Ardbeg 17-year-old

Overall rating
87.20/100
votes
602
Whiskybase ID
WB308
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
1997
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrel
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5010494190281
Added on
19 aug 2007 2:29 pm
Chillfiltered

Average value

€ 763.59

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 17-year-old

42 users have left 46 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.20 points.

  1. TKoolhaas scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Beautiful harmony in a glass. Maybe a little too beautiful making it a bit boring. Would have liked to have tasted this dram with a higher alcohol percentage.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Citrus, almond, smoke, salty ham, earthy, melon, apple sauce, rubber, honey, floral
    • Taste
      86 86
      Soft, Ash, Melon, Rubber, Peat, Sulfur
    • Finish
      87 87
      Licorice, herbal, old wood, fresh spring water, sea salt, ash

  2. Will_iam scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  3. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Gargantua scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Wonderful fruit and smoke!

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Vanilla, candied citrus, toffee, sweet peat, a bit weak but very good

  6. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The 17-year-old Ardbeg is a much more mature, finer variant
    des Ardbeg 10. But one of the old school Ardbeg 10.
    I wish to try it with a few% more vol
    to be able to.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Finely interwoven, delicate orange, lemon, apple and vanilla notes. Very minimally smoky.
      Very nice sea breeze.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very nice and sweet, soft, oily and gentle and ripe.
      Hardly smoky - peaty. Vanilla, caramel, cereals,
      a little honey and delicately salty - maritime - metallic.
      Apple and citrus notes. Buttery with light coffee
      and spice notes. Slightly peppery, ashy, woody.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Orange, lemon and coffee aromas that slowly fade away.
      Slightly ashy, bitter - sweet with light wood and
      Spice notes. Delicately metallic - salty.

  7. ZhengMoMo scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    The smell is relatively light, but very delicate, very light peat, Islay island's milky fragrance and perfume in the 1980s, the taste is relatively simple, the wine is thin, and the greatest significance of tasting this wine is to feel the 80s The style of Abbe is now.
    • Nose
      Pineapple, passion fruit, vanilla, milkshake, light cheesecake, sea breeze, light smoke, shredded tobacco, oak.
    • Taste
      Light smoke, a little sterilized water, apple juice, sea salt, salted butter, oak.
    • Finish
      Medium length, soot, oak, sea salt, lemon juice.

  8. tomrules scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A dream of sweetness, Bourbon wood note and peaty tang
    • Nose
      98 98
      This nose shouts fresh bourbon barrels
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet, peaty well balanced. Not absolutely spectacular but close to it. Wood notes, honey , warm fruit syrup with red fruits.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Fruit dominates. Peat goes away.

  9. St. Pauli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This whisky was created with a lot of skill (and good material to work with as a starter). It's not engineered, it's created. You are lead from the nose to the finish with a great yet stable development from medium smoky and a bit vinous to rather vinous and only mildly smoky. A great whisky to try.
    • Nose
      A nice golden colour and a whaft of smoke make for a promising whisky. The smoke is rather mid-old school. No engineered, oversteered wood notes, no peat monster of most recent versions, but not the ultimately briny and fruity quality from the famous first half of the '70s. Having said that, there is wood smoke, liquorice, brine, ash, a bit of TCP, and then a nice combination of lime, orange zest, and cherry. It's a bit vinous, with damp sherry dunnage. Perfectly matching is the adour of damp cloth and diesel.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, this whisky is soft, oily, and gentle. No harshness whatsoever. It's friendly character is demonstrated by less smoke and more vinous characteristics. This means: prune, old leather books, fig, liquorice, Seville orange. Then there is still some TCP, a diesel cloth, coffee roast, and a hint of ash.
    • Finish
      The vinous dominance lingers in the finish: it's a continuation of dried fruit, Seville orange, liquirice, coffee roast and liquorice. A bit of of soft, dried wood, a bit of ash and a bit of lime. Great balance.

  10. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    This almost eighteen year old from Ardbeg, replaced in 2006 by the Air Nam Beist, has a level of ppm more than Blasda: but that different personality ...! Much more body, in spite of the gradation, really creamy and chewable; light, of course, but precisely because of this dangerously drinkable ... Perfect balance between peached marinity and a sweetness of caramel and vanilla, really good. Tips of strawberry jam at the finish, and especially after a bit 'cheese tips (grain, to be precise ...) to the nose. Remarkable, an Ardbeg easy but with personality

  11. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  12. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Unfortunately, I can not go along with the exuberant eulogies of many of my friends here. He is much too thin in my taste. With more momentum he could have been better. Supplement: If you do your mouth properly, then it is actually much more intense over, what I like better then. But then the dram is empty after two sips ;-)
    • Nose
      What a fragrant nose, a beautiful creamy honey sweetness in conjunction with ripe exotic fruits, such as mango, a little sea breeze, salted fish, over it lies the smoke, which has already discarded the impetuosity of Ardbeg Ten, joined by a malty aroma, some vanilla and also ripe, floury apples, if you go into the depth, spicy aromas also appear on the wood
    • Taste
      very pleasant mouthfeel, slightly watery, again the ripe apples, vanilla, subtle dry smoke, and then comes with momentum oak, slightly acidic, the taste is mainly carried by the dry oak, slightly salty towards the finish, in total, the 40% are here a bit too less
    • Finish
      as if you had a long-peeled piece of apple in your mouth, hardly any smoke left, rather sweet than dry

  14. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Easy to drink, but despite the 40% ABV, it's a powerful Ardbeg with a little smoke but enough complexity!
    • Nose
      Waxy apple, citruses, vanilla, sweet peat. Antique leather and salted caramel.
    • Taste
      Oily. Sweet peat, honey, vanilla, citruses and pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, oily, spicy.

  15. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [Mai, 2015]  I had this dram during an "Ardbeg Bicentenary" tasting at 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 87,5.  I took no detailed notes.

  16. Allandale scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Body : Medium, oily. Very firm. I have only one bottle.
    • Nose
      Assertive,briny, seaweed, tar-like. Hint of sulphur. Lovely. 
    • Taste
      Peppery but also sweet. Cereal grains, oil, gorse. Tightly combined flavours. More mature and rounded,but still robust. Very appetizing.
    • Finish
      Oily. Lemon skins. Freshly  ground white pepper.

  17. gango4 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very round and nice fruity. But not enough powerful.
    • Nose
      First a sweet maltiness with very little fine smoke. There is also some citrus. Keep fruity with a bit of heat.
    • Taste
      Very soft and round. A fruity sweetness. The smoke is as restrained as I have seen it in any other Ardbeg (except Blasda). Some apple.
    • Finish
      Amazingly, even in the aftertaste not the smoke dominates, but the oak comes to light, green and gentle.

  18. Whisky_Philippe scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Good whisky. Very round and elegant. Grinded for my taste. The smoke and the squish of the 10 year old were taken a bit too strong.
    • Nose
      Apple, little lemon vanilla leather restrained smoke
    • Taste
      Very round Light sweetness, vanilla citrus flavors Maritime, salty, pepper peat fire
    • Finish
      Vanilla, light sweetness, smoke, peaty, Medium lasting

  19. Whisky_Philippe scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  20. Achany scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Finally had the chance to taste this one. very gentle ardbeg, some smoke, salt, citrus fruits, there is some sweetness a lot of spices, even some pepper but just a hint of it. it is a well balanced Whisky but I was still a bit disappointed
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  21. ML89 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  22. MrRancho scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    None of the flavors is dominant, all are nicely integrated. Very tasty.
    • Nose
      Melon, roter Apfel, Grüner Tee, Borke
    • Taste
      Honey, smoke, vanilla, hazelnut, walnut, metal
    • Finish
      Medium length, metallic, smoky.

  23. checkpointuk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2016/ardbeg-originalabfuellungen-aus-2002-old-ten-vs-17yo-39981/

    Color: pale gold
    Nose: soft and green! Green apple, avocado-mus, tea, lots of smoky leather, some vanilla and the scent of lush green tree leaves. The lemon aromas run rather subordinate, and the smoke / peat is capped by fruity-fresh aromas.
    Taste: Very soft, creamy and round. Lime, butter, cream and a medicinal maritime spiciness with lots of pepper, smoky peat and delicate bitter wood aromas. Here, too, notes of dried herbs and stinging nettles crystallize towards the end of the taste.
    Finish: Medium length with delicate bitter wood that is steadily increasing. Paired with dried herbs, leather, malt; a peaty-dry mouthfeel stays on the tongue.
    88 points (nose: 89 / taste: 88 / finish: 86)

  24. Sb17sw did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This is the best Ardbeg I have ever tasted.

    Shame it is empty. Glad I still have a small 5cl sample saved for a rainy day.

  25. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

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

  26. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    It has all of the typical Arbdeg aromas but rather in a smooth and balanced manner. It does not go into any extreme but has it all. Thus it's actually a pretty drinkable and enjoyable Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      Peaty, sweet, rather subtle, a bit leathery
    • Taste
      Oily, heavy, peaty, sweet, touch of lemony and citrusy
    • Finish
      Medium long, smooth

  27. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  28. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  29. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    ‘Demure and circumspect yet utterly gluggable’

    N: Im suitably primed for this. It follows two poor-mediocre Tamnavulin palate levellers followed by one most inspiring Dufftown WB - so lets begin. Just as i was waxing lyrical about the Dufftown, this Islay malt is displaying on the nose the beautifully crafted and sublimely soft yet all encompassing depth one only finds from a well matured and vatted whisky - the complexity of which shouldn’t be lost to its subtlety. Besides its softness, it has the whole jammy, bitter=sweet, smoky umami ‘thang’ going on and beholds the power of a Siren’s call, “drink me’!

    T: Sweet/savoury/oily/medicinal oily-buttery-[low-level] peat with the grain therefore never lost in the mix - but boy is it soft [not gossamer soft] and watery, like waxy tea or a very thin oily soup. What of details though: oodles of vanillas, lemonade lollies, liquorice, tequila, dryish tobacco and melt-in-your-mouth butter-barley, wow! Theres a soft but subtle beauty to this older style Ardbeg, something that the bold, modern 10yo can’t touch - the peat [and depth] very much in the background in comparison.

    F: Its soft/sweet/fresh nature encompass the bitter, oily oak. Benign but sustaining, non-peat-heavy finish, with buttery-vanilla-barley that will sustain you for the remainder. Even if the abv is in question, the balance is unquestionably fabulous albeit within a largely cohesive & vatted, self contained expression.

    C: Demure and circumspect [Bunna 18?] marks it down significantly, yet the melt-in=your-mouth delivery can’t be overlooked. Theres no doubting the allure of this whisky but you’ll be paying a large premium to find out [TWE £350 Sept ’15]. It is undeniably however one of the most gluggable whisky’s you may ever meet.

    Scores a B

  30. talyn256 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    A subtle, soft, fruity dram. Shame it's so hard to source... If you see some, give it a taste!
    • Nose
      Honeyed vanilla coal dust. Permanent marker. Clean malty boiled sweets. Salty mineral-rich air with faint, light peat acridity. Some dusty tropical fruit and melon rind. Banana custard.
    • Taste
      Light and delicate mouthfeel. A soft malty sweetness gives way to coastal notes and tangy, peppery peat. Then comes the fruit: leathery apricots smothered in honey with limes and nectarines soaked in brine, followed by a kick of sooty black pepper.
    • Finish
      Chalky with lip smacking salt, more pepper, and creamy oak. Metallic tin right at the end.

  31. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I own a bottle with the code L7 338 4 ML (Dec., 4. 1997) -

    this one is very good!

  32. Cast Olila scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  33. Foamy scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    A great example of what Ardbeg made 'in the days'.
    I absolutely love this stuff, as it is exactly what I want, and expect ... (sorry expected) of this distillery.
    It grows on me every time I had a wee dram.
    It bit me and started a 'whisky-crazy'
    Please Ardbeg ... bring this back
    Keep your honour and stop making too young & unbalanced crap .... PLEASE!

  34. Hans-Ludwig scored this whisky 88 points Shoplink Moderator

    This Ardbeg is rather light in the glass. The first sniff on the glass puts you immediately to the sea. The aromas of iodine and sea day together with the light smoke, peat and peach notes are a pleasure for the nose. The maritime impression continues in the taste. Here you will find the combination of harsh elements such as smoke and peat and the sweet units such as peach and other fruits in their most beautiful form. The finish is long and fruity.
    For a Ardbeg almost mild and yet a typical Islay whisky. The sea air and sweet fruits put you on vacation.

  35. alectron scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Single dram note. From a miniature without bottlecode. Tried at the distillery in the `Now And Then` tasting.
    Transferring previous Note (2011.11.30) content into a Tasting Note
    • Nose
      weak-ish, earthy, caramel, lemon, light peat, vanilla,
    • Taste
      light, coffee & milk, peat light
    • Finish
      wood spices, vanilla, distant tropical fruits,

  36. MB28 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

     
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  37. icon_of_sin scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    The somewhat tame Ardbeg. The corners and edges of the 10y were rounded off.
    • Nose
      Ztronenbonbonsueße. Significantly less smoke than the 10y. Caramel and honey, as well as maritime notes.
    • Taste
      Pleasant smoke in balance with the citrus sauce. Caramel.
    • Finish
      On the palate, the smoke remains hanging, on the tongue the citrus sauce. Pleasant warming.

  38. Furtia scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  39. granella2003 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    An unusual light Ardbeg. Not what you expect from this distillery
    • Nose
      Light smoke, sweet barley
    • Taste
      Light peat and smoke, sweet, spicy and a hint of lemon
    • Finish
      Only short to medium, with a light smoky sweetness

  40. granella2003 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  41. The Macallan scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very, very good.
    • Nose
      Some smoke with fruit and flowery notes.
    • Taste
      Gentle with some peat and slightly a salty/sweetish note.
    • Finish
      Lovely, long somkines and lasting with a reminder of the Kildalton coastline.

  42. mmaclean scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    At first it took me some time to come around to the Peat side of scotch.

    This version was highly recommended and since then, it has been harder

    to come by. I have appreciated it now that I have learned that you need

    to savor the flavor on this one for a good two three minutes to get the

    full span. If you were to just pour and sip and drink down like it was

    juice, you would lose so much of the work that went into this beauty,

    enjoy if you can find it.

  43. Feusi scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Maybe you expected more "Islay" but this is how Ardbeg was in the past, with less smoke and peat.
    • Nose
      Sweet malt and Vanilla in the nose only a hint of smoke and peat.
    • Taste
      Sweet and soft to drink, vanilla honey and apples and even only a hint of smoke.
    • Finish
      A middle long finish, nice, sweet with a hint of smoke.

  44. hsmithjr scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Seaweed.  Lighter peat smoke than expected.  Old brine.
    • Taste
      Light.  Sweet cereal grains.  Malt.  Chocolate cookies.  Tobacco.
    • Finish
      Medium long.  Lime peels.  Smoke.  Salted herring.

  45. Timo scored this whisky 74 points Expert Junior

    Somehow disappointing for a 17 year old. With more Vol% he would certainly be better.
    • Nose
      The nose is rather weak. Sweet, slightly chlorous.
    • Taste
      The taste is not complex. Sweet, peppery, bitter.
    • Finish
      The finish is surprisingly intense, but short. Warm, slightly bitter.

  46. Lafroy scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Seems to be very delicate, sweet, unlike present Ardbeg. Hints of green tea, nuts, light sweet peat smoke. Seashells, a little bit of tobacco, ash and delicate medicinal, menthol notes.
    • Taste
      Tastes like a sweet tea with cigarette inside, hints of smoke, sweetness, dryness, herbs, menthols, apples, citrus notes and another turn of sweetness.
    • Finish
      Medium long, hints of tea, delicate, herbal notes, a little bit of saltiness.

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