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Ardbeg Lord Of The Isles

Overall rating
90.99/100
votes
142
Whiskybase ID
WB438
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
13.12.2005
Stated Age
25 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L5 347 04:15 4ML
Added on
23 Sep 2007 9:51 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 1750.00

34 × in wishlist

142 × member ratings

204 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Lord Of The Isles

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.99 points

  1. Othorion scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
      Creamy, nicely integrated smoke, lemon, sea breeze, caramel, warm vanilla pudding, nutmeg, iodine, grass, cake batter, all in all wonderfully harmonious!
    • Taste
      92 92
      Creamy, oily, a touch of machine oil, smoke, citrus oil, caramel, salt, a few algae, blood orange, nutmeg, vanilla, dry oak spice, plus a few nuts!
    • Finish
      91 91
      Warming, medium, oak seasoning, citrus fruits, ash, machine oil

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Hans-Ludwig did not rate this whisky Moderator

    This whisky is reddish golden. The nose is captured by a balanced blend of smoke, grass, citrus and banana. The aroma is so pleasant that you almost have to overcome it to take a sip. But this sip has it all: a fruity mildness lays on the tongue and fills the mouth. Some salt and light smoke are also there. Even a pleasant, peppery note is still coming. The finish very nice and leaves the fruity flavors back. The smoke is still there - but very discreet.
    Very round and balanced and beautiful. You can tell him his age; the corners and edges are clearly sanded, the Ardbeg typical smoke recedes into the background.

  6. ShutUpNDrinkIt scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Epic legendary stuff

  7. robse211 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. riegerjonas scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    2020-12-31
    • Nose
      Banana caramel, light smoke, sweetness, cookie dough, fruit, kiwi, sea air, citrus
    • Taste
      You (or I) don't notice the old age that much (doesn't have to be negative), pleasantly smoky, but also spicy like oak, citrus, caramel, nuts

  9. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. tangtang scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    a really excellent whisky. Super harmonious and perfectly matched arms. Wonderful.
    • Nose
      nicely integrated smoke, citrus, slightly smoked ham, grass, maritime notes, a little caramel and vanilla, nicely balanced nose
    • Taste
      Creamy, oily, smoke and for a brief moment ash, then spicy oak, citrus fruits, a little caramel and a hint of nuts, a little salty
    • Finish
      warming with a little ash and spicy oak, slightly sweet with vanilla in between. A little salty at the end

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