Ardbeg 1978

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 7 252 4ML 14:15
Added on
04 sep 2008 7:56 pm

Average value

€ 866.80

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69 × member ratings

161 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1978

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.36 points.

  1. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Pondering about the rating for a long time, whether 90 or below, is just one of the kind that in blind tasting - you wouldn't concentrate exactly - could sometimes go under, fine, elegant, with which you have to be patient, not because so much is developing, but because you have to dive deep.
    • Nose
      Quite a gentle nose, only 43% is noticeable, very gentle smoke, surprising fruit for an Ardi, although other older vintages already had that, sweet peach, a hint of red apple, the small, sweet pears, some gentian, lavender, camphor, Oiled, soft leather, a touch of citrus in between, balanced, old oak, some hazelnut
    • Taste
      Wild-picked apples, gentian, beautifully freshly charred, but already old oak, walnut, chestnut, fennel, oregano, peach with a core, beautiful leather, dried algae, a tick of iodine, fresh coffee beans, later a little more sweet pear, lavender, something rosemary, tick black pepper
    • Finish
      Camphor, apple peel, tick oregano, salt, rosemary, due to the alcohol rather only medium length, bitter-dry-salty

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  3. Barbone scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The 1978 - he Ardbeg is very good but unfortunately only with 43%
    been bottled. Why not 46%?
    That would have done him very well. He's something like that
    weak on the chest. I have older uigeadeil and
    also drank TEN who steal the show.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Sweet, delicately smoky - deady. Delicate wood notes and a fragrance
      reminiscent of garden soil. Clearly vanilla, yellow fruity
      and also some lemon and a hint of the sea.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Delicate smoke, light wood notes, caramel, light
      yellow fruity with restrained sweetness and delicately salty.
      Looks pretty thin. Under no circumstances give water.
      Later a little coffee and chocolate.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Smoky - tart - bitter - woody finish. A little vanilla
      and light salty - mineral - peppery tingling.
      Rel. Short.

  5. GadflyDrinker scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    A very good classic Ardbeg. For the price point its at, it blows the single casks out of the water. Not to peaty and or briny, just the perfect combo of both. tasting this along side a 1977, it held its own very well!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Sweet peat, nice fruity old style ardbeg

  7. AgentMunky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Soft, sweet, nearly perfect.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2000]  I had this dram during an Ardbeg rarities tasting at Kyrburg. 

    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 this 87,5.  My notes state it is quite flat and punchy, but improves with water.  It has a very short finish. 

    All this must be seen in relation to the line-up with much more impressive Ardbeg drams like WB id 7341 or WB id 62 - in a single setting I most probably would have scored it higher...

  9. XorLophaX scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: 90/100 points - "nice old Ardbeg". The old Ardbeg convinced by an extremely sweet and fruity nose, which is also the best thing about him. In the mouth, however, it drops significantly and ends with a rather short but very interesting finish. Link to the tasting with photos on my blog:
    • Nose
      Very sweet, smoky character. Somewhat moldy wood and subtle earth. Predominantly a lot of fruit like red grapes, kiwi and vanilla. A splash of lemon and a slightly malty sweetness.
    • Taste
      Hot smoke from the campfire with lots of wood and caramel. No fruit and hardly any sweetness. Rather tart notes of dark chocolate and raisins. Later some toffee and mocha on the palate. Very watering and noticeable alcohol.
    • Finish
      A smoky and tart finish with slightly bitter wood notes, malt and earth. Later aromas of dry bread and hard cheese come to light. Something salty at the end. Overall, between short and medium in length.


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