Ardbeg 1980 Kildalton

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
23 years old
Number of bottles
57.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L4 271
Added on
04 Jul 2007 11:06 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2525.40

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1980 Kildalton

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.27 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    with water, the orange comes very nicely into the foreground
    and the different flavors are more compact and intense

    a very tasty whisky, which is fruity, floral
    with well integrated smoke and peat notes

    and a very nice for Ardbegverhältnisse decent finish, a tick too pale, he remains in the memory
    yes i'am in heaven
    but my ticket was too expensive
    • Nose
      tingling citrus fruits, delicate vanilla, camphor, lavender honey,
      early summer strawberries
    • Taste
      very fresh and sparkling, the nose continues very nicely

      Orange marmalade, yellow fruit sweetness, nutty, tender marzipan, dark chocolate

      I associate an alcohol praline:
      dark chocolate, sugar, strong alcohol, orange marzipan
    • Finish
      not long for an Ardbeg

      Dark chocolate with candied oranges, light peat smoke, pleasant> licorice, tobacco

  2. pere scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    When tasted head to head with the 1981, this 1980 is a bit more maritime and the sweet fruits are more pronounced. The -81 is also a bit drier and there is a toasted note, which is not apparent on the -80. Overall I do prefer this 1980 over the 1981.

  3. Tobbe1979 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Frutiy, woody, eucalyptus with peppar wood complexity.
    • Nose
      Apples and camphoor.
    • Taste
      Frutiy, peppar, tingly and very mothcoating
    • Finish
      Long, complex with caresses of sweet, citrus and spiced wood.

  4. Squinugie scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. toklian did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge says:

    Ardbeg 1980/2004 ‘Kidalton’
    (57.6%, OB)
    I’m glad I could finally taste
    this unpeated version. The nose starts
    on fresh apples, apple juice. Develops
    on mint, peppermint and citronella.
    Excellent. The mouth is sweet but
    quite spicy, both peppery and gingery,
    with quite some wood. In short, it’s
    bold but very elegant and balanced.
    So, Ardbeg doesn’t just mean
    ‘peat’! 90 points

  6. zby0001 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. alectron scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Single dram note, tried at the distillery in the `Now And Then` tasting.
    Transferring previous Note (2011.11.30) content into a Tasting Note
    • Nose
      Pears, vanilla, tobacco bright, strawberries, cream,
    • Taste
      big woody spicyness, strawberries, licorice,
    • Finish
      F: more complex fruit & malt with a hint of smoke

  8. granella2003 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A legendary Ardbeg, Kildalton was a one-off bottling (1300 bottles released in

    2004) of some experimental unpeated and lightly peated whiskies made at the

    distillery in 1980. It is known that these experiments ran from 1979-81, but

    while a 1981 Kildalton mini appeared in the Ardbeg Peat Pack a few years ago the

    1979 vintage has yet to see the light of day. Fingers crossed they haven`t lost

    it or used it in any of their other bottlings

  9. Furtia scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. wcotting scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84


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