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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

€ 185,58

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Perpetuum

132 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 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

    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...
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. St. Pauli scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    It's not so very special to be honest. It's not a bad whisky by all means, and it doesn't have any obvious flaws. Yet it's a rather uninspiring combination of lemon, peat and vanilla. If it would have been a standard bottling instead of the yearly Ardbeg special, I wouldn't have been surprised.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Colour: pale gold
      Appearance: quick, thick legs

      Very mineral actually, on limestone and a pebble beach. Further: moderately peaty (especially for Ardbeg), with moss, kippers and wood smoke. Futher: vanilla, lemon and red apple.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Medium-bodied, rather mellow with dominance of vanilla and minerals. Further: mossy peat, ash from the bbq, and lemon juice. It is nothing spectacular, even rather dull.
    • Finish
      82 82
      A hint of pepper and ginger, lemon zest, and mossy peat. It fades too quickly.

  6. Falnor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  7. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ashy nose, fresh, like a sea breeze. Quite mineral at first. Patience brings, in successive waves, caramel, yellow fruits, chocolate. In the mouth, frank peat, but not overwhelming, very well counterbalanced by juicy fruits, which make you want to take a sip! The whole is of great finesse, without looking for excess like their recent cask strength (Supernova, Alligator ...) There are spices - moderately - the softness, balance, it is very well done . The finish is on vanilla and ashes. A few drops of water put vanilla in the spotlight. Enthusiasm 4/5

  8. ricallende scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    easily drinkable for an Ardbeg!
    • Nose
      Tar, soot and pine resin leads to dark chocolate, treacle toffee, and a distant, nutty/oaky note. Water initiates fresh, briny sea-spray, linseed oil, and a pine resin/lime top note. Remarkably fresh for such a peaty whisky..
    • Taste
      Intense, robust peat smoke, savoury smoky bacon, cinnamon and nutmeg, but also an incredible creamy, sweet vanilla/milk chocolate note.
    • Finish
      The never-ending aftertaste sees more linseed oil (a hint of the Sherry Casks), creosote and tar, but understated, always gentle.

  9. Jambon scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Nice smokey taste. Smooth. Finish too short.

  10. DrBardamu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84


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