Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Pedro Ximénez Sherry Butt
56.3 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
02 Oct 2016 8:13 pm by siyahtavsan
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 288.75

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Ar7 SMS

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.45 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Complex is an understatement
    Specialty Drinks has launched its seventh batch of Ardbeg with this Ar7. This time it matured on a sherry cask, which is not something you see often. I heard through the grapevine that this is a vintage 2000 that matured on PX, which explains the color for a large part.
    The nose is wonderfully dirty (which is positive, by the way) on wet earth, ashes and garden hose on the one hand, dried figs, rhubarb, almonds and milk chocolate on the other. There is also a hint of green garden herbs. Cumin and parsley. Do you know those dades with a slice of bacon wrapped around them? Yup, that’s it. After five minutes, some smoldering wood kicks in. Complex is an understatement.
    It starts sweet and spicy on dark fruit, almonds and café frappé, before the maritime character of the spirit shines through. Salty peat, garden herbs, smoke and quite brackish. Wonderful balance. Water is not needed at all.
    The finish is long, warm and spicy with the omnipresent smoke, before it dies a drying, sweet death.
    I can see me sipping this after a nice meal of game, while lighting a good Havanna.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Due to the aging in the sherry cask, the Ar7 lacks the typical Ardbeg characteristics - but who says that an Ardbeg shouldn't taste like a Laphroaig? :-)
    • Nose
      Sherry sweet phenolic smoke. Sea salt, seaweed, boiling tar. A put-in Islay nose. This nose could also be located on a Laphroaig PX...
    • Taste
      Well-integrated alcohol ensures that the Ar7 is velvety, creamy and pleasantly warming on the tongue.
      A turf campfire doused with sherry. Balanced notes of salt, seaweed and tar again on the tongue.
    • Finish
      Medium-length finish, with the sherry coming through really well at the end.

  3. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes by producer;
    Aged in a first fill Pedro Ximenez Butt, this is classic Ardbeg shrouded in rich sherry creating an impression of rich dark chocolate blended with bonfire smoke.

    Cask details;
    Distillates from the early 2000’s matured in a Pedro Ximenez butt.

    Tasting Notes;

    Cigars, Armagnac, rancio and burnt fruit cake. Sticky toffee pudding, dried orange, cinnamon, dates and wood smoke. Honey-glazed smoked chicken breast. A warm, burnt sweetness on the nose with memories of Christmas on a stormy day.

    Super rich and fruity, powerful and not too dry. Oily and leathery. Lingering salted-caramel toffee and sweet smoke. Demerara Rum cake enjoyed with a glass of old Cognac and a mild cigar.

    Black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg. Hot toddy and rum-punch mix. An aftertaste recalling classic medicinal flavours.

  4. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    a very great whisky, a bit reminiscent of the Crois Chill Daltain.
    • Nose
      great nose, supple dry smoke, slightly dusty, creamy sherry, caramel, I could smell forever, elegant, supple, yummy
    • Taste
      dry start, full of flavor, cinnamon smoke, sherry also dry, some oak, espresso, overall, very tasty and rather dry
    • Finish
      behind fruity, dark chocolate, the smoke is omnipresent, warming and long-lasting

  5. Segens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A lovely and great version of the Elements of Islay series. Well done Ardbeg, well done!
    • Nose
      Barbecue sauce, bacon, fireplace and all in all very balanced. I would have never said you have an Ardbeg in the glass.. Nevertheless I like it a lot!
    • Taste
      Really a well balanced mix of barbecue sauce, honey and bacon. I like it a lot! 
    • Finish
      Finally I would say I have Ardbeg in the mouth as the peaty finish is quite characteristic for the distillery. Once again well balanced and quite long!

  6. thebonewolf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Musty, a little smoky. Fruit used to be here. Medicinal vibes. Makes me think of a hospital which closed after a fire and you’re in the room where they kept fruit.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Smoky, medicinal honey. Wood.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Earthy, smoke, warming. Long.

  7. Bomshanka scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at a bar, where the bartender clearly did not know what was in his bottle. Had a full dram for 4 euros, albeit in a slightly suboptimal glass, but who am I to complain with such prices!
    • Nose
      89 89
      Deep dark fruity sweet smoke, clearly PX maturation. The typical Ardbeg profile hides in there beneath a blanket of thick sherry. Damp cellar, old stewed fruit in dusty jars in the smoldering ruins of a house recently ravaged by fire.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Deep and rounded, PX up front with the minerality of peat and smoke in tow. Fairly mature Ardbeg I would say, almost a little too orderly. Does have some kick and workshoppy notes as you unfold the liquid.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Lingering fairly long on the dark fruits. Finally some bitter notes appear.

  8. etwa77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      sweet, soft peat.. slight alcoholic burn.. wafts of medicine and bitter herbs.. lots of red fruits combined with smoke like smelling raspberries in a burning garden.. it really develops nicely with time..
    • Taste
      88 88
      the 56 abv is nowhere to be found.. the liquid is clean and crisp, a quality that i usually associate with bourbon maturation.. it is altogether nice, but i do not get much development, except from a bitter (not unpleasant) - grassy note that takes center stage.. there is some sweetness, too, but quite far away, almost in the back of the palate..
    • Finish
      88 88
      the sweetness returns, the complexity returns (maybe i should add water next time)... some mint and eucalyptus for a breezy finish.. smoke without end!

  9. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    An Ardbeg well done that breaks a bit with the official range, lovers of the distillery will not be disappointed, that's for sure. www.passionduwhisky.com
    • Nose
      Nose: As is often the case with Ardbeg, it is tough and in fact it is so soft. Relatively fruity, but not on lemon as in some modern versions, more sweet, red fruits. Of course the peat, its smoke is known, but no violence here. Even alcohol is not a problem. It's fresh, sherry? Natural rubber, a bit of tobacco, becomes more medicinal with the opening.
    • Taste
      Palate: Lively, intense, powerful, dry, salty, before softening. Then it turns on the caramel custard, with plums. It is accompanied by raisins and sweet, sulfur, spices.
    • Finish
      Finale: Slight persistent acidity. Salty, algae and residual smoke. Dried. Plant confectionery. Thick soot.

  10. Marcallan38yo did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    This bottle was sold 160,00€ on The Whisky Auction Society (WAS) in February 2017


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