Ardbeg Dark Cove

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Dark Sherry and Bourbon Casks
46.5 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Ardbeg Day 2016
Added on
23 Apr 2016 11:18 am by ted.striker

Average value

€ 319.99

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Dark Cove

96 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.16 points

  1. 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:
    • 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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...

  7. Usl1978 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  8. 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.

  9. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    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.)

  10. 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.


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