Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Calculated age
16 years old
1st Fill Oloroso Sherry Hogshead
51.6 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
26 May 2017 3:07 pm by Callo
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 399.00

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69 × member ratings

98 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Ar9 ElD

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.36 points

  1. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Enthusiasm: Nose: 3/5, 4/5 with water Palate: 4/5, 3/5 with water Final: 5/5 Whisky n ° 1464
    • Nose
      Veleda felt and frangipane! Then the cooked fruits, the sherry, the plums more and more present. Deep with pastry notes. A little sharp too, which spoils me a little pleasure. The addition of water corrects this with nice notes of caramel extra.
    • Taste
      Sharp peat at first sip, much more melted afterwards. Very juicy and spicy. With water, softer, smoother too. The peat is distinguished, without crushing the rest.
    • Finish
      Sweet, round, melted, silky, of great purity!

  2. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Notes by producer;
    A single first-fill oloroso-sherry hogshead bottled in 2017 for the Islay Festival. Dark chocolate intertwines with rich espresso notes and luxurious dried fruit, while layers of dense smoke finish off this intensely satisfying Ardbeg expression.

    Cask details;
    Distillate from the early 2000's matured in a first-fill oloroso sherry hogshead.

    Tasting Notes;

    Densely packed with blackcurrant concentrate and an underlying note of grilled mackerel skins adding a savoury note. Black cherry mingles with fresh coffee beans, building to become thick and dark like roasted game – venison or wild boar with a dark, sticky red-wine source.

    Old-fashioned cough medicine and dark fruit lozenges at first. The mouthfeel is thick and heavy, reminiscent of a rich porter. Beautiful bitter chocolate and espresso blend with macadamia nuts and dark treacle. The smoke is herbaceous and rich.

    The dense texture shows walnut skins and a salty tang lingering on the palate, with thick medicinal smoke coating the sides of your tongue.

  3. The_Osprey scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Elements of Islay AR9. Very dark rich colour. Aroma is particularly spiritous up front and slightly rubbery. Rubbery waxy sherry. Damp wood. Not sulphurous but definitely rubbery dirty old wood. Wouldn't expect this to come from Islay if I were nosing it blind. Very sherry-bombish on the nose. Now and again there's a whiff of almost musty smoke. Taste is oily and rich, quite intense and hard to pin down all the flavours to start, which come in waves. Certainly waxy dark fruits and sherry and salty spirit to start, moving to some subtle biscuity fudgey notes and then the smoke and salt starts coming through. The finish is breathy smoke with an enduring sweetness that seems to stick around the front of the tongue whilst the smoke sits all around the mouth like fumes. Faint martime notes sidle up to the sweetness alongside the smoke. On the whole it's an interesting and enjoyable dram with obvious overlaps with Uigeadail. Plenty going on. 3.6/86

  4. penumbra scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The heavy peat of 1st Oloroso feels easy to step on thunder, but the two drinks of Ardbeg are full of sincerity. Let EID bottlers come more.
    • Nose
      Charcoal fire, Japanese-style salt-grilled seafood, raw eggs, and fireworks envelop the sea breeze and denatured protein. Cigarettes, turpentine, incense, peat, and the faint aroma of dried violet flowers. 70% black chocolate, caramel, mandheling mixed with Brazil, raisins, black brin, the fruit is deep and mellow and less juicy
    • Taste
      Peat bombs, western medicine pills, compound licorice, ginseng tea, wormwood, Nian Ji'an Chuanbei loquat ointment. Compared with the mellow and bitter smell, the mouth adds some acidity and stimulus, Colombia, and spices. The finishing touch is more somber wood elements, 90% cocoa, walnuts, fried nuts, toasted oak barrels.
      Strong, good fat, low sweetness, little sourness, no astringency, significant bitterness, no pungency.
    • Finish
      Long-term, pills, cocoa, cold hands, bittersweet, smoky peat.

  5. matfrl scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  6. detachedblue scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Oily salty, leathery, gasoline mixed with sherry, a little bit rough but very enjoyable indeed.

  7. stellan0r scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This Ardbeg was matured for nearly 17 years according to the distributor, but had to be bottled before (getting it the official 16 years of age). The last 7 years it was maturing in a Sherry Cask.


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