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Ardbeg whisky reviews

Ardbeg distillery
Islay region
Founded in 1794, currently active
Owned by Glenmorangie / Moët Hennessy
www.ardbeg.com

Ardbeg 13 yo 1965 (46%, Cadenhead 1978, 75 cl) – 83/100

Ardbeg 28 yo 1972 (50,1%, Douglas Laing for Alambic Classique Germany 2000, 234 btl.) – 94/100

Ardbeg 29 yo 1972 (50%, Douglas Laing OMC 2001, sherry finish, 432 btl.) – 94/100

Ardbeg 15 yo 1973 (43%, Sestante 1988, 75cl.) – 92/100

Ardbeg 31 yo 1974 (51,0%, OB 2005, bourbon cask #2749, 120 btl.) – 91/100

Ardbeg 32 yo 1974 (53,5%, OB for Italy 2006, bourbon cask #3328, 76 btl.)

Ardbeg 13 yo 1974 (40%, Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice +/- 1988) – 92/100

Ardbeg 31 yo 1974 (51,8%, OB 2006, bourbon cask #5666, 168 btl.) – 94/100

Ardbeg 27 yo 1975 (50%, Douglas Laing OMC 2002, sherry cask, US market, 342 btl.) – 92/100

Ardbeg 1975 (40%, Jas. Gordon & Co. 1989, imported by Auxil France, 75 cl) – 91/100

Ardbeg 18 yo 1975 (43%, Signatory Vintage 1993, cask #2464-67) – 81/100

Ardbeg 31yo 1975 (53,7%, OB 2006, cask #1378, 453 btl) – 92/100

Ardbeg 20 yo 1991 (48,4%, Malts of Scotland for Hotel Bero 2011, sherry hogshead #MoS 11003, 240 btl.) – 91/100

Ardbeg 23 yo 1991 (48,9%, Malts of Scotland for Hotel Bero 2014, sherry hogshead, ref. MoS 14054, 185 btl.) – 92/100

Ardbeg 15 yo 1993 (58,9%, Duncan Taylor 2009, cask #1724, 292 btl.) – 85/100

Ardbeg 1998 (54%, OB 2009, Cask #1189, Feis Isle 2009, 252 btl.) – 92/100

Ardbeg 1998 (54,7%, OB 2009, Cask #1190, Feis Isle 2009, 282 btl.) – 91/100

Ardbeg 12 yo 1998 (55,4%, Nectar of the Daily Drams 2011) – 88/100

Ardbeg 16 yo 1998 (58,2%, Malts of Scotland ‘Amazing Casks’ 2014, ref. Mos 14027, 222 btl.) – 88/100

Darkness! Ardbeg 21 yo (40,1%, Master of Malt 2014, P.X. finish, 50 cl.) – 88/100

Ardbeg 1990 ‘Airigh nam beist’ (46%, OB 2006) – 87/100

Ardbeg Alligator (51,2%, OB 2011, Committee release, around 10.000 btl.) – 88/100

Ardbeg Auriverdes (49,9%, OB 2014, 6660 btl.) – 89/100

Ardbeg Blasda (40%, OB 2008) – 80/100

Ardbeg Corryvreckan (57,1%, OB 2009) – 88/100

Head-to-head comparison between Ardbeg Corryvreckan, Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist and Ardbeg Supernova.

Ardbeg Galileo 12 yo 1999 (49%, OB 2012, first fill ex-bourbon and ex-Marsala casks) – 87/100

Ardbeg 1980 ‘Kildalton’ (57,6%, OB 2004, 1300 btl.) – 88/100

Ardbeg Kildalton (46%, OB 2014) – 86/100

Ardbeg ‘Lord of the Isles’ 25 yo (46%, OB 2007) – 92/100

Ardbeg 10 yo 2000 “Lord Robertson” (53%, OB 2010, Committee release, cask #1217, 202 btl.) – 86/100

Ardbeg Perpetuum (47,4%, OB 2015) – 87/100

Ardbeg Rollercoaster (57,3%, OB 2009, Committee release) – 85/100

Ardbeg Supernova (58,9%, OB 2009) – 85/100

Ardbeg Supernova (60,1%, OB 2010) – 85/100

Ardbeg 10yo ‘Ten’ (46%, OB 2006) – 86/100

Ardbeg 10yo ‘Ten’ (46%, OB 2011) – 85/100

Tasting notes of the new Daily Dram Undercover bottlings:
Undercover n°1 – Lagavulin 14y 1994 (53,1%, Daily Dram 2008, 196 btl.)
Undercover n°2 – Talisker 24y 1984 (51,9%, Daily Dram 2008, 82 btl.)
Undercover n°3 – Ardbeg / Laphroaig / Bowmore vatting (57,5%, Daily Dram 2008, 320 btl.)

Islay Malt 7 yo 2007 (51,9%, Liquid Treasures 2014, bourbon barrel, 159 btl.) – 87/100

Kildalton 7 yo 2007 (54,4%, Archives ‘Fishes of Samoa’ 2014, hogshead #9396, 170 btl.) – 87/100

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