- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 39 years old
- 3678 + 3679
- Number of bottles
- 42.1 % Vol.
- 50 ml 700 ml
- Added on
- 18 Apr 2009 12:04 am
35 × in wishlist
47 × member ratings
41 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1965
5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.66 points
- This Scot has a full body, complexity and a velvety structure. The ABV should have been a bit higher, which I only criticize a bit. The presentation I find very successful and has something mystical for me. The price was in 2006 at about 3000 € for the 0.7 liter bottle including 5cl miniature. I sold the big bottle and enjoyed the mini very much. Slainte
Full, round, harmonious and complex. Dark, ripe berry fruits combine with forest soil, coastal flavors, dark chocolate, vanilla and the smoke of an extinct campfire.
A deciduous forest in autumn - damp soil, leaves, mushrooms, moss and fully ripe berries. Above lies the smoke of an extinct campfire. The barrels used complement the aromas wonderfully with sandalwood and delicate spices. Very balanced and complex. The relatively low ABV he does not seem tired, but a few% more certainly would not have hurt.
The medium long finish is mild. Peat smoke mixed with forest soil and spiced sandalwood gradually fade away.
- This Whisky was sold for 7.075 € at Whiskyauction in March 2016
- Producer's Tasting Notes
Initial wafts of sea spray give way to a mix of luscious summer fruits
(blackberries and blueberries) enveloped in ripe peaches. Beneath the
mouth-watering fruit, nutty chocolate and vanilla notes emerge. The senses are
latterly aware of sweet smokiness, coal tar and gentle peat oils.
With water the sweet smokiness becomes more apparent; subtle medicinal, tarry
rope notes are suggested with briny sea spray as the senses are reminded of its
The theme is still fruity and fragrant, with top notes of wine gums and
autumn brambles. The flavours open further, revealing waxy aromatics, chocolate
raisins and rich fruitcake. Subdued traces of tree sap and tobacco smoke are
present in the background
the mouthfeel is warming with a tingly effect. The flavour is
initally of a salty sea breeze with fish smoked over an open heather and peat
fire. In a few seconds, rich dried fruits (raisins and sultanas) come to the
fore with elements of cherry pie and ice cream. Vanilla is present throughout,
with peat, espresso coffee and berry fruits completing a myriad of flavours
The long finish lingers with peat smoke and blackcurrants, with
hints of dark chocolate, dried fruit and traces of sea salt.
- Excellent nose, but then the dry and bitter astringency of the wood kicks in.
The quality of the spirit seems excellent. Spent too much time in the 2 casks (of maybe poor quality).