Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Malts of Scotland (MoS)
Bottling serie
The warehouse dram No. 4
Refill Sherry Hogshead
MoS 14022
Number of bottles
57.8 % Vol.
50 ml 500 ml
Added on
21 Aug 2014 6:52 pm by SteveW110
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 262.00

11 × in wishlist

35 × member ratings

65 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1998 Ardborn MoS

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.63 points

  1. fritzbrause scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I always preferred the "older" Ardbegs distilled before 1997, but i needed to change my opinion after the Supernova range, which is still one of my all time favourits. The latest (independend) bottled Ardbegs show the impressive power of this distillery. I was very curious about this single cask expression from a refill hogshead. Normally the sherry notes are mostly gone in a refill, in this case, they are pretty obvious.
    i LOVE the nose of this one. Straight forward salty smoky Ardbeg, but nicely embedded in fine and sweet aromas. Wonderfully balanced. The palate is at first not so powerful as expected, but evolves pretty quick in a very sweet and peaty challenge. Smoke. Loads of smoke, coming thru a salty sweet evolvment. Its getting pretty dry in the finish, but the evolving in the palate is VERY impressive. The Whisky leaves a very dry mouthfeel behind. Adding water calms him down a little bit. Makes him warmer and not so impressive. I think it was bottled at perfect age in perfect strength. Thanks to Thomas Ewers for letting us bottling these for ourselves and please give us more of this kind of wonderful Whiskies!

  2. Albaron scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Strong sherry influence and the phenolic smoke dominate this whisky, in addition very minerally and somewhat artificially by the rubber, which disappears however slowly and after some time in the glass is barely noticeable. Has exciting aromas, from Ardbeg you notice almost nothing and blind you could probably think of him as a Laphroaig. That's his only drawback but of course whining at a high level, because he is delicious.
    • Nose
      strong phenolic smoke, very mineral, sherry, raisins, then some alcohol, slightly burnt on gum, slightly meaty, black tea, a little bit dark chocolate
    • Taste
      phenolic strong smoke, mineral, sherry and raisins, orange marmalade and orange juice, brown cane sugar, some sawdust
    • Finish
      the cane sugar and the orange marmalade fade slowly, the phenolic smoke stays longer, in between a little oily, then slightly astringent and a hint of tannins, but also dry old wood

  3. Hemdl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The nose here clearly the weakest part for me, in terms of taste and, above all, on the finish, the Ardborn collects plus points. The currently (Booth Arpil 2018) called 210 € per bottle would be me this malt but not worth it.
    • Nose
      For 16 years relatively sharp and young in the nose. Dark peat smoke and pleasantly light, sweet sherry notes mingle. The typically citrusy aromas for Ardbeg are completely missing. Not unpleasant or bad, but not really outstanding.
    • Taste
      Gentler on the palate than in the nose, the alcohol here is far less spicy. Very sweet sherry notes, pleasantly integrated in camp fire smoke and some oak. Nice interaction that Ardbeg does not overlay or overwhelm here, that suits. It does not always have to be first-fill sherry.
    • Finish
      Slightly astringent, long and warming. Strong, but not alcoholic. The Sherrynoten last a long time and ensure an almost lovely finish. Really nice.

  4. kaju scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      69 69

  5. kaju scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Smoke, something sweet in the beginning.
    • Taste
      Nice smoky, a bit salty, a bit sweet, no unpleasant alcoholic pungency, good drinkable cask strength.
    • Finish
      Medium finish, the smoke and some wood, nut, sweetness stay longer.

  6. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Parallel Casting with Ardbeg 1998/2014 Little Miss Piggy MoS Port Cask Finish, 56.2%. As with the Little Miss Piggy, the original Ardbeg character in the nose does not appear at first. This one astonishes with its grassy nose and tongue note, which I have not had with an Ardbeg OA yet. Not a bad whisky, but I expect something different from an Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      Freshly mown grass. Wild spring flowers. At first, the smoke is discreet, but it gets stronger over time. Some blue cheese.
    • Taste
      Also on the tongue again this grassy note, here rather hay / straw. Cold smoke with citrus note. Some oak, wild honey and almonds.
    • Finish
      Medium long and dry. The smoke stays for a long time, the floral note from the nose comes back.

  8. SteveW110 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    11-2014 sold for 227€
    01-2015 sold for 177€
    02-2015 sold for 155€

  9. SteveW110 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Great malt!
    Search in the OA area of ​​his peers.

    The sherry influence is beautifully integrated, not superimposed and leaves the Ardbeg its freedom to fully develop!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92


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