Ardbeg Kelpie

Overall rating
86.54/100
votes
510
Whiskybase ID
WB86163
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Special Committee Only Edition
Bottled
2017
Casktype
Virgin Casks (Russian Oak)
Strength
51.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L66860 16012062
Barcode
5010494935851
Added on
29 aug 2016 3:12 pm by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 471.02

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Kelpie

72 users have left 80 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.54 points.

  1. BehindSpace scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    sweet and mentholy on the nose.
    not as peaty as expected.
    you need to get closer to/in the glass to get the full ardbeg experiance.

    turns out to be pretty ashy, but remains sweet and honeyed.

    not the best, but not the worst ardbeg too
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. Mannix65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Issue price was 84 EUR

  3. zzqfyl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  4. herby.usa scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Funtik scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  6. STL scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Astrid scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    One of the more interesting special bottlings from Ardbeg in recent years, which is simply due to a certain maturation period. You can find the detailed review here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2021/09/22/ardbeg-committee-releases/
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. The_Osprey scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg Kelpie Committee Edition. Consumed July 2018. Aged on virgin oak grown near the Black Sea. Aroma is oaky, rounded, cat paws, a little smoked salmon later on. Taste is rounded and oaky, vanilla, big peaty notes. Smooth and rounded with a little booze and salt burning through. Long smoked finish. Nice.

  9. herby.usa scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    One of the few "newer" committee bottlings that I like.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Vanilla, malt, light peppery heat
      Citrus and interesting wood notes
      sour notes are also present.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Ash, malt, black pepper, dark chocolate
      Smoked ham and sweet flavors (vanilla / honey).
      A bitterness emerges in the background and mixes with salty notes.
    • Finish
      83 83
      surprisingly short despite the barrel strength

  10. StumpiKlaus scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Good Ardbeg but way too expensive !! For me the Lagavulin is the better Ardbeg !!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Takes a long time until the full aroma is lost. Alcohol hardly noticeable. Fresh lemon, grass and a little smoke.
      Then floral notes with a little sweetness.
    • Taste
      83 83
      But a bit disappointing. Not as complex as in the aroma.
      Citrus notes, smoke and a little honey sweetness. Minimal smoked bacon, that's it !!
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length. Dry smoke and something sweet.

  11. lucero scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  12. Mapl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Malthead19 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    - a high-percentage special bottling that you open
    should dilute in any case
    - better than the normal KELPIE
    - it reminds of the level and taste of CORRYVRACKEN (but with a much worse PLV!)
    • Nose
      without water: hardly noticeable, very closed;
      with water: slightly smoky, somewhat sweet
    • Taste
      without W .: very strong smoky, burns on the lips and tongue, oak, sweet, smoke;

      with W .: soft, smoky, round approach (much more pleasant for me), very successful combination of smoke and sweetness, vanilla,
    • Finish
      long smoky finish;

      extremely long smoky aftertaste (undiluted: the burning sensation on the tongue does not want to go away)

  14. schengel10 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Spices, lots of pepper and aromatic smoke dominate this Ardbeg!
    You can drink it straight, but with a few drops of water it shows significantly more flavors!
    Without a doubt a very good malt!
    [Color] = bright gold!
    • Nose
      freshly cut herbs, powerful peaty smoke, maritime, salty;
    • Taste
      with water: extremely spicy and peppery, aromatic smoke, tar, sweet, oily, ripe peach, salt, old wood;
    • Finish
      long finish, oak and pepper, smoky aftertaste;

  15. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Some may find the kelpie one-sided, as no sherry or wine barrels were involved in the ripening. The kelpie is straightforward and honest, yet intense and harmonious. I like it. 88 points.
    I do not know the other committee releases. I read that the kelpie is said to be the weakest. No idea if that's right.
    • Nose
      Strong smoke, dry, with a slight hint of smoked ham. Citrus, more sour, vanilla. Alcoholic fresh with mint, but not pungent. The smoke subsides over time. After a while, it's actually a musty thing like Ledaig (cowshed).
    • Taste
      Very diverse. Fruit sweetness, sour lemon, smoke, vanilla, tingling on the tongue, barrel seasoning, black pepper; the whole well coordinated intensively and beautifully. From the second sip, the sweet ingredients emerge more.
    • Finish
      Medium length, everything fades away, sweetness and smoke remain side by side in the mouth, espresso, and spice, which dryly covers the tongue.

  16. kanpai79 scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  17. kanpai79 scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

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

  18. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  19. wbarchive_407045 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Ardbeg Kelpie is made from oak from around the Black Sea and bottles at 51.7% ABV. How much of this Black Sea oak goes into making Kelpie? Fuck you, that's how much. UNLIKE Laphroaig though these Ardbeg releases rarely offer anything drastically different from their core line up. On top of that they rarely go below $99(yeah I'm salty, whatever). Let's see how Kelpie does!
    • Nose
      84 84
      big smoke, sea salt, maritime, white chocolate fudge, pepper, sea salt caramel candies.
    • Taste
      83 83
      decent amount of vanilla, thick smoke, rubber, pepper, Mexican spices, milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      84 84
      rubber, smoke, spiced vanilla, wood spice.

  20. Markie81 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  21. TechnOBY scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  22. dramspotter scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Debatable whether it can justify the price but unlike my original distaste for the Kelpie, it came to be a good friend.
    • Nose
      classic Ardbeg smell
    • Taste
      its Ardbeg but it has that tang which I am going to associate with virgin oak, not sappy but woody without being bitter
    • Finish
      medium-> long; the elements hang around a long time. In some way, it is good not having a higher strength as it is very drinkable at the strength it has.

  23. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  24. ChrisSym scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    I'm not a fan of overpriced specials (without age), but the Kelpie is a stunner. Extremely multi-layered he plays with sweetness, bitterness and smoke and one wants to take over a sip again and again. Great is the dryness only on the tongue and the beautiful chocolate / espresso notes. The alcohol strength fits perfectly. Very nicely composed!
    • Nose
      The first nose is not nearly as smoky as expected. Almost no alcohol noticeable despite the higher alcohol strength. Very flattering and pleasant. I find aromatic wood smoke (rather less peat), in addition to chocolate biscuits, some pepper, probably. a shade of unripe strawberries and gooseberry. Spicy rusks and cloves.
    • Taste
      Voluminous start, ... wow, very delicious. Much peat smoke now and smoked fish. Extremely warm and full, the pepper is also back. Significantly more intense and less sweet than the nose. Espresso notes. Clear oak now, but not unpleasantly bitter. A lot of dark men's chocolate. Very nice dryness on the tongue (otherwise in the mouth much salivation). Again, I have an idea of ​​cereals.
    • Finish
      The pepper stays long, little sweet only. Warming you feel the whisky felt for an eternity. Some ashes are also noticeable for a long time.

  25. Luigisim scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    DNA character of the distillery is there but I find this dram quite similar to other NAS editions of last years. They are utilizing maybe too much young batches that provide an astringent note to the whisky.

    Good Ardbeg but they made much better edition than this one, unfortunately not in the last years. 

  26. mr.p9 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  27. chlinatele scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tried in a bar in Edinburgh ... Unfortunately not on the price looked overpriced tourist offer ... but the time was very delicious. Mag Ardbeg likes to, but at the prices rather not .....
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  28. aphex scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Let's be honest. It wasn't bad at all. Too sweet for my taste, too young and calibrated but enjoyable.
    • Nose
      Gentle peat, lemon, coastal notes, ashes. Doesn't evolve much.
    • Taste
      Sweet and grassy. Medicinal notes, lemon, spices from the oak (pepper, ginger, cloves), vanilla and a bready aftertaste. Look young.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, lemony, sweet. Ashes are coming back.

  29. zaphod155 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A really tasty drop. Certainly at the first sip no typical Ardbeg. The barrels made of Caucasian oak certainly contribute to this. With some water, the Kelpie in taste but its origin definitely not deny
    • Nose
      Bacon, vanilla, malt, sea salt, algae, pickled olives, peppery spiciness, sweetened smoked eel
    • Taste
      Ashes, molasses, malt, black pepper, dark chocolate, the bacon is more in the background, with some water still very pleasant sweet smoke flavors.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky and malty sweet

  30. Nikilema scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  31. Goethe scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    This is quite a nice Ardbeg. I don't know if anyone should mature this in Russian Oak but all in all it's quite an enjoyable Ardbeg. Not to complex.Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Smoke, citrus, minerals, ashes, caramel, herbs, some bacon way in the back.
    • Taste
      Smoke, citrus, ashes, herbal, some plain cacao, tobacco and mocha in the mix.
    • Finish
      Long. Sweet ashes, citrus, sweet cigar smoke, some herbal oak.

  32. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, peat and lemony sweetness, more mineral freshness.
    In the mouth, smoke more than peat, velvety sensation, grassy, ​​then glue, intense lemon ... and peat!
    In the finish, equal scents with a little wood, no spices, lemon and peat more medicinal on an average length!

    A dram that surprised me by its softness (compared to a Corry!), Less complex, but more affordable too!
    • Nose
      creamy peat, sweet, but also catchy, fruit and lemon in agreement!
      a little glue, malt present, back woody, a little ash.

  33. Achany scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Peat, some more peat, under the peat some citron, ginger, a little salt, some oak. The first impression was overwhelming but after a while, some more sips, the youth kicks in and I started to wonder what this dram would taste like if it was some years older. Not a bad dram but ...
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  34. The Macallan scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Typical 'new' style Ardbeg!
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  35. maltdude did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    I love this one. Great bottle. I enjoy it neat.
    • Nose
      Bonfire wood smoke, herbs, caramel and vanilla, slightly mineral with some sea salt, tar, some cooling mint, smoked fish, a little sour.
    • Taste
      Oily mouthfeel, sour at first, becomming sweet and smoky at the same time. Very spicy, challenging to the tongue. Mouthwatering. Black forest smoked bacon that melts on your tongue.
    • Finish
      Medium to long finish with a nice spiciness, a little dark chocolate bitterness. Not harsh but smooth.

  36. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 69 points Member Senior

    Ardbeg Kelpie 51.7%
    N: weak-tempered, only alk, very light smoke in the background
    G: full oak (through virgin oak), needs water, then spicy (Tabasco) in the finish woody and bitter. Very special swiss.
    69

  37. zaphod155 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A really tasty drop. Certainly at the first sip no typical Ardbeg. The barrels made of Caucasian oak certainly contribute to this. With some water, the Kelpie in taste but its origin definitely not deny.
    • Nose
      Bacon, vanilla, malt, sea salt, algae, pickled olives, peppery spiciness, sweetened smoked eel.
    • Taste
      Ashes, molasses, malt, black pepper, dark chocolate, the bacon is more in the background, with some water still very pleasant sweet smoke flavors.
    • Finish
      long, smoky and malty sweet.

  38. Kimba scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    All in all a nice Ardbeg and again a good year bottle. For me personally, the normal kelpie tastes better, as it is not so affected by the alcohol. Also I feel the Commi Kelpie closed as far as its flavors. Whether it is the Schwarzmehreiche who give the Kelpie their slightly different taste or whatever does not matter. I feel it as very tasty and succeeded. Once again an Ardbeg with a little more autonomy. 88 points from me. J.

  39. squaadgras scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  40. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Blind, I would have typed here on the taste of a Laphroaig, the Virgin Oak here is pretty cinnamon in the luggage, which I like in whisky (reminds me strongly of the Octomore 7.4, but there it was even more extreme).
    • Nose
      Shortly quite spicy and tingling, then quite fresh with mint, sweet, the typical, the Ardbeg own, sweetness is to be found directly, in addition comes much spice from the virgin cask, in addition comes bittersweet chocolate and ground espresso, the chocolate is creamy and goes into Lumumba over, some salt, the smoke is well integrated and blends well with the Virgin Oak seasoning
    • Taste
      Intensiv !, sweet !, cinnamon, creamy mouthfeel, just power without alcohol, the smoke harmonizes great, not very complex but a real hammer, the second sip more aromas, caramel, some yellow fruit, the bitter chocolate, all but still superimposed by a massive cinnamon note, he does not need water
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long, with dry smoke and stubborn cinnamon note, in addition to a now always better enforcing sweetness

  41. ASWhisky scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    any Islay smoker

    not Ardbeg typical, very interchangeable

    a bit boring, with few notes

    who likes Islay smoker has something nice here
    • Nose
      Oily, peaty, cowshed notes, initially no typical Ardbeg notes, gradually comes lemon, oily sweetness with a caramel, the smoke comes modestly from a mixture of peat and cow dung, only when he stands for a while in the glass the smoke smells of cold ash .

      oily caramel with vanilla, lemon, cold ashes

      in the background 'Ledaig like' remains the smell of cow stables
    • Taste
      oily onset, then intense and pungent on the tongue, chocolate and citrus, some biting smoke, tingling, on the palate dry chocolate and smoke from your throat
    • Finish
      medium
      all notes slowly recede

  42. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  43. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Sturdy whisky, with some unpolished but pleasant smells and flavors. I really appreciated him.
    • Nose
      Peat, smoky (campfire), salty, salmiak, rubber. Also pine forest, and some citrus.
    • Taste
      Salmiak, peppery, smoke and peat. Rubber, spicy. Padding of lemon detergent, and caramel. Oil-like structure.
    • Finish
      Mid-length. Just a light pepper, rubber, ash / smoke. Still a little detergent, and salmiak.

  44. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I was not convinced at all. A style too young and austere for my taste. Enthusiasm 2/5 Whisky n ° 1321
    • Nose
      Frank smoke. Lemon. Wood and spices. A nose not greedy. Young. But also creamy, a floral and vanilla nothing. Rounder with water.
    • Taste
      Warmer than advertised, malty. Liquorous in texture, sticky limit. With water, we have a casual side that asserts itself. But where are the spices?
    • Finish
      Austere. With water, long and astringent.

  45. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I really liked the nose, but the taste remains behind. Although water improved it a bit. The Kelpie is rather clean and certainly not bad, but there is nothing exciting about it.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke to start with. This is accompanied by a freshness by lemon. Quite nice actually. Brine. Then a hint of ginger tea. Some eucalyptus or menthol too. Followed by a hint of tar. When adding water, it becomes a bit sweeter.
    • Taste
      There is the peat smoke with the lemons again. A little bit salty. Some marshmellow sweetness on the background. Ginger and some spices, like pepper. With water, it becomes a bit better.
    • Finish
      The finish is mid-long and has hints of liquorice. Lemons. All with a whiff of smoke.

  46. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  47. Mannix65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Finally, an Ardbeg, which has at least in beginnings typical characteristics and qualities - liquid asphalt and tar, unfortunately it is still very young, but already relatively complex
    • Nose
      Burnt car tires, tar, machine oil, herbs and menthol, wet leaves and grass - I'm standing in the engine room of an old ship between the well-lubricated diesel engines
    • Taste
      meaty, tarry, oily, green vegetables, brussels sprouts with mint and algae - with a little water, the sugar candy noticeably increases
    • Finish
      smoky, sweet, strong, long

  48. Mannix65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  49. Drochaid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: The smell - wonderful, intense "dancing" aromas on the nose, complex and intertwined with strong peat smoke, oily, dark chocolate, smoked fish, algae and an intense herbal note. In addition, waves of spicy, black pepper. A splash of water brings out the classic Ardbeg notes, with creamy coffee, smoked, soft butter toffee, and pine resin. There is also a hint of smoked coconut. Taste: On the palate a peppery mouthfeel, followed by a crescendo of rich flavors: molasses toffee, Turkish coffee, smoky bacon and a lot of dark, dark chocolate. Fruity, lightly flavored peach and notes of hickory wood with clove oil follow. In the end, a touch of black olives. Notes of the distillery

  50. Mascht scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    a kind of atypical Ardbeg from the smoke
    • Nose
      roasted nuts, some sour milk, citrus, iodine, subdued smoke
    • Taste
      huge smoke (also in comparison with other Ardbegs), fireworks, juniper, maple syrup, slightly woody, vanilla, salt
    • Finish
      very long, salty

  51. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A big and unapologetic Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      Big on the licorice and bonfire smoke, with also quite a bit of seaweed, charred wood and smoked mackerel. A whiff of pineapple, conifer too. Some cracked black pepper. Just a wee bit of rubber and iodine.
    • Taste
      More phenolic with asphalt and tar, but also some roasted peanuts. A bigger hit of rubber too, as well as some brine. It is quite spicy, maybe even a bit too much. Lots of pepper, ginger and nutmeg. It swims well. Water has a calming effect on the spices.
    • Finish
      Slightly dry. Burned lemon peel, tar and rubber. Gentle smoke. Quite long.

  52. rottendon scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I'm thrilled that if I compared him to the Dark Cove, I would reject, too different are the profiles of the two. Here again a wonderfully balanced malt has been created, which reinterprets the Ardbeg character, caressing it with other flavors. I like him very much! Although many have played here with water, I personally find him to be successful. Unfortunately, it is to be feared that the retail bottling will once again only be a shadow of the committee version. We'll see...
    • Nose
      Slightly bitter lemon, iodine and hickory smoke greet the nose. Strong flavors, no kicker. Already at the beginning I am willing to bite directly, there is everything in the bouquet, sour, salty, sweet, umami and a touch of bitterness, beautifully interwoven, nothing stands out, no alcohol. I am curious what is still in the mouth. First let stand ...
      Even after a good 20 minutes, nothing has changed here in principle, the smoke goes back slightly, I find wet lime and sun-drying algae, the acid has become a little stronger and moves away from the lemon, now looks more artificial. Every now and then a cloud of caramel rises, a few crumbs of nutmeg I think to find.
      When heated, the acid goes back massively and looks more natural again, but the mineral notes come to the fore, in addition I smell sushi, beet syrup and freshly cut meadow herbs. An unusual change!
    • Taste
      Alcoholic mild, sweet, dark honey with smoked meat and a good portion of pepper, a distinct bitterness develops and on the palate a little acid pulls up, rocket with lemon juice. On the finish, there are also salty notes, salt caramel. Yes, everything comes from the nose in the mouth. The mouthfeel is quite dense and a bit oily.
    • Finish
      The finish is not overwhelmingly long and rather a gentle fading of aromas, in which the tannins in front and the acid on the palate take over the main roles. At the end, a slight sweetness of the tongue remains, which brings a bit of ashen, but rather reminds of bread.

  53. Pollenflug scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    More on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Typical Ardbeg smoke, surrounded by an extremely pleasant freshness, which I would classify as menthol and / or eucalyptus. To put it bluntly: Wick Vaporup with fresh tar. Mineral notes also rise wonderfully out of my glass. Salt, a touch of lime and a pleasant sea breeze caress the refreshing nose. Garden herbs, iodine, lemon, a hint of toffee and echoes of dark chocolate, with a cocoa content of over 70%, crystallize after a few minutes. A nose so far unique for me that makes you want more!
    • Taste
      Strong, warm start, smoke, tar, slightly peppery and surprisingly spicy. The maritime notes are clearly perceptible, especially the salt craves attention. Eucalyptus, a touch of vanilla / caramel and a decent dose of dark chocolate complete the taste profile, which unfortunately can not tie in with the complexity of the towering nose. The alcohol content of 51.7% is well integrated, so do without the addition of a few drops of water.
    • Finish
      Medium pitch, smoke, pepper, cocoa, slightly fruity, characterized by intense, spicy oak notes. A last splash of lemon rears up in the short term and just as quickly fades back into a dominant bitterness.

  54. Yomimita scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Again dissapointed from the yearly limited edition,
    But it will be the last time, I won't buy a bottle again .
    Only the standards , they are much better the last thew years then the limited
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  55. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  56. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  57. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  58. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I want to say that this Kelpie has the characteristics of the distillery but unfortunately these are not magnified as on a SuperNova or Uigeadail. Surely still a young NAS who will satisfy the Ardbeg collectors but not the others ...
    • Nose
      The first rather fresh notes that occur to me are those of citrus fruit and especially lemon grass cut with this little something mineral. Of course we are on a peat / smoked whisky with this very characteristic "Ardbeg" which consists of a fat and sweet peat. After aeration, appearance of solvent notes, glue, ripe fruit and peat becomes more medicinal.
    • Taste
      Light attack on lemon, leather, medicinal peat & a hint of bitterness. Then spices and youth appear, alcohol is not so well integrated as that. The mouth is still very oily and oily on a vegetable peat and sweet. You can smell a hint of cocoa if you have not been anesthetized before.
    • Finish
      Average length on grass, lemon peat, leather and spices.

  59. cfosterk did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    wow, the nose smells like a maltings floor, very fruity and fragrant barley, but heavily peated and smokey.

    very fresh and fruity on the nose....

  60. Helgo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  61. dram-drinker scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      85 85

  62. dram-drinker scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

    Typical Ardbeg with an individual note - actually I like this one much better and is more enjoyable than the previous Twenty One release
    • Nose
      Fresh, lemony, citrusy, rather sweet peat and smoke, some sea breeze, after a while rather notes like glue - still typical Ardbeg
    • Taste
      Very oily, creamy, herb spices, some artificial plasticine, peat and smoke, typical Ardbeg bonfire, good sweetness, little salty an dprobably hints of seaweed
    • Finish
      Medium long, spicy, zesty but also old books

  63. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Difficult to assess, eigtl., He is a simpler, but also more elegant Ardbeg than most.
    • Nose
      Typical Ardbeg but in a ticking elegant and retarded, slightly maritime peat, algae, iodine, lemon deposits, cold ashes in between, 90% dark chocolate
    • Taste
      First of all, for me personally a very unpleasant mouthfeel or first note, as of long on the beach, fermented algae, musty oak with shells off, but all this radiates a lot of warmth in the mouth, later a few lime notes, but mostly it remains deep black algae, some dark chocolate and ashes in the mouth
    • Finish
      A little alternating, ash, dry algae, medium finish

  64. Griller76 scored this whisky 59 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      48 48
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      47 47

  65. Griller76 scored this whisky 59 points Expert Junior

    This whisky is extremely unbalanced and has nothing in common with the topic of the sea. If you are looking for salty-algige balanced sea flavors, then prefer a Tobermory 15 year old.
    • Nose
      spritly, stone pine, turpentine, dark chocolate with high cocoa content, smoke, port, ripe plums, menthol
    • Taste
      burned tire rubber as in burn-out, round sweet pipe smoke, tar
    • Finish
      first agreeable bitterness then bilious, taste of a full ashtray, mild spritliness

  66. eaque scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    from Whiskyfun   March 28, 2017

    Ardbeg ‘Kelpie’ (51.7%, OB, Committee Release, 2017) As usual, this baby Ardbeg comes with some kind of ‘Celtic legend’, as well as some unlikely wood, in this case some new oak from around the Black Sea. Isn’t it funny that you’d need so many funny stories when you cannot or do not want to disclose the age of your whisky? Is it that young? Colour: straw. Nose: as simple as 1+1, almost elementary, and yet immediately appealing. I’m finding it very pure, very obvious in the best way, with a little lemon and custard, and then an ashy/coastal smokiness mixed with raw malt and, indeed, some kelp. A thin nose, yet a great nose. With water: fresh bread and a gingery smoke. Mouth (neat): very different, there’s perhaps a little too much spicy oak for me in the arrival. A little too much caraway, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves for Ardbeg, at times it feels like some two-year-old American craft whisky, really. Not that it’s bad, quite the opposite, it’s just kind of lost lost a wee chunk of the brand’s DNA, as they say in London. With water: rather better, water brings out more Ardbegness. Finish: better, fresher, lemony, smoky, rather gentle. Very nice spicy grapefruits in the aftertaste, as well as more spicy tannins again. Comments: very good but feels a little young and a wee bit doctored on the palate. The nose was really very nice, especially when unreduced, though. SGP:476 - 86 points.

  67. St. Pauli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    What I do like is that each year, Ardbeg wants to surprise us with a different, yet somehow unique whisky. This time it's the wood from the Black Sea area that was used for (partly) maturing this whisky. The wood did it's work, the maturation is clearly recognisable. Whether it's the right balance, not enough or too much is up to yourself. For me, the wood impact was a bit too much, and it surpressed the pure dark peaty power of Ardbeg as you might remember from e.g. the Supernova series.
    Still, it's good whisky. Although € 84 as a release price (Germany) is not cheap for a NAS, I enjoyed drinking this dram.
    • Nose
      The first impression on the nose is typical for Ardbeg: peaty, oily, slightly medicinal and fruity (fresh). Yet the heavy peatedness and raw oil are not as pronounced as in other expressions. They are there, but accompanied by bonfire smoke, wood sap. The earthiness is that of peat, but there is also some licorice root. The briny part gives indeed kelp, but also tinned anchovies. The medicinal side brings iodine and bandage. Some fresh lemon and cut grass close the nose. So far, so good. With water, it becomes a tad farmy, with hay and smoked bacon as addition.
    • Taste
      The attack is immediately salty, woody and slightly hot on pepper. The mossy, kelpy peat is released in full. Next to that, there is enough freshness of lemon to counterbalance. Yet the wood gives a slight dry/bitter side to the taste that is very unexpected. It's not very spicy (such as ginger or clove), it's more sheer wood dryness (an ice lolly stick). Towards the end, pepper takes over and it becomes quite hot. With water, it's more balanced, but still on the dry and woody side.
    • Finish
      The finish is quite long, moderately smoky, with both bonfire smoke and peat smoke, fruity (lemon juice), but mainly spicy and dry from the wood: pepper, ginger, and clove. Next to that, there is wood sap.

  68. FernetBranco scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    In the nose, he now acts calmly ... almost reluctant. Fresh hay, Campino lemon, a bit of popcorn and sweet tar. On the palate then much more active. Light seagrass, really maritime. Candied smoked mackerel ... maybe.
    Departure with the full cargo of smoke. Very dominant and almost numb in the mind space. Then a pleasant bitterness ... begging for the next sip.
    For me, a really good Ardbeg, where the tasting of the "normal" Kelpie bottling will certainly be worthwhile. Look forward to it ...

    Price when published 84 Euro incl. Shipping. Absolutely ok!
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  69. yggr scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

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

  70. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very maritime. Salty sea air. Algae. Lime. A "green" note is noticeable, it is reminiscent of a fir forest. This can be the influence of the Caucasian oak. Sweet peat smoke. Smoked salmon. Coffee. Those who give time to the malt in the glass will be rewarded with sweet flavors of fudge and caramel.
    • Taste
      Strong start. The oak is present immediately. Dark chocolate. Salt. Chili. Lemon zest. Smoked ham. Burnt caramel.
    • Finish
      Long. First of all, the smoke shows up again. Tar. Ash. Then bitter. Dark chocolate. Mocha. Salty notes flash again and again. Tobacco.

  71. Drk Neknul did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Kelpie hunting in the eucalyptus forests of Islay - with Helmut Schmidt "was our jokeful conclusion for the 'Koala among the Ardbegs'. It's okay for me!
    • Nose
      The first impression in the nose reminds slightly sweet and sour and somehow vegetable to a fresh open Sauerkrautkonserve. Is that supposed to be the kelp? Fortunately, this rather unpleasant note dissipates very quickly in the Glencairn and gives way to fresh salty impressions, as well as mineral, nutty impressions. It's a bit like smelling a peanut of salted peanuts. In addition, a slight sharpness, despite the strong alcohol is not alcoholic but rather minty. Very beautiful! Eucalyptus leaves, menthol and a little wet yeast. Very complex and easy for my nose. Can the malt maintain the high level of taste and finish? I am very curious now.
    • Taste
      Strong in the start, then dominate the minty eucalyptus notes and the salt. Hardly any fruit. Above all, the Ardbeg-typical citrus notes I miss something in the overall picture. Not as complex as the nose, unfortunately. Some water helps and brings a few extra sweet, fruit flavors into play. Gooseberries I can understand. Tropical fruits are not.
    • Finish
      Ashy, warm smoke, but much flatter than expected, soup spice. What lasts long is the spicy-fresh aftertaste of a menthol cigarette, but without being unpleasantly nasty. With a few drops of water, the malt on the palate and in the finish is much fruity and rounder. One may go to the drinking festival version. to be excited.

  72. Patrick93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  73. steinrich scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  74. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Unfortunately, the finish is a bit woody and slightly bitter!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  75. hs305 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017] Why not compare this release against its two predecessors Perpetuum (WB id 68370) and Dark Cove (WB id 81438)?

    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
      79 79
      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
      82 82
      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
      78 78
      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...

  76. Othorion scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Wow is good, there is a lot to discover, the alcohol content is perfect and I think it's super delicious. This is a NAS worth its money, at least in relation to the issue price ;-)
    • Nose
      Typical Ardbeg nose, machine oil and smoke, sweet caramel, smoked fish, sea breeze at the harbor, algae, lemon and herbs behind, coconut?!? Smoked ham, very gentle, complex and pleasant, where is the alcohol?
    • Taste
      Creamy, oily smoke and dark chocolate, with black pepper and caramel sweets, alcohol super integrated, that fits as it is for me, sweet strong coffee, smoked ham, vanilla, spicy, cocoa, tobacco
    • Finish
      Pretty long, warming, smoke, machine oil, black pepper and a lot of dark chocolate,

  77. breste scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Despite the 51%, in my view, no water is needed. A really tasty Ardbeg, which also brings Ardbeg-atypical flavors, which makes it even more interesting.
    • Nose
      Very pleasant nose - beautiful maritime notes without being biting. Somehow after a time even a slight sweetness.
    • Taste
      This is surprising - if I tasted it blind, then I would have typed on Ardbeg but never more than 46%. Totally soft and round with hearty ash and spices out the back. Seagrass and here again a light vanilla sweetness.
      With water it becomes almost bit more bitter and all aromas are weakened a bit.
    • Finish
      Medium length finish with a nice mix of flavors on the tongue.

  78. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    An Ardbeg for Ardbegfans, here nothing is covered, but underlined the strengths of the distillate.
    Afterwards I just read the official notes and go there with 100% ... :-)
    • Nose
      Ashy, charred smoke, wet coffee grounds, greasy sweet but not wine sweet, tobacco, cocoa powder, dry wood, I find no fruit, smoked salmon, a very typical Ardbeg nose, but with less citrus, nothing bites here, everything wonderfully integrated, with the Time I could interpret some Virgin Oak character, but that is certainly due to the prior knowledge
    • Taste
      Creamy sweet, then the smoke slices past, the alcohol strength is perfect, light pepper, old dark chocolate, which is missing for me at Ardbeg typical citrus note, which I like very much
    • Finish
      Here is the citrus note, then comes through the smoke and stick together with strong but not bitter wood wonderfully sweet

  79. katarn_rb scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Official Notes Ardbeg Colour: Like polished gold.
    Nose: The smell - wonderful, intensely "dancing" aromas on the nose, multi-layered and intertwined with strong peat smoke, oily, dark chocolate, smoked fish, algae and an intense herbal note. In addition, waves of spicy, black pepper. A splash of water brings out the classic Ardbeg notes, with creamy coffee, smoked, soft butter toffee, and pine resin. There is also a hint of smoked coconut.
    Taste: On the palate, a peppery mouthfeel, followed by a crescendo of rich aromas: molasses toffee, Turkish coffee, smoky bacon and a lot of dark, dark chocolate. Fruity, lightly flavored peach and notes of hickory wood with clove oil follow. In the end, a touch of black olives.
    finish: The finish is seemingly endless with deep, almost subterranean aromas of clove, tar and firm toffee.

  80. holborndrinker did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Aged in virgin Black Sea oak casks sourced from the Adyghe Republic in Russia by Dr Bill Lumsden, the whisky is then married with traditional Ardbeg, aged in ex-Bourbon barrels.

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