot of salt spreads in the mouth. Then wood from the oak and a minimal hint of licorice.

      The juice oranges from the nose come in the second attempt. Generally come here only the salt notes and then the sweetness, which I usually perceive otherwise.

      Again, an interplay of taste impressions and again and again slightly smoky elements.

      Some toffee and spice to the end.
    • Finish
      Very long with ashen, salty and spicy finish. Still tension, then some dryness and it flickers again the liquorice and the Ingwar slightly, until then the candle is completely blown out. The birthday is over ;-)

  54. 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.

  55. 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

  56. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2011]  I had this dram during a community society tasting near Bonn.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 interesting new Ardbeg profile due to the extra toasted casks.  It is remarkable sweet too...

  57. gango4 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Wonderfully soft and complex.
    • Nose
      First in the nose a light fruitiness combined with light alcohol. In addition smoke. After a few moments sweeter. This sweetness unfolds to vanilla. Then the sea air flashes through as she heard Islay.
    • Taste
      A decent force, but no excessive burning. This power carries the complexity of an Ardbeg, which clearly leaves the Ardbeg 10 behind. The body is soft. Still very sweet but far from fruity in the same ratio.
    • Finish
      In the finish, the smoke remains discreet, first makes the kelp noticeable again. The sweetness remains present.

  58. 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.

  59. Landryn scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      87 87

  60. minialkoff scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  61. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

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

  62. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    It's little of everything - pretty drinkable but not on the level of the best Ardbegs
    • Nose
      Little lemony, rather reluctant peat and smoke (for Ardbeg)
    • Taste
      Pretty fine and smooth (for Ardbeg), salty, rather little peat and smoke, little sweetness, little fruitiness
    • Finish
      Medium long

  63. Elbeasto did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  64. d1scostu scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  65. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  66. Keur scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  67. Thermidor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I'm usually not one for new wood but this one works well. Maybe it's the extra char?
    • Nose
      Neat: rubber. More rubber. A couple of drops of water and other things begin to emerge. BBQ sauce, salted grilled pork, sea salt, char, a certain turfiness and a hint of vinegar. Wood ash with woody and coally smoke. Some kind of meaty pastry and blackpepper, and some enamel paint.
    • Taste
      Initial taste impression: burned. Lots of particulates. A little violent, youngish, but man does the taste ever do its best to conceal it. Rich, full and fantastically strong, I get a delightful wash of BBQ sauce with bitter ash and soaked wood. The aftertaste is very similar from the start to the finish but it's very persistent. At the tail end there's a cigar smoke and ash twist to it.The mouthfeel is really luxurious despite the particulates. It burns savagely on the crest of the tongue with an uncompromising bitter peaty tang.
    • Finish
      A drying but lingering and full finish. Cranberry & dried chili. Turkish peber candy, salmiak and lots of ashes.

  68. Achany scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  69. FernetBranco scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  70. Shane_IL scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Salty vanilla toffee. Glace cherries. Cinnamon. Funky (mix of herbal and earthy) peat. Woody vanilla.
    • Taste
      Boiled sweets. Tobacco,fresh. Bitter licorice. Woodspice. Mineral peat. Seaweed. Leather.
    • Finish
      Long. Bitter wood. Mineral peat. Salt. Dried apricots

  71. The Macallan scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    A quick note made on Ardbeg Day 30-05-2015

    Smoky, vanilla, barbecue impressions

  72. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Ardbeg alligator
    Tasted 2015-05-08 @ Tobi:
    N voluminous sweetish smoke with hints of cinnamon, very alcoholic with a strong draft, roasted aromas;
    with water much less fenolish but earthier

    G undiluted: strong smoky sweet bourbon barrel, finish short and mild;

    With water: spicy earthy (loam), wonderful sweetness of the white oak, long in the finish sweet with dry wood

    - good, 83

  73. Ciro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  74. Stenface scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      88 88

  75. Peter87 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  76. hfos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  77. iDad scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Did anyone say 'sex in a bottle?'
    • Nose
      A hot day at the coast, some tough guy with worn leather gloves lays down the black top, while a farmer is cutting gras, or maybe she is just eating a banana. 
    • Taste
      Seems the two of them are getting closer. There is pepper and more smoke notes of rubber and a burning wooden bed. Salty, oli sweat. 
    • Finish
      Dry tobacco smoke besides a campfire, a hoarse feeling in the throat and a hint of smoked seafish.

  78. peathead scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      smoke, peat, something 'sharp' that I can not name immediately, some citrus too. He becomes slightly sweeter with water, which is more Uigeadail-like
    • Taste
      Ditto without water, also salt. With water: sweeter, BBQ, more citrus, more balance too. Again, more Uigeadail-like 'but not quite yet'.
    • Finish
      long, smoky, salty on the lips, somewhat sweet on the back of the tongue.

  79. Jeep51 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Not a monster of complexity but it is rather well done
    • Nose
      The nose of this whisky sends the cavalry. Big power on a greasy, earthy peat. Slight notes of cigarette smoke, tire and ... yes, in fact, there is a lot of fresh grass.
    • Taste
      Quite simple. Beautiful power. Peat, earth, hot embers. A syrupy texture. Simple but effective.
    • Finish
      Very long on this peat with a bit of tar.

  80. Dyno did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    what a monster, a beloved monster though...

  81. Tomh scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

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

  82. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  83. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Really great!
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, leather, burnt tyres, seewead, herbs
    • Taste
      Earthy, pepper, liquorice, sour apples, grapefruit, creamy
    • Finish
      Long, dry, chocolate, coffee, pepper, peat

  84. whioli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  85. ricallende scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    I just can't help it,this drives me crazy! The nose is quite smoke with notes of ginger.Taste: Spicy and smoky,leather and chocolate notes.Finish:quite long and slow, more smoke (cigars) and ginger. Really love it!
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  86. numen scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Every time I have this, the palate entry seems to be full of sweet honey, followed by pepper and tar/heavy charcoal bbq.
    • Nose
      tar, sweet stewed root vegetable, small amount of salty brine, bbq sauce
    • Taste
      sweet honey, bbq, burnt tar, pepper, lemon. Chilis.
    • Finish
      long, with a solid admixture of light pepper, bbq, and sweetness.

  87. Superted scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  88. Superted scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      grass fresh lemon smoke
    • Taste
      lemon, green, fresh smoke

  89. Allandale scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  90. Ivynor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Less fun than the Comittee Reserve version and below, to my taste, Corryvreckan and Uigeadail
    • Nose
      Peat, lemon, wood, grilled, fruit brandy
    • Taste
      citrus, lemon, peat, grilled, medicinal plants. very raw and powerful
    • Finish
      Grilled notes, earth, wood

  91. ducksingel scored this whisky 89 points Editor

    Very well balanced! You smell the charcoal, but it’s mixed wonderfully well with tones of spices, fruit and something fishy even! Intense smoke and peat in the tasting but leaving room for oranges, vanilla, chocolate, ginger and other stuff (that I don’t know to describe). The finish is long and echoes the peaty smoke and vanilla. 

  92. Nethar did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Smoky Ardbeg with some vanilla sweetness.
    • Nose
      Ardbeg as we know it. Smoke full of other interesting notes. Sweet, but also sea salt, vanilla, oil, garage.
    • Taste
      Smoke changes into sweetness, peat, smoke, smoke, smoke, earth, hot and spicy.
    • Finish
      Very long, lot of smoke. Then some salt.

  93. 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

  94. MB28 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  95. Angelos scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Magnificent! Memories of Laphroaig PX
    • Nose
      Heavy aromatic peat and nice sweetness behind it, honey, alcohol level is noticeable
    • Taste
      Peat and sweetness, a lot of juicy fruits apricots, pears, and spices like cinnamon
    • Finish
      Long finish, warming, again sweetness... oh my god!

  96. Dennis1979 scored this whisky 84 points Administrator

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  97. Andy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  98. Furtia scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  99. m884 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Peat, smoke, peat-sweetness, ash and charred oak, a bit maritime, vanilla, honeyMouth: Ash- massive, peaty, creamy?Finish: overpowering ash, peatsweetness, smoke, peatComments: Suprisingly tame and sweet. I`d describe it as an Ardbeg 10 with an volcano erruption where all the ashes rained into your glass. Unfortunately the ashes are too strong and overpowering some of the more delicate flavors. It`s interesting but the 10 is just better.

  100. Alex scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tastes a lot better than it smells!
    • Nose
      coal smoke, tar, brine, cigar smoke, very ashy. Dry.
    • Taste
      enexpected very sweet, cough syrup, oily, some brine. Sweet malty notes. Later some lemon. Less smoke than on the nose.
    • Finish
      middle long, still sweet, tar, smoke, drying.

  101. rbakels scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      Vanilla, peaty.
    • Taste
      Hints of sweet fruit, peaty, wood.
    • Finish
      Liquorice.

  102. alectron scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    in a tasting with some other recent Ardbegs (10, ANB, Corry & Alligator) this one didn't fare that well & had little else to offer but wood. Seems to fare a bit better just by itself where there's some finer sweet & spice notes coming through.
    • Nose
      peat, young/bright/green wood, artificial vanilla, spices (cumin & tumeric), some salt, pumpkin, bright leather, wool, varnish, (83)
      Later: peat turns more smokey & thick, vanilla sweetness increases & develops some nice caramel/marshmellow notes. (84)
      W Water: a bit more leathery (bright) & wood seems even younger/sawdust-ish (82)
    • Taste
      peat, wood, artificial/plastic-y vanilla, pepper and a few undefined spices.(85)
      W Water: wood gets a slightly bitter touch (82)
    • Finish
      peat, some wood dryness, artificial vanilla & caramel, lemon, very faint cardboard & baby sick, (85)
      W Water: more sweetness & slightly less artificial, no baby sick (87)
      Later & w water (~60mins): much more pleasant, wood is lesss dominant & feels more complex (88)

  103. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N: smoke, a lot of sweet vanilla, woody and custard
    T: malty, liquoirice and a wood full of pine trees
    tasted with Dramclub of DH17

  104. Lafroy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  105. GLEN ONUR scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

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

  106. Cast Olila scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  107. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Looks like Uigeadail but not good !! : D
    • Nose
      A complex strand
      Wood, peat
    • Taste
      Long but mou
    • Finish
      Average

  108. mmaclean scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This was very allocated here in the states. Originally I only could receive one bottle from Del Mar Wine.com however now it is in stock and is readily available to purchase. I love this Islay because it is powerful in the beginning and tappers off nicely to a sweet vanilla finish.

  109. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  110. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The general release of 2011`s much anticipated Ardbeg Committee Release -
    Alligator. It`s named for the high level of char on the inside of some
    of the casks used for maturation, which makes the wood look like
    alligator skin.

  111. christophe_carles scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  112. I_SPEY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    my own tn`s: 

    The nose is intensely smoky and very nice, with cocoa, hints of  ginger and in the palate I taste smoke, something leatherish and something like liquorice?! The finish is rather long and smooth with a subtle hint of chocolate. A sweet alligator

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