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Ardbeg 1976 Cask # 2397

Overall rating 142 votes 94.18
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
31 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
52.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
La Maison du Whisky
fr France
Added on
23 Oct 2008 1:43 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Member rates

My 4 x 25 ratings


Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 23
Taste 23
Finish 23
Balance 23


14 Notes

Expert Senior ASWhisky Tasting note
07 Mar 2015 10:00 pm
ASWhisky gave this whisky 94 points

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


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


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


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.....
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. 
Expert Junior UndergroundAgent Review note
26 Dec 2016 11:54 am
UndergroundAgent gave this whisky 97 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.

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Moderator dram-drinker Review note
03 Aug 2016 11:11 pm
dram-drinker gave this whisky 95 points
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Moderator dram-drinker Tasting note
03 Aug 2016 11:00 pm
dram-drinker gave this whisky 95 points
Chestnutoloroso sherry

Fresh, peaty, smoky, bonfire, citrusy, zesty, also a bit going into grassy notes - typical great Ardbeg - a bit lacking of sweetness


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.


Long and nice - the sweetness is carrying on


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

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

This nose is just so, so expressive. Bacon, charcuteries, firewood, damp forest, grilled paprika, raisins, chives. This list goes on and on! 


Slightly bitter, but very balanced. Loads of raisins here, and paprika and charcuteries. 


Well, it’s a very peated finish. Notes of cacao, raisins and all that lovely goodness. But elegant and powerful! 


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
Expert Senior P.A.O.K.you_are Note
16 May 2016 1:22 pm

Ardbeg 1976/2008 (52.4%, OB, Europe, sherry butt, cask #2397, 519 bottles) Five stars A sister cask of our beloved #2390 for Feis Ile 2002, or of other 239*s for Japan, Italy or Feis Ile 2004 – all fab. Also one of the very last old officials, I don't think they ever issued another one after 2008. Colour: full gold. Nose: more brutal than the old Cadenhead, which is normal, and all on chocolate and wood smoke at first nosing, although the sherry isn’t too big. Also quite some oxtail stock, parsley, old oven, Chinese sweet and sour sauce, chives, even garlic… A funny one! Then more damp earth, mushrooms, pipe tobacco, soot, charcoal… And then more and more unlit Havana cigars. Well, a whole box. With water: same aromas, twice as much. The best use of water and the closest you can come to ‘nosing’ a full box of well-aged Habanos. Mouth: impressively assertive and perfectly in keeping with the nose, with more or less the same notes. Something Chinese over a thick layer of peat, tar and soot, with quite some cough syrup, old herbal liqueurs and beef stock. Amazing richness despite an oakiness that’s maybe a notch loudish (cocoa powder). Nuoc-mâm sauce. With water: a few green tannins (ginger, nutmeg) but other than that, it’s all very perfect. Please call the anti-maltoporn brigade! Finish: very long, greatly sourish (that Chinese sweet and sour sauce again), earthy, ashy, smoky… With a lot of pepper-flavoured chocolate in the aftertaste. The circle is now complete! Comments: ultra-dry. There are very few problems that an old Ardbeg can’t solve – maybe that’s why some call them ‘orgasmic’ ;-). SGP:277 - 94 points.


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.

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.

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

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.


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.


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.



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