Overall rating
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Stated Age
20 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
55.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
12 Jul 2014 5:40 pm by Jimjam
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 260,00

13 × in wishlist

24 × member ratings

37 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1993 CA

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.64 points

  1. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2015/10/24/ardbeg-20-yo-19932014-cadenheads-559/
    • Nose
      N: la prima cosa che impressiona è la grande somiglianza, è talmente simile che l’unico modo per non fare copia/incolla è concentrarsi sulle differenze: questo è più austero, con una vaniglia più nascosta; qui, se il fumo è appena più lieve, c’è di certo tanta più legna bruciata. L’agrumato è più verde, sul lime e cedro. Si tratta di un naso spigoloso, meno piacione ma -intendiamoci- le differenze non sono così marcate.
    • Taste
      P: che schianto! Anzitutto, generalmente parlando, batte l’altro 3-0 in quanto a sapore. Poi, si assiste uno sperticato e folle equilibrio, che mai lo crederesti possibile, tra le componenti che all’unisono si contendono il primato. Anzitutto la dolcezza non è di sola vaniglia, ma si pregia di una quota di frutta gialla matura (pera); ancora tanto lime, bello succoso; liquirizia. Dall’altro lato, mare e torba sono imponenti e variegati: legno bruciato e sentori ‘chimici’. Infine, una gran sapidità. Che vivacità questa torba ventenne!
    • Finish
      F: se nell’altro a un palato dolcissimo seguiva un finale di soli copertoni bruciati, qui la gomma arde in compagnia di una bella dolcezza vanigliata.

  2. pipemajor scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Overall, a very high quality, as I am no longer used by a Ardbeg lately rather. For me, a completely different league as the NAS bottlings, which were offered in recent years by the still itself!
    • Nose
      Starts with aromas of cold smoke. Smoked bacon and citrus aromas are added. A clear medical touch reminds me more of another southern coastline of Islay. Everything is accompanied by slightly sweet oak flavors, whereby the high alcohol strength always remains present.
    • Taste
      In addition to a smoky and peaty woody wort, I immediately find a nice caramel sweetness - but also a salty edge! Then I increasingly gain the impression that I'm walking through a pine forest with a honey-sweet in my mouth!
    • Finish
      Relatively long with a smoky and creamy sweetness. Butter biscuit in burning gauze bandage?

  3. Snerik scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Wooh, almost like smelling a really good tequila. And a nice ashtray filled with cigars. It’s slightly medical, and some thyme (!). 
    • Taste
      Salty and herbal, a little peaty and really full of “attack”. It’s a little grassy, in a very tequila-kind-of-way. I would have never thought this was a whisky at first zip. Some wet, burnt wood. 
    • Finish
      More peaty now than anything, slightly herbal and offers some Granny smith apples in the finish. The last feeling that left me was the liquorice notes, but a sweeter one than in the nose.   

  4. ARDBERG scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    It really needs time in the open bottle. After opening it was a quite disappointing 84,
    after almost 3 months in the open bottle with about half of the contents remaining,
    it went straight to 90 after five months to 92 - then the bottle was empty:-(

  5. Jimjam did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Cadenhead’s own notes:
    Nose: Soft faint smoke on the nose! Walking along a sandy beach, some weetabix or is that ground oats?? .
    Palate: Much bigger than the nose gives away! Big robust and peaty tones across the whole palate, Wet slate and burning wet wood, charcoal embers ashy tones.
    Finish: Burnt newspaper ash, then a rather good burst of lemon bonbons, nice sweetness balancing with the rich peaty tones one would expect.


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