Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
ex-Marsala and ex-Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
49.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml 750 ml 4500 ml
Bottle code
L12 16x
Added on
15 Aug 2012 11:24 am

Average value

€ 322,83

123 × in wishlist

876 × member ratings

4021 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Galileo

101 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.17 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2012]  I had this dram during a Prof. Schobert "Islay" 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.  My notes state I would have scored it 90 points without these slight unpleasant sulphurous notes.  Nevertheless I bought a bottle.

  2. schero scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    That's exactly how I like Ardbeg. Delicious
    • Nose
      Restrained Ardbeg smoke, very ashy and sweet, accompanied by wine barrels, sweet grapes, milk chocolate, cotton candy, light roasted aromas, roasted almonds
    • Taste
      Short sweet grapes, then takes the subtle smoke, beautiful creamy with light peppery, very light oak
    • Finish
      Aromatic peat smoke with oak flavor and the sweetness sticking to the palate

  3. face scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. ASWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This Ardbeg is not for nothing my soul-teaser whisky
    dangerously pleasant and delicious to drink
    my beloved tension is limited
    just a soulmaker for smoke lovers

    I touched the sky
    • Nose
      mild sherry, fine peat smoke, citrus aromas, caramel, sweaty leather, smoked bacon rind
    • Taste
      soft, cool sweetness that warms the palate, liquid chocolate with bacon
      Malty sweet peat that smokes in the throat, roasted coffee beans in chocolate, peat smoke and again malt sweetness
    • Finish
      long and pleasant
      Wood, a slight tobacco note, a lot of malty sweetness, salt, smoked bacon, brine

  5. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I liked Galileo, there is nothing special about him, but he is a very nice and well-tailored molt.
    • Nose
      Spicy, perfumery and certainly smoky. Tar, sole, tires, laundry soap, sprouted potatoes. The moist oceanic air is adjacent to the smell of Moroccan spices, dried fruits and genuine leather.
    • Taste
      Brackish, smoky enough with notes of bread and tropical fruits
    • Finish
      Medium duration. At first there was a lot of fragrant thick smoke, then vanilla and linden honey replaced it. In the end, pleasant echoes of brown bread and hot smoked mackerel remain in the mouth.

  6. Iron133 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

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

  7. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    First a fruity sherry, candied cherry, currants, blackcurrant, cinnamon, star anise, then peat mounts, grimy, rocky, oiled. The wedding is done after a short fight. Finally, an iodized freshness, with however a thicker and earthy peat. In the end the sherry is discreet, but it is reborn in the mouth, almost vinous, thick and tasty, muscatel grape, cranberry juice, then the spices rise. It has a very long finish, deep enough, caramel, red fruits and caraway.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. DB1965 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It is a beautifully created Ardbeg. The finish on a Marsala wine barrel works very well.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Natural, soot and tar, bacon! caramel, ripe tropical fruits such as banana and mango. Delicious!
    • Taste
      87 87
      Roasted coffee beans, chocolate, fudge, again bacon, sweet, ripe banana, spicy. Lots of smoke!
    • Finish
      87 87
      A long smoky finish. Bacon is again emphatically present here. A delicious tobacco note!

  9. mothers_finest scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    With 860 Member Ratings, I probably do not need to contribute my mustard in full. But in short, for me one of the best Ardbeg special releases. Find it even better than the acclaimed SN09 SN10, and the alligator anyway, which seemed far too immature (spicy). I still drink Galileo regularly. I like how harmonious the malt is. Has no subjective false notes and the interaction sweet and greasy smoke fits and I like it!

    (So why "only" 89 points?) I think that's (albeit a bit unfair) due to the smoky character, and I find it hard to hear a similar complexity in smoky whiskys as in non-smoky ones, so forgive the smoke a bit far the youth of a malth, but holds one (or me) tastes behind the facade.)

  10. Ainulindale scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    A good dram, very Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very fresh and salty nose. Kind of sweet and fruity too. Fleshy fruits, peach notably.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Peat comes strong in the mouth in the very ardbeg way . After that an intense fruity, peachy and milk chocolatey thing comes through slowly drifting first to cinnamon and ginger then to rosebuds.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is very mild yet leaves a pleasant taste or smoke and roses.


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