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Ardbeg Kildalton

Overall rating
85.94/100
votes
384
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2014
Casktype
Bourbon and Refill Sherry Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L13218
Barcode
5010494917550
Added on
14 Jun 2015 5:41 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 436.17

87 × in wishlist

384 × member ratings

2005 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Kildalton

52 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.94 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

    ranking
    1st nose, 2nd mouth, 2nd outlet

    Somehow very special
    • Nose
      moist herbs
      woodruff
      anise
      Fenchelhonig
      tangerine
      wood smoke
    • Taste
      tingling cough syrup and burnt charcoal
      Pommeranze (bitter orange)
      dark chocolate
      Herbs
      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. tymiek scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  3. SUSPIRIA.FOX scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. schengel10 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Certainly a good Islay Malt .... but .... for that price ....
    I find that a bit overdrawn!
    [Color] honey;
    • Nose
      light citrus fruit, malt, sweetness, wood smoke, ash, salt;
    • Taste
      full of appetite, sweetness, honey, yellow fruit (peach?), malt, smoke, ash, salt, anise, oily, pepper (maybe ginger), unbalanced, young;
    • Finish
      medium-length, sourish finish; slightly bitter, alcoholic pungency;

  5. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    21 20 21 21 young style, reminded Blasda

  6. toklian scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    N21 P20 F21 B21

    Unexpectedly soft and no(/water/weak)-bodied. Aroma is probably the best side of it.
    It's a Blasda-style))

  7. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  8. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. IVO15 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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

  10. guerriero82 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Whiskynotes.be :

    Ardbeg Kildalton (46%, OB 2014)

    Nose: quite rounded. There’s clean soot and earthy smoke, but also honeyed notes and a slight vanilla edge to make it more gentle. Hints of dried apricot. A menthol / lemon combo in the back. Warm leather. Very subtle floral notes too. Definitely peatier than the original Kildalton, but you could say they share an idea of smoothness. Mouth: fairly gentle and creamy, with the same biscuity sweetness. Then quickly more smoky and peaty, with some coal tar soap and earthy notes. Smoked pork. A few herbal notes before it is taken over by a big sweetness: caramel and latte with vanilla syrup. It does make it a bit flat and too sweet. Finish: drier, with kippery notes, liquorice and soft medicinal notes.

    I really like these smoother, gentler Ardbeg expressions, especially when they bring a hint of sherry to the mix. This new Kildalton has a great nose but looses some points on the palate. Originally around € 160. Not cheap at all for something that’s probably fairly young. Of course you could pay a lot more if you were trying to buy it a bit later. Now around € 250 in auctions.

    Score: 86/100

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