Ardbeg 1815

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
1974 / 1975
Stated Age
33 years old
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
50.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 jun 2015 10:50 am by svenske2015

Average value

€ 10519.59

85 × in wishlist

58 × member ratings

75 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1815

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.88 points.

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    If there was ever the possibility of subjectively & emotively over-scoring [Ardbeg] whisky at a tasting session, this was surely it – with Mickey Head’s in his [former] back garden on the last day of Feis Ile 2018 in the middle of a heatwave! So to compensate, I kept one eye on myself whilst getting carried away with the other. As I understand it, we start with a double-vintage Ardbeg consisting of bourbon cask-matured juice from 1974 and sherry-matured juice from 1975, both years’ spirit made from Ardbeg’s old floor maltings.

    N: Certain OBE [sherry] vibes that translate as the most amazingly concentrated adult-only fruit juice. Other descriptors include [deep breath]: pickled onions & other pickled delights, violets, leather, washed & cleaned sheep wool, soot [distant but there], sweet tobacco, furniture polish,… oaky~quirky notes,….. get the picture? Cracking!
    T: Compared to more contemporary peated drams [of which I’ve had a few this week], the peat here is decidedly light and integrated with the rich & gentile sherry oak, coupled with a sweet spicy saltiness. Subjectively, I began thinking of outdoor dusty markets – all sorts from every corner of the globe in fact – before focusing back to a floral aspect and an overall fragility [from the whisky].
    F: Long-yet-whispery sweet ashy sooty oaky fruitiness, and for the first time today, oiliness!
    C: Fabulous and emotional. Tears are shed.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Nose: Sweet dark fruits, brown butter, apples, cedar spills, homemade dark fruit jam, a bit of underlying medical smoke, blueberry compote. It’s all very classy and elegant

    Palate: Hugely fruity. Dark fruits, syrupy old school sherry sweetness. Smoke is there in the background, but it’s all faint and plays just a supporting role. Nutty oloroso, Demerara rum notes for sure. Incredibly deep and rich. 

    Finish: Not a super long finish. Maduro tobacco, cedar, overripe dark fruits, dry nutty oloroso, with a faint whiff of smoke to end things. 

    Summary: A beautiful malt to be sure. It’s honestly more of a throwback to what old sherry casks used to be, not that I have tons of experience on the subject. It does make me aware that there are malts out there that are high quality, not from big name distillers and can be had at ‘reasonable’ prices. This is a beautiful malt though. It is a time capsule of the way things used to be. Undeniably good. 

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  3. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2015]  I had a dram during the 200th anniversary dinner at Ardbeg distillery.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 92,5.  My notes state a very smooth and perfectly balanced profile of peaty and sherry aromas/flavours.  Unfortunately it was too late to do a more detailed investigation so I simply enjoyed it in a beautiful setting.

    The evening itself was very enjoyable too...  The only disappointing issue was that many attendees of that dinner did not bring a bottle of their own favourite Ardbeg along (despite this was politely requested on the invitation card).  For sure, it does not have to be a 1975 vintage like my bottle (WB id 17083) but at least a Galileo or Auriverdes should be affordable for everyone who was able to pay the price and logistics cost of this very nice dinner. 

    As a highlight we all did a highland toast in front of the distillery with a dram of this unbelievable stuff under the command of Mickey Heads.  Memories that stay forever...

    PS: Today's price point of 5000+ bucks simply is a bad joke, isn't it? The same for the "coal gas" icon in the tasting tags, I swear there is not the slightest trace of such aromas in this dram...

  4. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Well, what should one say here now. This was by far the most expensive dram I've ever had in my glass. Like some other lucky ones, I was able to attend the great tasting of Mickey Heads at the 200th anniversary last year, and I picked up the dram for that special moment today. It was definitely worth it.
    • Nose
      Front way, nice fat, maritime and salty mixed with clear heavy sherry notes, but also really fresh fruity notes of raspberry, a nice spice comes to it, old leather and it also abraded lemon peel, the raspberry brings chocolate, bright whole milk, surprisingly sweet and creamy, which I now only write about smoke, shows that, owing to age, he is very restrained and wonderfully integrated in the overall concept, very slightly greasy and has something of an incense candle that stands out in the room, changing the position of the I also get a little nutty and jotty or licorice-like glass, the alcohol is not noticeable, to smell alone on the glass is full in the evening and one tries to shut the whisky away again and again and again to smother it, if the temptation of the suggestive Taste experience would not be too big
    • Taste
      Wow, beautifully supple, very sweet and creamy, and also at the beginning a little flowery, fruity with chocolate (here more bittersweet), again raspberry, but also something heavier behind, plums, nuts, and then very spicy with salt and tart oak in the background , the smoke is also discreet here and comes again and again mixed with the salt note to light, in the mouth, the alcohol is wonderfully integrated, but gives the whisky a nice intensity
    • Finish
      A salty, nutty and dry finish, with a hint of grape, the nut is on the palate then Nutella direction, slightly roasted, here again a light creamy sweetness floats, from time to time comes through a hint of smoke

  5. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    One of the best Ardbegs I have ever tasted. Full range of the
    distillery's typical flavours, beautifully tamed by the delicious aromas
    of the sherry cask. Lyrically combined and very well balanced. So
    complex on the nose and palate, that everyone likes it. A glorious
    experience at an exorbitant price though!

    I thank Hendrik Kappler for the sample!
    • Nose
      Amazingly sweet with only a slight medicinal touch. Incredibly
      concentrated aromas: sherry, luscious plums, smoke, lanolin, dark
      chocolate and lemony fruitiness in perfect balance and harmony with the
      oily malt. Rich, soft, oily, and ever-present smokiness. Very
    • Taste
      Lively, evocative, sherry flavours with a distinct medicinal edge. Bold
      and intense with plums and citrus fruit, complemented by lanolin and
      lingering spices - oak, black pepper and cloves. Soft malt and dark
      chocolate with salty spray and tender peatiness in the back. Simply
    • Finish
      Very long and sweet with luscious fruit and dark chocolate. Creamy,
      treacle and some tar with tender peat and dry roasted coffee on the

      WITH WATER: Water enhances the peatiness both on the nose and
      palate. Lively, quite vibrant. Crisp oak and medicinal flavours blend
      well with the fruitiness of the sherry cask. The finish is long, sweet
      and lingering peaty.

  6. ARDBERG scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Great were the days, when single casks of this quality were sold for 100 GBP at the distillery. Quality is in the same ballpark as i.e. the 1976 casks 2390, 2391... 2398. If you want to drink the stuff, rather go for those in auctions at around half the price compared to the 1815.

  7. ASWhisky scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    an Ardbeg with lots of roasted coffee
    I could drink it again and again

    Ranking: 1st nose and mouth, 2nd finish 93 out of 100 points
    Yes, I'm in heaven
    • Nose
      You smell Ardbeg
      gentle and mild
      seductively sweetish
      dusty later and moving:
      You look at your old leather boots smiling
      They take you with ....
      a journey through damp moors
      Autumn herbs in the moor
      The moist salty air at the sea
      Lemongrass and ginger
      roasted coffee and dark caramel
      malty & dark mingles with fresh & salty
      sweetish with sourish
      the memories dissolve
      to a seductive fantasy experience
      You swallow
    • Taste
      like a warm liquid kiss
      he touches your tongue
      You are immediately in his spell
      he is sweet
      like golden brown liquid caramel
      which pours in dark espresso
      Malty it lies on your tongue
      sweet fruits on your palate
      Salt & lemon
      old leather is floating in the sea
      bitter oak eats the sweet fruits
    • Finish
      all the flavors that you tasted in the mouth
      dissolve in varying intensity on your throat
      the bitter oak initially remains slightly dominant
      becomes sweeter with beautiful old barrel flavors
      it's getting wet for a moment
      but then stays rather dry and malty

  8. SteveW110 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The 1815 is sold only in the Ardbeg distillery
    for 3100, - GBP
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94


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