Ardbeg Lord Of The Isles

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
25 years old
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L5 347 04:15 4ML
Added on
23 Sep 2007 9:51 pm

Average value

€ 2068.83

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132 × member ratings

191 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Lord Of The Isles

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.02 points

  1. rottendon scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The LOTI has an extreme balance, it is sparkling clean, almost clinically pure. Someone in our circle says spontaneously: That's a blend! No, he is not, but he is also dangerously drunk. He does not like heat like that. He is very different, he wins both with time, and with the amount of drink. It should be decent slaps, 3cl are very suitable. As for the punctuation, I was hesitating for a long time, the directly tasted after 1972 by Douglas Laing has made it because with his 93 much easier, because in a direct comparison, he impressed more. It was only clear, we are over 90 points. He is said to be overrated, but should I punish a malt now for ultimate drinkability? It's straightforward, no question, but that's probably what it was all about, and then it's done just fine. So I fully stimulate the possible score from my point of view and reward him with 92 points for the fact that he is still in my memory after three months.
    • Nose
      Sweet, heavy and lemony, it lies in the glass, it gives the impression already in the nose to be very viscous. Steamed smoke caresses the nose, above is a flower meadow. The glass almost magically draws in the nose. Some iodine, salt and mineral notes complement the composition, the alcohol is perfectly integrated. Heat shifts the center of gravity in the direction of the mineral notes and makes it drier. There is so much going on in the background ...
    • Taste
      Lemon juice & caramel syrup with light honey sauce in an emulsion, lemon juice in drinking strength, while very natural. In this clarity really rare! Again, mineral notes complement the overall picture, again the alcohol is perfectly integrated. Warm, he is much sweeter. The mouthfeel is very fluid, which fits perfectly here.
    • Finish
      Rather short, but again mineral, lemony and very clean. Warm is more ash in the mouth and he is a little longer overall.

  2. Tanner scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. kraeftigen scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Imagine an Ardbeg that has ONLY the good qualities of an Ardbeg. There is no small mistake to find. With its 46% it is so pleasant and the barrel selection is so successful ... Great Ardbeg with everything I like about Ardbeg! J. 93 points!

  4. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I was especially looking forward to this sample! The Lord Of The Isles was and is for me the epitome of an old Ardbeg and a class of its own. A wonderful and harmonious smoky note runs through the entire tasting, old and dry wood tones mix with a fine citrus flavor. Harmonious and mild, just a gigantic whisky! I like it very much!
    • Nose
      Radiant and clear, the Ardbeg shimmers bright amber in the glass. After panning, oily and tough streaks form which are leisurely and almost in slow motion, searching for their way back into the glass. Mineral and slightly phenolic smoke rises majestically from the glass. A fruity citrus note mixes with the very pleasant smoke, a floral grassy note lies discreetly in the background. Sweet vanilla and a hint of peat are added, a pinch of salt and breath of sea air The initially mineral smoke is becoming increasingly floral and fruity.
    • Taste
      Spicy and subtly tart wood notes dominate the first sip. Old and dry logs emit a wonderful woody aroma, a fine cold smoky note passes by. Citrus fruits give the smoke a fruity note, a pinch of salt laps over the tongue and exudes an aroma of bubbling seawater. Subtle salty sharpness develops, but this sounds relatively quickly again and leaves a dry woody aroma with a slightly nutty note. Slightly floral and mineral notes remain on the tongue.
    • Finish
      Pleasant smoky notes and old wood tones start the finish. The subtly bitter and dry woody notes mingle with mineral smoke, the citrus fruits return and leave a floral note. The very pleasant finish sounds harmonious and leisurely and leaves behind tart wood elements.

  5. Helgo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Unfortunately only above average. There is no alcohol here.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Bosi scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    This is how an old Ardbeg tastes. As expected tamer than the usual young bottlings, but super-balanced and with more space for non-smoke notes. Only the watery texture disturbs something. I do not say anything for the price;)
    • Nose
      The nose needs some time. After the first impression of citrus fruits, red grapes and, of course, smoke, slightly tender notes of vanilla, raisins and biscuits are revealed. A little later it gets spicier with nutmeg and clove. In the background, something floral resonates.
    • Taste
      Also the taste is dominated by the interaction of the smoke (cold ashes) and the citrus fruits (ripe blood oranges). Add some cinnamon and salt. The texture is too watery for me.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium in length and there are limes, chocolate chips and a distinct oak note that brings a pleasant bitterness into play.

  7. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A great whisky that is just fun. Nice that you can still drink such an Ardbeg now and then.
    • Nose
      sweet, fresh and fruity, behind it is always the greasy smoke present, but not as fierce and engaging as is the case with the young Ardbegs, fresh citrus notes, but also fermented bright fruits, pears, then some salt, like a sea breeze, maritime, the typical Ardbeg character is very strong
    • Taste
      strong, creamy, dry smoke, very sweet, again the bright fruits, grated lemon peel, a good load of dry oak, brings a slight tart touch with it, salt comes into play again and again, a nice interplay of flavors, the whole mouth is full .
    • Finish
      still a lot of oak, the smoke lays smoothly over the entire oral cavity, warming, pear, slightly nutty, bitten fruit kernels, much drier than when starting

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    It is ok  for an Ardbeg and the profile once I got used to it was better than other ones I have had from this distillery.

    But here is the thing, It is nothing special not even what I would call good. I have just had a 1968 Glenury Royal DL which puts this firmly in the shade.

    If this cost now around £200 I would say its worth it maybe but I cannot get excited about it and even though the profile is decent it is one dimensional.

    More like Servant Of The Isles than the grand title of Lord Of The Isles.

    In my view I paid far too much for it and was expecting more.
    • Nose
      I can certainly recognise it as Ardbeg, the peat masks the sherry. I get a little coffee, chocolate orange, I also detect some spices. It smells quite rich.

      After leaving it a short time, I get a little ripe plum.
    • Taste
      Thin on the palate, bittersweet and little cardboardy.

      I think compared to other Ardbegs I have had the profile is quite nice.

      I have decided to give this a fair shot as I am not an Ardbeg lover.

      I think the sherry sweetness is subtle and it compliments the peat nicely.
    • Finish
      Medium length.

  10. alectron scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Single dram note - from a miniature without bottlecode. tried at the distillery in the `Now And Then` tasting.
    Transferring previous Note (2011.11.30) content into a Tasting Note
    • Nose
      mossy, rubber, vanilla,
    • Taste
      green, musty, black berries, chocolate
    • Finish
      more green, butter, peat, wood, gooseberry,


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