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Ardbeg Perpetuum

Overall rating 689 votes 84.58
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2015
Casktype
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
72000
Strength
47.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L61548 15003010
Barcode
5010494924800
Bottled for
200 Years of Ardbeg
Added on
23 May 2015 12:32 pm by LukeFive

Tastingtags

121 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
23 Mar 2017 10:08 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 85 points

[March, 2017]  Why not compare this release against its two sucessors Dark Cove https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/81438/ardbeg-dark-cove and Kelpie https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/86163/ardbeg-kelpie ?

Colour:  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.

Nose:  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.

Arrival:  Perpetuum comes big and mouth-coating 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.

Body:  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:  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...

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 going to...

Weighted Rate
85.1
Nose
85
Initial taste
86
Body
84
Finish
85
Price
86
Presentation
85
There is no accounting for taste...
ARDBERG
Connoisseur ARDBERG Review note
04 Dec 2017 9:15 pm
ARDBERG gave this whisky 84 points

With lots of air the dram gains 4 points with me.

Weighted Rate
86
Nose
87
Initial taste
86
Body
85
Finish
86
Price
86
Presentation
86
whiskyandco
Expert Junior whiskyandco Note
27 Oct 2017 5:56 pm
whiskyandco gave this whisky 84 points
rb854
Expert Junior rb854 Tasting note
29 Sep 2017 12:10 pm
rb854 gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

It’s warm and full. Vanilla, chocolate, peat, smoked fish, bacon, some campfire, malt, fruit, a couple of raisins, apples, cinnamon and juniper and something a bit creamy/oily.

Taste

A big hit in the mouth. Peat, chocolate, coffee, a bit peppery, some cinnamon, there are some fruity notes at the back, smoke, ashy.

Finish

A slight bitterness, peat, cinnamon, chocolate and a fresh whiff of liquorice. Still a bit ashy, like after smoking a cigarette.

Comments

It is a nice dram and it wouldn’t be a punishment to drink some more of it, but it’s not overwhelming. I liked the Uigeadail a lot more.

Gatopardo
Expert Junior Gatopardo Tasting note
24 Sep 2017 6:21 pm
Gatopardo gave this whisky 81 points
Color
White wine
Nose

Smoke, smoke and smoke. Peat. Iodine. Medicinal. Lemon, green apple, pear. Resinous. Smoky meat. Hints of oak.

Taste

Oaky. Tobacco ashes. Sour and salty. A lot of peat. A bit dry. Medicinal. Laphroaig style.

Finish

Long. Like licking a leather jacket after a long night in the smokers club

Comments

Nice nose but not convinced about the sour note on the palate. Considering the money we have better options. Reay close to Ardbeg 10. Damm marketing...

I notice a lot of similarities with Lagavulin 8 years old from 2016

HiBelgium
Member Senior HiBelgium Review note
06 Aug 2017 6:20 pm
HiBelgium gave this whisky 85 points
Weighted Rate
84.8
Nose
85
Initial taste
82
Body
85
Finish
85
Price
90
Presentation
84
Whisky-Tester
Expert Senior Whisky-Tester Review note
01 Jul 2017 8:38 pm
Whisky-Tester gave this whisky 85 points
Weighted Rate
84.7
Nose
85
Initial taste
83
Body
85
Finish
84
Price
85
Presentation
88
Maltseller
Member Senior Maltseller Review note
26 Jun 2017 11:58 pm
Maltseller gave this whisky 83 points
Weighted Rate
83.3
Nose
85
Initial taste
84
Body
82
Finish
84
Price
80
Presentation
83
MadScientist
Connoisseur MadScientist Review note
18 Jun 2017 10:28 pm
MadScientist gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
87.6
Nose
89
Initial taste
88
Body
87
Finish
90
Price
80
Presentation
88

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