Ardbeg 30-year-old

Overall rating
90.74/100
votes
219
Whiskybase ID
WB62
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

€ 2446.99

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 30-year-old

33 users have left 42 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.74 points.

  1. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Elegant, time-honored Ardbeg, in which you lack a little power and probably. can find fault with more unique notes, especially the finish takes away a point.
    • Nose
      Already noticeable tar at first, but becomes velvety and elegant afterwards, vanilla, moist forest floor, but also light, fresh fruits, pineapple subtly and kiwi dried, tick ash, walnut, leather, a little Earl Gray, mandarin, tarragon
    • Taste
      Tarragon noticeable, tangerine, green and red apple, pineapple, kiwi, green tea, earl gray, fine leather, liquorice, rose petals, sweet smoke, moss, a little herbal honey, salt, walnut
    • Finish
      Resin, tarragon, tick mint, sweet smoke, tick wood, unfortunately rather medium-long & average

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  3. Petitcham scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Incense: Fresh and clean overall, Ardbeg's unique profound smoke and iodine, peat, sea scent

    Taste: clean and fresh fruit, pleasantly bitterness and bland, relatively rich body, peat and harmony, rich finish, not dramtic but easy to drink without getting tired

  4. notesofmalt scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg 30 years "very old", 40% alc. Original bottling

    Nose: Very elegant, the peat smoke is deep and pleasant, age has smoothed all edges. A pleasant sweetness comes up, raspberry jam hits me first, then some grenadine and black tea with honey. There is a light tobacco note, some cigar smoke and oiled oak.

    Palate: Green tea and a hint of peppermint, peat smoke. Then, quite distantly, lemon juice, leather and sweet pipe tobacco, dried berries, kitchen herbs and wood sugar.

    Finish: Very long, very pleasant, slightly smoked ham with herb honey marinade, cloves and rosemary.

    Conclusion: Great! 93/100 points

  5. riekio scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    This could hit 94 if I had more than a dram to taste. Extremely complex and well balanced - I see a lot of complaints on the abv here and of course it would rate higher at cask strength, but I challenge you to re-try in a blender's and take your time with this. you'll be rewarded

  6. obst scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    The Ardbegs available in 2003 were limited because the distillery stopped producing for a while. The Ardbegs from 1974 and 1977 were available, but clearly exceeded my budget at the time, so I came up with the 30-year-old Ardbeg as a peaty, smoky Islay whisky.
    I was blown away by this whisky.
    Since it was foreseeable that this whisky would soon be out of stock, I bought it again a little later.

  7. nallacam scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    He gets the points for the nose.
    Not much of the aroma arrives in the mouth. May also be due to the atypical 40% for Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Great old style ardbeg, abv is a bit low

  9. hhc1212 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Complex nosing and palate, fruity, oily, hint of peaty and citrus. Alcoholic never overrides your palate on other tastes, it somehow reminds me of the old Ten (clear glass) This 30yo very old is more oaky and gentle than the old ten, it takes around 30-45 mins to breathe. Very nice bottle, it would be nice if we can purchase it from its official price , 100 pounds...

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. RL_whisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  15. 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.

  16. eppelheimer scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Peat smoke with fruits, dark chocolate, some sherry and a hint of bacon.
    • Taste
      Very creamy on the palate. Smoke and fruit notes come with the chocolate. But there is a lack of momentum by the 40%.
    • Finish
      Long and pleasant on the palate. But could well tolerate 46%. Overall, but impressive.

  17. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Well integrated peat with green apples, lemon peel, powdered sugar, warm spices and seabreeze. Old bookshop, furniture polish and handrolled beeswax candles appear. This screams "Old Ardbeg". Of course It's not full throttle, more like a gentle and refined version of current bottlings. Getting sweeter with time in the glass.

    Taste: A soft and velvety arrival. Very salty and peaty, with typical well aged bourbon barrel characteristics. Apple skin, tart, peat (of course), but also cracked black pepper, cardboard and leather. Garden herbs, pine sap and a bit of ginger appear. Sadly the midpalate seems watery, flat and weak.  

    Finish: Well aged peat, green tea, moss, oak tannins and wet cardboard.

    A decent dram, but not really spectacular (except for the age statement and rarity of the bottle). In my opinion highly overrated. The bottling strength of 40% does not help either. The original retail price of around 130 quid seems fair though. For me, this is a perfect example that "old" does not equal "good/great". I think there are a ton of better vintage ardbegs out there. At least for my humble tastebuds. Why did they choose to bottle this at 40%? A nail in the coffin? The nose was quite promising, but this baby is just too fragile and has sadly lost it's mojo...

  18. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2002]  I emptied a bottle alone during my holidays at the north sea in Denmark.  I bought this bottle for for 250 Deutschmarks (128 Euros) in December, 2001.

  19. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2005]  I had another dram during an "30+ years" special tasting at Bonn.

    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 it 92,5.  I took no further notes.

  20. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2004]  I had another dram during an "30+ years" special tasting at Bonn.

    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 it 92,5.  I took no further notes.  

  21. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2002]  I had another dram during an Ardbeg rarities tasting in Bonn.

    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 92,5.  My notes state a dark blonde colour (amber) and a light texture.  The nose is on figs, oranges and a light sherry profile.  On the palate there is a marzipan flavour.

  22. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2001]  I had another dram during a Jim McEwan tasting while cruising the river Rhine aboard MS Godesia. 

    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 92,5.  My notes state a perfect mix of fruity and peaty aromas, absolutely well-balanced.  The finish is long.

  23. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2000]  I had another dram during an Ardbeg rarities tasting at Kyrburg. 

    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.  My notes state a smooth and rounded profile with some sherry notes.  Not typical Ardbeg, but very nice and interesting.  Good finish (hey, what's this???).  With a fair share of water it gets gentle and even more balanced, but flattens in the taste...

  24. 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

  25. Goethe scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    This Ardbeg needs its time in the glas to hit form before kicking you back in your comfy armchair in a very gentle way. Great stuff!

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 4/10 (2017)
    • Nose
      Peat, sweet, salted caramel, old grass, vanilla, dry dark chocolate, sherry, some bacon. Dusty.
    • Taste
      Peat, salt, dry dark chocolate, some dry sherry. Amazing texture.
    • Finish
      Long. Peat, salt, leather, dust and some old grapes.

  26. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    An outstanding nose - fruit, sweet-peat, soft, ethereal. I could nose this all day. The arrival translates to the nose brilliantly, but it is fleeting. The taste and finish fade too quickly, unfortunately. Still, a wonderful experience!

  27. franpincoffee scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    http://whiskycast.com/ratings/very-old-ardbeg/

    If you are ever offered a dram of Very Old Ardbeg, do not hesitate! This 30-year-old whisky was bottled in 1996, and is classic Ardbeg from the 60’s at its best. The nose is soft and smooth, lightly smoked with hints of brine, seaweed, and a touch of allspice. The taste is smooth with pepper and smoke that build slowly and never overpower the subtle sweetness of dried orange peels and honey underneath. The finish is slightly tart and clean with just a kiss of smoke.

  28. tebond968 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg 30y 'Very Old Ardbeg', 40%, OB 1997
    Oh yes, that wonderfully soft, sweet, old peat. Elegant, delicate, complex, balanced, it all applies to this nose. Mixed with a little salt, iodine, fruit such as apples, ripe peaches and orange jam, honey, vanilla, flowers and even some engine oil in the distance. And what is always an added value, this is pretty 'farmy'. Wet hay, wet dog. Very rich and creamy, with a little oak for its age. The taste is in line with the smell. Elegant and silky soft on tones of soft, creamy, sweet peat, juicy peaches, ditto apricots, orange, mandarin, soft spices (cinnamon, little pepper), vanilla, honey, a little salty. Some will argue that this is rather light and even somewhat flat on the taste. It is all rather light, 40%, what do you want. But this is so drinkable and so complex for its alcohol content, that that light character is more of an added value to me. Think also of the Ardbegs, but also Caol Ila's or Brora's, in Connoisseurs Choice bottlings of Gordon & MacPhail. Drinkability and complexity united. The aftertaste is not super long, that was to be expected, but it continues to enjoy. And here too, almost no oak. I think this fantastic whisky, but unfortunately no longer pay. 93/100 http://onversneden.com/2013/10/26/ardbeg-30y-very-old-ardbeg/

  29. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A great nose!

    A week taste (40%!)!

    A pleasant finish!

    Tasting with FineSpirits_butler1 in Ishigaki.
    • Nose
      Cherries, peat, leather chair, chocolate & coffee, strawberry jam, toffee pastries, alcohol, 'After Eight', sour-salty citrus, coffee-caramel, grapes, lemon-smoke, coffee ground with peat, bacon, sharp scouring powder, sweet pipe smoke, Ardbeg character appears, fine Sherry, orange peal, 'Blaue Zipfel', grainy notes, old elctronics
    • Taste
      A lot of cherries, citrus, pepper, smoke, peat, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, coffee, scouring milk, dusty old wood, some peach, salt, some tabacco and leather
    • Finish
      some Sherry cask, fruity-sweet, pepper & salt, tartness of herbs, leather and tobacco leaf, a little bitter, wood, grapes, old tractor, in the background you can find some cocoa powder, minty at the end

  30. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  31. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  32. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Single dram note with Armin Fuchs.

    Unfortunately someone had the idea to bottle this pearl with 40%.
    • Nose
      Cherries, peat, leather couch, chocolate and coffee, After Eight, chocolate, old lighthouse, citrus (sour salty), maritime and lemony fresh smoke, bacon, interchanging components of maritime Islay character and sweet Sherry, quince, resiny notes, old holiday home with gum and wood, dusty old files and old electronics.
    • Taste
      sweet peat with lemon, scouring milk with some pepper, fruits, getting saltier and saltier, surprisingly long, hints of chocolate.
    • Finish
      Island with an old Sherry cask in the background, salt and peat, tartness from herbs, slightly bitter, old tractor, some mint.

  33. 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

  34. Cast Olila scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  35. Aetius scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Calm, even muted, but man does this dram have class! A complex mix of bonfire and banana, smoke, and sweet fruit, sherry and tar, apple and oak. Love it! Score: 25/25
    Taste: A weakish first taste, and a slow start, but the result is not bad even though it doesn`t quite deliver what the nose promised. Score: 22/25
    Finish: It improves on the finish, and leaves a lingering sweetness in the mouth. Lovely, but too weak. Score: 23/25
    Balance: An impressive dram, marred by what could have been. 40% abv is just too low for this. A cask strength could have been a whisky for the record books. Score: 22/25

    Total: 92/100

  36. corbuso scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The nose of this Ardbeg is most complex, on old peat smoke. However, on the palate, it is rather thin and taste like peated water.

    Good unfortunately, too diluted.

  37. Andy scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    guuuuuuuuut
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  38. Missalotta scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Old style whisky. He has no more the character a the younger ones.
    It`s more the Gentlemen under the Ardbeg`s round, without edges.

  39. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    A bottling of `Very Old` Ardbeg, matured for at least 30 years, with the

    old style black label and presented in a dark wooden box.

  40. Feusi scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    This Ardbeg has clearly retired, to drink quite pleasant, but far too expensive. He does not, what the nose promises, appears trite and simple, nothing special. I understand it is a rare bottling, but isn`t it overrated?

     

  41. Timo scored this whisky 97 points Expert Junior

    The ultimate Ardbeg for me. You will not find one again.
    • Nose
      The nose is slightly stinging. Strong to oak, sweet, vigorous.
    • Taste
      The taste is very complex, powerful. Explosive, phenolic, honey, spicy, smoky, sweet.
    • Finish
      The finish is long. Warm, persistent, intense.

  42. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  43. EL34 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    totally overrated!

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