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Ardbeg Blasda

Overall rating
80.83/100
votes
602
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
2008
Casktype
Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
18000
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L8 225 1745 6ML
Barcode
5010494252286
Added on
24 Sep 2008 2:17 pm
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 220,97

84 × in wishlist

602 × member ratings

2086 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Blasda

79 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.83 points

  1. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Light smoky notes, a little bit of fruit (mainly green apple) and vanilla on top. Nothing that will stick to your mind for a long time but it’s a good, light dram on a hot summer day when Uigeadails or Corryvreckans are quite strong to boot. It’s worth its original price of 55 euro’s but definitely not more than that. For 100+ euro’s, you better start looking for an old Uigeadail or an old Corryvreckan instead!
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  2. Sandman23 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  3. rolabob scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. schengel10 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    Perhaps the most untypical Ardbeg of all time.
    [Color] almost clear;
    • Nose
      fine smoky notes, typical Ardbeg sweetness, delicate vanilla;
    • Taste
      pleasantly soft onset, beautiful vanilla, low smoke, sweet and creamy; light;
    • Finish
      medium in length with vanilla; in the end sweetness and the finest smoke;

  5. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    he is not that bad now, very soft and young. Plays in the categories of the other young, medium to slightly peated Highlander. I have no idea what it cost at the time, but for 30 euros this would be a delicious, fresh whisky.
    • Nose
      sweet, quite young, very fruity, canned fruit mix, some smoke, a little crap. Mouth: Very soft, and easy going. A little vanilla, some fruit, that's all.
    • Taste
      Here comes the smoke for the first time, with a little vanilla. Generally, the remains rather sweet and fresh.
    • Finish
      available

  6. whiskyd scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      71 71

  7. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Rarely seen a whisky so pale! Fine, slightly peaty nose marked by grapefruit and then malt. Evoke a Bruichladdich. White fishing late. Full mouth, despite the 40 ° only. Final slightly salty but rather neutral by cons. Long, it comes back on an impression of smoothness but also tobacco and bitterness. Enthusiasm 3/5

  8. Jordi Bauters scored this whisky 70 points Newbie

    Most people call it the unpeated Ardbeg but he is peated. 8ppm 
    • Nose
      Fresch nose
    • Taste
      Licht peat. 
    • Finish
      Smooth to drink

  9. ricallende scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Lighter than usual, a good dram for summer
    • Nose
      Light, very light indeed. Surprisingly some peat smoke and ash, very little but more than expected. Rather fruity with green apples, fresh lemons and some kiwis. Small hints of salty caramel and vanilla.
    • Taste
      A tad more smokey and ashy now, but not a lot. All the fruits are back plus some peaches and lemon zest.
    • Finish
      Short and fruity. Pretty lemony with hints of peat smoke.

  10. guerriero82 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Tasting Whiskynotes.be :

    This Ardbeg Blasda caused a bit of a shockwave among afficionados. For the first time, the distillery would release a virtually unpeated whisky (8 parts per million instead of 24 ppm). The fans feared that it would be a light “Fanta” version (also because it is bottled at just 40% strength). 

    Ardbeg BlasdaArdbeg Blasda (40%, OB 2008)

    Nose: light and very clean. Quite fruity with juicy apple, fresh lemon and some kiwi. Still noticeably peaty, more than you would expect, with notes of ashes. Slightly coastal as well. Mint. Mouth: again light and clean. Sweet peat, peaches on syrup, lemon. A bit too shy in my opinion. It’s probably too young to have a lot of character. Finish: spicy, peaty, lemony. The nose, the palate and the finish are really playing in the same field here. You could call that harmonious, or you could call that a bit boring.

    Let’s try to evaluate this without Ardbegs tradition in mind, as a new brand so to speak. It’s decent whisky, but not exciting. Light and easy, a good choice for a hot summer day. All in all, I guess there are better examples of lightly peated drams, but I’d love to taste this after a few extra years in the cask. Around € 55.

    An extra point for the elegant packaging!

    Score: 80/100

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