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Ardbeg Perpetuum

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
47.4 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml 750 ml
Bottled for
200 Years of Ardbeg
Added on
23 May 2015 12:32 pm by LukeFive

Average value

€ 177,52

57 × in wishlist

887 × member ratings

4666 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Perpetuum

138 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.44 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  Why not compare this release against its two sucessors Dark Cove (WB id 81438) and Kelpie (WB id 86163)?

    I never ever thought (when Perpetuum was released) that this bottling will win against its successors as I (like many others) had the impression this was the weakest Ardbeg Day edition so far.  But now I must confess:  This was the best (to my liking) in three years.  Oh, oh Ardbeg - where are you heading to...
    • Nose
      85 85
      The colour of the Perpetuum is clearly the most pale of the three, while Dark Cove (nomen est omen) is the darkest. Kelpie is closer to Perpetuum than to Dark Cove, maybe just one or two shades darker. While Perpetuum has the most Ardbeg trademark nose (surprisingly) Dark Cove is rather shy but much sweeter (due to the dark sherry casks) and Kelpie offers some strange aromas on eucalyptus and camphor (that remind me a little bit of a cough medicine and disinfectant solution). Interestingly I find the Perpetuum best and the Kelpie by far the weakest in this head-to-head.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Perpetuum is based all around sweet and peaty flavours that are not too complex, but somehow balanced. Dark Cove is due to the sherry casks much sweeter, the peat is more in the background. Again it is a little bit hot and peppery. Kelpie is all about this strange eucalyptus/menthol flavour (maybe they should have named it "Koala" instead) - if you love this, than it is probably very interesting (Helmut Schmidt, the former German chancellor, who smoked menthol cigarettes only would like this, probably). But I do not, I hate menthol as it reminds me of bitter medicine... You guess my rating for this round now, don't you?
    • Finish
      85 85
      Perpetuum arrives big and mouth-coating on the palate while Dark Cove is quite sweet, but a little bit hot at the first sip. Kelpie is a little bit hot and peppery too and not as mouth-coating as the Perpetuum. Again Perpetuum wins this round closely followed by Dark Cove. Kelpie is not impressive. The Perpetuum finish is very clean and long, typically Ardbeggian. Dark Cove has a quite long but very sweet finish that is somehow more one-dimensional than the Perpetuum. And the Kelpie: The finish gets dry and bitter (due to the heavy tannins of the virgin oak), I do not like such a profile. It is significantly shorter than the other two as well, so again: Perpetuum first, Dark Cove second, Kelpie last...

  2. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Strong peat smoke, but more elegant than the Corryvreckan. Citrus fruits, vanilla and maritime flavors, some rosemary. In the mouth then medically peaty, pepper, somehow wet cloth, honey, sea. Finish. Smoky porky, some oak, menthol and light citrus fruits. Strong smoker who also has his elegant side. A good Ardbeg.

  3. fisher scored this whisky 81 points Newbie

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. schengel10 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Alone considered a good malt - in the Ardbeg level, however, quite far behind. In direct comparison, he is in my opinion not better than the TEN, but costs 3 times more. For "200th Anniversary" you could have offered more ....
    [Color] white wine;
    • Nose
      typical Ardbeg smoke, mint, citrus, sweetness, oak;
    • Taste
      soft oily sweet onset, vanilla, herbs, seasoning (pepper?), above (ham) smoke, ashes, still young;
    • Finish
      medium length finish; sweet smoke sounds long after;

  5. TechnOBY scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. MrYens scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  7. Kensay scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nose - sweet smoke, eucalyptus, sea salt, very balanced and not too saturated
    Taste - young sweet, first spiced with spices, then goes into a sweetish pear
    The finish is very smooth, sweetish with light notes of accuracy

    Good young drink ardbeg

  8. el Gato scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Classic for the distillery. Gentle peat. Lemon- Medicinal. Apples. minerals campher.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet peat. Frassy. Lemons. Sweet liquerice. Fruity. White pepper. Herbs.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Sweet peat. lemons. Sweet liquerice. Minerals, Green Apples and vanilla

  9. miz scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Citrus, metallic, smoke, sweet, marzipan, maybe some fresh grass or even mint
    • Taste
      Dry, sweet, leather. With a little water: ashes
    • Finish
      Long, dry, slightly bitter, dull smoke

  10. Albaron scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    A very mild whisky, nowhere looks very harmonious and balanced, a girl whisky, nevertheless exciting and not boring
    • Nose
      clear smoke, but mild, sour, cereals, margarine, fresh citrus notes with some fresh mint and some vanilla
    • Taste
      dry smoke, slightly phenolic, ash, vanilla, cereals, fresh citrus notes towards lime, very fresh, some mint and a hint of sherry
    • Finish
      the smoke fades quickly, the ashes remain, a touch of tannins


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