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Overall rating
88.68/100
votes
80
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Malts of Scotland (MoS)
Bottling serie
Dunes An Òir
Vintage
1998
Bottled
2015
Calculated age
17 years old
Casktype
Sherry Hogshead
Casknumber
MoS 15035
Number of bottles
240
Strength
58.9 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Bottled for
van Zuylen
Added on
02 Jun 2015 7:48 pm by Erik Elixir
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 449.50

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1998 MoS

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.68 points

  1. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Moderate peat, vaguely earthy. Metallic notes (strangely), malt, lemon, then other fruits that broaden the spectrum.
      With a little water, smoother and caressing.
    • Taste
      Floral, moderate spices (cinnamon with pepper). An elegant and intense profile.
      With water, more pointed and juicy.
    • Finish
      Very aerial, but giving a lasting fruity and floral impression.
      With water, the peat is sharper.

      Enthusiasm
      Nose 3/5
      Mouth and final 4/5

      Whisky n ° 1907

  2. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A beautiful molt, solid, smooth, rather strict, deep and diverse, all components are good, with almost no flaws.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, soft, noble wood, peat, enveloping smoke, leather goods, smoked products, prickly mineral notes - whetstone, stone dust; light vegetable tones - daikon, Margilan radish;
    • Taste
      Soft, rich, sweet-sour grape notes, then peat, smoked branches, mountain ash, oak, sweet creamy shades, a little ginger, coal.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, sweet-sour, mountain ash, currant, peat, coal.

  3. Rom scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Peat is not too explosive for an Ardbeg, and rather on ash and fire than on tar. There is also seaweed and juniper berries. The mouth is very good, bituminous, oily, with coal, seaweed, sea water and ash. Alcohol is perfectly integrated, we never suspect the 59 °. Long finish with green notes emerging from the ash and a small hint of pepper. Very good Ardbeg, good maritime.

  4. Dede scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The peat is obvious, but relatively fine, with iodine, cuttlefish ink. Sherry is expressed on meaty notes of bacon and bitter orange peel. There is also a very light purple perfume in the background (no worries, nothing to do with the fwp!).

    The attack is powerful. The peat, fine, is present but subtle. It's not a peat monster. Lemon candy, violet, liquorice in quantity (zan), herbs (parsley?), Pepper too.

    The finish is long and bitter (gentian / liquorice), peaty and lemony.

    It is a rather floral Ardbeg, with surprising violet notes but fortunately do not crush the rest as in the infamous Bowmore 80's. Interesting.

  5. Roland7 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Fruit! Mineral! Barberry, raspberries, thinner, raw dough, chicken stock, laurel, charcoal, old skin, ginger, mint!

  6. checkpointuk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=188 Color: gold Nose: Tar, coal, burned rubber and tons of peat rise in the glass. Now a sugary sweet based on lime paired with fried bacon, BBQ sauces sweet and sour, toasted wood, bonfires and a pinch of seafood. But also green, unripe, woody flavors in combination with sweetened malt which, say, does not necessarily have a positive effect on the nose. Taste: Round and creamy with a tart and sweet touch of herb wood, herbs, freshly cut lemons and a dash of honey. Sweet peat, lots of salt and spicy pepper, tar, warm asphalt, coal, smoke and burnt sweet gum. Finish: Medium long - quite sweet at the beginning with lots of oily honey syrup, sugar and a slightly artificial touch. Ash, peat and again sour tart notes of stinging nettles, lemon balm and other herbs. 88 points N: 87P / G: 89P / F: 88P

  7. Matt3B scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. Daan Tje scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Oh, my!
    Malts of Scotland has already bottled quite a few gems and many shops and clubs have noticed this. The Dutch shop Van Zuylen teamed up with them in 2015 to bottle this sherry matured Ardbeg 1998. You do not see Ardbeg on sherry that often and this one even has an ABV of almost 59%. This is going to be good. Dunes An Oir means as much as Golden Dunes, which refers to the location of the shop.
    Oh, my, this is a good nose indeed. Oranges, toffee and peat. A strange combination maybe, but put your nose in the glass and a smile is unavoidable. Salty and sweet at the same time with loads of liquorice and pepper. The fruitiness increases if you leave it to breathe for a while. Think oranges, lime, rhubarb, unripe strawberry and pineapple. Fair amount of nuts, both hazel and almonds. Boy, I quite like this. But wait, it’s not over yet. Smoked ham, olive oil, mint and a hint of parsley. Roast beef. Wet tar. Truly, a complex animal.
    Great arrival, almost creamy, on all kinds of spices. Think pepper, nutmeg, but also baking spices and salt. The peat offers quite some earthy notes and a lovely smokiness, without losing sight of the sweet fruit. Bitter oranges in the front, strawberry in the middle (truly!) and then lemon and pomelo at the back. From the second sip forward the fruit is completely overpowered by the maritime elements of Ardbeg and some tannins kick in. Some almond oil keeps everything under control. Complex is the word you are looking for.
    The finish is wonderfully long and spicy, in which the smokiness fades to the advantage of the peppers and green garden herbs. It dies a salty death.
    Oh, my, indeed. What a ridiculously good Ardbeg. Unfortunately nowhere to be found nowadays. Thanks, JP!

  10. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Overall: if you let it rest, you get a classic and clean, fresh Ardbeg. By this I mean that it’s less of a peat monster, but it rather has a nutty/oily side of it (reminds me a bit of Caol Ila). A bit tannic towards the end but not in a disturbing way. I recommend it. 
    • Nose
      Smooth, well integrated, oily and nutty, with peat, smoked ham and some tropical fruit (maybe a little toast Hawaii if you know what I mean). After a while, licorice and sea shells are emerging.

      Water reduces the meatiness and oiliness and adds a layer of rubber (bicycle tyres) and green herbs (mainly parsley, and a bit of mint). The rubbery side vanishes soon. Both work for me, yet I like the beefier, fatter side a bit more.
    • Taste
      A bit hot, peppery and not too full on peat in the beginning, releasing a bit more of the herbal side. Less oily than the nose suggests, but still a portion of almond oil. The sea shells and peat become more dominant after letting it rest. Still some fruit but more on the citric side.
      With water: Much smoother, but definitely also less fatter. It remains almondy, moderately but increasingly peaty, and herbal. There is some bitter lemon peel to be detected too.
    • Finish
      Slightly tannic, showing most of the oily, herbal and citric notes, The finish is moderately long. 

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