Ardbeg 1993 DR

Overall rating
90.52/100
votes
51
Whiskybase ID
WB55593
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
A.D. Rattray (DR)
Bottling serie
Uisge Beatha Taigh
Vintage
28.10.1993
Bottled
02.05.2014
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Sherry Hogshead
Casknumber
1732
Number of bottles
142
Strength
57.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Jurgen's Whiskyhuis
Market
be Belgium
Added on
10 jun 2014 8:53 am by whiskyman_de
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 799.99

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1993 DR

13 users have left 14 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.52 points.

  1. malt maniacs scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  2. ailean scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  3. Castelli scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Peat, salty, fairly sharp
    • Nose
      85 85
      Turf, zilt
    • Taste
      74 74
      Start is sharp, salty, toffee
    • Finish
      85 85
      Solid

  4. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I liked this nose a lot. Complex and typically Islay-ish. Palate was simpler but chiseled and slightly dirty.
    Excellent Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      At first very clean on peat smoke, coastal notes and lemons. Second nosing brings tar, diesel oil, ashes, pepper, mint, leather and zests of oranges, lemons and grapefruits. Hints of almonds.
    • Taste
      Oily, very spicy (chili pepper) and briny. Smoke and lemons. With water, more citrusy, slightly medicinal, ashy and sweet.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, smoky and salty with lingering citrusy notes.

  5. Cubey666 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at the L&B whisky weekend 20-1-2018, as last dram of the day to finish of the festival.

    on the nose it is still very friendly and kind... but an delightful ashy peat explosion on the mouth, with a hot charcoal, white pepper ash finish.

    #666, my 666th whiskyrating on the whiskybase!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. Beerwin scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Yesterday tasted and delicious! This whisky shows what an ardbeg can be. Smell is top. Flavor is full, changed in the mouth and lingers for a long time. A real wow whisky !!!
    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      100 100

  7. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Georges scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Georges scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, fruity (apple, pineapple, lime, bananas)
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, spicy (nutmeg, cinnamon, chilli), salty, fruity (citrus, bananas)
    • Finish
      Long, warm, smoky, fruity, spicy

  10. Peter87 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  11. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This is Ardbeg from another planet. It's so incredibly strong! But that's just the way we like our Ardbeg. Fantastic!

    Tasted a glass from Jurgen at the WFNN 2015.

  12. TastyDram did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    This is whisky hors-catégorie. One to open on special occasions and to enjoy the moment in a Zen state of mind. A lovely complexity, subtle layered and slightly brutal.

    The price mark exceeds my bottle budget but € 325 is not even that expensive when you take the competition into account. Independent Ardbegs of this age are easily sold for € 500. The odds that it will be gone in no time are fairly high.

    It is an investment that deserves to be drunk, not one to gather dust in a dark safe next to the Port Ellens and Karuizawa's of this world.
    • Nose
      The nose is – to use an understatement – layered. Peat smoke is dominant but civilised. Hints of tar and asphalt. Nicely seasoned with cider vinegar and a splash of gasoline. I guess this is what Michael Jackson meant with “I like my Ardbeg dirty and mucky”.
      A bit further up there's some balsamic vinegar and mahogany to be discovered. Let it rest for a while and it gets a little sweeter. Honey-infused grappa. Orange zest and tangerines. Hints of almonds.
    • Taste
      Even the smallest sip opens up a whole new world for the rookie whisky geek I am. Tobacco, sandalwood and pine resin. Again a light sourness from balsamic vinegar and a whole range of toxic products. Gasoline and white spirit are paramount.
      It will sweeten under the influence of your saliva. Roasted figs and raisins. Towards the end it becomes a bit sulphury. Lighted matches.
      Have you ever had the feeling of not wanting to swallow something? That's the feeling you get from this Ardbeg, because it is that good !
    • Finish
      The finish is mouthwarming. Raisins soaked in gasoline with roasted walnuts. Evolves to aromatic pipe tobacco. I never knew you could enjoy a whole evening with such a small amount of whisky in your glass. 

  13. markjedi1 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Outstanding Ardbeg on
    sherry. I presume this was a refill cask, for the true Ardbeg character shines
    through beautifully. Available at Jurgen’s Whiskyhuis for around 300 EUR.
    • Nose
      Wonderfully sweet and
      sour nose on peat, green grapes, pineapple peel, citrus fruit (think lime) and
      even a leaf of mint. Then some cowhide shines through, which I have not yet
      found in Ardbeg. Banana appears, as do apple sauce and butter milk. The
      smokiness is somewhat subdued, as are the spices. This is a soft Ardbeg, but
      make no mistake! It is very complex and simply wonderful on the nose. If you
      add some water it also get something of plasticine, which sounds not as good as
      it smells.
    • Taste
      On the palate –
      contrary to the nose – it is very spicy. Nutmeg, chili pepper, cinnamon. Then
      it becomes both salty and sweet. Salty as if from course sea salt – fleur de
      sel – and sweet as in yellow fruit in a stew. The smokiness develops nicely and
      puts the mouth ablaze. With water I get some more citrusy notes, but it also
      becomes sweeter.
    • Finish
      Wonderfully long and
      warm finish on smoke, salt and sweet fruit.

  14. Bishlouk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I am not a fan of Ardbeg in general, I enjoyed it!

    The peat is not invasive, a delicate fruity is present as well as a sweet sweetness (the contribution of the sherry cask, probably second or third filling?) At the end of the mouth. The finish is endless on a light smoke mixed with yellow fruit sauce.
    Well complex, superbly integrated alcohol (impossible to guess it's 57%), an excellent dram. Too bad the price too high is prohibitive.

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