Ardbeg 17-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
17 years old
Bourbon Barrel
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml
Added on
19 Aug 2007 2:29 pm

Average value

€ 650,30

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 17-year-old

39 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.11 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  5. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.


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