Overall rating
Single Malt
Malts of Scotland (MoS)
Bottling serie
90 Years Hotel Bero International
Sherry Hogshead
MoS 11003
Number of bottles
48.4 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Bottled for
Hotel Bero International, Belgium
Added on
16 Oct 2011 2:13 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 750.00

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1991 MoS

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.42 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2018]  I had this dram during the charity tasting at Limburg Whisky Fair.

    This is a dram of the extremes and it suits very well to the Ardbeg distillery.  Shy away if you cannot stand bold flavours and an I-punch-that-in-ya-face attitude.  I find it very interesting but to be honest, I would not ask for a second dram on the same evening (but surely some days later)...
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is tawny and the texture shows many small tears that consolidate and build slow legs. The nose is like standing on a highway near the ocean shore when they renew the tar on a hot summer day. This is what I call a bold nose - quite extreme but I like it.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste again is a straight punch to your taste buds but if you like the extremes you will adore it. It is a nice mixture of tarry, peaty, sherry and some fruity flavours - not too complex but astonishingly balanced.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The whisky arrives rich on the palate but with a minor coating effect only and some astringent bitter moments from the heavy tannins of the sherry cask. The finish is of medium length and gets a little bitter at the end (as so often with heavily sherried drams). Water turns the whisky much more medicinal (iodine and the like) as if you chew the content of a waste bin in a hospital - worth a try but I am sure not everybody likes it...

  2. checkpointuk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2013/drei-dunkle-abfuellungen-von-port-ellen-und-ardbeg-und-eine-islays-delight-26535/ Color: Oloroso Sherry / Chestnut
    Nose: nuts, chestnuts, salty chocolate, tobacco, leather, old car tires. Delicate peat and smoke notes, which, however, prevail only after prolonged breathing.
    Taste: relatively thin entry. Aromas of salt, chocolate yoghurt and unripe pomaceous fruit (little sweetness). In addition Bitterorangen (Grand Marnier).
    Finish: Dry, delicate woody orange liquor taste, creamy; Peat and smoke are more pronounced. A short intensity, which, however, decays relatively long.
    Note: Not necessarily a typical Ardbeg!
    90 points (nose: 91 / taste: 90 / finish: 90)

  3. Cubey666 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Tasted this gem at a spectacular tasting / Masterclass MoS led by Thomas Ewers himself for the 50th anniversary of Whisky van Zuylen.

    This was the first one of the evening, and the rest of the line-up was at least as spectacular: Banff '75, Glen Scotia '72, Bunna '70, Tomintoul '69, Bunna '68, (Ardbeg '91) and Port Ellen '82
    • Nose
      92 92
      Already encountered this one, but for me this is one of the best Ardbeg i had the pleasure to taste. All the things you love about old ardbeg, with a super sherry delivery. (peat, smoke, ash, leather, red cooked fruits, nuts and some chocolate)
    • Taste
      91 91
      quite a delivery, but still subtle. peat perfectly interwoven with sherry.
    • Finish
      91 91
      It leaves behind a nice oily thick layer on the tongue, where the ashes and the leathers are doing its job to remind you of what you just tasted.

  4. Cubey666 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Falnor scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  6. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior


    Ardbeg 20 yo 1991/2011 (48,4%, Malts of Scotland for Hotel Bero Ostende, sherry hogshead, cask #11003, 240 bottles)  Hotel Bero have the best shrimp croquettes in Belgium. Sometimes they also have whisky. Colour: amber. Nose: it’s like smoking a Partagas while walking on a freshly tarred road. Seriously, it’s immensely dry and tarry. Tarry ropes, hessian, old car engine, garage, coal smoke, turpentine and bitter chocolate. All that isn’t quite ‘wham-bam’ but big it is, getting more and more chocolaty. Mouth: rich, half bitter/tarry, half fruity. Not that all that didn’t mingle, not at all. Orange cake and a little grenadine with some tobacco, aniseed, liquorice, rhubarb pie and orange drops, with the medicinal side in the background (pine sap and eucalyptus in this case). It’s not quite a big-bodied Ardbeg, which the relatively low ABV% already suggested, but I think it gained refinement and it has a total lack of any vulgar ‘ooh-ahs’. Well, I know what I mean. Finish: quite long and now I cannot not think of some mid-1960s Ardbeg. In fact, it’s got something of the ‘Very Old 30’, including the relatively light body. Comments: could this baby be the last of the Mohicans? One of the very last glimmers of old Ardbeg? SGP:367 - 91 points.

  7. Berrysaki scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    If only I had an opportunity to buy one...
    • Nose
      Complex mix of sherry and peat with some aceton and burnt sugar on the background.
    • Taste
      An explosion of sherry which balances nicely with the peat. Small hint of vanilla and dark red fruit.
    • Finish
      Very long finish (+ 30 sec.). Both peat and sherry stay balanced for a long time.

  8. ottos scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Kind of untypical Ardbeg, but very nice indeed.
    • Nose
      Smoke, sherry, peat, chocolate, car tyres
    • Taste
      Very dry mouthfeel. Slightly bitter, oranges (reminds a bit of Grand Marnier), peat, milk chocolate, eucalyptus
    • Finish
      Very dry, quite long, smoke is a bit more pronounced.


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