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Ardbeg Kelpie

Overall rating
84.70/100
votes
721
Whiskybase ID
WB93919
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
30.01.2017
Casktype
Virgin Black Sea Oak Casks
Number of bottles
60000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L67016 17001049
Barcode
5010494936254
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2017
Added on
19 mar 2017 2:00 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 367.44

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Kelpie

100 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.70 points

  1. kroby did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Interview with dr. Bill Lumsden on Ardbeg Day (03.06.2017): "It's a limited edition and we only filled 60,000 bottles."

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I had this dram at the distillery during the Feis Ile (served generously by Jackie) and later another one during a Feis Ile tasting at Bonn.

    As I did not like the Kelpie Committee Reserve (KCR - I scored it 81 points) I had no big expectations on this, especially after Mickey stated that this is just a diluted KCR (so no new batch as with Perpetuum, simply the same stuff at a lower abv).  But even these low expectations are not met:  The nose is strangely cheesy (what I did not find in the KCR) besides the herbal aromas (camphor, sage).  The mouthfeel is okay but not impressive.  On the palate the bitter notes are not as powerful as with the KCR but the whole taste is somewhat weakish/flat.  The finish is medium and very sweet but it dries out (paper, cardboardy).

    Yes, this is drinkable - but no, I do not like it and I will not buy any bottle even at a very low price.  This virgin wood from a strange Russian substate in the caucasus region simply does not work for me - and even Dr. Bill Lumsden (the mastermind behind all special Ardbeg releases) must have had some doubts - or why else he diluted the Kelpie casks with an even bigger amount of standard ten years old?  According to my information the mix is 45 per cent caucasian wood casks and 55 per cent standard ten years old...

    PS:  A limited release of 60.000 bottles - could all investors please turn on their brains???
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  3. Dieter_W scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Well, what should I say? Here I am with the strong. Nice part no question. Not more but also not less But do you have to make such a hype out of it? Yes ! I think Ardbeg and the fans need that. Hunt and be hunted. No smoky Ardbeg, a sooty sea.
    • Nose
      Phew what a smoke. Somewhat different than the other A. Beg's :) Here's a coal dust. Or, as if someone has lit a charcoal grill. Herbs and flaxseed pull through your nose. But then comes the typical Ardbeg sweetie. Somewhat later ! Like someone and another rubber tire thrown into the charcoal. Some maritime, sea algae, nuts and vanilla come through. Here he is the old man again.
    • Taste
      Jau does not just smell, it also tastes of burned charcoal. Really sooty. Madness The really gives off gas and smoke on the tongue. In the background there is still some wood and bacon strips.
    • Finish
      medium - maybe a bit disappointing I would have expected something more.

  4. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The Kelpie is a massive whisky, with rather extreme flavors from the fresh Black Oak. Something I find extremely successful as an experiment, that is certainly not mass compatible.
    • Nose
      Almost light at the beginning, dry, a bit shy, with a sourish fruitiness, linseed oil, a bit musty, the oak is not directly recognizable, but more associable with the musty sourish. The peat is amazingly discreet, but quite dirty, sooty, menthol and after some time with a sweet tip. Over time, the nose is getting darker, I recognize my raisins, but also fish oil, rustic oak, very heavy. The nose develops.
    • Taste
      When Kelpie equal massive green notes come into the mouth, grass, bitterness, chicory, then bread, baked aromas, malt, oak, soot, peat, dense and only moderately sweet.
    • Finish
      the bitter aromas are quite dominant, the oak shows its hard side, as well as soot, peat, menthol and a hint of citrus.

  5. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very mild and sweet for an Ardbeg, tasty and easy to drink, but not particularly complex either
    • Nose
      Sweet, fresh and light, grated lemon zest, light smoke, freshly baked butter biscuits, lemon chewing gum, green apple, core, light almonds, cold tobacco, toilet-fresh, after the first sip the nose gets a kick again, nice lovely lemon bomb
    • Taste
      Creamy, sweet, honey, slightly floral, stronger smoke, pastries, lemon, fresh, lovely, ripe yellow fruit, super easy to drink, good for sipping, could have a few percent more on the chest, but that's what the Committee is for
    • Finish
      Oak on the palate, ash, the smoke is more present, medium length, apple, still slightly sweet, almost sweetener, mild

  6. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. MattDoobie scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    The colour is yellow gold and it looks to have a great texture by its super slow legs. Reviewed after 30 minutes in the Glencairn glass.

    Nose
    Kippers and powdered sugar, smells as weird as it sounds. Brine, seaweed and oak. There’s a lot of smoke here and even more salt. Rubber and soft vanilla. Pretty complex nose but not the most pleasing one. 20/25

    Palate
    Syrupy and mouth-coating arrival that develops into powdered sugar battered seaweed. The oak is present and very nice, no bitterness. Then some creamy chocolate here and a little bit of spice. Peat, salt, vanilla and I’m happy to report, no kippers! 23/25

    Finish
    Short finish, slightly drying with some caramel sweetness and oak tannins. 18/25

    Value and presentation.
    Bottled at 46% with no chillfiltration, it is well presented. No mentioned of colouring so I’ll assume there is some in there even though it’s fairly light for a virgin oak matured whisky. Value wise this scores poorly though. If I recall correctly, this released at over 200$ CAD in Ontario, over twice the amount of the stellar 10 yr old. Yes it’s a special yearly release but that’s just marketing, this is an NAS whisky with an unappealing nose and too short a finish, yes the palate is stellar but that’s really it’s one saving grace. 18/25

    Total score
    79/100

  8. zaphod155 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A, for me not quite typical, delicious Ardbeg. I find it very successful, even if opinions differ greatly. The Committee Release is for me but clearly the better variant of the two sea spirits. The 5% more alcohol makes the flavors stand out more and bring out additional flavors. In addition, the CR was in the issue price even cheaper than the generally available version.
    • Nose
      English breakfast. Baked beans with bacon and fried egg. A smoky note with a sweet touch. That's the smoke, too. The typical Aschenote is missing. After a while comes a strong pinch of sea salt and maritime notes (the kelpies?). In the background hides a light medical tone. Reminds me something about Hansaplast or Leukoplast. Everything is harmonious. The flavors are quite clear, but not really powerful.
    • Taste
      Here comes the ashes. Nice smoky touch. The sweetie comes afterwards. The maritime flavors also come through. Mainly the sea salt. A fairly strong chili sharpness follows and is then replaced by a slight bitterness.
    • Finish
      Relatively long. The bitter note holds, underlaid by his lingering sweetness, which still prevails in the end.

  9. Kimba scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    89 points. A very successful Ardbeg. He needs a lot of time in the glass but it pays. Whether the differences to the Core Range are so serious or not, everyone has to decide for themselves. I really liked it and got a nice character from the Schwarzmeereiche (or wherever). I like the normal Kelpie better than the Commi and therefore he gets one point more. Tasty, tasty, Ardbeg. Not no less. Great thing. J.

  10. nikolajsa@inbox.lv scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      sweet-sour, creosote, lemon, rubber
    • Taste
      88 88
      rubber, peat, lemon peel, smoked meats, a little malt sweetness, pepper, herbal bitters
    • Finish
      88 88
      smoky rubber, oak, coals

  11. wncvirus scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Smoke, perceptible with slight alcohol and bitter elements
    Taste: Smoke a little bit unpleasant at times, and then a bit of hidden spices in the background
    Rating: 83 | 100 Long smoky finish. No no it wasn't good. A regular 10-year-old Ardbeg is better in my opinion.

  12. Tomek scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Smell: peat, wet stones and seaweed on them, vanilla accents,
    Taste: initially watery, sweet tar, peat, fishing port, mercury
    Finish: peaty, earthy, ashy
    Grade: 3

  13. ailean scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  14. K C Wong scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  15. fasstaerke scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    in a nutshell: for me the strongest Ardbeg Day Ardbeg in recent years. It completely meets my taste. You shouldn't say a word about the PLV and all the Ardbeg hype, but let's see an Ardbeg who climbs over 90 for me.

  16. MarcinCh scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Light golden, slightly oily.
    • Nose
      Minerality comes to the fore. Then only the peat. A pinch of spices, light spice. Seaweed, sea. Sea breeze. Salt.
    • Taste
      Seaweed. Peat. Salt. Salty caramel. Salt. Lots of salt. Pretty mild. Salty caramel dominates. Light minerality.
    • Finish
      Light minerality. Salt. Salty caramel dominates. Soft peat in the background. A pinch of spices. Medium-length finish. The spectator is dominated by peat, but in a slight version.

  17. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Vanilla and iodine cream. Then candied ginger, camphor, a pinch of salt, and the beautiful smoky, explosive peat, typical of the distillery. Intense, almost spicy wood. Conifers. Eucalyptus leaves. Citrus fruits and calcareous iodine, grapefruit, lemon zest. Thick, suffocating smoke. Gas oil, motor oil. Salt stars. In the mouth, it is soft and suave, then the spices appear, cumin and cloves. Heavy, thick peat. Some exotic fruits, prickly pear, banana, papaya. Not very strong but long finish, which develops little by little, on cola and charcoal. Lignite. Resin. Very intense drink, I have the impression of eating a wood cake. Dried fig to finish.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/10/ardbeg-kelpie.html
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  18. elipszis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very interesting Ardbeg, scents similar to Ledaig.

    The degree of alcohol was good for me.
    • Nose
      90 90
      rubbery
      salty
      coal
      watery tree
      vegetables
      lemon
      ashy
      oil nuts
      sweet malt
      black pepper
    • Taste
      89 89
      intense salt
      medicinal peat
      lemon
      vegetables
    • Finish
      90 90
      bitter
      lemon
      cocoa powder
      medicated
      medium long

  19. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  20. AXEoftheNORTH scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Ardbeg is known as "undoubtedly the most impressive distillery in the world". The house was founded in 1815 and was just saved from closing in 1997. The distillery is located on the storm-swept, rugged and famous whisky island of Islay off the west coast of Scotland. The third edition for Ardbeg Day; this limited edition was created in honor of the sea and its mythical creatures that surround the Ardbeg distillery. The Ardbeg Kelpie is matured in new oak barrels from the Black Sea region of the North Caucasian Republic of Adygea.
    Color: brilliant gold.
    Nose: Intense, oily, peat smoke, dark chocolate, smoked fish, algae, notes of herbs, pepper.
    Taste: Peppery, notes of molasses, toffee, Turkish coffee, smoky bacon, dark chocolate, hint of peaches, wood, clove oil.
    Finish: Long-lasting, hint of black olives, cloves, tar, toffee.
    perfect as a gift

  21. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  22. manmathiou scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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

  23. lucero scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  24. Teomarg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  25. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

    30-08-2020
    • Nose
      64 64
      sea breeze
    • Taste
      67 67
      peat, dark chocolate, oak, oily
    • Finish
      65 65
      peat, pepper, vanilla, oak

  26. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Strong, warm smoke, but later also cold smoke and ash, vanilla, apple, grass, grain, a little cinnamon
    • Taste
      Very sweet apple, some honey, lemon, grapefruit, pepper, ash

  27. the_muskox scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Wow, I did not expect to like this as much as I did. It’s a no-nonsense peat parade, but it’s complex, creamy, and has that deep savouriness that I really enjoy in Ardbeg. It totally works at 46% too: there’s no heat at all, but certainly no lack of flavour either. It all adds up to a deeply enjoyable dram that I hope to find some more of sometime.

    Nose: Rich, tart peat. Burning birch logs, seawater, wet moss, clayey earth, and dunnage warehouse. There’s some sweetness in the form of charred marshmallow, agave nectar, tart pear, and lime zest. Some unsweetened oat cakes, walnuts, mild fennel, and light pine resin. I kept coming back to a fresh tomato note. Salted plantain chips, and hints of chipotle and fennel.

    Palate: Medium texture. Creamy vanilla and stonefruit right up front, followed swiftly by a peat avalance. Campfire, creosote, iodine, scorched earth, and acrid smoke. Intensely savoury: a smorgasbord of grilled meats. Strong oak, grapefruit pith, toasted (burnt?) nuts, strong black coffee, and extra-dark chocolate.

    Finish: Long, smoky, and savoury. More oat cakes and black coffee. Lingering chipotle, green apple, and lemon.

  28. wbarchive_103403 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

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

  29. Paedi75 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  30. besar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  31. DramJammin scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  32. Valérie scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  33. Dramtastic.86 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      81 81

  34. Georges scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Ardbeg Kelpie is the 2017 release for Ardbeg Day. A combination whiskies aged in virgin Black-Sea oak casks and bourbon barrels.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, salty, seaweed, kippery, chocolate, toffee, coffee beans, fruity (lemons, peaches, apples), herbs, pepper
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, iodine, seasalt, briny, smoked bacon, cocoa, toffee, olives, almonds, cereals
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, tar, chocolate, spicy (clove), toffee

  35. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  36. face scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  37. face scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  38. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  39. rpvdwel scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  40. Sandman23 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  41. Roland7 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Wiring, rubber, sulfur, leather, metal dust, medicine, yeast, banana, buckwheat, walnut, peanuts, dark chocolate, coniferous wood, dill, tarragon, jasmine, mint, nettle!

  42. Hvdree scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  43. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/feis-ile-2018-ardbeg-day/

    Kelpie - not dissimilar to Nessie perhaps?

    N: There’s no peaty quality quite like Ardbeg - vegetal polished barley-sweet with a light meatiness in this case.
    T: Runs through onto the palate as expected,…
    F: ,… continuing dry, vegetal and smoky.
    C: Shares a distillate-led character in keeping with the revered standard 10yo.

  44. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  45. SUSPIRIA.FOX scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  46. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant enough, industrial, smoky-rubber whisky, without any special undertakings, but solidly made, solid, soft.
    • Nose
      Restrained, dry, boards and grain, flavored with soft rubber notes, industrial textiles, new sneakers, sweet cream and confectionery colors, boiled condensed milk, caramel.
    • Taste
      Rich, soft, rubber, peat, ash, burnt branches, black pepper, mountain ash, burnt crackers, sweet notes.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, peat, coal, some rubber, mountain ash, ginger.

  47. schengel10 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The special bottling 2017 - characterized by black maritime areas (?) - an unusual, but again good malt;
    [Color gold;
    • Nose
      like smoke, maritime / salty, herbs, full "Ardbeg sweetness";
    • Taste
      mild sweetish fruity onset; much fiery smoke, peppery (chilli?), oak, malty, increasing sweet;
    • Finish
      quite a long, smoky finish, sweetness is clearly noticeable;

  48. Kaleva scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very nice piece of Islay, quite complex despite it's a NAS whisky (feeling a bit young though). Every sip gives a feeling of an ocean breeze (immediately after the first sip I recalled my diving trip on the Pacific). Typical Ardbeg sweetness feels after the smoke wave. It's a big pity that Kelpie isn't widely available anymore but still it can be purchased from some places.
    • Nose
      Smoky, sweet, buttery, rubbery, minerally, tar, kelp, iodine, apple tree blossom, smoked fish, dark chocolate
    • Taste
      Fresh, sweet, salty, spicy, smoked ham, limestone, red orchard berries
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, smoky, nutty, a tad oaky at the end

  49. Islaywolf scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  50. LordIslay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    No typical peat bomb known from Ardbeg, but a very good Islay malt.

  51. mitcheltjes scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      77 77

  52. Pardes scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Maritime. Have to work hard to find the peat. But its there. After a little water added.
    • Taste
      Smooth. surprisingly.
    • Finish
      Long. And great.

  53. nallacam scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    For me, a very inconspicuous whisky, without any character. Could be anything, just nothing special.
    The weakest bottling of Ardbeg's Annual Releases.

  54. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The virgin Black Sea oak casks from the Adyghe Republic in Russia were used for maturation of Ardbeg Kelpie. And this whisky from has then been married with regular bourbon cask matured Ardbeg and bottled for Fèis Ìle 2017 at 46%. We can feel the influence of Black Sea oak cask on all stage of tasting whisky. They brings notes of wet wood on nose, palate and finish.
    The aroma is an intense, sweet, salty and peaty. Kelpie starts with notes of creosote, sea salt, ripe fruits, beewax, wet wood, perfume on nose. The palate is salty, peaty, spicy and dry with creosote, salt, wet wood, pepper, dust, grilled meat, oily notes. The long finish is peaty, spicy and dry with creosote, wet wood, sweet fruits and salt notes. It’s a very tasty and peaty whisky. Kelpie has a good balance between sweetness, peatness and wood notes.

  55. Dyno scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Not a bad dram but definitely not as good as the standaard Ten... and at double the price... well played Ardbeg / LVMH... 
    bit too sharp & agressive for me... 
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  56. yellowcake scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    This whisky is ok not more. Of course it has very peaty notes but I my opinion, there is something missing. Perhaps, this whisky is simpky a little bit tto young?
    • Nose
      Yes, it's peaty like expected. Then there are somehow meaty notes, as if you are leaving a burger paddy on the grill, too long. Smoke and ash.
    • Taste
      Smoke and salt. Phenolic flavours and iodine. This whisky is from the coast. There is sweetness but not as intense as I expected.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, peaty, salty, sweet; quite a strange combination

  57. Jackson05 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nose: Pine. Lemon pledge. Vanilla. More ash than medicinal. 

    Palate: Salty, pine, tar, oily. 

    Finish: brine, salt, tar, smoke

    Summary: The Saltiest Ardbeg I have ever had. So much brine. It was actually quite surprising. I enjoyed it in this setting, but I wouldn’t seek out a bottle. Preferred the 10 because it had more citrus.  

    85/100
    • Nose
      1 1
    • Taste
      1 1
    • Finish
      1 1

  58. Luigisim scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Surprisingly better than Kelpie Special Committee Edition. Very well balanced. 

    Close to Ardbeg Ten, less peat and more seaweed.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  59. ricallende scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Classic Ardbeg notes: citrus, runny honey, warming tarmac, hot damp stones all wrapped up with black treacle and smoke.
    • Taste
      Smoke dominates. Up-front hits of tarry rope, wood fires and a decent amount of coal tar soap. Reveals its gentle side of citrus and golden syrup.
    • Finish
      Lingering, like a night after a cigar. A teaspoon of salt as the smoke settles.

  60. gerrit de guru scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The nose is nice but it's all in all a bit on the easy side. Not really convincing.
    • Nose
      Sweet peat, licorice and caramel. Quite straightforward.
    • Taste
      Tastes like a constructed Ardbeg. Vanilla, herbs and virgin oak.
    • Finish
      Short and rather flat.

  61. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  62. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2017/07/21/ardbeg-kelpie-2017-ob-46/
    • Nose
      N: il naso è immediatamente accogliente, e squaderna stereotipi da Ardbeg in una versione semplificata, se vogliamo: tra le diverse anime, felicemente fuse assieme, iniziamo dal lato zuccherino, tutto di vaniglia, zucchero, succo di mela, una leggera crema pasticcera. Questa ‘dolcezza’ è bella appiccicosa, pesante (barretta cereali e miele?, forse un cenno di strudel). Poi, la marinità di Ardbeg, evocata fin dal disegno, è presente con tanta aria salmastra e alghe, ma non si prende mai la scena principale. Tutto ciò è racchiuso in una nuvola di fumo, che ci ricorda il tabasco affumicato (esiste, sì: Chipotle Pepper Sauce) e il bacon, anch’esso affumicato.
    • Taste
      P: conferma da subito una dolcezza facile ma non semplice (eh?), nel senso che non è il ‘solito’ Ardbeg moderno vaniglia+limone+Islay… Come al naso, infatti, ha una dolcezza più densa e appiccicosa, tra caramello, ancora mele, miele cristallizzato (qua si ride, ragazzi); e soprattutto non c’è traccia di agrume. Poi certo le caratteristiche isolane sono ben presenti, forse con meno marinità ma, in compenso, un’esplosione di fumo di torba in crescita costante. Fa capolino anche un senso di medicinale…
    • Finish
      F: molto lungo e persistente, perdura all’infinito un senso di braci, di falò, di grasso maiale sulla brace; e poi ancora il medicinale…

  63. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  64. fgg scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  65. fgg scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Despite the strong nose a very nice drink.
    • Nose
      The peat and iodine will immediately meet you! Very medicinal. You can smell freshly baked bread through it. Some wood tones, earthy scents. Fiercely.
    • Taste
      Heavy wood tones, but still a soft drink. Peat and smoke are of course still present. There is some vanilla and some dry fruit, almost sweet.
    • Finish
      Short. Little flat.

  66. domani scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Somewhat different than usual, the nose is very light compared to the aroma. The palate is salty-sweet with intense smoked aroma. This time it's less the campfire but more the salt and the maritime. I really like him - 23.12.2017
    • Nose
      Hach this smoke is unmistakable, freshly baked bacon, very salty and maritime, seafood, fried anchovies, oysters, smoked fish, bacon, sweetish, mineral with a light citrus aroma in the background
    • Taste
      The smoke is surprisingly light, very mild and oily, salty, pickled anchovies, light tingling on the tip of the tongue, beautiful bitter aromas in the background, the oak pushes a bit forward but remains only briefly and the salt comes back to finally in an ashes embossed Finish over
    • Finish
      Lang

  67. vojt466 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The fragrance is a bit closed, but it is clearly a smoky aroma based on chocolate, sea tones, polish for furniture, smell and fine spice. Taste is probably the best that Kelpie offers. The smoky chocolate, the delicate spiciness and the subsequent fruity onset of peaches and apricot chrysalis develop after the smoky smoke motives. It is very juicy, tastes are mingling with each other - a really good affair. Inspiration is, of course, revolving around peat and woody and marine tones. So drinking is good, but not at the price sold in the Czech Republic. I think it's quite out of the way, like the other Ardbegs. That's not good

  68. Pulliworm scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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

  69. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Interesting Ardbeg, hard to scoring, best part is the nose, complex, but too much for taste, especially the oak. Still the Uigeadail, Corryvreckan, Ten trio is the price / value champion!
    • Nose
      Sweet peat, smoked ham, caramel, engine oil and grilled lemon peel. More camphoric over time.
    • Taste
      Sweet, peaty start, honey, negro candy, then spices, grass, bitter herbals, vegetables, salt. Smoke and ash. Increasingly virgin oak.
    • Finish
      Medium, oaky, smoky, dry.

  70. EarlMobile scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Very salty and peaty, but otherwise not much to find. Overall, rather watery. Interestingly only through the Virgin Oak Casks, which at least give a slightly different flavor than usual.

  71. Nikilema scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  72. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/10/21/mnc-variety-night/

    Kelpie is a Scottish term for a mystical shape-shifting water spirit that inhabits the waterways of Scotland. It’s aged in virgin Black-Sea oak casks and bourbon barrels.

    N: Potent nose, thicker than the An Oa. Yet more lactose notes [a feature in this evenings tasting] and sulphury & mineral hues [from distillation?], with other more particular notes that include flower pollen, suede and peas.
    T: Arrives as expected and does all the right things thereafter. More oily vegetal/lactose movement later on.
    F: Grassy and fruity with lots going on besides.
    C: As Spam said ‘It tastes like Ardbeg you could get back in the naughties, but now at three times the the price’ - £95 [Oct ’17]. Good point and inflation aside, this is a very good whisky, a polished Ardbeg. Scores one more point than the An Oa which is half the price of this Kelpie.Scores a B[-]

  73. peatbogger scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Thanks to Dyno for the sample.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  74. peatbogger scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    I like this, this "Russian wood" works for me, but there's something missing at the end...

    What doesn't work as well is the price tag.
    • Nose
      Crued oil, industrial engine fuel, Islay peat, sweet and bitter smoke.

      Bitterness seems to grow with time.

      A little zesty with a twist of apple.

      Very pleasant to nose.
    • Taste
      Some spice, but it's more on the rich herbal side. Ricola Swiss drops. 

      This seems to overpower the peat. No problem, still a bit left, and it adds some interesting depth to it.
    • Finish
      Medium lenght, ashy and drying with some liqorice.

  75. Tobias B scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    Those virgin casks suck quite hard. I wonder what the guys at Ardbeg had in mind when they went for this bottling. Most likely they thought that there are enough fanboy's around to buy this disaster...

  76. Thermidor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    It's not expressly bad, but right next to a contemporary bottle of 10yo it doesn't do very well to justify its existence and higher price either. The only major difference seems to be the quiet but surprisingly bitter oak in the finish, which for me is a turnoff. 

  77. Dyno scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    starting to get to know this one a little and it is better then expected though still a bit pricey!
    • Nose
      sweet rubbery notes, caramel peat, 
    • Taste
      butterscotch 'werchters echte', peated honey
    • Finish
      more caramelly peaty waves, some seaweeds(?) at the very end

  78. Andytka3 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    N- Soft smoke with rather complex offering, chocolate, sour berries, ginger, musky and muddy, some alluring decay vegetation, or perhaps toward kelp and fishy notes. Whiff of brandied raisin underlay which is nice, but the emerge of white oak at the tail bring the rather fine aroma down to earth. Thin and light overall.

    P- Balanced, restrained spiciness and sweetness, hefty salts with bonfire wood smokes. Lingering white oak and "out of place" spices again. Does get sweeter overtimes.

    F- Medium, coat of smokes, some quality marmite, sourish salted sweet malt, peppery. Overall, rather generic when compared to the siblings. — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  79. Goethe scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Well, compared to the Ardbeg Kelpie Committee Reserve this is quite a diluted fellow. The Committee Reserve has been a nice dram with its Russian Oak maturation but diluted it's a very poor Ardbeg.Concerning price/performance ratio: 5/10
    • Nose
      Smoke, citrus, some minerals, ashes, some caramel.
    • Taste
      Smoke, citrus, ashes, way in the back some herbals.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Sweet ashes, citrus, sweet cigar smoke, some herbal oak.

  80. ARDBERG scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    the nose really developed after three months in the open bottle.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      78 78

  81. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    not bad at all
    • Nose
      mininal smoke, banana, sweet, some hay, later some salt, some medicinal <-> algae
    • Taste
      soft on the palate, cold charcoal grill the next day
    • Finish
      medium to long, some smoke, sweet, malt, salt, Laktritze, pepper,

  82. magic_slim scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasty young Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      Sweet, smoky, lemony and peaty at first nosing.

      In addition there are notes of tea, salty, zesty and maritime aromas ... toast with apricot jam ... peaty ...  very sweet like sugar water.

      Typical young Ardbeg. I love it.
    • Taste
      Did you ever chew grass? That's it!

      Furthermore it is very spicy indeed.

      Notes of bread, liquorice, peat and slightly sweet.
    • Finish
      Long and spicy.

  83. maltaholic scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    This is a young but surprisingly good malt.
    • Nose
      The color is quite bright. It is not old. But it was clear.
      A first nose is very pleasant. Smoke - yes - but very fruity smoke. It smells soft, nice. Nothing stands out, nothing irritates. Just the aroma I like very much.
    • Taste
      He can drink very well for his 46%. The taste is slightly spicy, bay leaf, a little wood, clove.
    • Finish
      In the finish then always spicy, quite a long time. Good.

  84. maltaholic scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  85. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Solid, delicious young Islay, but no magic barrel, no extraordinary notes, no outstanding combination of flavors, fullness, maturity, which would be worth € 90, to 50 I would perhaps go for own consumption.
    • Nose
      very green (kelp, flower vase, weed-weeding, kräutrig-bitter), salt, some disinfectant, in the background creamy sweetness, white chocolate, icing, a splash of lemon, but then you have to sniff out, the greens are very dominant at first,
      I do not think explicitly: dark chocolate / smoked ham / meaty notes
    • Taste
      the greens are as in the nose, not a disinfectant here, but a lot of salt and black pepper, the sweetness is more pronounced in the mouth, fatter, darker than in the nose, nougat, milk chocolate, sweetened milk coffee
    • Finish
      medium to long, tar, pepper, licorice

  86. Cubey666 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Tasted this little seamonster at the 5 year jubilee tasting of Passie voor Whisky in June 2017

    Nose: I am a big fan of the classic Ardbeg 10, and first thing that I noticed is that this one is much more friendly and easy approachable. It does have the typical sea / peatiness of Ardbeg, but missing the meaty BBQ character. It has less citrus and vanilla, but a bit more pineapple.

    Taste: quite salty and a bit liquoriceshy. The peat is present but more a bit of maritime peatness, as Laphroaig.

    Finish: it's a bit disappointing and short.in general a funny expression, but it does not make it compared to the standard 10. having double the price of the 10 also does not help...
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  87. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:
    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2017/06/03/ardbeg-kelpie-46-vol-ob-2017/

  88. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  89. The Macallan scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very nice Ardbeg. Time is essential and the key in this one!
    • Nose
      Very medicinal (smokey) and maritime at the beginning but juniper, vanilla and banana are later present after a few drops of water, it has a slight sweetnes in the nose
    • Taste
      Briny, tasty, acid liquorice, honey sweetness, sticks to the tongue in a very pleasant way
    • Finish
      Warm, very subtile smokeyness, briny and sweetness together

  90. GIORGOS scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  91. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  92. fradin11 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      70 70

  93. DoctorK scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    A young NAS from Ardbeg with a peppery taste. Imho the 10YO offers more for just 40% of the price.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      82 82

  94. MadScientist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  95. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnmnnnnnnnnnnnnnmmmmmnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnmmnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmnnnnnmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  96. Drochaid scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    46% Vol.
    Aroma: intense and complex, rich, oily smoke, dark chocolate, smoked fish, notes of seaweed, a spicy herbal note and spicy black pepper; with a little water, typical Ardbeg flavors such as creamy coffee, pine resin and some smoked coconut develop
    Taste: peppery, toffee, Turkish coffee, smoked ham and a lot of dark chocolate, then peach, hickory wood, clove oil and some spicy olives in the aftertaste
    Finish: very long, clove, tar and toffee

    51.7% Vol.
    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.
    Palate: a peppery mouthfeel on the palate followed by a richer crescendo
    Finish: molasses toffee, Turkish coffee, smoky bacon and lots 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

  97. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    soft regurgitated grass/horse dung on the nose (sorry), nice rich kelp with the usual ardbeg fruit and smoke on the taste, finishes with a nice sweet mocha/banana cake

  98. wekke did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Note by The Producer

    Nose: A wonderful, intense, ‘dancing’ nose, with lots of different, intertwined aromas – powerful, oily peat, dark chocolate, smoked fish, hints of seaweed, and a curious, sharp herbal note. Waves of spicy black pepper.

    Palate: A peppery mouthfeel is followed by a crescendo of rich flavours. Treacle toffee, Turkish coffee, smoky bacon and lots of dark, dark chocolate. A curious burst of peachy, estery fruit, hickory wood, clove oil and a suggestion of black olives.

    Finish: Seemingly lasting forever, with deep, deep, almost subterranean flavours of clove, tar, and rich toffee.

  99. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Although not by much, but I prefer this over the Committee Release. There's more room for subtleties here, which is a plus
    • Nose
      Some sweet fruits like tinned pineapple, stewed apples and peaches. Soft bonfire smoke with a slight edge of chili peppers. There's some iodine and rubber, with seaweed too, but the sweetness is the prevailing characteristic here.
    • Taste
      A bit more polished and less big and bold than I remember the Committee Release being. Very salty, and peanuts too. So really I should say: salted peanuts :) But the sweetness from the nose is noticeable here too. It's brine-y and malty, with a nice peatiness and a hint of dark chocolate and black pepper. Lot less spicy than the Committee Release.
    • Finish
      Peat, rubber and pepper. Finally a hint of chocolate. Medium to long.

  100. Kapz60 scored this whisky 71 points Newbie

    Another average NAS bottling from Ardbeg at an unreasonably high price. It feels very young both on the nose and in taste, and the finish is unmemorable. I admit, however, I was sceptic going into this, which may influence the experience. But I must say, to me, the good name of Ardbeg is diminishing because of official bottlings like this.

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