Ardbeg Auriverdes

Overall rating
85.90/100
votes
1021
Whiskybase ID
WB54178
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Vintage
2002
Bottled
2014
Calculated age
12 years old
Casktype
American Oak Casks
Number of bottles
6660
Strength
49.9 % Vol.
Size
25 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L14 063 & 064
Barcode
5010494917499
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2014
Added on
25 apr 2014 10:02 pm by MasonBones
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 243.81

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Auriverdes

139 users have left 161 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.90 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A good malt, round and balanced, but lacking the rough edges that would make it special.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Lime and lemon notes dominate at the beginning. Slightly smoky at first, the smell of a campfire comes through after a while. Bacon. Vanilla resonates, plus salt and a mild herbal note. The longer the smell, the more pronounced the smoke component. Unusual.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Salt and lemon on the tongue mixed in ashes. nori sheets. Oak. juniper berries. Quite dry at the beginning. A herbal, tart note mixes with the salt.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length and dry with a hint of lemon, cold ash and oak

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  3. Gregorsky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. SYMUE1 scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

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  5. Boro scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Finally at the Ardbeg embassy in Milan (thanks Mulligan's), finally 2 limited editions of Ardbeg to try (he has others, of course I'll be back): Auriverdes and Perpetuum, standard bottlings. Although the alcohol content is higher in Perpetuum, I start with this under the advice of the staff (thanks Beppe).

    No doubt about it: an excellent whisky, in every respect. The cask gave a docile but inviting character to the distillate, unfortunately they made friends for a "short" time. If there had been more time in the barrel, I don't dare imagine what it could have become.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Immediately peat iodine and citrus typical of Ardbeg (yum!). Not at all aggressive, citrus persists, then barbecue sauce, chocolate and coffee. Inviting.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Slightly viscous, very young, it reflects the olfactory notes well, well balanced. Pleasant citrus notes, from lemon peel to blood orange; then fresh fruit and honey, in evolution. Very high quality of the distillate. The peat never outclasses the flavors given by the barrel (it is one of the things that made me fall in love with this distillery). Enchanting.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium-long. Change of course: here the spicy flavors of chocolate, coffee and licorice remain, intense and harmonious, accompanied by a lateral peat.

  6. vlad78 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Oil, iodine, peat and humus with sea salt - a lovely set.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. g2ther scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. herby.usa scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. Luigisim scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Part of the Weird & the Wonderful flight tasting at Ardbeg Distillery.
    Found the dram a bit better this time, woth some herbal notes that makes it pleasant.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. Kenn did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Whiskyauction.com 03-2022 € 125 + 10%

  12. Comet67 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. herby.usa scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  14. katarn_rb scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Long (years) not had in the glass! But really delicious mixture of tar, liquorice and ethereal herbal notes.

  15. Astrid scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    One of the better special bottlings from Ardbeg is probably also due to the comparatively 'long' maturing period. For the full review, go here: https://halbendrinks.de/2022/02/06/ardbeg-feis-ile/
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  16. RobbievdB scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A decent Ardbeg at fine drinking strength. Perhaps a bit ‘as expected’ but certainly nothing wrong with that. Limoncello, vanilla milkshake, foam bananas, mocha, grease, bonfire, bacon, seaweed, salt.

  17. ailean scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  18. Ficelli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  19. Tholue27 scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Unfortunately the bottle is already empty. As you know it from Ardbeg, nice and smoky and of course maritime. I had it for a moment in the glass on the terrace in the summer, and then the nose was fantastic. Do you know the moment on the beach when you lift up a clump of seaweed, the fleas jump away and a cloud of sea rises? That describes the Auriverdes for me;)
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  20. K C Wong scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  21. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Lightly salty iodized freshness, with the influence of Bourbon which gives on vanilla and sponge cake, icing sugar. Abundantly greased sharpening leather. Menthol. Cane syrup. At the same time, it's a little vegetal, marshy, it feels like a mangrove with a prowling alligator. Very pleasant balance. On the palate, first rose water, liquid honey, then some spices, paprika, pepper, ginger, cumin, it slowly increases in power, green tea, but it remains warm, coriander, and a touch of anise. The finish is very long, mate, dried meat, star anise, cardamom. And a clove to finish.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/11/ardbeg-2002-auriverdes.html
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  22. elipszis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      extra salty
      whipped cream
      sweet
      fresh fruits
      vanilla
      chocolate
      green apple
      pear
      bitter
      sweet malt
      aggressive
      cocoa powder
      lemon
      mint toothpaste
      hand cream
    • Taste
      89 89
      strong taste
      salty
      medicinal peat
      fruity
      iodine
      hazelnuts
    • Finish
      88 88
      bitter almond
      compote
      medium long

  23. Islaywolf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Another very good Ardbeg bottling!
    Very sweet and smoky.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  24. LordIslay scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Ingenious Ardbeg bottling!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fresh and fruity.
      Reminds of the smell in a laundry.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Citrus, chocolate, some marzipan.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Refreshing and slightly smoky.

  25. AXEoftheNORTH scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Ardbeg vintage bottling 2014 - the WM-Whisky Auriverdes

    In 2014 this special and limited bottling was named Ardbeg Auriverdes. In keeping with the soccer World Cup in Brazil, which call gold and green their national colors, the name Auriverdes (auri = gold; verdes = green) fits perfectly into the concept. Ardbeg also uses these colors as their trademark and presents the Ardbeg Auriverdes in the distinctive green bottle with gold lettering. The typeface pays homage to the numbers on the back of earlier soccer jerseys. The Ardbeg Auriverdes is the perfect collector's bottle. But you should definitely taste the complex single malt whisky with 49.9% vol.

    Ardbeg Auriverdes with mocha and coffee nuances

    Dr. Bill Lumsden was once again able to live out his love of experimentation at Ardbeg Auriverdes. The regular barrel aging of the Ardbeg Auriverde in American second-fill white oak barrels was individualized by toasted barrel lids. It is not known how long the Ardbeg Auriverdes was stored in the barrels. What is certain, however, is that the toasted barrel lids left a lasting impression on the character of the Islay single malt whisky. The complexity of the Ardbeg Auriverde is unique.
    Tasting of the Ardbeg Auriverde with 49.9% vol.

    Colour:
    Gold-colored, between rye and amber colors.
    Nose:
    Naturally smoky with tar and herbal influences. Rounded off by fruits, wood and sugar cane, with a hint of mocha.
    Palate:
    At the beginning, the Auriverdes is sweet, with coffee. Rum, liquorice and a mild spice change into a smoky, ethereal sharpness with a hint of smoked ham.
    Departure:
    Persistent finish with vanilla and dry smoke. In the background there is a malty sweetness, the essential freshness is retained throughout.

  26. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Not quite my thing. I would like it sweeter and less
    bitter and ashy.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Maritime, not very sweet, but strong smoke.
      Sooty, ashy, woody. In the background light sweetness,
      Vanilla and a little yellow fruit.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Not very sweet, again ashy, clear smoke, light
      Bitterness. Peppery.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Smoky, fading bitterness, hardly any sweetness.

  27. Slice99 scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

  28. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  29. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  30. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  31. Youngone scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  32. claymore84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 08-23-2020.

  33. sarthur71 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  34. matfrl scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  35. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Aroma:
    Tar and herbal notes, charred wood, and even a touch of mocha, and a slightly vanilla touch, pleasant ...
    Taste:
    with a small start, slightly tingling and burning, spicy then sweet and "relatively fast" gentle ", something different as one would expect from an Ardbeg, can not define exactly but with woody notes that are not typical oak, something own but not bad or disturbing ... just something different ...
    finish:
    soft, with some smoke but also a bit fruity with a light vanilla, hints of ash and wood not quite typical oak ...
    Conclusion: I found it delicious even if something different than expected ...

  36. face scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  37. Teresa scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  38. devilinda scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  39. M134481 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A lot of peat, this reminded me of an Octomore.
    • Nose
      83 83
      A lot of peat, especially Islay! high in alcohol.
      Vanilla, peat, lemon, wood and honey and caramel. Red fruit will follow later
    • Taste
      84 84
      Peat, pepper, vanilla, chocolate, wood, honey
    • Finish
      84 84
      Peat, pepper, vanilla, chocolate, wood, honey

  40. Cubey666 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Ketjap, peat, smoke, smoked meat, orange peels, vanilla, lemon and banana.
    • Taste
      84 84
      peat and red pepper, salty and smoked pork meat with citrus fruits, some nutmeg and chocolate and actually a bit bitter dry.
    • Finish
      85 85
      a bit like a smoked mackerel on the BBQ, with lemon slices, this with an earthy peaty herbs finish.

  41. besar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  42. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    very Ardbeg, straightforward and if you like Ardbeg (like me), a nice drop. He is no extravagant whisky, like the Ardbog. It all depends on peat and vanilla. But it does not always have to be complicated to make it taste good.
    • Nose
      sweet peat, marshmallows, vanilla, some oak.
    • Taste
      strong onset, stale aromas, strong peat use, a sweetness stays in the background.
    • Finish
      Peat, ash, slightly bitter sweet. long.

  43. schengel10 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A very good Ardbeg, but can not connect to the glorious Supernova or Alligator!
    [Color] honey;
    • Nose
      like smoke, ashes, ripe bananas, trace vanilla, spices;
    • Taste
      softer, strongly increasing onset, smoke, sweetness, spices (pepper, ginger, curry, vanilla), creamy, buttery, tasty;
    • Finish
      medium and sweet; spicy dry smoky finish

  44. dirkmemphis scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  45. dramspotter scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    very smoky

  46. rolabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  47. berkman Berkmann scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    NOSE: smoldering wood, ash / soot, warm charcoal, subtle sweetness in the background, apricot compote with vanilla, very long hung wild salami

    MOUTH: sweetish ash and wood smoke, slight bitterness, stimulating salivation

    ABKLANG: Smoke with a shallow bitterness, corn salad, light sweetness, despite the smoke only medium

  48. Koalafant scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    SID #604

    Aquavitae 15.10.2017 => 86/100

  49. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    www.passionduwhisky.com
    • Nose
      Nez : Pas de doute, c’est un Ardbeg. On est pas ébouriffé par la tourbe. Citron, gaufrette vanillée. Végétal, le bois de sureau. Enfin de la tourbe. Les arômes n’arrivent pas d’un bloc, mais de manière étagée et changeante, surprenant. L’eau lui confère plus de citron, du bourbon, du moka.
    • Taste
      Bouche : Costaud, de la tourbe, citron toujours très présent. L’attaque se situe au palais. Vanille et quelques épices. L’eau et la patience donne un moka généreux.
    • Finish
      Finale : Un concentré de tout ça. Bah, c’est bon. Belle longueur, persistance de la tourbe. Délicate. Une touche de bacon grillé.

  50. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Peat on the nose, but nothing frightening either. Rich fruits masked by grilled bacon. Quite soft. Sage, same. Later, it's the awakening of cereals. On the palate, bold, with sweet spices and honey. Finest fat, enveloping, with lemon zest, smoke, very long. The most accessible Ardbeg I have ever tasted. It seems to me that the 10 years has more cojones.
    Enthusiasm 3/5

  51. ricallende scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is a glorious dram!
    • Nose
      Vanilla with citrus fruits and peat, wrapped in a little bit of smoke and oaky tones.
    • Taste
      Medicinal notes with juicy fruits, peach being the main attraction. Hints of floral notes as well. Sweet and smooth.
    • Finish
      Fruits linger away, giving room for the peat and some sour notes.

  52. Falnor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  53. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Peat on the nose, but nothing frightening either. Rich fruits masked by grilled bacon. Quite soft. Sage, same. Later, it's the awakening of cereals. On the palate, bold, with sweet spices and honey. Finest fat, enveloping, with lemon zest, smoke, very long. The most accessible Ardbeg I have ever tasted. It seems to me that the 10 years has more cojones.
    Enthusiasm 3/5

  54. guerriero82 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Whiskynotes.be :

    Ardbeg Auriverdes

    (49,9%, OB 2014, 6660 btl.)

    Nose: Ardbeg alright. Typical iodine, peat and a pickled green pepper / mustard sharpness. Burnt toast and tarry ropes. Smoked fish. Soft citrus. Hints of coffee, although I’m not getting the big emphasis on mocha aromas that Ardbeg is promoting. Peppery notes. A tire shop. Chalky notes. Also a roundness – I wouldn’t call it fruity but there are estery notes and vanilla nonetheless. Complex and balanced. Mouth: starts with a slight sweetness (sweet bacon) before it turns to big smoke and lots of medicinal notes. Also faint bitter notes: grapefruit zest, roasted coffee beans. A little more narrow than the nose. The mocha does come out in the aftertaste. Mouth: really long, sooty, with some dark chocolate and a pronounced oakiness.

    Great nose, with maybe a little too much sharpness on the palate to be entirely stunning, but it’s way better than what I expected from what’s essentially a result of clever marketing. One of the best modern Ardbegs in my opinion. Around € 100.

    Score: 89/100

  55. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2014/06/12/ardbeg-auriverdes-2014-nas-ob-499/
    • Nose
      N: dopo le delusioni delle ultime releases speciali e (pseudo-)limitate, finalmente all’Ardbeg hanno deciso di fare un Ardbeg che sembra un Ardbeg. È senz’altro marino e iodato (meno) e medicinale (più), con un’affumicatura cesellata, decisa ma non onnipotente; con una bella nota agrumata asprina (lime alla grande) e una dolcezza da bourbon bella aperta (pastafrolla calda, un po’ di cocco, anche cioccolato, non troppo fondente). Poi, qualche suggestione di caramella Valda (leggermente mentolato); perfino di talco.
    • Taste
      P: solo in parte coerente col naso. Quello che su pareva un whisky isolano fatto di più parti, qui rivela maggiormente la sua caratteristica di ‘manufatto’ costruito. C’è infatti una dolcezza legnosa molto pronunciata, in primo piano; certo gradevole, pare però poggiare su gambe ancora malferme. Il medicinale e il marino si perdono, resta la suggestione di lime, mentre appunto cresce la dolcezza, e dunque: vaniglia, liquirizia, cioccolato, zucchero di canna. Verso il finale, una punta pepata. In chiusura, un cenno alla torba, lieve e morbida ma bella tosta.
    • Finish
      F: lungo e persistente, anche qui però il fumo non prende il sopravvento come in tanti altri Ardbeg, ma resiste ancora quella dolcezza… oltre a un che di bacon che sbuca fuori solo ora.

  56. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very round, very successful, only priced as always ambitious.
    • Nose
      classic salty, iodine-rich seawater nose, clear but not overburdening peat smoke (rather aromatic). Immediately behind: ripe, buttery fruits (banana, papaya) and vanilla. After a while breathing sweet almonds and coffee cream
    • Taste
      strong spicy. A whole sack of spices pours on the tongue, pepper, ginger, nutmeg and clove. Then an extreme sweetness explodes in the mouth: grapefruit, vanilla, and bacon candies with a certain amount of salt.
    • Finish
      dry, ashy and warm.

  57. theograph scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Thumbs up!
    • Nose
      Sweet, herbs, gum, salt, citrus, dry wood;
    • Taste
      First pleasantly soft on the palate, then full force, pepper, ginger, gum, tar, citrus, oak;
    • Finish
      Somehow a bit sharp, maritime associations emerge, spicy, medium-long;

  58. Mascht scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    one of my favorite Ardbegs
    • Nose
      Cold ashtray, sweet, herbs, gum, citrus
    • Taste
      Herbal sweets, sweet, creamy, strong oak flavors, white pepper
    • Finish
      eternal, sharp and maritime

  59. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  60. Achany scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    starts gentle in the nose, but nicley. peaty and citrus. the peat on the palate is massive. peat, smokey ashes, salty, Bacon, then some sweetness - not too much - citrus, some ginger, nice oak. very nice ardbeg which I liked much more than the Dark Cove I tasted some weeks ago.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  61. Gatopardo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Better than I remember. Specially on the nose, just give it time. Mix Ardbeg 10 with Boss bottled and you have the nose of Auriverdes.
    • Nose
      Peat and smoke at first. But there is much more. Mineral, sweet lemon, banana, green apple, hints of vanilla, hints of coffe. Very nice. Buy let it breath for a while and it will become very sweet (you will be impresses by the sweetness).
    • Taste
      Sweet peat, gentle spices, cured ham, ginger. A bit dry. Liquorice. Oak. Cardamom.
    • Finish
      Very short but very warm. 

  62. jankes scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  63. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Overall, the taste is a bit watery, which is probably the main reason for the criticism of this malt. Apart from that, that's a great malt.
    • Nose
      The first nose is Ardbeg, as I personally like it: subtle and ashy smoke, painted with red fruits from the sherry casks. The citrus notes, which are otherwise too dominant for me, come very slowly. You can still find tobacco, light carnations and a charred ashiness. Among them you will discover some vanilla and very fine orange tones.
    • Taste
      Again, the smoke does not push as much as you would expect from Ardbeg. But other qualities come through this. It has direct vanilla and light citrus notes on the tongue. After that, the smoke starts to give way. It is also strong peppery.
    • Finish
      Here is the typical departure from Ardbeg. Dominant peat smoke, slightly bitter oak tones and the typical citrus notes.

  64. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2014]  I had another dram during a "Feis Ile 2014" tasting at Bonn.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 90 points again. 
    My notes state I waited more than half an hour before taking the first sip.

  65. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2014]  I had another dram during an Ardbeg-Masterclass tasting at Bonn.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 90.  I took no detailed notes as I knew it before.  But there is a little hint to fully enjoy this complex dram:  It demands a very long time of oxydation (about an hour in the open glass) to show its full beauty.  How did I found out?  A nice little story...

    I decided to open my first bottle of Auriverdes on the night of the Football WM final in Rio (because of the nice little three golden stars on the package - the German team fought for its fourth star while Argentina was eager to get its third...).  I said to myself I will have my first dram with the first goal scored (no matter what team).  You remember, there were no goals at all (except an off-side goal by Argentina in the first half).  So I got impatient over time, opened the bottle during the half-time break and poured a dram.  But I stayed strong and did not have the smallest sip (not even a nose).

    No goal in the second half either and even during the overtime it took quite a while until Mario Götze delivered me from the pain.  I took the first sip - and it was great!  Not just the whisky, but everything...  In this moment I would have scored the whisky 100 points (or even more) regardless of what whisky is in the glass at all, of course!  Nevertheless, this way I found out that after at least one hour in the open glass this dram significantly improves and shows a real complex and well balanced profile. 

    Of course, no "oompf" in it at all (so all "oompf" lovers will score it rather low and this is absolutely okay as this is their taste preference) - but if you prefer a subtle yet rich dram try this little one hour experiment (and dream of your team will win the next final)...

  66. Albaron scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    I notice I have meanwhile moved away from Ardbeg. The alcohol is strong, the smoke is too weak. It lacks the depth in this whisky. Actually disappointing, because I do not find the special in this whisky. He is just nice and obliging. No corners and edges and very similar to the TEN. He wants to please everyone and that's the problem.
    • Nose
      Alcohol, oil, tar, smoke, licorice (liquorice), some vanilla, vegetables, light citrus notes
    • Taste
      strong alcohol, vanilla, dry smoke, caramel, honey, some liquorice or sweet wood and something mentholiges
    • Finish
      a touch of oak, clear smoke and vanilla

  67. Mascht scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Honey, leather, BBQ, limes, eucalyptus, dark fruits
    • Taste
      Wood smoke, ash, buscuit, lemon zest, bay leaves
    • Finish
      very long, spicy, ashes

  68. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  69. Malty-Malt did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  70. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  71. Landryn scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  72. Andytka3 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N- Lime and lemon smokes, fresh and cooling. Eucalyptus, with sweet cherry and toffee.

    P- Creamy texture, subdue and closed on palate. Dominant sweet notes with spicy and leather overtone.

    F- Long, spicy coating, with a return of saltiness.


    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  73. WillemvdK scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  74. Doctor B. scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  75. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  76. ZwiJo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  77. Fight65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  78. Thermidor scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    First impression: toasty. That Alligator char but softer. Somehow more like a burned dinner rather than a bonfire. Greasiness, soft fattiness and some tropical fruit (not very bold). Can't say I'm a fan. Mouthfeel is watery. What's going on here? No intensity whatsoever, and water seems to kill it. Even the Laphroaig 10 @ 40% I compared this to has more presence in its body. Drying finish and vanilla-soap-tropical fruit cocktail. Bitterness and ashes too but faint. Not explicitly bad but not particularly special for a special edition.

  79. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Well, better than the TEN all times.
    • Nose
      Campfire, hay, bacon, wet oak, some citrus in between, some salt
    • Taste
      Smoky, ashes, fleshy with lots of citrus acid, some kelp & salt, 49.9% you can tell clearly
    • Finish
      Medium, smoky, lemon juice & some ashes in the mouth, oak stays a bit

  80. ScottFrench scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A good whisky, a little too sweet for my taste ...
    • Nose
      Quite vegetal and slightly peaty. A zest of fennel, citrus fruits, smoked herring. Some medicinal notes. Liquorice It's fresh and pleasant.
    • Taste
      The peat is very sweet, with strong notes of liquorice. The maritime side is quite developed, with pretty notes of candied lemon. It's powerful, balanced.
    • Finish
      Long on citrus fruits

  81. domani scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Maybe an extended TEN but in the overall package a disappointing Ardbeg - 08.09.2014
    • Nose
      Campfire smoke, bacon, hay, lemon
    • Taste
      Smoke, light sweetness, lemon, salty-maritime, spicy
    • Finish
      medium

  82. dram-drinker scored this whisky 82 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      74 74

  83. dram-drinker scored this whisky 82 points Photo Moderator

    Definitely smoky and ashy like a typical Ardbeg but not much other aromas like citrusy, lemony, etc. I'm also missing the great sweetness of the best Ardbegs and thus it is rather too dry for me. Actually disappointing.
    • Nose
      Sligthly peaty, faint touches of oranges
    • Taste
      Smoky, peaty, a bit lemony - not many other aromas
    • Finish
      Rather short, fades away quickly

  84. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  85. Landryn scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  86. ErzWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      sweetish smoke; strong; Lemons; immature pineapple; Vanilla notes are added with water; salt
    • Taste
      sweet; smoke and ash
    • Finish
      warm; long; strong; again smoke, ashes and coal

  87. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  88. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  89. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I forgot to review this before emptying the bottle :(

    A mediocre Ardbeg. The Day, Uigeadail and Corryvreckan are way better. The Ardbog is somewhat better. Fresh, grassy and young. I enjoyed it but wont buy another bottle.

  90. Segens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I do not understand why this Ardbeg is significantly worse rated than the standard range or Supernovas etc. For me this Ardbeg is very complex has a nice nose, taste and finish. A very well done whisky!
    • Nose
      The color is a bit darker than the 3 standard Ardbegs (Ten, Uigeadail, Corryvreckan). The nose is sweet smoke, expensive tobacco, salty and a bit of barbecue sauce. Very nice!
    • Taste
      Sweet smoky start, then ash, herbs and a bit of honey
    • Finish
      Very salty finish very long. The cold smoke remains long in the throat.

  91. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  92. Rogier Engel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  93. Paulski88 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  94. Peter87 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  95. hfos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  96. Shane_IL scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Ash. Toffee. Bitter coffee. Good tobacco smoke.
    • Taste
       Salty toffee. Mineral peat. Dry wood. Cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Long. Very salty. Dry wood. Cinnamon.

  97. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    IMPORTANT:  Leave it in the glass for a minimum of 20-30 minutes before drinking (better one hour), this whisky needs a lot of time to show its potential!

  98. Pépé scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    A good whisky, no problem, but that does not revolutionize this distillery. Some of his little brothers are better and cheaper.
    • Nose
      Earthy peat and bacon. A step below the peat-monster. Citrus fruits are there, with a rather acidic approach, we are not on pure fruitiness. A bit like schweppes what. Liquorice more and more present.
    • Taste
      In the continuity of the nose. Earthy peat and lemon-acid. Then the peat evolves to bacon and other barbeque treats. Correct texture, barely average amplitude. Liquorice again.
    • Finish
      Final long, thank you peat, but not that. The cereals are also arguing, it's not unpleasant.

  99. FernetBranco scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      77 77

  100. The Macallan scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    A quick note made on 30-05-2015 at Ardbeg Day

    Gentle, hearthy, tasty but no favorite.

    The cask ends are toasted in a very special way.

  101. talyn256 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Very interesting, this one. And very comforting to drink. I’d describe it as lightly peated (by Ardbeg standards). It has a lot in common with Caol Ila, though it retains an oily, tarry Ardbeg signature rather than the light and delicate Caol Ila zing.

    In all honesty, I really like it. I’ve had a bottle open a few days now, and wasn’t sure at first, but it’s growing on me more every time I take a sip. The lack of punchy peat smoke really lets out the fruity side.
    • Nose
      Very medical. Savlon cream and bandages. Lemon juice with cracked black pepper. Crispy smoked bacon fat. Vanilla pods in dark honey with a synthetic peach aroma. Thick black liquorice sticks.
    • Taste
      Briny, but fruity. Smoky pineapple and grapefruit juice with peaty vanilla ice cream, cinnamon wafers, and a thick, oily espresso foam. Thinner and lighter than expected but still mouth-coating.
    • Finish
      Long and dry, quite woody with ashy smoke. At the very end, a waxy/fruity/jelly sweet residue coats a medicinal, iodine-rich aftertaste.

  102. Allandale scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  103. Wolv scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  104. Ciro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  105. Dyno scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    very good, just not as good as this one had hoped...
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  106. Tomh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Head to head compared with the Ardbog and Uigeadeail. In comparison with the other two, it is noticeable that the ABV is lower. The sweet (Ardbog) combined with the 'bitter' bitterness (Uigeadeail), which is far less annoying here. More vanilla & banana in the nose. In terms of color, the lightest of the three. Least change with some water.

  107. dirkmemphis scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  108. Georges scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  109. Georges scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Vanilla, smoked bacon, lemon, oaky, banana, marzipan, peaty
    • Taste
      Oaky, ginger, cinnamon, bacon, peat, lemon, salty
    • Finish
      Long, cocoa, ashy, peppery, lemon

  110. Numwierum scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  111. Koloman scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  112. Alex scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Taste is clean, coastal and nicely citrusy without the peat explosion I was hoping for.

    Not overly complex and the palate is a little thin, quite light body.

    For sure good whisky, but not the bang for your buck from Ardbeg

  113. LordBellamy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: sweet peat, coffee liqueur, citrus notes, light pepper and mineral notes - deep, but somewhat one-dimensional Taste: sweet barley, creamy, vanilla, coffee, the peat is late, but then is nice and strong Finish: long, peaty sweetness, subtle coffee notes Conclusion: a great malt, but the PLV is not 87 points

  114. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The Auriverdes joins in my opinion well in the series of special bottlings of the last few years. Compared to the Ten, it is a bit more complex and also brings a few percent more.
    • Nose
      Pleasant smoke, lots of vanilla, Werther's real (caramel sweets), lemon and mint, has something of a delicious dessert With some water and with the second smelling I find some coffee in the nose
    • Taste
      Nice sweet, smoked bacon, vanilla, caramel, the Ten in fact similar, I also find a touch of espresso in the background Mt water is also here the espresso note stronger, some oak
    • Finish
      The smoke has disappeared quite quickly, but the caramel sweets linger

  115. Tomh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  116. Stenface scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  117. fradin11 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  118. Austin.Foster scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  119. Austin.Foster scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Dry Fruit on the nose, some anise and citrus with the peat.
    • Taste
      Palate is brine-y with dry hops, fruit and cigar box.
    • Finish
      Coffee, chocolate, campfire, medicinal notes on the finish.

  120. Gogopro52 scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    A slightly better (new) Ten, for the double (or today 3-4 times) price.
    The Marketing Department and Dr. Ing. But a big compliment - next time there will probably be specially toasted wood bites, because then even the Toasting the floors is too expensive.

    Alligator (very good!)> Auriverdes (medium)> ??? (hopefully better)
    • Nose
      73 73
    • Taste
      46 46
    • Finish
      73 73

  121. ASWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I touched the sky
    • Nose
      the Auriverdes is a magician like a good footballer
      dark and dominant even so he is a gentleman tasting sweet

      nose
      his smell already tells you the story of the hideout in the bog
      which was charred and smokes still quietly
      as a gloomy secret
      you don't want to go in the whirl of the wicked one
      he knows how to attract you
      you smell a hot iron pan
      sugar melts to a thick caramel mass
      and flow over ripe bananas
      he conjures you up into his spell with such an ease
      like a outstanding football team scores goals
      you give up your resistance and have him made
      the burning smell turns into forest soil and huckleberries
      into sweet strawberries in cold peaty smoke
    • Taste
      he lets you taste the evil
      burnt wood, smoky sharpness
      you are amazed how much you like the Gloomy
      the more you like it, the sweeter he tastes for you
      as a banana caramelized with honey
      with smoked bacon, huckleberries
      woodruff, mint
      Wick Medinait & espresso
    • Finish
      in the end you're in a daze
      have you dreamt?
      no, you feel still the cold ash smoke
      it becomes chocolate powder
      and a malty sweet shower
      he was very tasty
      once again, please

  122. Sidney87 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  123. Whisky_Wolf scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  124. Murmelkasten scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  125. jocmueller scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Hello,

    right in the glass here my short notes:

    Color: yellow gold - unlike running rather thick legs

    Nose: ashtray of yesteryear, earthy, sweet, vanilla - not alcoholic

    Mouth: again cold ashes, becomes sweeter with time, oak - not alcoholic

    Finish: fresh tarred road, ashtray, bitter and dry - medium length

    With water: Uiuiui - with water he is much sweeter both in the nose and in the mouth, but he loses quickly to "force", interesting, does not swim well, but changes his face quite strong.

    Conclusion: Actually very tasty, but priced ambitious. Not the typical super smoker Ardbeg a la Supermofa, hardcore smokers will be rather disappointed, on the other hand Ardbeg proves that they can do it differently. I will probably not buy more, which is less to the taste than the price. In the end you drive with a Corryvreckan (for the Bourbon faction) or Uigeadail (for the sherry faction) depending on the preference of the PLV but pretty good if it's supposed to be an Ardbeg with a little more power. Overall without many rough edges, but dangerously good drinkable.

    Greetings,

    Jochen

    87/100

  126. tomy63 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    pale gold color, discreet nose at the beginning then moderately expressive then, on a vanilla peat, finer than in the Ten, quite close to that of Corry, medicinal notes, marine, smoked meat, little fruity, just a little lemon in the bottom. Mouth quite soft, a little soft, it gives the impression of being too diluted (or I came across a bottle end?) Thick texture, very vanilla, spicy, easy to drink but lack of scale, candied lemon and the rubber side of Ardbeg in the bottom. Pretty good length. A little disappointed by this new version, once again with limited editions of Ardbeg, it is far from the level of Corry even if it is not bad.

  127. ASWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  128. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This was a feast! Nice
    to see that, despite all the PR BS and marketingstunts, the contents of the
    bottle is absolutely great. This is simply a fantastic, albeit modern (is there
    any other?), gold & green Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      Ah, the nose is
      classic Ardbeg, so we are off to a good start. Smoked ham, mackerel and
      salmiak. Mustard seeds? The peat is very outspoken. The fruit is lemon and
      banana. A touch of moccha. Mildly peppery with some vanilla in the mix. Trace
      of iodine, hint of espresso and marzipan. Becomes sweeter if you allow it to
      breath. Yes, this is wonderfully complex and simply delicious.
    • Taste
      Pretty spicy on the
      palate. Before the sweetness feistily explodes (which is will), I get some
      ginger, pepper, nutmeg and loads of medicinal notes. Wonderful smokiness. Then
      some bacon on the BBQ and citrus fruit emerge. The citrus becomes grapefruit
      with a mild bitterness – far from disturbing. Midpalate, at last and as it
      should be, it becomes quite salty.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet finish
      with earthy notes and a hint of dark chocolate, but at the death I get lemon
      and sea salt. Grand.

  129. mikespike scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Not a special Ardbeg, pretty average. Pretty OK to drink, but far away from deserving an investment of 100-140 Euro for those who want to buy Whisky to enjoy a good dram. I cannot detect notes that would justify any rating higher than for the Ardbeg 10.

  130. smaeksle did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Take it and buy it all I do not need it, like the other Ardbegs, I find the hype pretty unnecessary and exaggerated and 100, - € he is really not worth it

    NOTE: in school grades, he would be a 3, that is mediocre.
    • Nose
      Discreet smoke, behind a sweet, maybe banana and strawberry jump me the first time.
      The second time you smell after 5 minutes the smoke gets colder and a hint of vanilla comes to the fore.
    • Taste
      without water say 49.9% Vol.: zack is there and rolls over the tongue, the first time it is really hard to get out rauszubekommen, the second attempt without water is clearly oak and a bitterness, which is most comparable to coffee ,

      with water talk about 40% Vol.: in the nose the smoke disappears completely and I get vanilla and a slightly sour note in the nose .. in the mouth: he loses much steam and is somehow a bit flat .. also the oak is weaker.

  131. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Ardbeg Auriverdes Tasted 2014-07-20 @ WhiskyInteam Spaden Strong seaweed, peat, slightly pepper and salt in the smell,
    Flavored smoke with chocolate, spice and coffee, but still mild on the finish with roasted aromas, very good!
    86

  132. ASWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    comment
    Brazil finally earned its many tears yesterday
    the football whisky Auriverdes was in my glass
    But he does not fit in with Brazil's helpfull one-time appeal
    the Auriverdes is a magician
    dark and dominant and at the same time a sweet gentleman
    nose
    its smell already tells you the story of the hideout in the moor
    which was scorched and still quietly consumed in front of him
    like a dark secret
    You do not want to be in the vortex of evil?
    he knows how to pull you
    You smell a hot iron pan
    Sugar melts to a viscous caramel mass
    and flows over ripe bananas
    He conjures you in his spell with such ease
    as our team shoots 7 goals against Brazil
    You also stop the opposition and let him do it
    the pungent smell of burned wood
    turns into forest soil and blueberries
    to sweetened strawberries in cold peat smoke
    mouth
    he lets you taste the evil
    burnt wood, smoky sharpness,
    You distrust how much you like the gloomy
    the more you like it, the sweeter it tastes you
    like a honey caramelized banana
    with smoked bacon, blueberries
    Woodruff, mint,
    Wick Medinait & Espresso
    memory
    in the end you are stunned
    did you dream ?
    no, you still feel the cold ashes smoke
    she turns into chocolate powder
    and a malty sweet shower
    it was very good
    You want a repeat

    I touched the sky

  133. LukeFive did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Apparently only 1110 cases available worldwide

  134. Makeneki scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  135. Thriest scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Not a real high flyer, but an accessible Ardbeg. Some rough edges, smells and tastes a little young.
    • Nose
      Sharp, sweet, malt / grain (new spirit smell), smoke, iodine.
    • Taste
      Softer in taste than the nose suggests, peat (smoke), malt, liquorice, caramel.
    • Finish
      Long, smoke, sweet tones, not drying.

  136. Thriest scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  137. Dionysus scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Another very good Ardbeg, but not at this price.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  138. kent scored this whisky 71 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      72 72

  139. Fable scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  140. Angelos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It seems that I am not the only one being remembered on the Alligator
    • Nose
      Heavy complex peat. I have the campfire-style and the phenol one with iodine and seaweed, some caramel even forest honey, cinnamon and liquorice
    • Taste
      Very peaty with phenol style and very sweet, even more intense cinnamon and caramel/toffee, sulfurized apricots, some engine oil, liquorice again, even some ginger and some ginseng style, varnish?!
    • Finish
      Long and warming with cinnamon, hints of ripe oranges

  141. wbarchive_73116 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Honestly, what were they thinking?

    This one is so close to the regular TEN that I can't even be bothered to give any nosing or tasting notes - look at page of the Ardbeg TEN, you will find them there.

    And they are charging you at least three times the cost of a TEN. In some shops you have to pay even more.

    Now, if this would have been a TEN for around €35, then it would have been awarded with 85 Points. But since it isn't I will give it 75 Points and that means you probably shouldn't buy it for its taste. Buy a TEN if you want something to enjoy.

    Sensible buying advice:
    If you want one for your collection then don't rush it and don't buy it now at any price. There is a chance that this bottling will still be around in a year or so like the 2013 Ardbog is still available today. There is a high demand NOW and that leads to certain shortages because of the unequal distribution of this demand and the actual whisky worldwide. This will likely even out after some time and it becomes available again at a price that is lower than what some shops are asking for at the moment.

  142. darren918jp scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Well, I couldn't wait for the beginning of the World Cup either.Fortunately, I found the craitur to be spritely and in a festive mood.Though this is still a heavily phenolic and peaty beast that doesn't return to the earth after lift-off, the folks have managed to construct a somewhat focused and refreshing dram for the World Cup. It is a forward looking dram--win, lose or draw.

    This is one of the sunniest Ardbegs I've tasted, so the color is appropriate.

    To be revisted...

  143. lolo scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    very good peat is much less present than in the Ardbeg ten, I would call it fresh peat
    • Nose
      spicy, peat, medicinal, grilled bacon, vanilla shy
    • Taste
      slightly lining, burning, peppery, peat, smoke, share a little on liquorice
    • Finish
      dry, light peat, liquorice at the end of the mouth, lemon tip very light

  144. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    ‘It’s Ardbeg Jim, but not as we know it’
    N: Lots of new spirit flavour much like the Cl6, culminating in bananas, pears and light green floral notes. Theres a light yeastiness, some maltiness in the form of fluffy thin pancakes and a slight woodiness. Hints of gooseberries from NZ Sauvignon Blanc.
    T: Oily, sweet Lagavulin [16] with finely ground black pepper later.  Then some sweetness comes through with some woody, salty, herbal notes.
    F: Smoke creeps in with the caramel.  Woody, oily sweetness and some nutmeg concludes proceedings
    C: For academic purposes, I would love to try this alongside Lagavulin 16. I’d wager its very similar in profile despite the age difference.

    Scores a B-

  145. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    reminds me of the Ardbeg Aligator because of the toasted oak - vanilla
    • Nose
      cookies, smoke, peat, liquorice, vanilla, citrus and green paprika and tomato 
    • Taste
      briny - salt, peat, pepper, smoked ham and liquorice
    • Finish
      drying with pepper, liquorice, smoke and leather

  146. ricallende scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  147. SteveW110 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Great, successful Ardbeg, who reminds me of Alligator, but sweeter
    • Nose
      Smoke, campfire, vanilla sugar, sweet bananas
    • Taste
      Strong onset, spices, smoke, salt, vanilla, mocha, vanilla, seaweed
    • Finish
      Medium-length finish

  148. paklu100 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  149. paklu100 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Similar to the Ten, but a bit better, because more variety in the nose.
    • Nose
      Smoke, earthy, lemon, caramel, spicy, far back light banana.
    • Taste
      Lots of smoke, vanilla, chocolate, white pepper, mocha.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, lime, a little menthol.

  150. Gronqvist scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasted by Ardbeg Ambassador in Denmark, Juul's Wine and Spirits June 2, 2014.
    • Nose
      Mild and dry with good balance and notes of peach, apricot, tangerine, pear, citric acid, chocolate, creamy coffee, mocha, vanilla, hazelnut, creme brulee, lilies or frecia, black pepper, BBQ, herbal, tar, light sooty, peat, light smoke and oak.
    • Taste
      Complex and creamy with sweet buttery oils and hints of dark chocolate, coffee grounds, mocha, licorice, apricot, pineapple, mango, peach, banana, vanilla, cough syrup, caramel, sugar cane, charcoal, black pepper and lovely peat. 
    • Finish
      Very long, hot and spicy with notes of apricot, vanilla, caramel, slightly menthol, cinnamon, licorice, tobacco, sweet peat and smoke. 

  151. Mushinico scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  152. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  153. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Scores less than the Ardbog so far, but in direct comparison I like them both just as much. The casks make a big difference though.
    • Nose
      Earthy peat, citrus, toffee, chocolate cooky, mocha, orange, fig, banana and garden herbs. Quite fruity for an Ardbeg, not overly briny.
    • Taste
      Peat dust, toffee, white pepper, citrus, vanilla, dark chocolate, mocha, orange, cigar boxes, malt and a touch of salt.
    • Finish
      Peat, dark chocolate, toffee, lime, vanilla and a 'green' herbal touch like nettle.

  154. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  155. mike1520 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    There is only 1110 cases of this which is 6660 bottles

  156. nathanyael did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  157. stevil scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Well worth it, initially its a lot like a mild version of Ardbeg 10 but it develops into something much different as it breathes.
    • Nose
      Initially peaty, ash, oak after some time to breathe develops into something quite fruity with a hint of coffee
    • Taste
      Coffee, spices, light smoke/peat 
    • Finish
      Long lasting mild taste of ash with a hint of vanilla and the coffee lingers a little too

  158. stevil scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      94 94

  159. Feis_ile did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Been specially made for the 2014 world cup in Brazil.

     
    • Nose
      Tarry and herbal notes with hints of mocha.
    • Taste
      Coffee grounds pass to smoked root veretables while-cured bacon collides with hot-smoked salmon.
    • Finish
      A lingering, smoky vanilla note.

  160. Mushinico scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  161. Sjors scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Charcoal, vanilla, dark fruits and some tones of spices coming through .
    • Taste
      A slightly peaty flavor, after that creamy sweet dark chocolate, citrus, vanilla, cloves, and some pepper & nutmeg gently in the background .
    • Finish
      Long warming slightly peaty, spicy and a bit dry aftertaste .

  162. mattlikescrunk scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

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