Ardbeg 30-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Very Old
Stated Age
30 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
04 Jul 2007 11:06 pm

Average value

€ 2326.42

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206 × member ratings

309 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 30-year-old

38 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.72 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. ColdAesthetics 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

  3. 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

    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
      a lot of dry dark chocolate
      Alcohol note back
      some dried apple ring

  4. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    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!
    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.
    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

  5. 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

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Great old style ardbeg, abv is a bit low

  7. 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...

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.


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