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Ardbeg Twenty One

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
21 years old
Ex-Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Ardbeg Committee
Added on
12 Sep 2016 12:15 pm by St. Pauli

Average value

€ 692,45

74 × in wishlist

312 × member ratings

1016 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Twenty One

54 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.37 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2016]  Big, big disappointment!!!  There is not much difference to the younger standard bottlings that justify such an extraordinary price.  In fact, I like the standard 10 year old much better.

    Yes, this one is a little bit softer and more balanced then the TEN but at the same time there are these immature off-notes I know from the STILL YOUNG and ALMOST THERE bottlings that I simply do not like.  No way this tastes like a 21 year old - in a blind tasting I would guess not more than 15 years max. (rather less).

    But the biggest disappointment is that all these additional years of maturation have not added any single new or changed flavour compared to the younger standard bottlings.  So why the hell should one spend so much money on a rather tired, flat and uninspiring whisky?   And beware all you whisky investors, too:  You will certainly loose money on this one if you do not sell it quickly before the bubble bursts - bad news spread much, much faster than good ones....
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  2. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The whisky comes across rather tame and tame compared to the young Ardbegs of recent years, but does not miss the desired complexity that one expects here. I like it, even if a few percent more naturally would not have hurt.
    • Nose
      The first impression goes in a floral direction, to a well-integrated medical smoke, some cinnamon, vanilla and also significant oak influence, which brings a certain spiciness, with some time you can also find sweet overripe fruits (apple, pear), If you stick to this note, it looks light and fruity, a little mint, goes in the direction of tea, green tea, slightly nutty
    • Taste
      first smoke, intense, then directly the typical sweetness, which is known from Ardbegs, fruity, again slightly gammelig, nutty, again cinnamon, salty, is getting creamier, the mouth is full, vanilla, and then comes dry oak
    • Finish
      the mouth is still full of aromas, it gets a little drier, slightly sour on the palate, roasted aromas, the smoke settles and lies like a veil over everything

  3. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=230 Color: straw yellow Nose: Yellow-green fruit flavors with a pleasant dense spiciness. Papaya, mango and subtle lemon with salt-seasoned spice. Very creamy, already waxy in the nose. Peat, smoke and medicinal notes act in the background with delicate caramelized aromas of brown sugar cubes and vanilla. Taste: Slender body, but with a lot of maritime spice and immediately powerful. Yellow-green smoky fruit combination which has a slightly tarry and very straightforward effect on the tongue. Dry peat, leather notes, with delicately dusty paper and a little wood make it look rather dry towards the finish. Finish: Medium long - Dry-dry and balanced smoky. The fruit flavors have subsided and notes of honey, white chocolate, pepper, ashes and some coal coming to the fore. Maritime notes with delicious peat stick on the tongue. Comment: A great Ardbeg distilled in turbulent times. Well done! 91 points N: 91P / G: 91P / F: 90P

  4. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2016/10/21/ardbeg-21-yo-twenty-one-ob-46/
    • Nose
      N: intensissimo per un 46 gradi. Tra i classici descrittori della distilleria, qui sono sugli scudi i sentori medicinali e balsamici (garze, canfora, eucalipto), fumo acre di torba, limoni/lime e liquirizia. La marinità non è poi così pronunciata, ma un senso di iodato quello sì di certo. Confetto e vaniglia, tanta tanta botte ex bourbon. Zenzero e mela gialla.
    • Taste
      P: che massacro sensoriale! Intenso, compatto, esplosivo. Rimangono evidenti le note balsamiche (aghi di pino, eucalipto) ma si fondono qui con un spesso muro di dolcezza. Il sapore è una paradossale unione di toffee e pancetta arrostita, di frutta tropicale davvero troppo matura, ma comunque invitante. Ancora tanta vaniglia, sale, liquirizia, limone e catrame. Il tutto come fuso assieme.
    • Finish
      F: il classico finale Ardbeg ceneroso e bruciato, molto lungo e molto ammaliante.

  5. SUSPIRIA.FOX scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  6. schengel10 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Only considering the malt a very good bottling!
    But taking into account the price that was charged at the distillery in 2016 (€ 370), you'll see the malt different - sorry, but way too expensive for that achievement!
    [Color] honey;
    • Nose
      subtle: citrus aromas, light smoke, sweetness, oak, vanilla;
    • Taste
      creamy mild onset, buttery, honey, vanilla, herbs, some smoke, ashes, sweetness, appears "watery";
    • Finish
      medium-long malty sweetish finish; in the aftermath weak smoke flavors;

  7. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Certainly a good whisky. I like the nose. But in the taste, after 21 years, I expected something more. I felt it relatively flat in the mouth. Especially if you consider the price.
    • Nose
      Sea breeze. Caramel, burnt marshmallows. Now some lemongrass. Always a deep sweetness that reminds of light honey. The smoke is of course more subtle by age than other Ardbegs.
    • Taste
      Very creamy. Caramels. Now some sweet lemon tea. The smoke builds up and it gets salty and slightly peppery. Hardly any bitterness.
    • Finish
      Roasted chestnuts. Smoldering campfire. Salt and slightly dry.

  8. jjkmlss scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    a pretty serious awkwardness at this price, too hyped maybe.
    • Nose
      Lily, vanilla, lemon bar, honey, chai tea, malt, bonfire, tissue
    • Taste
      smoked salmon, orchard flowers, vanill, pastry, malt, almond, plastic, ash.

      Body's not as mild, but silky enough.
    • Finish
      long, malty and smoky

  9. DenisL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Balance sheet (22) You buy an expensive ticket for a rock idol and he was blown away ... and you spent the whole concert in a chair, waiting for the slam. (87)
    • Nose
      A delicate aroma ... citrus ... salt ... coriander ... barley ... and peat. (21)
    • Taste
      The taste is soft, fruity, creamy ... wax and ash and salt. (22)
    • Finish
      Finish fruit, mint ... a pinch of pepper and a plate, burnt dry wood ... viscous ... iodine and salt (22)

  10. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    No surprise or development in the mouth, he plays a fairly agreed partition. (Without any defect attention) Enthusiasm: Nose 4/5
    Mouth and finish 3/5 Whisky n ° 1643
    • Nose
      "Gourmet ham"! Visit to the butchery ... horse! (saddle leather). A bit maritime. The fruits are growing, with golden malt behind. With the opening it becomes more melted and creamy, with a small hint of thyme.
    • Taste
      Quite little spice - surprisingly, it is honeyed and fluid. Beautiful peat, reasonable corpulence.
    • Finish
      Peat melt, persistent smoke. Fruity retro-olfaction and fresh.


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