Ardbeg Ar8 ElD

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
54.3 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
04 Aug 2017 6:31 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 222.58

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Ar8 ElD

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.15 points

  1. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes by producer;
    A single cask aged in an ex-bourbon barrel, this whisky promises full-on peaty flavour of the classic Ardbeg style. Only 345 bottles were produced.

    Cask details;
    Distillate from the early 2000's matured in a bourbon barrel

    Tasting Notes;

    Sea brine and caramel wafers to start, with sweet barbecue smoke followed by an undercurrent of summer fruit. Darker notes of old floorboards and smoked herring marry with spicy vanilla and chocolate shards studded with raisins and nuts.

    Juicy with a background note of cranberries, sooty smoke and salted caramel. The fresh first-fill cask character comes alive and leads the palate. The spiciness of the nose comes through with a much bigger kick, while the whisky becomes creamier. Herbaceous smoke leads, walking beside fresh lemon and lime zestiness.

    A lingering spicy finish that dries out nicely, leaving sooty smoke.

  2. ezioaudit scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  3. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Enthusiasm: Nose 4/5 Mouth and finish 3/5, 4/5 with water. Whisky n ° 1523
    • Nose
      Smoke very ashy, subtle softness discreet. Some woody notes, berries. Milk chocolate, crunchy malt.
      With water, more greedy on caramel.
    • Taste
      Nice balance, juicy. Acrid smoke.
      With water, softer, finer texture. Everything is even more balanced, less bitter.
    • Finish
      Tannic spices. Long and pungent.
      With water, beautiful fullness.

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/midlands-whisky-festival-2017-part-33/N: Not dissimilar to the Askaig, albeit slightly bolder yet just as brilliant.
    T: Notes of wet oysters, an oily garage and dry yet luscious smoky chilli chocolate. Needs some abv tempering as it’s prickly even with water.
    F: Aniseed chocolate and vegetal malt smoke with tasty cask wood. 
    C: Another superb small batch from Elixir<Speciality.Scores a B

  5. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    twe wrote: Distilled in the early 2000s, this single bourbon barrel of Ardbeg produced 345 bottles. Juicy and rich with notes of lemon, lime, cream, cranberry and smoke.


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