Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Calculated age
31 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
52.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
La Maison du Whisky
Added on
23 Oct 2008 1:11 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 6200.02

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163 × member ratings

134 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1976

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.20 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    yes! I'm in heaven and can not leave here

    many seductive aromas with character and exciting staged

    Ranking: 1.Nase, 2. Mouth, 3. Reminder
    • Nose
      You go to the pier to look at the strange ship
      the salty seawater has been retiring for hours
      the warm sandy silt smells mineral
      The iodine shimmers in the last seawater puddles
      the ship rises out of the mud like a frozen skeleton
      next to the damp slippery algae at the jetty
      small sherry barrels and wooden boxes filled with ripe oranges pile up
      warm wind blows you against the spicy fragrance of the strange ship
      Coffee, cloves, a touch of cardamom, cayenne pepper, mugwort
      Peaty smoke mixes with the fresh scent of the oranges
      The ship creaks in the sun and wakes you from your dreams
      You open your lips to breathe deeply the exotic smell
    • Taste
      Chocolate with a fresh orange taste touches your tongue
      spicy Arabic coffee
      Sea water with salt, iodine and algae
      damp ship wood
      everything becomes exotic, spicy and spicy in your mouth
      the harbor, the sea, the smoky roasted aromas
      and in the background like a perfect underpainting the noble unobtrusive sherry note
      The taste in your mouth awakens desires and fantasies in you
    • Finish
      long and warm
      dark spicy coffee flavors
      barrel flavors
      warm orange slices
      the sun is setting slowly in the seawater
      Tomorrow you go back to the pier
      the memory will not let you go

  2. SFWC scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    linconimp in reply to your comment on me scoring pricing at 100. Pricing scores are irrelevant as the prices vary for everybody. Lets say I acquired this bottle today for $500. My price score could be 100 and lets say you acquire it for $3000 your score could be 50? Its arbitrary and a useless metric on here imo. Auction prices differ vastly and the subjectivenes of pricing for each individual has to be considered. So. Our scores only reflect the quality of the spirit in the bottle and I would ask you to ignore the pricing or presentation scores. We actually throw out all packing, boxes etc from our cellar to maximise space. We only care about the quality of the whisky in the bottle.

  3. Dede scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    In absolute terms, it's too expensive. But if you are looking for a reason to chill with your banker, do not go any further. It is exactly for this kind of dram that no other spirit has managed to take the place of whisky in my heart. Divine.
    • Nose
      It starts like an ordinary Islay, peat, lemon, sea. But minute after minute, it gains in size and complexity, with the appearance of these beautiful resinous and camphoric notes typical of old Ardbegs. Then comes sherry and its cohort of cocoa and balsamic vinegar. From its alliance with the peat arise hydrocarbons, coal smoke, tobacco, tar, leather. Fab '... Adding water adds to its intensity.
    • Taste
      Peaty and resinous, with notes suggestive of violet, far from the chemical aspect of Bowmore 80's. It develops on the bitterness of gentian, camphor, Chartreuse, clove, always coal smoke and tar, but also cocoa and citrus (lemon, but especially orange). Huge, and maybe even better with a little water that loosens the aromas.
    • Finish
      Long, extremely peaty and marked by gentian before a subtle acidulous and floral return.

  4. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Unbelievable Whisky - very high Level!
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      96 96

  5. SFWC scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    The Nose is powerful and complex. There is a lot going on in here. Sherry fruits in harmony with Ardbeg spirit and peat power.

    On the palate in combination with the nose, this is really One of the truly great old Ardbegs. The combination of sweet and sour here is superlative. The sherry never dominates. It compliments the Ardbeg spirit and peat flavors perfectly. The harmony in this glass elevates the drinker.

    Arguably, it may not have the dark complexities of an old Brora or some old Samaroli blends and other more savory malts but what it brings to the party is an unforgettable and lasting performance.
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      96 96

  6. Thermidor scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    By nose a 94, by taste a 93, but a fresher bottle could've maybe hit solid 94.
    • Nose
      Uh-oh. Smells like gratuitous malt porn here. It's that 70's show, with all the favorites like the smoothest leathery notes ever, from boots to bags to bookbinds. Perfect fatty peat, blackpepper, herbal liqueurs, and soft salmiak notes. Faintly marine and salty too, and very total, without dissonances or vulgarities. With water: the same but it's easier to pick up the charry, sherried oak now, and some chocolate appears. Oddly, for about 5-10 minutes after adding water, it smells strongly like a tire fire. Perhaps an artifact of this dram being from a bottle that has been open an unknown amount of years.
    • Taste
      Absurdly good body. Amply giving and rounded, with glorious levels of biting, all-encompassing peat and old sherry. A fair amount of drying tannins and strong char. The sherry's not at all sweet, but it's very resinous with a side of excellent soy sauce. Water doesn't seem to dilute it at all. It just takes the edge off the ABV and the peat.
    • Finish
      Takes a while to sit down, leaving charred sherry and a mouth-coating layer of peat that doesn't seem to go away at all. So vivid and attention-grabbing! Water makes the sherry last that much longer.

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

    A rather meaty and leathery expression of an Ardbeg but with a great sweetness. Fantastic!
    • Nose
      Fresh, peaty, smoky, bonfire, citrusy, zesty, also a bit going into grassy notes - typical great Ardbeg - a bit lacking of sweetness
    • Taste
      The sweetness is back which was missing on the nose - it's greatly in balance with the peat and smoke and the woody notes. Meaty, Pata Negra ham, fruity, grapefruits, little citrusy, little leathery notes
    • Finish
      Long and nice - the sweetness is carrying on

  9. Snerik scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    It’s cool when you read all the different comments in the section below. Because it really shows of the depth of whisky as a product but also how completely different one person is from another when it comes to making associations and describing those experiences in text. Never the less – amazing whisky and I’m really glad and happy I got to try it! 
    • Nose
      This nose is just so, so expressive. Bacon, charcuteries, firewood, damp forest, grilled paprika, raisins, chives. This list goes on and on! 
    • Taste
      Slightly bitter, but very balanced. Loads of raisins here, and paprika and charcuteries. 
    • Finish
      Well, it’s a very peated finish. Notes of cacao, raisins and all that lovely goodness. But elegant and powerful! 

  10. aphex scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Tasted for 1h30. Beautiful complexity and evolution on the evening between the nose and the mouth.
    Fantastic dram.
    • Nose
      A good peaty sherry with a little sea air. 31 minutes of ventilation later notes of softwoods, smoke, hydrocarbons.
    • Taste
      Nice attack. Softwood always, charcoal, tar. Superb.
    • Finish
      Long, on continuity.


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