Overall rating
88.96/100
votes
85
Whiskybase ID
WB42514
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
That Boutique-y Whisky Company (TBWC)
Bottled
2013
Number of bottles
427
Strength
52.4 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Barcode
5052598029791
Added on
07 jun 2013 5:34 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 318.36

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177 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Batch 4 TBWC

13 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.96 points.

  1. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Not as sweet as most recent Ardbegs, but powerful and friendly together. Well done!
    • Nose
      Still youngish, on bbq smoke, soot and tarmac. Some burnt tyres too (yeah!). The youth is also represented in some oily elements (almonds) and some antiseptic. There is a slight undertone of grass and barley.
    • Taste
      Medium full, not too sweet, but at the exact good level. The impressions of the nose are prolongued. The maltiness is pleasantly firmer now and a hint of citric fruitiness comes across. At the end of the palate, there is some pepper too.
    • Finish
      A returning bbq and Cuban cigar feast, full on smoky and sooty elements. Very pleasant!

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  3. yarikovsky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  4. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    23 22 23 22 90

    Gorgeous barrel of delicious Ardbeg! Just beautiful! Nose for long inhalation, and then you can meditate!

  5. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Delicious ardbeg, sweet to the taste, cold smoke, light pleasant bitterness, well balanced. 22.5-22-22-22.5

  7. Skywalka scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    I was going to give this 89, then I realised I would give this at least 90 if there were 700mL in the bottle. Expensive, esp. for 500mL.

    Anyway... Less of the typical austere phenolic notes here compared official bottlings, but they are all more or less present, most prominently in the form of new rubber and plastics as well as iodine ointment providing a medicinal touch. Beneath that are the less intense tarry and sooty notes. This has the feel of a restrained sherry maturation that has left room for some nuance. This is evident in the lifted citrus notes (mainly orange) as well as the light floral, grassy/herbal and grain notes than are present throughout. There is also a richer sherry character that brings chocolate, coffee and smoked chestnuts. The other major aspect to this malt is the oily/fatty umami character, which includes seaweed, barbecued meats, smoked seafood - someone even said confit duck, and I think that's particularly apt here. With the orange accent it evokes duck a l'orange. The finish is mainly on cigar smoke and extinguished bonfire, but that oily/fatty richness remains, so the associated umami notes do linger.

  8. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Bonfire bacon rubber vanilla a bit medecinal not as sweet as one would expect from modern ardbegs, very nice.

  9. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    The very powerful medicinal peat dominates the nose completely. Powerful peat on the palate, vanilla, slightly sweet. Powerfully peated long finish. Not complex but very effective.

  10. Jeep51 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Oily peat ultra powerful but finesse! Sweetness, vanilla, brown sugar. The liveliness provided by both lemon but also some vegetal / floral notes. A beautiful complexity casually.
    • Taste
      Again this fat and slightly vegetable peat. The texture in the mouth is also very fat. There is also ash, tar, thyme, distant notes of hydrocarbons and plastic
    • Finish
      Extremely long on cold smoke.

  11. Lovelytaste scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    I like this one and it doesn't hurt too pay for this bottle, sweet sticky thing... pls bring it home:-)

  12. Ivynor scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A big contrast between the nose, more shy, and the ultra explosive mouth. Excellent ardbeg, but to take in small quantities.
    • Nose
      A very fine, fragrant nose with peat, plants, sherry notes, hazelnuts and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Ultra confit, sweet, smoke, still on the plants. The whole is fat, vanilla, with hints of orange peel. The new barrels have made this set very easy and ultra pleasant to drink (though it can become disgusting). Alcohol is very well integrated.
    • Finish
      Plants, smoke, sugar, candied citrus, vanilla.

  13. tomy63 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Straw color, very expressive nose,
    on peat, iodine, vanilla, lemon confit, not very complex
    but effective. Mouth more expressive, the nose seems almost bland
    next door, very modern, vanilla, candied lemon, barely sweet, with a
    peat very oily which is full of the view, the iodine, very lightly
    medicinal. Alcohol perfectly integrated. Very easy to drink. Final
    very long. Not the most subtle of Ardbegs, very modern, but what
    slap!

  14. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt:

    Nose: Citrus moves aside to reveal creamy chestnuts and sweet tobacco leaf with smokier notes developing.Palate: Mixed nuts and fantastic, smoky peat.Finish: Walnut Whip, coffee cake and layers of charred barbecue goodness go on and on.Overall: Smoky, charred Ardbeg that stays with you.

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