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Ardbeg 1978

Overall rating
90.85/100
votes
36
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1978
Bottled
09.09.1997
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 7 252 4ML 14:15
Added on
04 Sep 2008 7:43 pm

Average value

€ 802,17

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Average 4 x 25 rates

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1
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Category Rating
Nose
24
Taste
23
Finish
24
Balance
23

Tastingtags

2 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Note
18 Apr 2017 1:01 am
hs305 gave this whisky 88 points

[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 https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/7341/1967-sv or https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/62/30-year-old-very-old - in a single setting it most probably would have scored higher...

There is no accounting for taste...
XorLophaX
Expert Senior XorLophaX Tasting note
23 Dec 2015 8:14 pm
XorLophaX gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

Sehr süßer, rauchiger Grundcharakter. Etwas modriges Holz und dezent Erde. Vorgergründig viel Frucht wie rote Trauben, Kiwi und Vanille. Ein spritzer Zitrone und eine leicht malzige Süße.

Taste

Heißer Rauch vom Lagerfeuer mit viel Holz und Karamell. Kaum Frucht und kaum Süße. Eher herbe Noten von dunkler Schokolade und Rosinen. Später etwas Toffee und Mokka am Gaumen. Sehr wässernd und spürbarer Alkohol.

Finish

Ein rauchig-herber Abgang mit leicht bitteren Holznoten, Malz und Erde. Später kommen Aromen von trockenem Brot und Hartkäse zum vorschein. Etwas salzig zum Schluss. Insgesamt zwischen kurz und mittelin der Länge.

Comments

Fazit:

90/100 Punkten – „nice old Ardbeg“. Der alte Ardbeg überzeugt durch eine extrem süße und fruchtige Nase, welche auch das Beste an ihm ist. Im Mund fällt er hingegen deutlich ab und endet mit einem eher kurzem, aber sehr interessantem Abgang.

Link zum Tasting mit Fotos auf meinem Blog: http://www.tasting-notes.de/Archive/252

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