Ardbeg 1979-1980

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Committee Reserve
Stated Age
21 years old
Number of bottles
56.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
23 Dec 2008 7:21 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1692.57

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102 × member ratings

172 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1979-1980

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.98 points

  1. Teresa scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  2. SFWC scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Revisiting this baby for my 40th birthday celebration. It followed a 1979 Glenfarclas family cask release X (very lovely). Upping my score of 92 to 95. Our bottle has quite some air in it and is a few years old now maybe 1/5th left. Ardbeg as it usually does tastes better at the bottom of the bottle and this is no exception. Stuart Thompson really had an eye for the right casks and the plethora of flavours on offer here is quite something. Perhaps not the most balanced or the most knife edge like earlier 70’s single casks. Not the sweetest either, these bourbon casks arent super tropical starburst like 74’ Provenance but there is classic Ardbeg quality here with muscular peat that plays a deep bass, salt, coastal air, seaweed and savoury flavours. The fruits dance around and play second fiddle here so those casuals with their sweet tooths wont appreciate the greatness in this bottle , but thats is fine because we always root for the underdog.

  3. Griller76 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    A well-matured Ardbeg, but no toppings. However, a thoroughly treatable drop.
    • Nose
      Roasted hazelnuts, light sherry sweetness, light oak notes, tart spices
    • Taste
      mouth-filling well balanced sweetness, oak bitterness slightly too strong, a little tart spices of a Christmas punch with rum, slightly medical note
    • Finish
      Mitellang with sweetness and a little dying log fire.

  4. Omegastorm did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Sold one today to a friend for £850 Pounds. Hard to let go but he is keen on stating a collection have one more left.

  5. Allandale scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    With a firm  ,unyielding body.
    • Nose
      Firm,but aromas more tightly combined . As though the brine and iodine-like seaweed had permeated a stretch  of hard, compacted sand.
    • Taste
      Instant hit of flavours. The maritime character overlaying pepper, lemons, fresh limes, bananas .( after that bracing walk on the beach an afternoon of snoozy luxury with fruits pastries)
    • Finish
      After the snooze, a hot shower with coal-tar soap. That characteristic tar-like smokiness and phenol.

  6. Gronqvist did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Officiel Committee "Nose" Tasting Notes, from Ardbeg ( Stuart Thomson ) :

    Colour - Deep Gold
    Nose - Rich and full-bodied, this unique vatting of Ardbeg perfectly combines deep peaty and richly aromatic notes. At full strength the aroma is a heady combination of rich fruits and spices interwoven with peat smoke and iodine. Cherries, orange peel and blackcurrants are all discovered; with the sweetness of marzipan, rum and raisins and Christmas cake. Boiling sweets (cloves and aniseed balls) and roasted coffee simmer beneath the surface.

    With water, more fruit is revealed; peaches, wine gums and fruit pulp. The peat now discloses its many dimensions with coal tar soap, syrup from old medicine bottles and the hallmark heather, seaweed and mossy aromas so characteristic of peat cut on Islay. Deeper notes of beeswax and leather follow and the marzipan noticed earlier now emerges as a gentle almond nuttiness.
    Taste - Rich and exceptionally deep with peat, the mouthfeel is initially mouthfilling, tingly and mouthwatering as the fruit, oak spices and layers of peat smoke caress every taste bud.

    In flavour, boiling sweets (menthol and cloves), apples and a salty tang set the taste buds watering; immediately followed by the enormity and dryness of peat revealing birch moss, wood smoke and freshly ground coffee.
    Finish - Very long, dry and intensely smoky and peaty, with ground coffee and bitter almonds.

  7. zby0001 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  8. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/21-jaehrige-ardbeg-abfuellungen-aus-zwei-verschiedenen-epochen-32061/ Color: straw yellow / pale gold
    Nose: Strongly salty peat, lemon juice, sweet lime with honey, smoky-maritime with aromas of green, sugared rhubarb compote.
    Taste: Creamy and very peaty sweetness with fresh lemon and lemon balm. In addition, dry herbs that develop more and more salty and tart.
    Finish: mid-length. Decay relatively quickly! Peat, honey and a pleasant tart note of wood and herbs remain on the tongue.
    Remark: Very straightforward without much debauchery - but still a decent Ardbeg!
    92 points (nose: 92 / taste: 92 / finish: 91)

  9. Sjors scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Various Bourbon Casks


    Cask No: 635  Fill Date: 08.02.1979

    Cask No: 1556 Fill Date: 05.03.1979

    Cask No: 9389 Fill Date: 15.08.1979

    Cask No: 9390 Fill Date: 15.08.1979

    Cask No: 9391 Fill Date: 15.08.1979

    Cask No: 9392 Fill Date: 15.08.1979

    Cask No: 9566 Fill Date: 29.08.1979

    Cask No: 9567 Fill Date: 29.08.1979

    Cask No: 122 Fill Date: 15.02.1980

    Cask No: 742 Fill Date: 07.04.1980

    Cask No: 1179 Fill Date: 25.04.1980

    Cask No: 1180 Fill Date 25.04.1980  


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