Ardbeg Dark Cove

Overall rating
86.32/100
votes
829
Whiskybase ID
WB81438
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
11.02.2016
Casktype
Dark Sherry and Bourbon Casks
Strength
46.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L64711
Barcode
5010494931969
Bottled for
Ardbeg Day 2016
Added on
23 apr 2016 11:18 am by ted.striker
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 504.04

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Dark Cove

114 users have left 121 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.32 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  Why not compare this release against its predecessor Perpetuum (WB id 68370) and successor Kelpie (WB id 86163)?

    I never ever thought (when Perpetuum was released) that Perpetuum 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 heading to...
    • Nose
      82 82
      The colour of the 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. 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.
    • Taste
      83 83
      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
      81 81
      Perpetuum arrives big and mouth-coating on the palate 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. 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...

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  3. RobNagtegaal scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: medicinal peaty, sherry notes
    Pallet: very soft salty and peated and sweet
    Finish: getting more peaty in the finish

  4. g2ther scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. olegborgol scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Powerful, peaty, smoke, salt, notes of fruit, ash. 21.5-22-21.5-22
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The issue price when it was released was EUR 97

  7. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A successful bottling with a dark character
    • Nose
      87 87
      Ashy cloud of smoke from the campfire, herbal brew from the sherry cask, overripe blackberries, chain lubricating oil
    • Taste
      88 88
      sweet old Pata Negra ham, smokehouse, herbs and sherry, pleasant sweetness, fleshy hints, a nuance of iodine, wild blueberry puree
    • Finish
      87 87
      a long smoky sweetness washes over the mouth and throat

  8. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. malt maniacs scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. Killswitch scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  11. zzqfyl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  12. PortYouri99 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

  13. Luigisim scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Part of the Weird & the Woderful flight tasting at Ardbeg Distillery.
    Maybe the less good one. After a rich sweet nose, it turned quite weak.
    Very similar to normal bottling.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. wncvirus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Fairly deep notes of smoke, slightly sweetish.
    Taste: Linear flavor with fairly distinct smoke. Poorly complex. The unit smoke level for each approach. Slightly acidic.
    Rating: 85 | 100 - Smoke finish quite powerful smoke load. Generally, the item does not differ in any way from the core range bottles of this distillery and the price is higher

  15. Astrid scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Phew, the sherry is rather pale here and there is little else that is memorable. For the full review, go here: https://halbendrinks.de/2022/02/06/ardbeg-feis-ile/
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  16. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I love the balanced combination of ashy Islay smoke with intense sherry tones. That's why I often favor Bowmore, but I also liked the Lagavulin Distillers Editions (in the past more).
    This Ardbeg also beats into this Krebe. In "drinking strength" my favorite among Ardbeg's bottlings.
    The nose offers a lot, and usually a lot of it. Besides classic Ardbeg flavors like ash, smoke (slightly less than usual) and citrus, I find more fruity and herbal flavors here. I therefore (also) accept PX and/or Fino Sherry casks when choosing casks. It's worth giving some time.
    Admittedly, a few horsepower are missing in the mouth if you take the CR bottlings or an Ardbog as a benchmark. But that was it with the criticism. The lemony smoke and burnt pineapple complement each other with dried fruit, herbs, light tannins and a pleasant sweetness.
    The finish is ashy-sweet, suffers somewhat from too little abv, but is still sufficiently present.
    Overall extremely tasty. But requires larger sips rather than droplets or sips.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  17. Gotan scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Nose and palate take different paths. The nose is not bad and at least partially retains the character that can be expected from an Ardbeg. The palate, on the other hand, is excessively sweet and fragile, despite the gradation similar to 10.

  18. ailean scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  19. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    29.08.2021
    • Nose
      Strong, cold smoke, lemon, wild berry jam, dark dried fruits, leather, nuts, wood, a little caramel, a little honey, after the first sip the first fill ex-bourbon barrels come out much better, apricot, peach, but also plum jam with cinnamon
    • Taste
      Lemon, caramel, apricot, peach, physalis, wild berry jam, nuts, wood, ash

  20. Seanowalker scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    A good whisky without ever being great, and current prices make it an easy pass, however at original retail interesting enough to purchase if lucky enough to stumble upon.

    Certainly different from typical Ardbegs the biggest fault I can say is a lack of cohesion between elements, the fruit and peat fight rather than work in harmony, and the finish has a really strong liquorice bite. It is interesting, but there are many a better Ardbeg in this world.

  21. niggy1813 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    The annual Ardbeg Limited Committee releases are so different, In my opinion there are very very good one and also not so good one especially for the price that is taken for them. But the Dark Cove is one of the best of them. Beautifully perfect whisky.
    • Nose
      90 90
      A combination of the Ardbeg typical peat smoke and a fruit cocktail of blackcurrant, blackberry, sweet cherry and strawberry.
    • Taste
      93 93
      A mix of fruits, smoke and spice. Very complex and perfectly balanced. You literally crave for the next take.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The finish doesn't lose at all and is very smooth. The complexity remains as well as the fruit cocktail and well integrated smoke. A touch of spice adds more.

  22. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  23. Cairn87 scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Very complex, clear cask profile. Smoke with quite a hit, but still warm and round.
    Taste of some Dark berries, sherry profile.
    Truly recommended????

  24. Andytka3 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    1599) Ardbeg, Dark Cove, The Ultimate, Ardbeg Day 2016
    • Nose
      N- Initial impression of being alike her 106 years long-live seaside neighbour - Mr. L. Bursts of TCP mingle closely with dark fruits on muddy coastal notes. The charmingly light crème brûlée appear with macerated berry compote. Firmly filled with thick peat at heart with whiff of sweet candy. (88/22)
    • Taste
      P- Clean but stiff, a little elementary with spicy herbs top notes derives by coconut shreds and young oak. (86/20)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, touch of bitter chocolate that remains and get stronger with each sips at the back of throat. Soft mouth-coating but lingers with fine dark berries and charred oak, pleasantly chewy TCP with coastal scents that lasted well over times. (87/21)

      B/B- 87/21

      Weighted Rate - 84pt

  25. Ostap scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    2017-05-13:
    Delicate and multifaceted, at the same time, aroma. A little harsh in taste and aftertaste, a small disadvantage for me was the hospital-herbal bitterness. In general, not bad.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet and earthy, delicate peat, barrel pickles, non-alcoholic, creme brulee, tarpaulin, cigarette ash, lightly salted salmon, delicate smoke, crispy crust of fresh bread, wine notes, wax, green grapes, freshly broken twig, yogurt, iodine, vanilla chewing gum, sweet yeast dough, sweet slightly burnt rubber sole, citrus peel, peanuts, menthol, seaweed, ginger, lemon sherbet.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Wine, pepper, mushroom, ash, rubber sole, tarpaulin, smoked, sweet, lemon peel, hospital herbal tincture, burnt rubber.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Bake, dry, ash, long, knits, smolders like ashes, hospital grass bitterness, gray bread "Tavria", sweet burning rubber.

  26. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. LordIslay scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  28. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    beautiful balanced Ardbeg. Wonderful combination of smoke and sherry, the smoke is perfectly integrated.
    • Nose
      subtle smoke, ashy, sherry aromas rather in the background, dark fruits, toffee, slightly spicy
    • Taste
      Ash, subtle smoke, dried fruits, plums, spicy, slightly sweet, pleasant mouthfeel. Salivary
    • Finish
      Again, nice subtle smoke combined with the sherry aromas, becoming spicy and slightly bitter

  29. Islaywolf scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately for my taste the weaker Ardbeg I tried! :(
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  30. thebonewolf scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Wood, earthy, bit of salt.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Rich fruit, creamy, chocolate, smoke, wood, caramel.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Dry, tart, nutty, salt. Medium.

  31. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Smell the fragrance: I am looking forward to Heiwan because the moment he pours it into the glass, Heiwan has let the iodine and dried plum treasure scent in the air, as if walking into a smoking cave and meeting in the cave. Discovered some mud, and the firewood pile that was just extinguished, the harbor under the dark night is mysterious and charming,

    Tasting: The alcohol feel is just right, the wine is lively and jumping, the balance of sweetness and charred aroma, like the sugar-fried chestnuts from the night market vendors and the accidentally roasted honey chicken wings, and the sherry and peat in the end rhyme collide Among them, there seems to be endless possibilities, caramelized melon seeds, kerosene, dark chocolate, cuttlefish noodles, dead leaves, ashes, gradually far away...

    Summary: Black Bay 2017 Member Edition is recognized as the best Abbe's annual limited wine in recent years. It is matured in EX bourbon barrels and "Dark Shirley barrels". Both peat and Shirley mutate here, and many are derived. The indescribable fine flavour, the original imprint of the winery is also difficult to find, but the only constant is the high standard of balance. As for the sense of pleasure, different people have different opinions. My score is not very high.

    (This is an old note in my notebook, using the old scoring system. Although this will result in a high score, I still want to show this score.)

  32. gossm01 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    It is of medium viscosity and its bouquet is of relatively strong intensity. I have aromas of sweet peat smoke, raisin syrup, nuts and nautical notes. Not very complex. Relatively sweet in taste. The alcohol is well integrated and he has a medium body.

  33. Mapl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  34. wouterk scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  35. nallacam scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  36. TsiAI scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when tasting: 25℃

    Eyes: Orange and smell of fragrance. Nose: The smoke is lighter than I thought, and it is very comfortable, with ash, iodophor, and dried sea fish. Some sticky cream, dried cranberries, red jam, smell and other Abbey I have drunk appeared in the back. It was light, not complicated enough, and not many layers. If I locate it in the brainless peat sweet water, I think it is already Full marks, but if you want to reproduce Abbe's glorious years, it is obviously far from enough.
    Taste Palate: no bitter bottom, peat sweet water, a little cranberry jam, strawberry fudge, plant ash, waves and rocks, sprinkled with raw scallops of crushed pepper, to bring out some delicious juice.
    Final rhyme Finish: long, a little sweet, sea salt, smoked salmon, seaweed body: light and watery, very low oil content, is this Abbe's body?

    Nose: 85/100
    Palate: 85/100
    Finish: 85/100
    Body: 80/100
    Overall: 84/100

    Overall: Smell the fragrance is really true, it is indeed a little sweet water of brainless peat, probably the way it looks after dilution in Uganda. It's delicious, but it's too flattering.

  37. sarthur71 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  38. valasios scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  39. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at Whisky in Leiden 2017

    nice combination of some deep sweetness and peat. Good long finish
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  40. Paedi75 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  41. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    Typical Ardbeg - the smoke dominates and other flavors have a hard time developing at the beginning, whereby I perceive the dark cove softer in the smoke than the standards. I give the dram a few minutes and then smell again. Now the cold ash comes and the peat smoke has a slightly medicinal effect with a little seaweed. Now it is sweeter and honey and dried fruit appear, also vanilla and citrus notes are there. Out the back, the rather complex drop becomes flowery and spicy.

    Taste:
    The smoke appears a little milder in my mouth. Now you can taste the sherry ripening with dried raisins and plums as well as the dark chocolate and coffee notes. Overall very creamy even if the dram is now a bit tart (but not bitter). The NAS is even more exciting due to the fine spiciness with a slight pepper sharpness.

    Outlet:
    Medium to long with intense smoke and a little sweetness.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  42. Malthead19 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    - contrary to some opinions, I find the DARK COVE a very successful special bottling,
    - a very complex smell, really awesome!
    - taste maybe a bit "thin" but not annoying for me, but rather very pleasant and very tasty
    - significantly better than, for example, an AN OA with comparable barrels
    - from the aroma it goes in the direction of Lagavulin Dest. Ed.
    (I tested in 1997/2013)
    • Nose
      strong smoky and sweet, light sherry flavors (more sweet than fruity)
    • Taste
      Directly full of "Ardbeg" smoke but very harmoniously integrated in a subtle fruity environment, toffee, malty-sweet, a little plum, berries, raisins, a little oak
    • Finish
      medium-long very soft, harmonious smoky finish, long smoky-sweet

  43. schengel10 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A pleasant, pleasant to drink Ardbeg.
    The sherry flavors suit him well.
    For about € 95.00 (2016) not super cheap but ok
    [Color] full gold;
    • Nose
      typical Ardbeg nose: peat, charcoal, campfire, sweet bourbon notes, fruity (berries, raisins), sherry, salt;
    • Taste
      malty, sweet appearance, slightly watery, fruity, berries, sherry, only light smoke, coal, cold ash, gradually becomes dry, coffee, pepper, salt;
    • Finish
      medium-long finish, peppery, peaty, sherry and sweet smoke linger;

  44. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Good Young Ardbeg (88)
    • Nose
      Smoke, fruit, salt, butter ... raw dough. Pretty quickly breaks down into caramel and tobacco ... chocolate dust, vanilla. (22)
    • Taste
      Fruits, salt, ashes. Oily and saturated (22)
    • Finish
      Finish salty, pepper, wood, paper, ointment .... dust and pineapple water, smoke (22)

  45. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Sample from DarrenHJA
    • Nose
      90 90
      Medicinal peat smoke, what else do you expect? With some burnt charcoal, and sweet smoke, maybe burnt caramel. The Dettol smell can be found isolated from the smoke at times. BBQ marshmallow, with some briney notes as well. Respectable nose.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Pleasant kind of smokiness, with nuttiness and slight hint of sweetness. Faint saltiness, quite fruity, with lemon and oranges. Rather weak palate I must say.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Faint smokiness, with almond and lime, with some oakiness. Pretty long finish.

  46. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Typical and good Ardbeg, sweet smoke, pretty strong and rich of flavours besides the peat. Nice one.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Surprisingly fruity, some slight peat and smoke. Raisins, apple fritters, or apple compote. Spicy as well, cinnamon.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Some little pepper, some sal ammoniac, licorice. Pretty full taste, chocolate, and it tastes like a new car smells :-), furniture polish too. Later it gets stronger.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Not much pepper left, fake leather, peat, ash, car showroom experience now. Pretty long, the sweet smoke remains in the mouth quite long.

  47. besar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  48. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A total Schlabberwhisky, I practically breathed it in at that time during the Ardbeg Barbecues, it was so easy to drink and still is. Of course, due to the lack of barrel strength, he doesn't quite make it against the Committee Release. But he doesn't have to hide.
    • Nose
      A combination of bacon smoke, sweet and creamy sherry and grated lemon peel suits you, whole milk chocolate, sweet raspberries, raisins, very creamy, pleasant, the smoke is a well-fitting overtone, a little salt, bacon, a pinch of pepper, a light touch of Peppermint, which then stays cool in the nose when you stop smelling, after the first sip also a touch of lovage
    • Taste
      sweet, sherry, raisins, slightly effervescent, floral, chocolate, espresso, medium smoke, creamy, slightly watery, nuts, pleasing, warming
    • Finish
      Nuts, a little bit tart, the mouth feels drier, raisins, ashy smoke, peppermint, salt on the tip of the tongue, medium length, pleasant

  49. face scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  50. wbarchive_407045 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    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! (I REALLY LIKED THIS DESCRIPTION FROM THE GUY 2 DOWN) good daily sipper for me, I have 4 because I liked it so much.
    • Nose
      86 86
      similarities to Ardbeg Uigeadail on the nose, sweet honeyed smoke, tar, slight medicinal note, a tart citrus note – lemon-lime furniture cleaner (WJ); salt, chloraseptic, cereal note with baking spice
    • Taste
      84 84
      salt, slight tingling on front of the tongue, smoke and more smoke, a charred toffee sweetness, some pepper spice, the smoke and ash note mutes much of the sweetness
    • Finish
      85 85
      not as long as I expected in this case, charred oak, some leftover ash, a bit of bitter chocolate, coffee

  51. MattDoobie scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Nose
    Ash, seaweed and peat backed by sherried sweet fruits; bananas, apricots and peaches. Very medicinal and saline. Underneath all that there’s a creaminess with vanilla and custard and some citrus. Very nice. 22/25

    Palate
    Again ashy, lots of smoke and honey everywhere coating the mouth. Very nice texture and arrival. Not very sherried on the palate and not as much fruit although bananas are definitely there for me. On the third pass the apricots come out as well and there’s tons of fresh vanilla beans there as well. Nice and round and a pleasure to chew on. 22/25

    Finish
    Very strong on the ash, it’s a long finish that reminds me of my days as a smoker. There’s a residual honey sweetness that give you something to chew on for a bit but not much else. 20/25

    Value and presentation
    These Ardbeg day NAS products offer a poor value, with an original price of 230$ CAD and a now inflated secondary price markup... there’s just no way this whisky competes in this price range. For perspective, the same shop that sold it for 230$ sells Glendronach 21 for 203$...The presentation is mostly good, it’s being billed as the darkest Ardbeg yet and I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt that they’re smart enough not to add E150 to the whisky after saying that (wink wink, Bowmore) but I do wish that information was on the packaging, same with chillfiltration, I had to confirm online that there wasn’t any. The 46.5% abv is great and goes a long way towards giving us the nice mouthfeel present here. Overall I think this is a great whisky that’s bogged down by an absurd price point. 20/25

    Total score
    84/100

  52. detachedblue scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sherry-peat, kind of working here, well integrated I have to say, young, inky, dried plums.
    • Taste
      Rich, sweet and sour, new oak, modern style sherry.
    • Finish
      Long, modern oaky sherry.

  53. Kensay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very balanced and tasty molt, atypical ardbeg, really liked
    • Nose
      The nose is good, sweet smoke, a dusty attic on a hot summer day, smoked dried fruit and some wine notes. When standing in a glass it reminds even more lafroig than ardbeg. Very balanced and pleasant.
    • Taste
      sweet smoke turning into spices, ripe cherries in liqueur, dried apricots and prunes, salted caramel, rather rich, buttery and dense
    • Finish
      continues the taste excellently, smoked more than prunes smoked on the fire, salty smoke, sherry notes and oddly dark beer, probably Guinness, a slight bitterness is also present

  54. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  55. rolabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  56. ricallende did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • 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.

  57. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2016/06/03/ardbeg-dark-cove-2016-ob-465/
    • 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?

  58. Koalafant scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Whisky'n More 2017 => 87/100

  59. Lord of Orkney scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  60. gango4 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A few% more would probably be a profit.
    • Nose
      A sea breeze flows in front of the smoke. Acts a bit closed. Quite a bit cooler from the alcohol. Light sweetness.
    • Taste
      Here, too, something closed at the beginning but then squeeze through the sherry fruits and the spiciness of the oak makes itself felt. The smoke is well integrated.
    • Finish
      Here the smoke is most noticeable, but never intrusive. Also present is a maritime note with seaweed and roasted aromas.

  61. Nikilema scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  62. Gatopardo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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!
    • 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.

  63. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    a surprise for me. He is not without
    • Nose
      Car tires, barely smoke, herbs, fried bacon, slightly sweet, later sherry
    • Taste
      soft and round on the palate, some smoke that becomes stronger over time, malt, something on the tongue, red fruit
    • Finish
      medium long, rubber, tires, some smoke

  64. Achany scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    nice combination of peat and sweet. Peat, some minerals, some ashes, sweet sherry, some citrus. Quite some nice Ardbeg, but there is something nagging ... it is fine Whisky but why all the fuss about it? Fine dram, nothing more
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  65. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It was surprisingly good, I already expected a weak likeness of Guess at twice the price, but here is a very nice, fantastically spicy, soft and friendly mole (fortress, of course, does not please, but the feeling that the increase would not have helped much); not guessing, but it's going the right way, to the price tag, though the claims remain (yes, blah, twice as expensive), so if you already have a couple of bottles in the closet I guessed, but there is an extra hundred euros and a burning desire give it back LVMH, welcome.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, peat and smoke in the frame of lemon peel and candy drops, burnt paper, a cigar box, is simple enough and sherry does not show itself immediately, but soon already leaks dried fruit, leavened mushrooms, dried mushrooms, the aroma becomes heavier, goes deeper.
    • Taste
      Dense, smoke, peat, sherry derivatives - raisins, dried apricots, prunes, burnt biscuits, cola, burnt caramel, dark beer.
    • Finish
      Smoky peat softened with sherry - raisins, dried apricots, bitter chocolate, a little sweet ginger, orange peel, sweet dark beer.

  66. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2016]  I had this dram during a "Feis Ile 2016" tasting at Bonn.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 82,5.  Pls. see my detailed review below.

  67. rottendon scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Did he like me at the Ardbeg Night at the first moment very well, he is in the set setting in direct comparison to the committee version a bitter disappointment. The nose is still the most similar, in the mouth separate the two worlds. Nevertheless, he likes me better than last year's Perpetuum, the direction seems to be correct in principle, only the dilution concept should be considered here!

    Here's the committee bottling:
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/79815/ardbeg-dark-cove
    • Nose
      A parallel comparison of Committee and Retail variant

      Starts almost smoke free with bare granite and sweet caramel. Becomes faster dry and mineral. Some life makes the whole thing again sweeter. Caramel, some damp rock, lemon zest, still little smoke. With a lot of imagination there may also be some dried fruit under the caramel. In direct comparison to the committee version he looks thin and boring. The range of flavors is extremely manageable. The whole thing is then heated a little stronger, sweeter and rounded. The mineral notes go back significantly, as well as the citrus notes, for the first time the smoke is a bit more noticeable, it is reminiscent of a tea kettle. The sweetness is getting darker and a little more fruity.
    • Taste
      A little weak-tempered in the start, the consistency rather thin, he can taste fully convincing. Something dark Sherry fruits, from the beginning already mixed with tannins, a hint of menthol and a good dose of fir honey, all nicely integrated.
    • Finish
      The finish is not too long, but not necessarily short. At first the menthol becomes clearer again for a brief moment, before it fades away a bit dry and ashen.

  68. magic_slim scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I am little bit disappointed, although this is still very good whisky.
    • Nose
      Delicate peat and smoke at first nosing. Notes of liquorice and nutmeg with limoncello in the background.
    • Taste
      Sweet at first mouthfeel - then it becomes very dry and dusty with plenty of ashes and rubber. Smooth with tea, toffee and liquorice aromas, but also peaty, peppered and zesty. A little bit thin and austere.
    • Finish
      Long and dry. Lots of concentrated black and bitter tea with ashes and lemon peel.

  69. domani scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    An Ardbeg with surprise effect. He is not as "dark" as expected but rather silky and supple with intense aromas and unmistakable finish. The Sherry Casks are more in the background and give him the necessary balance Balance - 25.03.2017
    • Nose
      Smoke but less intrusive, bacon, dark chocolate, full roasted aromas, silky, slightly maritime, raisins, leather, tobacco, herbal marinade
    • Taste
      Dry, surprisingly mild, peppery, salty-sweet interplay, espresso, sweet lacquer scratch (bats)
    • Finish
      Lang

  70. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The usual peat and bacon melt fairly quickly in a soft and warm atmosphere. In the mouth, an impression of maturity emerges, which tends to show that we do not care - perhaps - not your g ***** vis-à-vis the age of the barrels used. The proportion of sherry casks looks relatively high. Fairly melted and soft, very round, no aggressiveness. Not very Ardbeg for the shot. Malt, citrus? Not here. But greedy wish with an endless final for the shot.

    Enthusiasm 4/5

  71. Goethe scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    This is kind of a thin Ardbeg Uigeadail expression, but quite young in age. You don't get the bacon maritime fish mouth feeling.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 6/10
    • Nose
      Smoke, vanilla, some sherry, some smoked nuts, maritime.
    • Taste
      Smoke, ashes, citrus, maritime, rubber.
    • Finish
      Long. Smoke and sweet ashes. Some rubber. No sherry left.

  72. mr.p9 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  73. Unclimbability scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Colour: Dark Gold

    Body: Medium/Full

    Nose: Lovely Sherry and fresh zesty lime, lemon, musty wool, blood orange

    Taste: Intense, creamy medicinal, cough sweets, lime juice, lime pith, lemon, creamy oak, orange. Great balance.

    Finish: Long length. Creamy, medicinal, earthy peat.

    Notes: It's Ardbeg, of course it's great. Maybe I should have kept my Commitee Release, I'll have to open my 33.132 before I decide if it was worth it.

    80/100

  74. Daan Tje scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  75. rpvdwel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  76. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    ‘Blind Islay fury’ was a blind tasting organised by Whiskylounge. We started here: WB
    N: Toffee fruit sugars - cognac cask? Sugar cane, molasses - Rum cask? It's farmy and vegetal with a sweet, sugary smokiness, a sweet BBQ meat marinade [sticky ribs with hoisin sauce], balanced against notes of Tipp-ex, putty and grout. Good nose.
    T:  Here’s another big Islay whisky where the smoke is not obtrusive, starting sweet before moving straight to vegetal. The development spins all around the flavour wheel with notes of putty, deep old sherry char and sweet plasticine,...
    F: ...sweet vegetal and smokey cognac. Lots of types of smoke here, from the maltings to the heavy cask charring. It doesn’t evolve exactly, it’s more about those numerous revolutions around the flavour wheel. 
    C: Doesn’t stop spinning. I like it, it’s a fun one and a good one. I feel i’ve had it before but i can’t put a name to it, but the chemist amongst us nails it! A free dram to him and on to number 4 WB.

    Scores a B

  77. hfos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  78. kv-schmidt scored this whisky 86 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.

  79. The_Rock scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    A nice alternative to the rather small portfolio of Ardbeg, but priced too expensive in my opinion.
    • Nose
      Strawberries flattered by a subtle smokiness rise in the beginning in my nose. Then come malt and a maritime note.
    • Taste
      The smokiness dominates in the mouth. This releases the taste of rosehip very slowly. This is accompanied by an Algish salty note. Overall, the whisky is very light and soft on the tongue.
    • Finish
      The smoke is still working for a while. After the rosehip flavors are gone, a certain spice spreads.

  80. WhiskyAgent scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Peat dominated nose with underlying sweet wood spices. The attack, still peat upfront, is pleasant and balanced but the palate proved quite thin and a tad sweet giving way to the alcohol bringing it out of balance and dominating a rather short and simple finish. 

  81. Robstrom did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    999:-

  82. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I do not particularly like the standard Ardbegs (10, Uggy, Corry), finding them too ashy, too citric, and too unbalanced. I quite enjoyed Ardbeg 30 year old and this is the closest to it in profile, though not nearly as sophisticated and well integrated. A great dram overall. 
    • Nose
      Mild and balanced nose. Mild, ashy smoke with buttery peat. Sweet, mild red fruit. 
    • Taste
      Soft, sweet arrival. Watery treacle and red fruit on mild ashy smoke. Medium spice. The palate can be saccharine at times, but is pleasant and balanced. 
    • Finish
      A soft finish leaves sweet red fruit and smoke in the mouth. 

  83. Egge scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      In der Nase Rauch, dann habe ich auch Hagebuttentee. Dann, sehr hintergründig, rote Früchte, vielleicht auch etwas Apfel.
    • Taste
      Man schmeckt den Ardbeg. Erstaunlich mild und mit einer dezent süßen Note.
    • Finish
      Der Abgang ist mittellang, kurz Pfeffer, dann eine sahnige Konsistenz und nochmal Lagerfeuerrauch.

  84. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Ardbeg Dark Cove
    Tasted 2016-08-05 @ Whisky InTeam Spaden:
    N wohilger smoke, warm oats,
    G juicy saffron cream, dry campfire
    really one of the better of the special bottlings
    88

  85. Bosi scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    I like this Ardbeg Day bottling better than the last two years. The selection of kegs did the aroma very well. However, even this bottling is still too ironed for my taste.
    • Nose
      Surprisingly, I first smell red fruits before the smoke comes through. Added to this is a hint of rosehip tea. Later, the aroma is stronger with honey, vanilla, tobacco and is slightly musty.
    • Taste
      The taste of the typical campfire Ardbeg smoke comes through. Then more sweetness comes into play with ripe red fruit and fruit cake, plus a hint of carnation.
    • Finish
      The finish is short to medium and a bit bitter. It remains red groats, allspice and smoke.

  86. d1scostu scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  87. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  88. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  89. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  90. whiskybros scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    You can find our review at http://www.whiskybros.com/#!Ardbeg-Dark-Cove-465/c21kp/574a8f800cf2b585410fed30
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  91. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    3rd June 2016 is the date of.,,, Malt ’n’ Copper’s European referendram! We begin in France WB and finish in Scotland WB
    N: Ardbeg is often ashy, sometimes heavily charred and other times more creosote-y. This one is firmly meaty [smoked ham] and equally manured with tar, heavily charred onions, pickle, pickled nuts and sweet cream. A little sherry and plenty of bourbon here.
    T: A little acute, but with a bold arrival of sweet=sour lemons a little fruit juice [tomato and orange] and thick soured cream. Fairly young and basic stuff. It has form but rushes through the gear becoming salty, ashy and rough again - which clenches up my palate quite frankly.
    F: Develops ashy and rather salty with more meaty [bacon even] with a dry, rubbery, bitter finish. Longer here than the palate but that’s not saying much.
    C: It’s ok, mutter, mutter, but, mutter, Uigeadail, mutter, Corryvreckan, mutter, mutter standard 10yo,… mutter…..

    Scores a B-

  92. Palindrome scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The nose is deceptively young and tangy like tequila. On the palate, this one opens up nicely to offer a complex experience. Still, younger than I would have preferred. I miss the Alligator. It was spectacular. I also like Ardbeg Day more than this one. But still, worth picking up a bottle for sure if you favor Ardbeg's lovely rich and malty peaty character. 
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  93. MadScientist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  94. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    A sweet and savoury Ardbeg. Easy drinkable and definetly a nice dram. As an addition to the core range it would be much apreciated. Overpriced, like all special Ardbeg releases these days. Also the superlative marketing "..darkest ardbeg ever.." bullshit does not fit Ardbegs reputation and is just childish and kinda embarrasing to be honest. In my opinion, sometimes less is more....

  95. Feis_ile scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    This is the darkest Ardbeg to date! With a color of golden potstills in the moonlight. On the nose dark tones of dark chocolate, toffee and distant bonfires. http://www.whisky-amsterdam.nl/product/ardbeg-dark-cove/

  96. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 65 points Connoisseur

    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
    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      65 65
    • Finish
      55 55

  97. Othorion scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  98. GIORGOS scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      86 86

  99. martinni scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  100. jankes scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  101. XorLophaX scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: 88/100 points - "dangerously tasty". The Ardbeg-Day 2016 brought us a 46.5% diluted, flavored version of the Dark Cove (Compared to the Commmitee release). You get here a dangerous tasty, mild and unfortunately quite characterless Ardbeg with NAS at an ambitious price. The supposedly "darkest Ardbeg of all time" is unfortunately in vain. Bad is the Dark Cove not by far, but there is not much to discover and it lacks the rough nature of the sea. Personally, I like him a lot and find him much better than the perpetual, but I prefer a Uigeadail, because he has more Wums and character. Link to the tasting on my blog: http://www.tasting-notes.de/Archive/537
    • Nose
      In the nose, this Ardbeg shows very sweet and harmonious. Next to the outgoing campfire you will find delicious dark chocolate, caramel and toffee. Nevertheless, there are fruity notes of lime, orange and pickled pears. Some ashes and tar in the background. Overall, but very smoky-sweet and mild.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the Dark Cove surprises with its barely alcoholic, dangerously tasty way. It is not particularly differentiated, but offers plenty of toffee sweetness and fruits such as oranges and raisins. Only later do grassy notes of hay and herbs reach the tongue. Toward the end, the typical smokiness discreetly in the background.
    • Finish
      A long, strongly changing finish begins with a distinct sweetness, followed by ashes and tar. A splash of lime refreshes the finish and leaves a herb garden mouthfeel.

  102. Gogopro52 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Uigedal or Corryvreckan are in fact better and much cheaper, which makes both the one and the other much better off.
    What could have been the name for a fine sherry bottling, instead of just that ... Just a shame, but typical LVMH Finster hits it all in all but definitely, scowling especially when you consider that good sherry casks cost quite a bit of money, but you can pay very well for these editions (and here too). Incidentally, I also know a good two dozen Ardbeg bottlings, which were significantly darker and considerably better!
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  103. Thermidor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Tried this one at a bar because I didn't want to buy one blind. It isn't bad by any means although too light on the finish, but I liked Uigeadail I had in a glass next to it more. I was also a bit confused by what is dark in a whisky that's lighter in colour, tone and taste to Uige. I could be wrong about this but Dark Cove felt to me like some odd vatting of Bowmore and Laphroaig rather than Ardbeg.

  104. Wolv scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    better buy Uigedal; less money, same - if not better - quality
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  105. Whiskyflasken scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      82 82

  106. markjedi1 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Unlit Inlet

    The Dark Cove is the long awaited and seriously hyped new Ardbeg Day 2016 release. We are talking the general release here, not the Committee Release at 55% with the pale label. It was sold through the Ardbeg Embassies on Saturday 28th May and – as is always the case with these types of releases – was sold out in a matter of hours. The label boldly states ‘dark sherry casks’ and ‘darkest Ardbeg ever’. I am not sure that that means. Oloroso? PX? Darkest ever? I have seen Ardbeg twice this dark. I hope the contents of the bottle is better than the PR bullshit.

    Well, the nose is very pleasant. Vanilla and tar, soy sprouts (that’s a first!), walnuts and some seaweeds. Something that reminds me of band aids. Not overly medicinal, just a touch. Bicyle tire? I get some liquorice, ginger and nutmeg. If there is any fruit, it is lemon. The smoke development is rather limited, but quite nice. After some five minutes, I get something really sweet. Caramelized peel of blood oranges. Could that be the sherry?

    It starts rather salty with loads of ashes and oak (ginger!), before it allows the sweetness to reveal itself. But the sweetness is not offered much room, for it turns very salty again immediately. Some smoked ham with a drop of lime juice and Seville oranges. The peat is unmistakable, but far from playing first fiddle. Loads of tannins, though.

    In the long finish, it is mostly the spices that speak, but at the death I get a sudden eruption of plasticine and rubber.

    All-in all, this Dark Cove is a good Ardbeg, but – like its predecessors of the last years – it does not match the classics like Uigeadail, Corryvreckan or the Beist. I would rather spend my money on them. I bought this for 99 EUR, but now easily reaches 150 to 200 EUR on secondary markets. Thanks to Anthony and Imanuel for helping me obtain this bottle.

  107. Patrick93 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  108. kv-schmidt scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    All in all : more harmony than power, and not just a gentler version of the committee bottling. The Dark Cove is independent, a somewhat pensive, well-groomed Ardbeg, who wants to be enjoyed, and with leisure. He is well balanced, with interesting nose and pleasing palate. The deliberately created composition of smokiness and sweetness pleases. Very good. The so far darkest Ardbeg ever.
    • Nose
      Meaty, earthy and spicy aromas. Strong notes of dark chocolate with some orange, candied toffee, coffee and oak. A touch of smoky campfire in the background, with a mysterious floral influence, similar to flowering currant bushes. And a lot of flaxseed oil.
    • Taste
      The sensation in the mouth is almost harsh or lime peel. 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. The reverberation of smoked ham and inked blackened noodles signal the long and spicy reverberation.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy and full bodied with persistent notes of toffee, coffee and tar.

  109. meganstars scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      96 96

  110. steinrich scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  111. Peiler scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Great Stuff... definetely better than the perpetuum. 
    Get's better dram by dram and wins by adding a few drops of water.
    very long and dry finish! love it!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  112. Paulski88 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      75 75

  113. Sidney87 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  114. DoctorK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Love it! Finally some Ardbeg to enjoy, with character and a long finish. Sure it´s NAS and the price is hefty but from the last Ardeg Days it is imho the best byfar since the Aligator
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      93 93

  115. DoctorK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great expression, one of my favorites from the last years
    • Nose
      Smoke, Sherry, charcoal,
    • Taste
      Intense, smoky, sherry, caramel
    • Finish
      Long, very dry

  116. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  117. ARDBERG scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    In fact a dark chapter in the history of Ardbeg.

  118. kv-schmidt scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Official Tasting Notes Ardbeg Dark Cove 46.5%: The color: The so far darkest Ardbeg ever. On the nose: fleshy, earthy and spicy aromas. Strong notes of dark chocolate with some orange, candied toffee, coffee and oak. A touch of smoky campfire in the background, with a mysterious floral influence, similar to flowering currant bushes. And a lot of flaxseed oil. In the taste: The feeling in the mouth is almost dry or lime peel. 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. The reverberation of smoked ham and inked blackened noodles signal the long and spicy reverberation. The Departure: Long, spicy and full bodied with persistent notes of toffee, coffee and tar.

  119. Chpvroom scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  120. Falnor scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      76 76

  121. mer1973 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  122. Gatopardo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A short note after the presentation in Madrid the 4th of may of 2016:

    Nose: sweet, ripe fruits, leather and of course peat and smoke, but "under control". 

    Taste: again, those fruits come back to your mouth. Sweet and oily. Smooth.

    Final: not particulary long as I remenber

    Great stuff. In my opinion very different Ardbeg from the last special editions. Could compare with the Oggie but this is even smother. I guess those "dark sherry casks" used could be PX Casks, because this stuff is really smoth and refined, not a peaty beast. I loved it. I only can argue about the price and tbe gradually reduction of strenght of the last releases.

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