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Ardbeg Ardbog

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
ex-Bourbon Barrels & Manzanilla Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
52.1 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml 750 ml 4500 ml
Bottle code
Added on
30 Apr 2013 6:14 pm

Average value

€ 231,17

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Ardbog

106 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.43 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The taste has something dark
    in the throat a small explosion
    very long finish with many flavors
    • Nose
      Peat, smoke, dark fruits, pitted cherries, caramel, sea mud, mildew, coffee, burned gum
    • Taste
      Smoke, caramel milk, burned, tingling, salt, ripe sweet cherry, dry plum, smoke in the back of the throat
    • Finish
      long, pleasantly strong, dry on the palate, burnt rubber and caramel

  2. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Nez: Tourbe, qui l'eu cru? De la cendre, de la viande fumée. Cuir, citron, chocolaté. Caoutchouc. Nous pourrions l'imaginé produit par un fermier au fond de sa grange, ça suffirait presque à mon plaisir.
    • Taste
      Bouche: C'est sec, avec de la céréale. Pour le coup c'est plutôt différent de l'Auriverdes par exemple. Noix, épices exotiques. Tabac. Il faut le mâcher lentement pour percevoir le sherry, plus crémeux, plus fruité sur les agrumes, peut-être quelques raisins secs. Ensuite ce sont des embruns.
    • Finish
      Finale: Salée, viande fumée. Epices masala. Grhhh je suis bien faible face à ce genre de tourbeux.

  3. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Creosote, vanilla, spices, dried fruits, raisin, sweet fruits notes on nose.

    Creosote, spices, oak cask, dust, raisin and pepper notes on taste.

    Long finish starts with creosote, and goes with vanilla, oak dryness, dry hay, pepper and earth notes. 

    I like it very much! 

  4. ricallende scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A bit salty, but not so peaty at first. Cherries, plums, brown sugar and walnuts. A bit lemony. Tobacco, vanilla and marzipan.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly punchy on the palate. Smoke and ash. Very salty, the Manzanilla comes really through now. Walnuts, cherries and lemons, followed by pepper, burned caramel, licorice and wood polish. A bit of tobacco. Gets pretty bitter and oaky towards the end.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy and dry. Smoke, peat ash and lemon salts. Caramel.

  5. Edward MacKenzie scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    I was able to take my bottle with me on location at Ardbog Day 2013.
    It is therefore something very special for me ...
    The taste immediately reminds me of the distillery, the sea, the salty spray that blows from the sea. Also kelp, medical smoke, very much even. But also caramel, wood (not unpleasant) and bright fruits, also a little flowery it seems to me in the finish.
    A very round, well drinkable Ardbeg!

  6. Gerhans scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Really loved the nose and loved the mouthfeel as well. The actual taste was very good but not incredibly spectacular. I found the finish to be a little dissapointing, it felt a bit one dimensional, too much sherry and too little Ardbeg. Still, a very balanced, interesting expression. 
    • Nose
      First off, classic Ardbeg smoke and ripe fruits. Then, more dried fruits, plums, cherries and definitely some apricots! Some caramel and honey and a faint but incredibly appealing sweet chocolate note. After a while, some nutiness, musty tobacco and leather shines through.
    • Taste
      Wow! Manzanilla up front. Pretty oily, a mouthcoating syrup-like quality. Red fruits, raisins, some oranges, a slight but pleasant bitterness. Some nutiness, vanilla and honey again (from the bourbon barrel). A little leftwing for Ardbeg, since the manzanilla cask actually somewhat negates the more typical Ardbeg flavours. Whether that's a good thing depends on your opinion on Ardbeg. Personally I would have loved the typical Ardbeg profile to shine through a little more.
    • Finish
      A medium-length and very sherried finish. The oranges plus the apricots linger as well. I would have loved it if the sweet, long smoky finish that other Ardbeg expressions have would be more apparent in the Ardbog as well.

  7. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Powerful and beautiful. Delicious Ardbeg, sturdy but nicely balanced.
    • Nose
      Peat and smoke, but equally fruity: Red fruit, cherries. Coffee also strong, and caramel
    • Taste
      Full salmiakkick, licorice, pepper. Yet also smooth and round, smoke, coffee, caramel
    • Finish
      Relatively quite soft, smoke, licorice, caramel, coffee. Long aftertaste.

  9. Batman scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Okay, here in 2018 I just opened this bottle of Ardbeg Ardbog from 2013.

    Back in 2013 I recall being amazed that Ardbeg could maintain quality in the face of high global demand.   Tasting this bottle in 2018, it reminded me of how Uigeadail used to taste five years ago (spectacular).

    It is clear that quality has unfortunately suffered at Ardbeg beyond 2013.  Serge at Whiskyfun seems to agree, saying that pre-2013 he suspects they still had older spirit available to add to the mix.  Although, Serge didn't seem to like Ardbog anywhere near as much as I did.

    Anyways.  Ardbog reminds me of how I recall Ardbeg Alligator's profile - smoky, meaty, ham, bacon, oysters, maple syrup.  Deliciously salty with a supremely oily texture, just like I used to get with Ardbeg bottles.  Less peat and slightly more fruity and less "brutal" than Uigeadail.  Powerful hot attack quickly rescued by all the full and rich savory-sweet flavors, with an extended finish that keeps going with the same profile.  Overall form and development classic pre-2013 Ardbeg.

    Really wish Ardbeg was still capable of releasing expressions like this.  Too bad.

    Rated 89 Points

  10. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2013/06/03/ardbeg-ardbog-2013-ob-521/
    • Nose
      N: l’alcol si sente, non poco; giovane, è giovane: si sente già dalla torba esuberante. L’affumicatura è molto intensa e acre, in pieno stile Ardbeg (gasolio, pneumatici, gomma bruciata), e il lato marino/iodato resta di discreta intensità, a differenza di una dimensione medicinale che per ora ci pare assente. Fin qui, tutto bene, e neppure il resto in fondo ci delude: c’è una ‘dolcezza’ secca, da zucchero e frutta cristallizzata (agrumi: arancia e cedro – ma anche, a pacchi, zenzero!); mela gialla? Comunque, è un lato composto e per nulla ruffiano. Col tempo si apre anche un bouquet di spezie tutto sommato inatteso; legno, liquirizia, cannella, chiodi di garofano, anche un po’ di menta… Forse una punta di tamarindo? Una suggestione di torta paesana (quella a base di cioccolato e pinoli).
    • Taste
      P: l’attacco (anche qui un po’ alcolico) è tutto su un tappetone di fumo di torba, intenso, acre, ancora molto ‘nervoso’, a svelare ancora la giovane (sì, ok, ma non giovanissimissima…) età – sembra quasi ‘frizzante’, una sorta di mix tra acqua di mare, zenzero candito e pepe: a tratti eccede, di certo non è un palato aggraziato. Certo è molto secco (D’Ambrosio ci spiegava che la ‘colpa’ è della quota di botti Manzanilla) e di una dolcezza agrumata discreta, presente ma non onni-: ancora agrumi canditi e liquirizia. Meno complesso che al naso, diremmo, e anche un po’ meno godibile.
    • Finish
      F: torba e pepe, pepe e torba, con un po’ di caffè e cioccolato. Lungo e molto persistente. Gomma bruciata.


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