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Ardbeg Dark Cove

Overall rating
85.67/100
votes
480
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
11.02.2016
Casktype
Dark Sherry Casks
Strength
46.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L64711
Barcode
5010494931969
Added on
23 Apr 2016 11:59 am by ted.striker
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 207.88

Tastingtags

69 Notes

rottendon
Connoisseur rottendon Tasting note
20 Apr 2017 1:54 am
rottendon gave this whisky 83 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose

Ein Parallelvergleich von Committee und Retail Variante

Beginnt fast rauchfrei mit nacktem Granit und süßem Karamell. Wird schnell trockener und mineralischer. Etwas Standzeit macht das Ganze dann wieder deutlich süßer. Karamell, etwas feuchtes Gestein, Zitronenschale, nach wie vor kaum Rauch. Mit viel Phantasie sind da vielleicht auch ein paar Trockenfrüchte unter dem Karamell. Im direkten Vergleich zur Committee Version wirkt er dünn und langweilig. Das Aromenspektrum ist äußerst überschaubar. Erwärmt wird das Ganze dann etwas kräftiger, süßer und abgerundeter. Die mineralischen Noten gehen deutlich zurück, ebenso wie die Zitrusnoten, erstmals ist der Rauch etwas stärker spürbar, er erinnert dabei an einen Teerkocher. Die Süße wird zunehmend dunkler und dabei auch etwas fruchtiger.

Taste

Etwas schwachbrüstig im Antritt, von der Konsistenz her eher dünn kann er geschmacklich doch voll überzeugen. Etwas dunkle Sherryfrüchte, von vornan bereits mit Tanninen versetzt, ein Hauch Menthol und eine gute Portion Tannenhonig, das alles schön integriert. 

Finish

Der Abgang ist nicht allzu lang, aber auch nicht unbedingt kurz. Zunächst wird für einen kurzen Moment das Menthol nochmal deutlicher, bevor er leicht herb und aschig ausklingt.

Comments

Hat er mir bei der Ardbeg Night im ersten Moment noch sehr gut gefallen, so ist er im gestellten Setting im direkten Vergleich zur Committee Version eine herbe Enttäuschung. Die Nase wirkt dabei noch am ähnlichsten, im Mund trennen die beiden Welten. Dennoch gefällt er mir besser als der letztjährige Perpetuum, die Richtung scheint prinzipiell zu stimmen, nur das Verdünnungskonzept sollte man hier wirklich überdenken! 


Hier geht's zur Committee Abfüllung:
https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/79815/ardbeg-dark-cove 

Gruß von hier...
Gatopardo
Expert Junior Gatopardo Tasting note
10 Oct 2017 6:01 pm
Gatopardo gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose

Earthy.Wood. Dark chocolate, lemon marmalade,salt and sweet, berries and plumbs. Less peat and smoke than typical Ardbeg. Elegant and creamy. That earthy note reminds me Springbank.

Taste

Sweet orange cream. Oily. Mouthwatering. Delicious!

Finish

Soft spices. Minty. Short.

Comments

Maybe not the darkest Arbeg ever, but this is great, better than I remember when I open the bottle. It's quite different from the typical Ardbeg profile, this ain't a peat and smoke bomb, this is elegant and refined, very well balance. And love the earthy note! Get a bottle if you can!

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
23 Mar 2017 10:19 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 83 points

[March, 2017]  Why not compare this release against its predecessor Perpetuum https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/68370/ardbeg-perpetuum and successor Kelpie https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/86163/ardbeg-kelpie ?

Colour:  Perpetuum is clearly the most pale of the three, while Dark Cove (nomen est omen) is the darkest.  Kelpie is closer to Perpetuum than to Dark Cove, maybe just one or two shades darker.

Nose:  While Perpetuum has the most Ardbeg trademark nose (surprisingly) Dark Cove is rather shy but much sweeter (due to the dark sherry casks) and Kelpie offers some strange aromas on eucalyptus and camphor (that remind me a little bit of a cough medicine and disinfectant solution).  Interestingly I find the Perpetuum best and the Kelpie by far the weakest in this head-to-head.

Arrival:  Perpetuum comes big and mouth-coating while Dark Cove is quite sweet, but a little bit hot at the first sip.  Kelpie is a little bit hot and peppery too and not as mouth-coating as the Perpetuum.  Again Perpetuum wins this round closely followed by Dark Cove.  Kelpie is not impressive.

Body:  Perpetuum is based all around sweet and peaty flavours that are not too complex, but somehow balanced.  Dark Cove is due to the sherry casks much sweeter, the peat is more in the background.  Again it is a little bit hot and peppery.  Kelpie is all about this strange eucalyptus/menthol flavour (maybe they should have named it "Koala" instead) - if you love this, than it is probably very interesting (Helmut Schmidt, the former German chancellor, who smoked menthol cigarettes only would like this, probably).  But I do not, I hate menthol as it reminds me of bitter medicine...  You guess my rating for this round now, don't you?

Finish:  The Perpetuum finish is very clean and long, typically Ardbeggian.  Dark Cove has a quite long but very sweet finish that is somehow more one-dimensional than the Perpetuum.  And the Kelpie:  The finish gets dry and bitter (due to the heavy tannins of the virgin oak), I do not like such a profile.  It is significantly shorter than the other two as well, so again.  Perpetuum first, Dark Cove second, Kelpie last...

I never ever thought (when Perpetuum was released) that this bottling will win against its successors as I (like many others) had the impression this was the weakest Ardbeg Day edition so far.  But now I must confess:  This was the best (to my liking) in three years. 

Oh, oh Ardbeg - where are you going to...

Weighted Rate
82.7
Nose
82
Initial taste
83
Body
83
Finish
81
Price
84
Presentation
85
There is no accounting for taste...
GlenSikkes
Connoisseur GlenSikkes Review note
14 Jun 2016 5:39 pm
GlenSikkes gave this whisky 65 points

For me the worst Ardbeg I've ever tried, very artificial. Particularly the 'aspartame sweetness' in the finish.

Like if they lost inspiration and contrived several barrels together until it was somekind of 'doable'. In my opinion it's very overrated and may not even stand next to the Corryvreckan or the Uigeadail.
A six-and a half

Weighted Rate
65.3
Nose
72
Initial taste
65
Body
65
Finish
55
Price
50
Presentation
89
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ricallende
Expert Senior ricallende Tasting note
22 May 2018 2:16 pm
Color
Amber
Nose

Smoked cream cheese initially hits the nose (which, btw, sounds like a delicious combination). Dark fruit, bruised cherries. Caramel. Cinnamon. Salty. Seaweed. Light pepper. Some burnt rubber. Dark chocolate oil.

Taste

Warm tones of dried fruits, caramel, cinnamon spice, liquorice, zest, and dry bubbly finish. The zest and ginger compliments the peppery spice. Light on smoke. Cinnamon and caramel prominent in the middle. Sharper and younger for the lower proof. Oiliness comes through more so toward the end.

Finish

Absolutly pleasant with a long and warm chocolate & camarel flavours.

Comments
whiskyfacile
Expert Junior whiskyfacile Tasting note
11 Apr 2018 4:51 pm
whiskyfacile gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Gin clear
Nose

N: se Ardbeg quest’anno voleva stupire, certo non si può dire che abbia fallito – almeno per quel che ci riguarda. Sulle prime si rimane infatti sconvolti da un lato erbaceo inedito, per la distilleria: e per erbaceo intendiamo erbe aromatiche e balsamiche, tra rosmarino e salvia, aghi di pino (resina da conifere; qualcuno alla presentazione ha parlato di ‘mirto’, e in effetti…). Proprio per questo lato, ci si può facilmente suggestionare richiamando alla mente – quasi – un gin erbaceo (come può essere il gin Mare, per intenderci). Dietro a questa prima coltre, ecco qualcosa di più atteso: spuma di mare, innanzitutto, e poi la torba di Ardbeg, acre ma (avvertiamo) qui tutto sommato ‘delicata’: leggasi, non brutale come al solito. Solo nelle retrovie emerge una vaga ‘dolcezza’, con qualcosa di borotalco, vaniglia e poco più.


Taste

P: ha un buon corpo, bello grasso… Tutto è molto compatto e ben legato: arrivano infatti all’unisono una sapidità marina molto pronunciata, delle speziature balsamiche ed erbacee di cui già al naso (resina, rosmarino – e ritorna la suggestione di un gin tonic molto secco) ed una torba greve, acre, da motore diesel e inchiostro. Poi l’apporto determinante del legno è qui più evidente e definitivo: liquirizia soprattutto, tanto cioccolato fondente; un velo di vaniglia. Marmellata d’arancia. Solo verso la fine si percepisce un fumo…

Finish

F: …che al finale dura a lungo, ricordando certi barbecue, con legna ardente in fiamme, carbonizzata. Un velo di sale accompagna una dolcezza liquiriziosa. Bacon?

Koalafant
Expert Senior Koalafant Note
15 Mar 2018 6:49 pm
Koalafant gave this whisky 87 points

Whisky'n More 2017 => 87/100

Lord of Orkney
Member Senior Lord of Orkney Review note
24 Nov 2017 7:33 am
Lord of Orkney gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
83.5
Nose
89
Initial taste
83
Body
84
Finish
82
Price
72
Presentation
87
gango4
Expert Junior gango4 Tasting note
02 Nov 2017 8:54 pm
gango4 gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Vor dem Rauch strömt eine Meeresbriese entgegen. Wirkt etwas verschlossen. Ganz weit hinten etwas kühlend vom Alkohol. Leichte Süsse.

Taste

Auch hier etwas verschlossen zu Beginn doch dann preschen die Sherryfrüchte durch und die Würze der Eiche macht sich bemerkbar. Der Rauch ist schön eingebunden.

Finish

Hier ist der Rauch am deutlichsten spürbar, jedoch nie aufdringlich. Weiterhin präsent ist eine maritime Note mit Seetang und Röstaromen.

Comments

Ein paar % mehr wären womöglich ein Gewinn.

Nikilema
Member Senior Nikilema Review note
21 Oct 2017 4:55 pm
Nikilema gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
85.5
Nose
87
Initial taste
86
Body
87
Finish
85
Price
80
Presentation
85

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