Ardbeg Kelpie

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Special Committee Only Edition
Virgin Casks (Russian Oak)
51.7 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L66860 16012062
Added on
29 Aug 2016 3:12 pm by Ras Mazunga

Average value

€ 430.30

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Kelpie

73 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.54 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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
      all notes slowly recede

  3. 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

  4. 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...

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Mannix65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  8. 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,

  9. 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.

  10. wisekycourse 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.


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