Ardbeg Auriverdes

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Calculated age
12 years old
American Oak Casks
Number of bottles
49.9 % Vol.
25 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L14 063 & 064
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2014
Added on
25 Apr 2014 10:02 pm by MasonBones

Average value

€ 223.96

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Auriverdes

146 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.85 points

  1. 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)...

  2. 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

      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

  3. ASWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    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
    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
    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
    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

  4. dramspotter scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    very smoky

  5. jocmueller scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior


    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.




  6. ASWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  7. 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.

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

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

  9. 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.

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. elipszis scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      extra salty
      whipped cream
      fresh fruits
      green apple
      sweet malt
      cocoa powder
      mint toothpaste
      hand cream
    • Taste
      91 91
      strong taste
      medicinal peat
    • Finish
      91 91
      bitter almond
      medium long


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