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Ardbeg 17-year-old

Overall rating
88.58/100
votes
14
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
10.03.2003
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Cask
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Ultimate Whisky Experience
Bottle code
L3 069 xx43 4ML
Added on
30 Mar 2015 9:20 am by Gronqvist
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 578,30

3 × in wishlist

14 × member ratings

32 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 17-year-old

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.58 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2003] Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 49 Euro in August, 2003.

    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 87,5. I took no further notes.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Task: Make me an Ardbeg who has no more smoke and does not taste like Ardbeg.
    Result: Almost succeeded.
    Basically, everything has been bred out here, which usually makes an Ardbeg. And that's not just because he was bottled with Ardbeg's rather unusual understatement 40% Vol. Smoke is present, but only as a short visitor in the nose. Otherwise, this is a whisky, which seems to want to compete with a slightly matured Glenmorangie.
    Not a bad whisky, not that. And why not play around with the possibilities of barrel selection and everything else? But you should not expect a "real" Ardbeg here.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet melon, applesauce, pear and orange juice - it starts fruity, the fruit note is not intrusive, but scurries discreetly into the nose.
      At the beginning a minimal trace of smoke, some tar and salt - but this impression vanishes quickly. Instead, fruity notes predominate, accompanied by vanilla and honey.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Slip gently over and over the tongue and lay there for the beginning green apples and over-ripe pears. Fine-sour wood flavors give a certain depth. On the tongue one searches the smoke in vain. All gone.
      After a while, the fruits mingle with milk chocolate, and vanilla and honey also set in after a while, making sure that the tart wood aromas do not turn bitter.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Short to medium with local fruits, dry wood and honey.

  3. Gronqvist scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I think I remember that Jim Murray some time ago, chosen this particular bottling as the best Ardbeg, he had tasted in a long time !
    • Nose
      Sweet, dusty and floral with notes of pineapple, apricots, mango, papaya, heather, lavender, malt, pine resin, a hint of petrol, sea air, bonfire smoke and peat.
    • Taste
      Big and rich with notes of apricot, citrus, vanilla, cocoa, pepper, chili, sawdust, salt, sweet oak and lots of peat. Slightly bitter.
    • Finish
      Fairly long with notes of red grapfrugter, vanilla, hint of cardamom, malt, tar, charred wood, peat and oak.

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