- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- That Boutique-y Whisky Company (TBWC)
- Number of bottles
- 52.4 % Vol.
- 500 ml
- Added on
- 07 Jun 2013 5:34 pm
16 × in wishlist
75 × member ratings
170 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Batch 4 TBWC
10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.11 points
- Bonfire bacon rubber vanilla a bit medecinal not as sweet as one would expect from modern ardbegs, very nice.
- Not as sweet as most recent Ardbegs, but powerful and friendly together. Well done!
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.
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.
A returning bbq and Cuban cigar feast, full on smoky and sooty elements. Very pleasant!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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
Extremely long on cold smoke.
- Yum it's good! Nice nose, explosive mouth / A beautiful ardbeg with a very expressive peat
- I like this one and it doesn't hurt too pay for this bottle, sweet sticky thing... pls bring it home:-)
- A big contrast between the nose, more shy, and the ultra explosive mouth. Excellent ardbeg, but to take in small quantities.
A very fine, fragrant nose with peat, plants, sherry notes, hazelnuts and vanilla.
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.
Plants, smoke, sugar, candied citrus, vanilla.
- 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