Ardbeg Dark Cove

Overall rating
88.48/100
votes
533
Whiskybase ID
WB79815
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Committee Release
Bottled
23.11.2015
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon & Dark Sherry Casks
Strength
55.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L64707 15011245
Barcode
5010494931327
Added on
14 mar 2016 11:03 am by svenske2015
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 777.97

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Dark Cove

62 users have left 72 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.48 points.

  1. g2ther scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  2. sagara-kun scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Good Ardbeg quite nag in his style.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Very grilled bacon, Scottish sausage, barbecue, hot ashes, smoke. Big peat obviously.
      Porridge, hot barley, scone.
      Medicinal, camphor, tiger balm.
    • Taste
      87 87
      In the mouth it is extreme.
      Camphor, eucalyptus, aromatic herbs.
      Herbaceous peat, liquorice, balsamic vinegar, ash peat, pepper, ginger. Grison, bacon.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long finish on haggis, pepper, ash peat, bacon.

  3. Goethe scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is the big brother of the lower ABV version. More sherry, more fruits, more texture, more Ardbeg!
    • Nose
      Smoke, vanilla, sherry, dark fruits, smoked nuts, maritime.
    • Taste
      Smoke, ashes, citrus, maritime, dark fruits, nice texture.
    • Finish
      Long. Smoke and sweet ashes. Chocoalate with some creamy dark fruits.

  4. the_muskox scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    What a rich and luscious dram. This is like An Oa on steroids, or maybe what An Oa should be. There’s just so much beef! Not to mention the luscious sweet sherry notes, and just enough salt. The only thing not here is the smoke. The peat’s there, it’s just more earthy and dirty, rather than smoky. It’s not really missed, though, as the dram works quite well without it. I really with it had an even thicker and oilier mouthfeel. That would have really elevated this dram for me.
    Comparing this with Ardbog, another sherry-matured, special-release Ardbeg, they’re honestly fairly similar and on about the same level of tasty. If you like smoked pork, go Ardbog, and if you like braised beef, try Dark Cove!
    • Nose
      Sweet and earthy, very obviously Ardbeg. Lots of dirty peat reek and musty-basement-funk, in a good way of course. It’s fruity and herbal too, almost vermouth-like. Vanilla aplenty, with strawberries, red grapes, and sweet-tart balsamic vinegar. Tart notes of pickled ginger, lime, and orange. Savoury spices: oregano, cumin, and even some dill. Some braised beef with roasted carrots, onion, gravy. Lots of beef fat, actually. Some dark chocolate just to round things out.
    • Taste
      Medium-light texture. Orange and vanilla up front, with a surprising freshness of melon and mint. Then comes more of that beef, along with rich sherried notes. More sherry than peat here. Old varnished wood, wine gums, pomegranate, yellow plums, vanilla, cinnamon, and cedar smoke. Beef broth and caramelized onions. A tobacco and hint of something maritime on the back end.
    • Finish
      Long and rich. Beef and beef broth. Orange, marshmallow, pomegranate, caramel. Lemon oil. Ink. Dark chocolate and creamy vanilla. Woody black pepper.

  5. PeatSnatch scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    One of the best Ardbeg I've tried.
    Sweet and sour, bitter notes, ashy, spicy and very powerful. Takes very well water too and even gets better with it.

    I did a comparaison with the Blaaack CR. I think the Dark Cove can be more challenging specialy for new Ardbeg fans than the Blaaack, although to me this baby was the winner mainly because of its intensity and burst at 55%.

  6. schengel10 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    ... one of the best Ardbeg's that I was allowed to taste ...
    Not too expensive for an issue price of around € 90.00!
    [Color] = amber;
    • Nose
      91 91
      wonderful smoke aromas, sweetness, caramel, fruits (raisins, dates), herbs, ginger;
    • Taste
      92 92
      creamy, oily, sweet and smoky in the beginning, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, lots of sherry; powerful, spices, oak; balanced, complex;
    • Finish
      92 92
      long, creamy and sweet finish; peppery finish;

  7. Youngone scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Squinugie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  9. smoked_herring scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Tried blind in a whisky advent calendar that a friend put together for me, thanks to him for the dram!

    Color: Amber

    Nose: Rich sweet cherries and plum syrups, ginger, brown sugar, baking spices, candied vanilla tablet, silky caramel, raisins, pear drops and jaffa cakes

    Taste: Big baking spices and orange fudge notes, then some looming pork fatty peat, candied red fruits, brown sugar, cardamom, clove, ginger root and toasted walnuts

    Finish: Medium with smoked nuts, candied lemon and cocoa powder

    A bit hot and young but still quite good! Water calms the heat down a little bit but not entirely which kind of hurts this whisky for me a bit but overall its still something I'd go back to because its got a great mix of citrus fruits and sweet meaty fatty peat that hits just the right spots for me. After the reveal I was shocked to hear that this was the CR of Dark Cove, which is a release that's more liked among the Ardbeg Day releases by fans, as I was looking forward to seeing how far back it took to get an Ardbeg Day release that I'd buy on release (the most recent worth-buy for me being Ardbog, which says a lot about the state of Ardbeg Day releases.) Either way I was happy to try this one as it's a lot more satisfying then most of the last 5 or so years worth of Ardbeg Day releases for sure.

  10. gaboruso scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  11. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A multifaceted, complex malt, with an interesting development.
    • Nose
      Initially, the aroma reveals hints of honey, caramel and cherries soaked in strong alcohol. The nuances of smoke, menthol, leather and metal chips are felt deeper.
    • Taste
      Sweet-salty, smoked, with notes of spices, rye bread and peppermint candies.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste is dominated by phenols, salt and hot spices. Shades of sweet and sour berries, dry wine, oak and menthol at the very end are less noticeable.

  12. wilhelm scored this whisky 96 points Newbie

    One of the best Ardbeg since Supernova 2010 and Alligator

  13. wilhelm scored this whisky 96 points Newbie

    One of the best Ardbeg since Supernova 2010 and Alligator

  14. wilhelm scored this whisky 96 points Newbie

    One of the best Ardbeg since Supernova 2010 and Alligator

  15. wilhelm scored this whisky 96 points Newbie

    One of the best Ardbeg since Supernova 2010 and Alligator

  16. TechnOBY scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  17. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    On the first nose, deep smoke, not too intrusive. Then, a sherry softened by the influence of bourbon. Candy sugar, donuts. Dried fruits, caramel, leather. A hint of vanilla, lemon. Behind, coal and ashes. A medicinal touch. Good balance, which is still surprising given the variety of scents.
    In the mouth, it is once again very soft. Anise, caramel, candied fruit, an ounce of citrus. The peat finally appears. It imposes itself, invades the mouth, grows. Pepper and spices jostle. Cola and liquorice on the finish, this one is long enough, not too violent, slightly sparkling.
    A nice summary of everything Ardbeg can do.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/06/ardbeg-dark-cove-committee-release.html
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  18. Albaron scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    In contrast to last year's Perpetuum a very strong whisky, but with strong alcohol and this fierce bitterness something 'off'. But has character and is quite delicious. In the nose the Uigeadeal very similar in the mouth but clearly different. But also works a bit constructively.
    • Nose
      a little alcohol, slightly less phenolic smoke, some sherry and raisins, a light ketchup note, caramel, something metallic or is it fresh?
    • Taste
      Warming alcohol, strong dry smoke, generally very dry, clear sherry and dried fruit, espresso and towards the end very bitter
    • Finish
      the smoke is gone quickly, the bitterness and a touch of sherry remains

  19. laurensl scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  20. Dyno scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    comes at a price, but what a dram! For me one of the best ardbegs of recent times. 
    Reminds me a bit of the Octomore 6.3 - has there been some wine-maturation on this expression?
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  21. Fight65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  22. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Straight up “Ardbeg” right away. Lemons sprinkled with seasalt, fishy peatsmoke, seabreeze, ozone, road tar, burnt twigs, pineneedles, incense, wet earth, mushrooms, hints of px-sherry emerge, a dry tobacco pouch, old leatherjacket, beef stock and some plumjam. Love this nose!Mouth: Ardbeg! Peaty and savoury, menthol cough medicine, slightly chemical (in a good way). Reminds me of Fishermens Friends, of whom I’m addicted to (the green ones, of course). The sherry comes through in the chocolaty and mentholated finish. Not too complex, but everything sings in tune, so to speak.Comments: Pheew, I have to say, I simply adore this one. Its the best official Ardbeg in ages, and I think its highly underrated. This has everything I expect from a modern Ardbeg. I’m also glad that they did not drown it in sherry. The “darkest Ardbeg ever” is obviously marketing drivel, but this bottle keeps on giving. /90

    I also compared it with the 46% release of Dark Cove afterwards.

    Everything is a bit dialed down. The fishy peatsmoke comes out first on the nose, followed by a more pronounced and slightly chemical sweetness. Also good stuff, but the whole experience is a bit more tannic and lacks the assertiveness and intensity of the committee release. Nonetheless it’s worth buying and enjoying if you can still find it for a reasonable price. /86

    https://justadram.org/feasting-on-ardbeg-part-1/

  23. ApricotOne scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A brilliant Ardbeg with decent oak, great integrated smoke. Good for a few drops of water. Too bad that on the one hand again no Age Statement was made and that this edition did not come into the Core Range. The issue price was ok, but what is now retrieved for this bottle is by no means a reasonable price / performance ratio A sample was tasted
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  24. Achany scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    intense sherry, grapes, dark berries, some traces of roasted and honeyed nuts. peaty, smokey, salty as well. wild, young and intense notes of oak. this is a really fine dram. the sherry reminded me of the first Uigeadails but this also reminded me of what used to be. and if you are not lucky to get one of these bottles at feis ile than I admire the beautiful marketing success story of ardbeg but I can't and won't follow it
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  25. Nikilema scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  26. Hemdl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Really nice Ardbeg, who has much to offer. Pleasantly smoky and powerful, as you would expect from the distillery. At the same time with really fine and balanced sherry influences, which round off the taste nicely. The Dark Cove has "tasted" me then and still does it today, a really great Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      Sweet, dry sherry meets equally dry smoke. The alcohol is noticeable, but does not interfere or badly involved. In general, the nose is very balanced and has much to offer. Dried fruits such as raisins and dates, mineral notes, strong smoke, a few citrus notes, oranges and light toffee.
    • Taste
      Strong start, the alcohol pushes powerful here. Tart, spicy notes now determine the picture, before the malt again looks much sweeter and fruity. Appeared by the smoke and a slight hint of salt very earthy, like the remains of a fire on the wet beach. There are also clear mocha notes, slightly peppery and slightly burnt chocolate, before the malt now plays the sherry card again and presents the dark cove pleasantly fruity and sweet. Nice change that the malt takes here.
    • Finish
      Medium-long and strong, with light pepper, here determines the strong smoke in conjunction with slightly spicy oak notes image. Quite a few notes are still visible, but go down in the smoke inferno of the Dark Cove.

  27. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Saulecker, strong, full-bodied, wonderfully integrated smoke, official wood and sherry influence, because you can take the 80-90 € issue price for and also understand if someone of the pleasure because of more pays.
    • Nose
      pure pretty snappy, he wants some water, then very pleasant woody, nutty, dry sherry, the smoke is also dry, restrained, very comfortable, with some paint color, later he is saltier, fresher and it comes to a light Magginote
    • Taste
      very strong and full-bodied despite thinning, dark chocolate, forest honey, molasses, some resin, salt, pepper, the smoke is well integrated and does not harm the timpani, but rather turns the sweet notes in a darker, bitter-harsh direction
    • Finish
      long, peppery-warm, first a bit burnt-bitter, then always sweet, forest honey and nougat

  28. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:
    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2016/05/08/ardbeg-dark-cove-committee-release-55-vol-ob-2016/

  29. Shane_IL scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A big improvement over some of the last few releases, but Ardbeg itself is quite a sweet malt and the sherry here adds even more sweetness which might be what some are looking for but just not to my tastes, still a nice piece of work and worthy of the fanfare.Reviewed in my blog:https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2017/07/03/ardbeg-dark-cove-committee-release/
    • Nose
      Sweet peat. Braised meat in sweet sauce. Wood smoke. Nutty sherry wood. Dunnage. Dark chocolate. Floral coffee. Some drark fruits. Dark maple syrup. Currant raisins.
    • Taste
      Very sweet and meaty at first with some wood smoke and salty peat. Leads into some sea salt, maybe salted chocolate, and wet stones and then into some sweet dark fruits, musty sherry and earthy peat.
    • Finish
      Long. Quite dry on the palate. A little medicinal flair which mellows into menthol, wine gums, sherry wood and chemical smoke.

  30. rottendon scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Here you can see what the Dark Cove really is. He seems to be a little young, at least he does not have the complexity of a longer matured malts, but balance and integration are exemplary here. The alcohol has in my view, a pleasant drinking strength, which alone shows how thin the commercial version had to turn out, after all, missing here a whopping 8.5%! While two per cent were noticeable perpetual in the last year, the dilute version makes it difficult to deduce their origin. In my opinion, you go here at Ardbeg the completely wrong way. Better go again with the price a little higher and bring less bottles to the market, but a really good product, which also honors the reputation of the distillery, that would be the royal road. Wake up!

    Click here for retail bottling:
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/81438/ardbeg-dark-cove
    • Nose
      A parallel comparison of Committee and Retail variant

      From the beginning much more defined than the diluted version, a lot of peach juice and salty herbal. This one dries just as fast and becomes mineral as well. And analogously, this is also sweet after life. Compared to the diluted version also here much more defined and strong, again peaches, candied apricots, here significantly less granite, the citrus notes are a bit more concise, salt, pumice and iodine. The nose is much more complete than the diluted version. Again, the nose harmonizes further, the integration of the flavors is almost perfect. The whole thing warms up stronger, sweeter and more rounded. Here, a harmonious combination of smoke from an open, coal-fired hearth, slightly scorched marshmallows and floral overtones develops, sounds a bit slanted as a combination, but looks completely harmonious.
    • Taste
      In contrast to the diluted Dark Cove a pleasant start and a nice, oily mouthfeel. The taste is significantly fuller, with hints of sherry, a good dose of fir honey, tannins right here, the menthol is missing here. But here is a pleasant, slightly salty smoky note, which was diluted away in the commercial version.
    • Finish
      The finish is also much longer, but also of a completely different character. Menthol-free, he goes slowly here, rather than tart ashes rather sweet and warm with a tiny pinch of salt. The smoke is noticeable, but also warmer and not ashen.

  31. Helgo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  32. GJR scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    It's again an ok Ardbeg, but is way less then the older Uigea's (didn't taste one after the 09 release)..... The sherry gives it a playfull edge but its also a bit unbalanced.
    • Nose
      Bit restraint. First the sherry hints coming through. A bit subtle peat smoke on the back ground. Not directly a Ardbeg nose....Chocolate and freshly grounded coffee combined with dried dates and raisins.
    • Taste
      A there is the peat smoke, quite powerfull and at first no sherry at all, then in a strange edge the sherry influence is coming to play.
    • Finish
      Quite long, but simple. Bitter peat smoke al the way.

  33. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  34. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet with a clear sherry influence. Datteln. Plum jam. Oranges. Drinking chocolate. Wine gums. Salty peanuts. Behind it is the typical Ardbeg smoke. Maritime notes. Machine oil. All in all a very tasty nose.
    • Taste
      At first - after the nose almost surprising - very herbal without sweet notes. Fresh herbs. Ash. Bratensauce. Then getting sweeter. Honey. Datteln. Nougat. Sea-salt. Dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long. Forest honey. Roasted hazelnuts. Creamy. Tar. Burnt caramel. Dark chocolate with sea salt. Soy sauce.

  35. Bram84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  36. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Smoke quite sweet, with a hint of citrus, fresh fruit. Later, the malt is put forward. Cherry brandy? Then pastry accents very marked with frangipane and gingerbread. With a little water, this delicacy from sherry casks is accented with woody notes. In the mouth, direct, big impact with pepper and chilli and immediately behind, the sweetness very (too?) Supported, cherry, dried fruits. Final smoke very long. (At dessert I had peach smoke and smoked coffee, that's saying ...)

    Enthusiasm 3/5

  37. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  38. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The dark sherry is welcome here and for me subdues the parts of the Ardbeg profile that I do not like.

    A thumbs up from me and I usually do not rate Ardbeg
    • Nose
      I detect cola cube sweets, ham, sweat mince and some notes of coca cola, strange?
    • Taste
      Some fudge, hints of orange liqueur, and some cream
    • Finish
      Quite long with a nice creamy peaty finish

  39. kv-schmidt scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    The big secret about his dark color: For the Ardbeg Dark Cove barrels were used, which previously contained a particularly dark sherry-type. For its production, the grapes are not only dried and pressed, but also heated. This further lowers the water content, making the result even sweeter, even darker than the classic PX sherry. "Dark Sherry", the barrel supplier has called this variety, which is hardly produced today due to its complex manufacturing process. In the past, however, the "Dark Sherry" was widespread. And so is the "Dark Cove" (meaning: dark bay) not only represent a snapshot of the darkest sherry casks of the distillery, but also reflect the sherry aromas from a bygone era.

  40. elzAberino scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Very tasty malt, which would be worth a purchase all times - only not at the price. Then prefer to Uigeadail.
    • Nose
      Not too dominant smoke, campfire, sweet, greasy, oily, maritime
    • Taste
      Softwood, heavy, oily, warm. Beautifully integrated smoke is always present, slightly sherry and sweet
    • Finish
      Great, warm, supple and sweet change in continuous fire

  41. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I think he's done really well, you can not tell at any point too young influences. Only in the departure could come more. But the nose is a lot of fun for that. I do not know if he can compete with the Uigeadail, but there is not much missing. Excellent!
    • Nose
      Immediately to please, immediately very sweet, greasy, medium smoked, very balanced. Burning beech wood. Only later in the background light fruit tones flash, a little plum jam. Salty, maritime. Not medically. Really complex and very good!
    • Taste
      pleasant, hardly stinging, but warming, quite a lot of ashes in the Gosch. In addition, sweet, freshly fried bacon and pancakes with maple syrup. Drying well, pleasant tannin content of sherry. Is not too much in the foreground.
    • Finish
      medium long, smoky, dark sweet.

  42. Alex scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    the pungent peat smoke is really dark and earthy, the rest rather bright - quite fruity and mellow. The finish could be longer, young whisky. The Corryvreckan is darker and way better value for my money

  43. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Really one of the best Ardbegs of the last years. Ardbeg + Sherry is really a good combination. The whole thing still filled with a decent 55%, so I praise it myself.
    • Nose
      Fruity with pleasant smoke, dark fruits, spicy, slightly peppery, with chocolate and nuts, behind it also grated lemon zest, ashtray, a little maggi, soy
    • Taste
      creamy mouthfeel, intense, chocolate, clear ashy smoke, sweet, dark fruit, plum compote, cinnamon, some oak, slightly floral
    • Finish
      Becoming bitter, cinnamon, dark chocolate, espresso, oak, nut on the palate, the creamy notes come out over time, lots of nut, nice warming and slowly fading, surprisingly little smoke in the finish

  44. checkpointuk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=218
    Color: Old Gold
    Nose: Sweet grape nut chocolate with smoky aromas and a good portion of peat. Cinnamon, pepper, balsamic, humidor, tobacco leaves, provided with a sparkling lemon. In addition raisins, caramel, Turkish mocha, honey and aromas of nougat and cocoa.
    Taste: Sweet, peaty, smoky and with decent power from the beginning. Salt with delicate bitter notes of wood and chocolate, espresso, mocha, honey and fresh herbs (marjoram, chervil, thyme). Towards the finish, a freshness of green pine needles starts.
    Finish: Long - a bit bitter with an underlaid citrus. The tannin needles are soaked in charcoal, whirling up the dark, slightly bitter aromas. Remaining peat flavors stick on the tongue for a long time.
    89 points (nose: 90 / taste: 89 / finish: 88)

  45. hartist scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This is a very good dram, for my part I do not place at the acme of whiskys. Question of taste, no doubt.
    • Nose
      Moderately intense, well melted, almost "shy". There is smoke, but not that much, rich sherry notes (oranges, oleaginous, leather, smoked meat), more vegetal aromas (smoked tea, eucalyptus lozenge), some spices too (but which ?, soy sauce?).
    • Taste
      Fleshy mouth with a rather greasy texture, all with gentleness (the famous iron hand in a velvet glove!). A bitterness fund under tasting (coffee, caramel, oranges are bitter) in which develop notes of smoked meat, peat, spices and salt.
    • Finish
      Persistent and powerful, she also knows how to be a little cool. It remains in the mouth of the cold and earthy ash, smoked meat and spices.

  46. ASWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    a beautiful Ardbeg, in a few years people will be able to better appreciate the value of this whisky Something misunderstood for today, we like to complain in the choir good price / enjoyment ratio (issue price)
    • Nose
      pleasant smell smoky tannins, camphor, raisins, fish, lemons, sweet caramel, old leather sole in heather, phenol slightly medicated and again and again smoky tannins, warm roofing felt ... a great entertaining Ardbegnase in the background warm liquid mocha chocolate & warming pinecone fire a bit of PE added? I should ask
    • Taste
      In the mouth it is sweet-smoky with some phenol, liquid mocha chocolate quite a lot for an Ardbeg on the tongue peat sweet fire, the smoke is distributed nicely in the mouth Smoky sweetness on the palate nice game between tart & sweet a very nice Ardzie typical sweetie delicious Softening on the palate, you can feel the barrel and age here Chocolatier and spicy on the palate the youth is in his power he bears no resemblance to the Uigeadail, Corryvreckan or Ten except for the typical Brennereicharakter a Ardbegs, which should indeed always be present with a good whisky.
    • Finish
      especially salient in the finish is this smoky tart sweetness long enjoyable finish class

  47. aphex scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Tasted the general release of Dark Cove during Ardbeg Day and it was meh. Nothing on the nose, palate was disappointing too. The Ten served before was
    definitely better (and it's been a long time since I had tasted the Ten).

    As for this Committee release ? Better than the general release but a bit too sweet and simple for my taste.
    Another disappointment considering the price and their standard releases (Ten or, at cask strength, Corryvreckan & Uigeadail).
    • Nose
      Seabreeze, tar, a bit medicinal.
    • Taste
      Lemon, sweetness, spices. Can't really feel the sherry.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy.

  48. The Macallan scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very nice version, this is Ardbeg for me!
    • Nose
      Sherry, smoky and oranges
    • Taste
      Powerfull, sweet, smoky, sherrywood and drying
    • Finish
      Peppery, smoky and floral, lingering

  49. ScottFrench scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Disappointment ! This Ardbeg Dark Cove Committee Release does not enchant me. It has qualities: pretty aromas, accurate and interesting, a captivating texture and a finish of endless length. But, he also has some (big) defects: lack of balance and legibility and far too much caramel for my taste. All that is missing a little natural I think. Available for about 180 € on the second market (auction, marketplace)
    • Nose
      it is very melted, very homogeneous, with some hints of caramel. It could have been a little more engaging, but no matter, I keep going. The peat brings clearly medicinal notes, a zest of tar, rubber, turpentine, then more vegetal notes with souchong lapsang tea, eucalyptus. A section of this nose also leans towards warm notes of coffee, cappuccino and cinnamon. In the end, this nose is not so bad
    • Taste
      hot, powerful, invasive and fat. The notes of coffee and caramel are in the foreground, then they reveal a little lemon and orange that bring a nice freshness. The empyreumatic notes are always present with rubber and tar. It lacks a little finesse and balance. Spices do not help with cumin, cinnamon, pepper and a good dose of salt (soy sauce).
    • Finish
      intense, warm and endless on salty notes, lemon, spices, pepper, coffee and caramel. Ash and eucalyptus are the aromas that will remain in your mouth for a few tens of minutes.

  50. cfosterk scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A CURIOUSLY WELCOME SURPRISE.

    Lots of sherry casks used in this baby with brazil and walnuts evident on the nose and palate.

    Sweet peat, caramel and some burnt sugars. Tar and some coastal briney notes.

    The oak is quite spicey and lingers on the finish along with slightly bitter tea - lacks the punch of the nose taste and body.

    I think a tad expensive for a non-aged statement but this expression is different and is very good stuff. Transparency would have upped the presentation score.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  51. FernetBranco scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    For the issue price of 81 Euro (March 15, 2016) a really good whisky. Strong smoky and strong fruity. Very strong sherry influence.
    The premium of 30% to the standard Uigeadail not unfounded.
    But who buys the now (end of May 2016) for 200 euros and opens to try the will certainly be annoyed and ask why he did not prefer to Uigeadail has seized.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  52. Drochaid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: initially fleshy, earthy and spicy, strong notes of dark chocolate stand out and stand up against oranges, rich molasses caramel, coffee and oak. Waves from a distant, smoky campfire in the background, along with a mysterious floral touch, such as flowering currant bushes and amounts of linseed oil Taste: The mouthfeel is almost tart, with notes of lemon zest, raisins, dates, ginger and peppery spice, followed by waves of smoldering charcoal, wood polish and strong tar oil, slowly develops rather hearty notes of smoked ham and octopus noodles (notes of distillery)

  53. Zumbar scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  54. Sb17sw scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      85 85

  55. corbuso scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A rather rich, spicy, oaky and maritime Ardbeg, intense, with some burnt wood but tasting also rather young.
    Seems like some deep charred or heavily toasted casks have been used

  56. tymiek scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      75 75

  57. tomy63 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    light amber color, superb nose reminiscent of the 70s Ardbegs sherry, on a perfectly melted peat which announces a rather sweet whisky, with a lot of rubber, burnt tire, tobacco, smoked meat, coffee, caramel and a little sauce soy and smoked tea. In the mouth the attack is soft, thick texture, the 55% arrive at the end of the mouth but are well integrated. The aromatic is much more modern than the nose, with a lot of caramel, a little sugar, smoked meat, salt, peat. Disappointing after such a beautiful nose. Fairly good length, on smoked meat, ginger.

  58. Segens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    An excellent nose and taste that this new Ardbeg is able to provide. Ardbeg proves that NAS can be brilliant and also so much different than the other bottles the last 5 years. The finish is not what I would call "perfect" but I like this dram a lot and can fully recommend it.
    • Nose
      "Dark Cove" and yes it is quite "dark" compared to the young standards and Supernovas. The nose is suprising as it reminds me more on the older Ardbegs than the younger. So salty smoke yes but also some sweetness as honey. Maybe from Sherry Casks..!? 
    • Taste
      Very sweet start where the Sherry really shows up and brings a lot pf plums and honey and the smoke almost disappears. You also have some decent pepper and  some coffee notes. Very delicious
    • Finish
      The finish is quite wooden and smokey which reminds me on Lagavulin 16 a bit which is not my favorite.

  59. EckoVicto scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Review from Serge:

    Ardbeg  ‘Dark cove’ (55%, OB, Committee release, 2016)The label tells us that ‘its heart has been matured in dark sherry casks’. Which doesn’t mean much, really, or only that a part of it was matured (proportions? for how long?) in sherry that probably wasn’t fino or manzanilla. It’s also said, on the label, that it’s the darkest Ardbeg ever. Highly unlikely if you ask me, given the various fantastic dark-oloroso-ed Ardbegs the owners have had in the past. So, the label being partly wrong, doesn’t that make this wee bottle kind of collectable? Despite the fact that it’s yet another NAS? Ach… Colour: gold. Nothing dark, really, we’ve known hundreds of Ardbegs that were darker, both officials and indies.Nose: hold on, cancel any derision or affectionate mockeries, there’s something clearly ‘old Ardbeg’ to this. Really. This very particular creosote-y thing, these soy-saucy touches, this fattish, tar-like medicinal side that’s so different from Laphroaig’s, this natural rubber diluted in brine, the turpentine, the walnuts (the sherry)… Plus, above all, very little of the dullish new-oakiness that’s polluting so many modern malts. Perhaps a little caraway, ginger, and juniper, but that’s all. So far, so perfect. With water: some kind of salted lapsang souchong into which you would have thrown cloves. Mouth (neat): phew, there was a little ‘obvious’ oak in the beginning of the arrival (varnish plus ginger and caraway), and I may like the nose better, but this is frankly very fine, appropriately thickish, cough-syrupy (oh my), with some acidic lemon as well, some smoked ham, perhaps a wee bit of bresaola to please our Italian friends, some salt, and some bitter oranges. Salty soy sauce with some tar liqueur. With water: it takes water well, becoming even peatier, even if more oils from the wood tend to come out as well. A tannicity. Finish: extremely long, and spicier. More cloves, ginger, cumin… Comments: it’s maybe more the oak than the wine that’s been playing the largest part here. I find this Dark cove more to my liking than last year’s… ach, what was the name again? - but I do prefer Uigeadail in this ‘direction’. But it’s excellent indeed. SGP:468 - 88 points.

  60. Liberezlatourbe scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    E-X-C-E-L-L-E-N-T !!!
    • Nose
      Tourbe et fumée d'Ardbeg très reconnaissables. Viande des Grisons (Suisse) légèrement salée, bonbons au café, touche de bois. Raisins.
    • Taste
      Pruneaux, raisins, café, épices, la fumée se fait un poil plus discrète.
    • Finish
      Longue, looooooonnnnnngue. Sur le café, poivre,un cendrier froid.

  61. Snerik scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Well, first of all, gets a lot better with water. Secondly, reading all the comments here it feels like I might have had a bad sample, cause I wasn’t that impressed by this whisky? I’ll have to try it again! 
    • Nose
      Caramel, cloves, not a lot of peat? More wet wood, pinewood and some lemon. 
    • Taste
      The peat comes through on the palate a lot more, but feels kind of woody. Becomes more pleasant with water, and offers notes of dates, raisins and, again, some lemon.
    • Finish
      Feels quite short? Caramel, raisins again, citrus? It’s pleasant, but lacks “impact” and length for this to be really interesting. 

  62. ThS scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Note on 0.5cl at the opening of the bottle: rather fine nose, chiseled, clean; in short, high-flying crafts. Sherry is expressed around leather, nuts, tobacco, black tea and some Seville orange. Peat is smokier than medicinal. The mouth is unctuous, light, more medicinal in the middle of the mouth (creosote, antiseptic), with a lot of linseed oil indeed, that we can not miss it! The finish is short, too short for my taste, on linseed oil and a lively and expressive medicinal peat. It takes 2 more points at aeration because the final lengthens considerably.

  63. LukeFive did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Someone needs professional help. White Knighting will not do for them

  64. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I think, the point of what Chalice Cooper is doing is merely  that some people seem to post any old rubbish on here with impunity and the bottle pages are filling up of late with rubbish about prices and various others things.

    There is no regulation, I accept that the Admin Team would be sunk if they had to look at everything.

    While it may not be to everyone`s liking how it is written, the point Chalice makes is still a valid one.

    Many of us would dearly love to buy a bottle of whisky but are priced out of the market by speculators and some of those speculators are banging on about prices on these very same bottle pages.

    My two cents worth:- only tasting notes and reviews by forum members should be on these bottle pages, nothing else is really needed.

    I think the content of these pages is up for discussion because we all have different views.

  65. LukeFive did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    LOL!

    Playdie already got through 2 samples and 2 full bottles, on day of release,

    You sir need to be saluted !

  66. EckoVicto scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    That's a huge price difference between the UK and DE site - £86/€111 vs £62/€81

  67. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    So what if it is sold on Ebay for 499 euro, who cares?

    How is that information of use to anyone?

  68. svenske2015 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This bottle was sold on an international auction platform (Ebay) on sunday, 06/03/2016 for 499 EUR;

  69. svenske2015 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg.de (official) wrote:
    Color / nose Like copper stills in the moonlight. On the nose - dark chocolate, richly candied toffee and smoky campfire reveal a mystery: the clandestine meeting of Ardbeg matured in former bourbon barrels and in dark sherry casks. Together, they reveal a touch of pepper sharpness with a sparkle of lime peel.

    taste Touches of smoldering charcoal and wood polish scurry over the palate, while notes of raisins, dates and ginger lie over a lingering shade of tar oil.

    leaving The reverberation of smoked ham and inked blackened noodles signal the long and spicy reverberation.

    In MO deutschenT HENNESSY's German online shop , the Committee bottle was available on 15.3.2016 for 81 EUR.

  70. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  71. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    Actually I really like the new Dark Cove - it's not really dark but it is pretty well balanced and of course very powerful.

    I found much darker Ardbegs such as the Ardbeg 1964/1995 GM, the Ardbeg 1972 DL Ardbeggeddon or the Ardbeg 1976 Single Cask# 2395.
    • Nose
      Very fresh and rich notes of lemons, ginger, peat, smoke, also sweet floral perfume notes
    • Taste
      Oh yes, punchy, peppery, peaty, smoky, meaty, lemons again - the typical Ardbeg bonfire
    • Finish
      Long and burning, lemon zest and a subtle sweetness

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