Ardbeg Kildalton

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bourbon + Sherry (1st fill and Refill) Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
14 Jun 2015 5:57 pm

Average value

€ 455.54

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Kildalton

61 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.17 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    definitely nothing to soften
    also nothing instead of liqueur for sweetness
    Moor, wood ash, bitter sweet fruit - all as naked truth
    a very long finish
    3 words: direct, brutal, dry

    1st nose, 2nd mouth, 2nd outlet

    Somehow very special
    • Nose
      moist herbs
      wood smoke
    • Taste
      tingling cough syrup and burnt charcoal
      Pommeranze (bitter orange)
      dark chocolate
      Wood smoke in the throat
    • Finish
      very long
      a lot of wood smoke
      with pomander notes
      the smoke is slightly bitter and burnt
      the sweet slightly sour

      Wood ash with caramel sweetness

  2. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very pleasant, not rich in the number of derivatives, but very well balanced, precisely calibrated whisky, aristocratic.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, noble wood, dry boards, peat, light smoke, sweet coal notes, strange as it may sound, some dry herbs, light coniferous tones, cedar wood.
    • Taste
      Saturated, dense, smoky-woody notes, black pepper, sweetness mixed with bitterness, as if eating caramel half-burnt to coal, light creamy notes - toffee, boiled condensed milk.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, burnt cedar planks, needles, peat, creamy sweetness.

  3. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    While he was still very sparing with the smoke in his nose, he shows clearly smoky notes on the tongue and in the finish. Coherent in itself, but the special kick is missing - and it also shows some youth.
    Branches, grass clippings.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Greets the nose with delicate smoke, herbs and raisins. At first, it still seems cautious. Slightly damp forest floor. The smoke note is now more intense, campfire smoke with peat and dry branches. Green branches, cut grass.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Mild onset, dry, much smokier than on the nose. Tart herbs, dark chocolate, espresso beans. Lemon juice. Wild berries, blackberries, but not very pronounced. Overall, rather sterile. Burnt caramel.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, smoky finish. Tart herbs, pine needles, forest floor, moist cardboard, green branches.

  4. tymiek scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2014]  I had this dram during an Ardbeg-Masterclass tasting at Bonn.

    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 87,5.  My notes state a soft and smooth profile that is not Ardbeggish at all.  Nevertheless complex and easy-to-sip...

  6. AXEoftheNORTH scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Color: deep gold

    Nose: Seductive, exotic bouquet. A hint of smoked apricots in syrup, salt and pepper with soft, creamy vanilla. Smoky and herbaceous notes of wood smoke and fennel. Water releases pine resin, vetiver root, coriander, liquorice and a strange soap note.

    Taste: The texture is soft and juicy and gently covers the tongue. An explosion of coal tar soap, anise, peppermint, coffee, sweet barley malt and a persistent, aromatic smokiness.

    Finish: Long and fresh, with menthol and spicy. A hint of allspice, clove and bitter almonds reveals a distant vanilla essence sweetness.


    Gold - Best Islay Single Malt - 2015, World Whiskys Awards

    Gold - Islay No Age Statement - 2015, The Scottish Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)

  7. Kensay scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    simple and straightforward, the impression is spoiled by an overabundance of bitterness and a wild price :)
    • Nose
      86 86
      smoked fish in oil, dying fire embers, wormwood
    • Taste
      85 85
      bitter lemon in oil, smoke
    • Finish
      85 85
      bitter apricot seed, olive oil, iodine and smoke, black pepper

  8. Expraesi scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Igitor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89


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