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Ardbeg 1976 Cask # 2397

Overall rating
94.19/100
votes
152
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
04.11.1976
Bottled
10.06.2008
Stated Age
31 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
2397
Number of bottles
519
Strength
52.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
La Maison du Whisky
Market
fr France
Added on
23 Oct 2008 1:43 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 3453,73

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Nose
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Taste
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Finish
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Tastingtags

14 Notes

ASWhisky
Connoisseur ASWhisky Tasting note
07 Mar 2015 10:00 pm
ASWhisky gave this whisky 94 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose

Du gehst an die Mole um Dir das fremde Schiff anzuschauen
das salzige Meerwasser hat sich seit Stunden zurückgezogen
der warme sandige Schlick riecht mineralisch
das Jod schillert in den letzten Meerwasserpfützen
wie ein erstarrtes Skelett ragt das Schiff aus dem Schlick
neben den feucht glitschigen Algen am Schiffsanleger
stapeln sich kleine Sherry Fässer und Holzkisten gefüllt mit reifen Orangen
warmer Wind weht Dir den würzigen Duft des fremden Schiffes entgegen
Kaffee, Nelken, ein Hauch Kardamom, Cayenne Pfeffer, Beifuss
torfiger Rauch mischt sich mit dem frischen Duft der Orangen
das Schiff knarrt in der Sonne und weckt Dich aus Deinen Träumen
Du öffnest Deine Lippen um den exotischen Geruch tief einzuatmen

Taste

Schokolade mit frischem Orangengeschmack berührt Deine Zunge
würziger arabischer Kaffee
Meerwasser mit Salz, Jod und Algen
feuchtes Schiffsholz
alles wird in Deinem Mund exotisch, scharf und würzig
der Hafen, das Meer, die rauchigen Röstaromen
und im Hintergrund wie eine perfekte Untermalung die edle unaufdringliche Sherry Note
der Geschmack in Deinem Mund weckt Begehrlichkeiten und Fantasien in Dir

Finish

lang und warm
dunkle würzige Kaffeearomen
Fassaromen
warme Orangenspalten
Mokka…
die Sonne geht langsam im Meerwasser unter
morgen gehst Du wieder an die Mole
die Erinnerung lässt Dich nicht mehr los

Comments

yes! I'm in heaven and can’t leave here

viele verführerische Aromen charaktervoll und spannend inszeniert

Ranking: 1.Nase, 2. Mund, 3. Erinnerung

unforgettable whisky takes you on a journey, gives you new dreams, awakens your forgotten dreams, moves you out of time.....
UndergroundAgent
Expert Senior UndergroundAgent Review note
05 Mar 2018 4:28 am
UndergroundAgent gave this whisky 96 points

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.

Weighted Rate
96
Nose
96
Initial taste
96
Body
96
Finish
96
Price
96
Presentation
96
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Thermidor
Expert Senior Thermidor Tasting note
17 Dec 2017 9:32 pm
Thermidor gave this whisky 93 points
Color
Deep gold
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.

Comments

By nose a 94, by taste a 93, but a fresher bottle could've hit solid 94.

lincolnimp: "how can you give these bottles 100 on price considering what they go for which is ridiculous money now."

I'm not the user you asked, but this is why the price should not have a score on this site: At release this bottle was a bargain, now it's 3k€. Which price should a user vote on, and how can people who bought one on release to open it now  and people who bought one at thousands of euros ever arrive at a common price score that would provide any meaningful information to anyone?

lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Note
26 Dec 2016 1:08 pm
UndergroundAgent your review score makes little sense if you think the finish is 100 fair enough but scoring 100 for price and presentation, what gives?????
You have done the same for the Brora 4th release, and all the other bottles you have rated this morning how can you give these bottles 100 on price considering what they go for which is ridiculous money now.
The price part is supposed to be in reality on value and in no shape or form can these be considered value. 
dram-drinker
Moderator dram-drinker Review note
03 Aug 2016 11:11 pm
dram-drinker gave this whisky 95 points
Weighted Rate
95
Nose
94
Initial taste
96
Body
96
Finish
95
Price
93
Presentation
95
dram-drinker
Moderator dram-drinker Tasting note
03 Aug 2016 11:00 pm
dram-drinker gave this whisky 95 points
Color
Chestnutoloroso sherry
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.

Finish

Long and nice - the sweetness is carrying on

Comments

A rather meaty expression of an Ardbeg but with a great sweetness. Fantastic!

Snerik
Expert Junior Snerik Tasting note
08 Jun 2016 2:45 pm
Snerik gave this whisky 93 points
Color
Burnished
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! 

Comments

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! 

Erik Nilsson
aphex
Expert Senior aphex Note
29 Dec 2015 11:03 pm
aphex gave this whisky 94 points

Nez : Un bon sherry tourbé avec un petit air marin. 31 minutes d'aération plus tard des notes de résineux, de fumée, d'hydrocarbures. Splendide.
Bouche : Belle attaque. Résineux toujours, charbon de bois, goudron. Superbe.
Finale : Longue, sur la continuité.

Dégusté pendant 1h30. Belle complexité et évolution sur la soirée entre le nez et la bouche.

Superbe dram.

Mr.Sandwich
Expert Senior Mr.Sandwich Note
25 Mar 2015 7:51 pm
Mr.Sandwich gave this whisky 92 points

Original Tasting Notes:

Colour: Deep golden.

Aroma: Ardbeg at its most paradoxical - powerful and pungent, yet displaying a degree of delicacy and balsamic freshness. At full strength, dark chocolate is filled with cherry brandy and infused with tarry peat smoke. Marzipan, toffee and vanilla mingle with rum and raisin ice cream; then the sweetness is sliced through by pungent black peppercorns, fennel and the salty-balsamic complexity of menthol, pine resin and sea spray.  Barbequed bananas, cinnamon-spiced pears and caramalised walnuts bring sizzling warmth and deep maturity. With water, waves of classic Ardbeg notes energe, fused with juicy malt, luscious fruits and oily nuts: tarry ropes, briny sea-salt and fresh zesty limes battle it out against blueberry pie, spiced plum skins and weighty crushed sultanas. Creamy honey, treacle toffee and hazelnuts collide with pinesap, cedar and iodine. Espresso and cream simmers in the background.

Taste: Rich and oily with an intense burst of smoked berry fruits, treacle and juicy malt. The taste is initially deep and powerful as an avalanche of mouthwatering baked blueberry pie, dried apricots, dates and plums deepens and rolls over the tongue, drizzled with treacle and a sprinkling of peaty-demerara sugar. A mouthful of Macchiato coffee and clotted cream rises to a cresendo bringing a robust and earthy warmth, before a wave of briny-iodine, powdery violets and walnut oil freshens then dries the palate with lingering tarry espresso.

Finish: Long, spiced, oily and salty with spiced blueberry, treacle, sun-dried raisins and walnut oil.


Kanalpirogel
Member Junior Kanalpirogel Tasting note
03 Mar 2015 1:15 am
Kanalpirogel gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Dirty smoke, oil, tar, plums pickled in soot, it slowly opens and the dirty notes make room for new aromas: smoked ham, sweet berries… then the smell becomes fresher: honey, toffee, even some lemon, but the dirty notes keep coming back, like burning freshly mown, damp grass. – later the character of this Ardbeg changes again: The sherry cask says hi with sweet notes of Black Forest cherry cake, but also with red and yellow plums again.

A wonderfully complex nose whose character changes by the minute. From dirty notes to sweetness to heavy sherry fruits… ever-altering and yet with very distinct aromas at each stage.

Taste

Starts with a strong Ardbeg sweetness, followed immediately by the dirty smoke. It tingles on the tongue without being pungent, slowly the sherry fruits appear, but of the sweet rather than of the dark, heavy variety. The sweetness transforms into honey and liquorice notes, while the smoke continues to linger in the background.

Finish

Liquorice, malt, vanilla, sweet red fruits, toffee, fading out in tasty bonfire smoke that accompanies the sweet fruits on their farewell tour, which is delightful and lasts very long.

Comments

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