Ardbeg Dark Cove

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Committee Release
Ex-Bourbon & Dark Sherry Casks
55.0 % Vol.
100 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L64707 15011245
Added on
14 Mar 2016 11:03 am by svenske2015

Average value

€ 632.44

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Dark Cove

69 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.44 points

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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:
    • 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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


  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.


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