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Ardbeg 30-year-old

Overall rating
90.76/100
votes
185
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Very Old
Bottled
1997
Stated Age
30 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010106170625
Added on
04 Jul 2007 11:06 pm

Average value

€ 1928.98

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185 × member ratings

289 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 30-year-old

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.76 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2000]  I had this dram during an Ardbeg rarities tasting at Rolandsbogen.  The price of this fine tasting was as low as 180 Deutschmark (90 Euro) plus 70 Deutschmark for an excellent four-course dinner. 

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this 90 points only.  My notes state it is quite shy in the nose.  The body is very complex and well balanced.  Its profile is comparable the 10 year old guaranteed.  This low rating might be caused by the extraordinary line-up this evening (see below), in later tastings I scored this whisky significantly higher (up to 94 points)...

    It was an extraordinary decadent line-up this evening:
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/25438/ardbeg-1975-rwd
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/22965/ardbeg-1975-ca
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/13870/ardbeg-ten
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/12324/ardbeg-10-year-old-guaranteed
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/1636/ardbeg-1974-gm
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/3143/ardbeg-1976-gm
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/43686/ardbeg-1964-gm
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/62/ardbeg-30-year-old-very-old
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/7342/ardbeg-1967-sv
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/7341/ardbeg-1967-sv
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/675/ardbeg-1974-provenance
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/1306/ardbeg-1976-cask-2391

    and as a bonus dram "one for the road"
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/4235/ardbeg-1972-dl

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    the nose is really good
    the mouth can not compete
    and loses a lot through the alcoholic note, which is atypical for an Ardbeg
    the finish again a little better
    but remains modest
    and unspectacular
    pity, such a complex whisky would have a much better rating
    can receive

    ranking
    1st nose, 2nd finish, 3rd mouth
    • Nose
      old dusty raisins
      Sherry as if thickened
      with a sweet fresh clementine note
      ripe plump plums
      a delicate medical note
      juicy apple meat
      very sweet sweetish smoke
      some leather
    • Taste
      a very cool start
      dark dry chocolate fills the mouth
      something bitter medical alcohol note
      sour grapefruit
      a chocolates feeling
      In my mouth I do not feel Ardbeg at all
    • Finish
      long
      bitter
      Wood
      a lot of dry dark chocolate
      Alcohol note back
      some dried apple ring

  3. cuhp scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Maritime, leather, light sherry, red berries, licorice, lemon, watermelon, sweets.

    Taste: Licorice, leather, nutmeg, salt, a bit thin.

    Finish: Salt, licorice, leather, black pepper.

  4. cuhp scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Maritime, leather, light sherry, red berries, licorice, lemon, watermelon, sweets.

    Taste: Licorice, leather, nutmeg, salt, a bit thin.

    Finish: Salt, licorice, leather, black pepper.

  5. cuhp scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Maritime, leather, light sherry, red berries, licorice, lemon, watermelon, sweets.

    Taste: Licorice, leather, nutmeg, salt, a bit thin.

    Finish: Salt, licorice, leather, black pepper.

  6. cuhp scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Maritime, leather, light sherry, red berries, licorice, lemon, watermelon, sweets.

    Taste: Licorice, leather, nutmeg, salt, a bit thin.

    Finish: Salt, licorice, leather, black pepper.

  7. JasonWhiskyWise scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      Initially the nose starts out rather mellow and light compared to many other aged Islay's I've tried in the past. Lets get started on the notes, the nose begins with a cool tarry note as if its just rained on the freshly laid tarmac. Freshly dug earthiness, then it moves into orchard fruits: conference pears without the skins, golden green apples, then a honeydew melon sweetness comes out of the blue and a mild lime bursts on the nose to reveal a citrus note.
    • Taste
      89 89
      To begin with the texture, it has a nice medium / full texture as its silky on the palate but the first thing to come to mind is the spices, more towards black pepper and clove followed by the mid smoke which is blown over the top of these spices. It then leads into a stewed green apple and that honeydew melon off the nose returns.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The finish is rather soft yet carries on the palate for a while, the more sweeter notes linger around and the smoke which was there on the nose and palate has now completely dissipated ending on a sweet pineapple and apricot jam.

  8. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Colour:
    maisgelb
    Nose:
    Fine, pleasing aroma structure with sweet, delicious fruits of lime, grapefruit and fine lemon juice with salty spice. These phenolic notes of peaty broth and rope. But also honey, some wet coal and brook stones are in the nose with it. A nice combination of old Ardbegaromen, which we would like to try as cask strength!
    Taste:
    Soft and still slightly wobbly on the legs (40%). Herbs, wood, mint, peat and coal. Then getting better and rounder. The so beloved phenols with medical notes and hot asphalt are pushing through, albeit with difficulty and discreetly. All right, if a bit weak-tempered.
    Finish:
    Medium long and now slightly revving. The fruity spice tingles on the tongue. The phenols and the smoke are getting more intense again - nice!
    92 points
    N: 92P / G: 91P / F: 92P

  9. RL_whisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. EarlMobile scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Delicious, beautifully balanced and mild Ardbeg. Unfortunately a bit too unspectacular and the low alcohol content lacks that certain something.

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