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Ardbeg Perpetuum

Overall rating
84.56/100
votes
757
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 700 ml 750 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5010494924800
Bottled for
200 Years of Ardbeg
Added on
23 May 2015 12:32 pm by LukeFive

Average value

€ 177.88

Tastingtags

129 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...
Falnor
Expert Senior Falnor Review note
13 Jun 2018 10:32 pm
Falnor gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
84.2
Nose
85
Initial taste
84
Body
84
Finish
83
Price
83
Presentation
87
lachaineduwhisky
Expert Senior lachaineduwhisky Note
13 Jun 2018 2:26 pm

Nez cendré, frais, telle une brise maritime. Assez minéral dans un premier temps. La patience apporte, par vagues successives, du caramel, des fruits jaunes, du chocolat. En bouche, tourbe franche, mais pas écrasante, très bien contrebalancée par des fruits juteux, qui donnent envie de reprendre une gorgée ! Le tout est d'une grande finesse, sans recherche d'excès comme leurs récents cask strength (Supernova, Alligator...) Il y a des épices - modérément - de la douceur, de l'équilibre, c'est très bien fait. La finale donne sur la vanille et les cendres. Quelques gouttes d'eau mettent la vanille à l'honneur au nez.

Enthousiasme 4/5

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ricallende
Expert Senior ricallende Tasting note
22 May 2018 11:00 am
ricallende gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Amber
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.

Comments

easily drinkable for an Ardbeg!

Jambon
Member Senior Jambon Note
30 Apr 2018 7:35 pm
Jambon gave this whisky 85 points

Nice smokey taste. Smooth. Finish too short.

DrBardamu
Expert Senior DrBardamu Review note
12 Apr 2018 4:59 am
DrBardamu gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
85.8
Nose
87
Initial taste
86
Body
85
Finish
84
Price
87
Presentation
87
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guerriero82
Expert Senior guerriero82 Note
11 Apr 2018 7:29 pm

Tasting Whiskynotes.be :


Ardbeg Perpetuum ∞

(47,4%, OB 2015)

Nose: quite warm, with deep sooty notes and some simmering ashes. Hints of wet tarmac. On the other side there is enough honey, vanilla and chocolate to make it rounder. Some candied lemon, as well as a few floral notes. It’s not very complex and seemingly less intense than the standard 10, but I love its balance. Mouth: oily but less elegant, it comes through instantly, showing raw peat smoke, chili pepper and oak. Ginger. Settles down after a while. Still a chocolate coating and some youngish pear drops underneath. Hints of grapefruit and dried seaweed towards the end. Finish: long, full of saltwater, herbal notes and tequila.

It’s good. Not eternally good, but one of the better Ardbeg Day releases, I think. It combines a balanced nose and plenty of strong smoke on the palate. Between € 95 and € 150, depending on the greediness of your retailer.

Score: 87/100

My Collection
whiskyfacile
Expert Junior whiskyfacile Tasting note
11 Apr 2018 5:33 pm
whiskyfacile gave this whisky 83 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

N: molto aperto e per nulla spiacevole, anzi; però, a dirla tutta, ci sono tre cose tre… Un’intensa agrumatura (neologismi come se piovessero) di limone e lime; un senso zuccherino di vaniglia e caramella (le gelée zuccherate, magari proprio quelle agli agrumi); note di un’affumicatura molto torbosa, acre, ma quasi gentile… Su tutto aleggia un senso di legnosetto e di cereale, verde, giovane e piacevole. Certo non complesso, ma facile e gradevole nelle sua stessa facilità.

Taste

P: non ti aggredisce mai, piuttosto ti blandisce con una nota smarmellata di veniglia e di aghi di pino bruciati (avete presente quando si mette la legna giovane nel falò, e fa un gran fumo ‘verde’?). Il fumo è molto presente, proprio sotto forma di legna bruciata; Serge dice ‘poco fenolico’ e sì, è vero, da questo punto di vista il palato è molto poco Ardbeg. Come al naso, una nota agrumata generosa (lime e cedro). Piattino, morbido e giovinetto.

Finish

F: tutto sul brucio, molto semplice e rotondo, solo un pit di vaniglia. Onestamente si affievolisce in fretta.

Gerhans
Member Senior Gerhans Review note
15 Jan 2018 3:34 pm
Gerhans gave this whisky 90 points

To me, this is the definition of an Ardbeg: bold, peppery, iodine, with those vanilla, pear and citrus qualities that make most Ardbeg expression so tasty and interesting. Think of the standard 10 expression with an added chocolate chili note that gives it an extra kick. 

I absolutely loved this whisky, but I do feel that at its current price it's just not worth the additional 150 euro compared to the regular 10 y/o.

At a 100 euro price this would be a blind buy for me, but at the recent 200 euro price I'd want a bit more complexity, an age statement and plainly something a bit more unique.

Weighted Rate
86.6
Nose
88
Initial taste
90
Body
90
Finish
90
Price
65
Presentation
85
Life's too short to drink shitty whisky.
Cast Olila
Connoisseur Cast Olila Review note
18 Dec 2017 9:17 pm
Cast Olila gave this whisky 81 points
Weighted Rate
83.4
Nose
84
Initial taste
83
Body
82
Finish
83
Price
85
Presentation
85
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