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Ardbeg Perpetuum

Overall rating
84.48/100
votes
935
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 12:14 pm by LukeFive

Average value

€ 185,81

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Perpetuum

142 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.48 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. Islaysmoke scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A bright color is not in the way of a nice whisky. The perpetual is wine-thin, great smoky note, coastal flair. He seems to me more mature than the 10s, but quite hefty in price. Nice whisky.
    • Nose
      Typical Ardbeg smoke already when opening the bottle. Strong aroma, light citric acid, minty? Sweet vanilla. Fresh!
    • Taste
      Surprisingly gentle on the palate. Then comes the smoke, sweet and malty. A bit of sharpness is spreading. Warming sweet vanilla.
    • Finish
      Rather long! Peaty smoke. A typical sweet Ardbegabgang.

  3. matts scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Character: Islay peat smoke, malt and grain make the program unsurprisingly.
    Evaluation: To the end, the perpetuality is lively and fresh; but I can not attribute a special charismatics to him. Simply a delicious, complacent and distillate smoker from the island of whisky dreams. From me there are consequently uncomplicated 86 points. For me personally, regardless of the price no large bottle candidate.
    • Nose
      Unmistakably Islay. The peat smoke is relatively fresh embedded. In addition to malt and cereal notes, there is something slightly biscuit, lemon juice and fresh green tea leaves. Again and again put with ashes, slightly sweet peat smoke in the nose. Not defying power, but rather with moderate intensity. There is a touch of honey and not individually tangible, subtle herbal notes. In the overall view relatively easy and not too complex.
    • Taste
      For a fraction of a second, the drop is slightly creamy and almost a bit modest on the tip of the tongue. Quite quickly, however, a mouthful of turf-smoked sweetish malt and cereal flavor floods the mouth. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light and elegant. Really many other flavors do not come through though. Larger saps go with a noticeable pinch of pepper and provide a pleasant warmth. In the transition to the finish, herbs reappear analogous to the nose. Walking almost in the direction of rosemary. Finally, a slightly weak-looking oak with a rather light woody aroma initiates the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium to long and comes up with no surprise. The peat smoke, malt and grain are clear and coherent.

  4. dramidaris scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Willum scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. TechnOBY scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  7. 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.

  8. fisher scored this whisky 81 points Newbie

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

  9. 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;

  10. TechnOBY scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

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