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Ardbeg Ardbog

Overall rating
88.10/100
votes
110
Whiskybase ID
WB42365
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
2013
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
ex-Bourbon Barrels & ex-Manzanilla Sherry But
Strength
52.1 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Barcode
081753823450
Bottled for
Fèis Ìle 2013
Added on
30 May 2013 9:35 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 250.00

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Ardbog

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.10 points

  1. Igor scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Speaking of harmony, must be the best from all the Ardbegs I have tried so far.
    • Nose
      First you're led a quick, cursory wander around fruit stalls, amid those luscious, juicy fruits (overripe soft apricots), stewed fruit, various jams; then head for melliferous flowers/herbs, honeysuckle?, catch a brief glimpse of florist's (violets?). Now iodine, some vanillin derived from cured vanilla pods, burnt caramel/crème caramel, soufflé?, white pepper, cinnamon, sherry inspired notes evolve, glazed dates, golden sultana raisins, baked banana. Which, ultimately, turn into warm sweet malt, almond, and cocoa butter.
    • Taste
      Changeable, inconstant palate, rather unstable tread, several phases of progression there.

      Probably, citrus fruit takes the most prominent part in this whole sequence of flavours. Buttery, creamy body, dense, smoked cheese, olive oil?, salt, ropy calamaries meat, earthy/ashy, charred wood. All are mingled very well and nicely, the balance is amazing, pure delight!
    • Finish
      Mineral (flint), brine, resinous, zest, citric acid, peanut butter?, Seville orange-/lemon marmalade, savoury smoked fish (kipper), loam?, mild saltiness that lingers at the sides. It is quite lengthy, nippy, biting, with lots of citrus in the last stage, saltiness shifting in direction of blood oranges and wood spice.

  2. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

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

  3. sarthur71 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Today I'm tasting this whisky which was part of a virtual tasting from a local festival which included a flight of Lagavulin DE 1980, Ardbeg Ardbog, Bowmore Hand Filled 1999, and Port Ellen 1979 CS from G&M. Let's see how this one tastes.

    Nose shows salt water toffee, then lemon zest, honey drizzled chocolate cake, and a nice oily smoke.

    Palate continues on from the nose with more honey and more oily smoke.

    Finish is salt water toffee again, smoked ground pepper, honey drizzle, and oiliness.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Dronach_Aficionado scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A bombastic dram, the best NAS Ardbeg Day from 2012 - 2020. Manzanilla barrels emit a great potpourri of aromas that are wonderfully harmonious, similar to the Bowmore 18 Vintners Trilogy Manzanilla Cask
    • Nose
      91 91
      Where's the Ardbeg smoke? However, it is significantly more in the background than with other Ardbeg NAS
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very well integrated alcohol, fine, harmonious sweetness from the Manzanilla barrels, with subtle smoke influence. A wonderfully harmonious combination.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Medium to long. No bad notes at all. Keeps a grin on your face for several minutes.

  6. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Simple but tasty whisky.Do not fulfill the expectations do not even want to write ... (87)
    • Nose
      Fragrance Polished Furniture, Fruit Kerosene ... Raw Vegetables (Well Why?) Burned Wood (21)
    • Taste
      Fruits, rosin, wood, oil (22)
    • Finish
      Smoky finish, ash and salt, lacquer and wood (22)

  7. AgentMunky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      9/8 Sherried perfume savory peat reek // Spice and potpourri
    • Taste
      85 85
      8/8.5 Strong, savory, sweet sugar and bright fruit. // Full, buttery body with that beautiful Ardbeg vanilla olive oil custard
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long, sweet, offkilter, pleasant

  8. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:
    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/ardbeg-ardbog-ob-2013/

  9. Rune Lykke scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    The nose:
    Heavy peat! And hints of wood. Perhaps some fruit, i am sensing a sweetness.

    First taste:
    Very smooth, and not as peaty as i would expect. I taste vanilla and Apples.

    Second taste:
    A bit of time in the glass will serve it Well. I taste flowers and leather.
    Heavily on the spirit now! It opens up into a cascade of flavours bursting with grass, salt and sugarcanes.

    All in all a whisky i Can recommend!

    Slàinte!!
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. TastyDram did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    This limited Ardbeg was easily found in liquor shops. The initial price tag varied between € 80 and € 90. Not exactly cheap for a NAS (after reading the small print, it became clear it is ten years old) but still great value for your money.

    The price was a small affair given the extortionate prices some shops are asking right now. You still find it, but now it will easily set you down € 160 for the very same product. Economic scarcity... and hype... and snobbishness at work.

    In short: this Ardbeg is a very tasty dram, but became prohibitively expensive. Uigeadail is probably a better alternative.
    • Nose
      Ardbeg wouldn't be Ardbeg without a decent dose of peat smoke. Forget about Blasda - everybody makes mistakes right? - for a moment. The first rendez-vous is sharp and stinging in the nose. Rock sugar, raisins and ripe bananas. And it continues with leather, mint, cinnamon biscuits and salted caramel. At the very end of the trip it treats you on a heap of wet clay soil. 

      Adding water enhances sweet and spicy flavours. Honey, vanilla, cinnamon and clove are the usual kitchen suspects. 
    • Taste
      On the palate Ardbog evolves like a whirlwind of salt and sweet. Salted caramel with roasted almonds and raisins. A fair share of toasted oak. Strong coffee with some whipped cream, caramel and grounded star anise. Eat this Starbucks! 
    • Finish
      The finish keeps the honey sweetness and combines it with pepper, warm pastis and coffee grounds. 

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