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Ardbeg Perpetuum

Overall rating
84.52/100
votes
1087
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
2015
Casktype
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
72000
Strength
47.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml 750 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5010494924800
Bottled for
200 Years of Ardbeg
Added on
23 May 2015 12:14 pm by LukeFive
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 235.33

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5453 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Perpetuum

157 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.52 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. thebonewolf scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Classic Ardbeg, but some much lighter, fruitier elements that aren’t quite so typical, at least not this prominent.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Crisp, banana, floral, green smoke, vanilla, earthy.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Smoke and sweet, salt, ash.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Pepper, smoke, creamy fruit. Long.

  3. Tordeaux scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. Reakwoon scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Somehow the perpetual motion reminds me a lot of the drum.
    Didn't really have high expectations based on the average ratings.
    In the end, however, I am positively surprised and find that the perpetual motion machine is a pleasant and tasty malt.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Pleasantly fresh, like citrus and limes. Slightly smoky.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Honey, chocolate and very woody.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Very soft finish. A combination of smoke tobacco.

  5. Usl1978 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Blind cost!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smells stronger than it actually is.
      Citrus fruits, light glue, fresh ... little peat
    • Taste
      86 86
      now the peat comes out lightly with a slight sweetness ... GOOD
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium length and very good to drink!
      Overall, a very good Ardbeg!

  6. lucero scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. MH90 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    The nose is the highlight, reminded me of a bowl of seafood at a beach bar with a burning fire pit. Fun!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Typical ardbeg profile to be recognized. Beach, sea and rough coastal areas. Peat, seaweed, samphire, lemon and shellfish. Vanilla. Nice teamwork!
    • Taste
      85 85
      Less challenging than the nose. Seaweed and smoke (light BBQ meat), also some vanilla, some pear. Not very complex.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long, even, little development. Sweet smoke, spices, green apple.

  8. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. TsiAI scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when tasting: 26℃

    Eyes: light yellow and smell the fragrance. Nose: reef, vegetation, ashes, iodine, sea salt. Underneath is cream and sugar water, some stewed red pears, the sweetness is very secret, butter shellfish, there are some fishy smell of raw fish and some fresh seaweed.
    Taste the Palate: the extremely heavy peat, the charred branches continue to emit black smoke, bringing out some dark coke layer at the bottom of the pot. Lighter sweetness, less layered, woody.
    Final rhyme Finish: long, smoky, seawater, toasted butter cake Body: medium, oily, strong body, less irritation, not light.

    Nose: 85/100
    Palate: 84/100
    Finish: 84/100
    Body: 84/100
    Overall: 84/100

  10. gaboruso scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

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