Single malt whisky - tasting notes

05 Mar 2011

Ardbeg Kildalton

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Ardbeg

Ardbeg Kildalton was the result of an unpeated run at Ardbeg, originally for a third party but in the end it was released as a distillery bottling. There has been a 1981 version as well, in 5 ml bottles as part of “The Peat Pack” sampler.


Ardbeg Kildalton 1980Ardbeg 1980 ‘Kildalton’ 
(57,6%, OB 2004, 1300 btl.)

Nose: fragrant / floral and nicely fruity (lemon, orange, apricot). Despite a hint of vanilla, it’s not a particularly warm fruitiness though. It’s rather prickly, with hints of nail polish remover. Slightly waxy as well (lemon scented candles). Citrus tea. A nutty marzipan aroma as well and some pine wood. I doubt it’s completely unpeated. Mouth: oily and sweet with dried / cooked fruits (pineapple, orange) and a little vanilla. Quite malty. Bread. Clear oak, again slightly tingling with some pepper and ginger. Liquorice. A tiny bit of peat? Finish: long and hot, fading on chocolate.

Nice enough, I like the fruity sweetness with the light hints of peat. But it’s not exceptionally elegant like I expected it to be. Shops that have this on offer, ask around € 600.

Score: 88/100

Ardbeg Kildalton 4 Ruben Luyten 2011-03-05
  • Sjoerd de Haan

    You’re right, its made up of some unpeated and some lightly peated malt.

    Love this stuff, too bad its so bloody expensive…

  • Miguel

    Don’t you love that kind of offers? :)

  • Bert B.

    The now discontinued 17yo was partially vatted with this unpeated Ardbeg. This declares why this 17yo wasn’t a peat bomb.

    88 is a correct score, so it’s definately not worth all that money, but hey … it has Ardbeg written on it 😉 …

    B. !!!



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