Ardbeg 1998 MoS

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Malts of Scotland (MoS)
Bottling serie
Amazing Cask
Sherry Hogshead
MoS 14027
Number of bottles
58.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 jul 2014 6:48 pm by ted.striker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 575.00

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1998 MoS

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.51 points

  1. whiskydramo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
      chamomile tea, dried dates with smoke around, tobacco
      chocolate with syrup. Broiled meat.
      Fruits are coming out,  purple plum, grape stem, sweet spices, earth, old leather, peanut and some sherry note.
      Fresh fruits led by pear with peel near the rim top.
      Lots of toffee near the rim bottom.
      Weak peat, a bit mentholy
      More earth and mineral after a sip.
      Finally I can smell peat from emptied glass.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Honey, toffee, mandarin orange, dried fruits. Tiny bit of cocoa powder.
      Light ginger
      More citrus zest, diluted toffee.
      Med body
      Not sweet enough, a bit watery
    • Finish
      87 87
      Pepper. Citrus zest, cheap creamy and vanilla chocolate.
      Sickly sweet syrup.
      Light earthy peat. Some tannin

  2. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Extremely greasy, smoky note on the nose, very salty and some red fruit. Since I am totally into that kind of thing, one or the other could be displeased. Then again very, very salty in the mouth, then smoked meat, ham, strawberry and some oak. Long and dry finish. Not an easy drop, but it can be entertaining.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose: It bites your nostrils when undiluted. Very sharp and alcoholic. This one needs water! After some time, it opens up. Dry sherry, seaweed, briny seashore, marzipan, roasted hazelnuts, some wet cardboard, burnt driftwood. The nose is still kinda closed.Mouth: Prickles on the tongue. Sweet and sour, oranges, lemonpeel, soysauce, salted caramel, sweet popcorn, a rush of ultra-black peatsmoke coats my mouth, walnuts appear, cardboardy in the finish. Slightly odd. The salt stayed on my lips after I swallowed.Comments: I honestly don’t know why they named this one the “amazing” cask. It is a good one no doubt, but definetly not better than the other MoS in the flight. Too expensive for what it has to offer. /88


  4. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A truly 'Amazing Cask'. A wonderful Ardbeg, as they are not found too often today. Great choice, great malt.
    • Nose
      Reminds in the nose immediately to be filled with a hefty 58.2%. In the background the smell of a freshly asphalted road in summer. Tobacco leaves are dried next to the road, the smell for too long already. Sherrynoten, but not overpowering. Fruity and dry at the same time. As unusual as exciting! The interplay and the variety of flavors promises a very interesting taste. Strong Islay smokers have matured in sherry casks are usually a force, provided that the barrels are right.
    • Taste
      Soft oily malt with a decidedly strong onion. Dried fruits, licorice, warm smoke, spruce resin and a mild sweetness characterize this demanding as well as character-strong malt. Fortunately, the intense tarseness on the tongue is less pronounced and leaves more room for the smoke flavor and a taste reminiscent of sweet ashes. I like that I feel no disturbing wood effects. The Amazing Cask understands perfectly to put in front of his MoS drum brothers in the right light.

  5. GuyIncognito scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The name Amazing Cask sets the bar of course very high and makes me at first for a marketing defense reflex. In this case, MoS has not promised too much. A great dram with beautifully complex Sherrynoten in connection with changeable smoke.
    • Nose
      Moist wet smoke in combination with a dominant sweetness at the first Verriechen, smoked ham or at least crispy bacon and vegetables, organic flavors of soil, humus and in between every now and then a touch of fruity sweetness / acidity in various forms (grapefruit, pineapple, rhubarb, strawberry ,Currant)
    • Taste
      intense tarry smoke with powerful power; In addition, an oily mouthfeel with plenty of fruit (plum, bitter orange, morello cherries)
    • Finish
      In the finish, the sweetness of the sherry keg beats through first (I would bet on a PX barrel), only with time, the smoke can prevail from the mouth oh and by the way. The finish is _lang_

  6. fritzbrause scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    I had the luck to taste this unique Ardbeg and can confirm what Markjedi1 writes above. Indeed another "Amazing Cask" by Malts of Scotland. 

    When you hear Ardbeg from a Sherry cask, you have an idea, what you can expect and this Whisky will not disappoint you. My guess is, that this was a PX cask for maturing, cause of this oily sweetness and lots of fruits. Its absolutely well balanced between salt, sweetness, peat and all these fruits. 

  7. markjedi1 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Damn, this is good
    stuff. You should see my face with its broad smile plastered on it. Amazing
    indeed, this cask. A notorious Ardbeg selected by a notorious connoisseur. Just
    under 200 EUR, but worth every cent. Top!
    • Nose
      Oxo! That is the
      first thing that comes to mind when I put my nose in the glass. You know: the
      mixture used to make a soup or broth. Underneath – and with a bit of patience –
      I get some tar, peat and old leather. It is not really sweet, but with some
      effort you can find some almonds and rhubarb in there as well. Again it pays to
      be patient. Even a hint of raspberries and chocolate shines through. Very
      special and worth your while!
    • Taste
      Oily, almost creamy,
      on the palate. It sticks to your teeth, if you know what I mean. Sweet peat,
      salt and loads of ashes precede all kinds of sweetness in the shape of plums,
      cuberdons, some grapefruit and chocolate. Yes, it is a whole lot sweeter on the
      palate than the nose would have you expect. And very good!
    • Finish
      The finish is
      wonderfully long on smoke and dried, dark fruit with a salty edge.

  8. Tomek scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Smell: peat hit, sea, iodine, citrus, plum seeds, red fruits, orangeade come out after a while
    Taste: bonfire, pharmacy atmosphere, smoke, sweet peat, unripe plums and cherries,
    Finish: peat-sea, pits
    Score: 6.5

  9. wncvirus scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose: smoke, notes of chocolate, light notes of raisins / cheery
    Taste: Complex, slightly sweet smoke. Noticeable notes of cherry
    Rating 92 | 10 0. A very pleasant position. Pleasant, slightly sweet smoke. Generally, a position worth recommending!

  10. mattheww scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  11. nomad_soul scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. mudshark scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  13. prz22 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg malt likes sherry. Its very far from best such bottlings but still really enjoyable.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Best part. Great balance of sweet and peaty. Complex ,deep, really nice!
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very well integrated, round, punchy, layered with good balance.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Goes too much on the bitter, dry side. Overall medium long and good, but not flawless

  14. Vmarcinv scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Smoked meat, leather, tobacco, dried fruit are visible, salty, earthy smoke in the background more. Very complex, changes over time, citrus peel appears, alcohol hidden well. There is varnished oak, ash and sweet fruit at the long finish.

  15. checkpointuk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=238 Color: full gold
    Nose: Very sweet and honey-rich malt penetrates the layer of ash, coal, lead, licorice, wet cardboard and dull, earthy aromas of autumn leaves. Add caramelized sugar, hints of sherry, some tobacco and then gray again, dark aromas.
    Taste: Spicy with cayenne pepper, salt and chili as well as much peaty smoke. Fruity BBQ, dried fruits, beach campfire, mexican vegetables, lime and woody notes. Ash, charcoal, liquorice and gray clouds of smoke lead to a drier finish.
    Finish: Medium long - dry-sweet, delicately fruity, but also dull gray. The peaty sweetness remains in the lead until the end
    88 points (nose: 87 / taste: 89 / finish: 88)

  16. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  17. u485tfu scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Smell: salt, gum, cold smoke, grapefruit, anise, licorice

    Taste: very alcoholic warm onset, smoke, anise and liquorice are present immediately, especially the anise note is very pronounced and intense. In the finish, the substance becomes more fruity, grapefruit and lemon, but also the aniseed notes, which are dominant throughout all phases.
    With water, the whisky does not get better, the smoke comes to the fore and hides some other flavors, the balance is not right.

    Verdict: the whisky has good facilities, an oily pleasant consistency in the mouth and well-balanced flavors in the full proof variety.
    Overall, I am of the opinion that it is an average good Ardbeg this age, the generally very high rated grades over 90P, I can not understand, however, the price is in my opinion too high, there are of Cadenhead and DL Ardbegs same age which are equal or higher value and are traded cheaper.

    Note: 84P

  18. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg and sherry can lead to a very nice marriage. The previous Ardbeg from Geert and Thomas was a great example. In this case I have some trouble with the beefy parts of the nose, but overall it keeps growing in the nice direction. Allow it to breathe.


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