The KOTQ has enjoyed 20 tastings from the Ardbeg distillery

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Distillery Region Open Blends
Ardbeg Islay 1815 – Today Black Bottle, Sheep Dip
       
Status Ownership Water Source Production
Active Glenmorangie Plc Lochs Arinambeast & Uigidale 1,000,000 liters/year
       
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ARDBEG Connoisseurs Choice, 1994, b. 2004 12Q2 – ARDBEG 10 Connoisseurs Choice, 1994, b. 2004 [Gordon & MacPhail bottling at Standard Strength]

ARDBEG yo 00Q4 – ARDBEG 10 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Light yellow
Light salt/peat
Watery
Piercing nasal, aggressive
Goes upward into sinus; lingers
00Q4-Bop
December 2nd, 2000
Centennial
Blonde
Peat/mint
Watery
Blunt
Up and out
(During blind tasting) Reminds me of Laphroaig.
00Q4-Bop
December 2nd, 2000
Lakeview
White wine
Peaty, medicinal
Piercing, aggressive
Like a cat burglar
(During blind tasting) Gets better after a palate cleansing
00Q4-Bop
December 2nd, 2000

ARDBEG yo 03Q1 – ARDBEG 17 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

ARDBEG yo 04Q3 – ARDBEG 17 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
Sea mist, light peat
Medium-bodied
Salty, woody
Warm and lingering
very comforting – I expected more pungent nose. But The Macallan Cask Strength may have shot my olfactory senses.
04Q3-Tao
September 3rd, 2004
Bop
Light
Light – airy – sunlight
Wet bikini / wet T-shirt contest
Large – peaty, smoky
a little sour
Not as good as Ledaig 15 despite “Distillery of the Year”
04Q3-Tao
September 3rd, 2004
Cyclone
Peaty, lemon, apple, salty
Jessica Beil – strong and curvy
Spicy and sweet
Enveloping and warm. Marshmallow
Great!!!
04Q3-Tao
September 3rd, 2004
Irving
Light sweetness
Salty, medium smoke, not a lot of weight
Soft, mellow, quickly dissapates. A little tart.
Not too exciting.
04Q3-Tao
September 3rd, 2004
Lakeview
slightly peaty
Peppery
smooth like silk
I’d buy a bottle
04Q3-Tao
September 3rd, 2004
Tao
Light
Heather Locklear
Pepper
Longer
04Q3-Tao
September 3rd, 2004
Ville
salt, sea, nuts
oily
tart
04Q3-Tao
September 3rd, 2004

ARDBEG Connoisseurs Choice 01Q2 – ARDBEG 30 Connoisseurs Choice [Gordon & MacPhail bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Brunette
Smells like vacation… freedom
buxom
Delicate, versatile, experienced
Warm, trusting
01Q2-Ville
June 30th, 2001
Centennial
Gold
Long and lasting
syrupy
salty
Full circle – mouth-nose-eyes!
Pinches and punches
01Q2-Ville
June 30th, 2001
Cyclone
Weather worn brick
pepper + dewy sweet air mixed with peat
Zena warrior princess (Lucy Lawless)
dynamic dancing smoke
Drilling intensely and suddenly cowers away
Great great stuff!
01Q2-Ville
June 30th, 2001
Irving
Red Brown
Soft peat, complete, regal
heavy, voluptuous
warm light smoke,
not overwhelming – approachable
Tumbling down a seaside hill – landing me gently on the sandy beach
01Q2-Ville
June 30th, 2001
Lakeview
Light brown
Peaty smoke
Salty, almost like burnt BBQ
As wonderful as the nose-makes sure I remember it
Gets better after each sip!
01Q2-Ville
June 30th, 2001
Tao
Finished maple
Wham-bam-Alakazzam
Full
Big peat – the sea
Strong but accomodating – Lara Croft
01Q2-Ville
June 30th, 2001
Ville
Orange
Awesome, smokey, woody
Strong, salty, pepper
Great, lasts but not too long, Bold but mellow
Will definitely try to buy
01Q2-Ville
June 30th, 2001

ARDBEG 1977 06Q4 – ARDBEG nas 1977 [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

ARDBEG Airigh Nam Beist 11Q4 – ARDBEG nas Airigh Nam Beist [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Balgam
Carmel color
Smokey
Jessica Simpson
Smokey peaty
God help – the beast in me!
11Q4-Bop
January 21st, 2012
Bop
Amazing. Smoke and salty and then CHICKEN SOUP
Smoky deliciousness
Cream sody without too much bubbles.
Quite beasty indeed.
11Q4-Bop
January 21st, 2012
Lakeview
Golden strand
Classic peat and smoke but offset with
Mature, leggy lots of curves
Smoother than a classic Ardbeg, slighter peat
Good, another scotch with which one could launch a session
Clearly Ardbeg is the money, like the bomb. The Beist is luscious.
11Q4-Bop
January 21st, 2012

ARDBEG Airigh Nam Beist 1990 09Q2 – ARDBEG nas Airigh Nam Beist 1990 [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Light
Cherry; iodine at beginning
Creamy
Nice Islay malt
09Q2-Bluff
June 26th, 2009
Lakeview
Peat w/apricot
Mix of sea salt and cream
Excellent
Loved it with a cut
09Q2-Bluff
June 26th, 2009
Ville
Sweet grass. Iodine, grass
Thin but firm
Creamy, silky
Short, a little tart
09Q2-Bluff
June 26th, 2009

ARDBEG Airigh Nam Biest 15Q4 – ARDBEG nas Airigh Nam Biest [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Mysterious but approachable. Entices you to indulge.
Great balance of pepper, salt, smoke, awesomeness
Wonderful never outstays its welcome yet always adds value
Fantastic taste. A rare treat at this point with the legendary Beast no longer active/available. I tried to make my half ounce last the whole meal.
15Q4-Bluff
January 17th, 2016

ARDBEG Alligator 12Q2 – ARDBEG nas Alligator [Distillery bottling at Cask Strength]

ARDBEG Alligator 11Q4 – ARDBEG nas Alligator [Distillery bottling at Cask Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Balgam
Carmel colored
Spices.
Starts sweet.
11Q4-Bop
January 21st, 2012
Bop
Orange late. Confusing actually.
Ash – physical ash actually. Unique in that regard.
Very unusual but should be in your collections.
11Q4-Bop
January 21st, 2012
Lakeview
Caramel
Subtle mix of sherry and peat
Voluptuous
A great Combo, the pear, pepper and buttercream come together
Brings the Combo home
Im glad I have this in my house
11Q4-Bop
January 21st, 2012

ARDBEG Corryvrecken 13Q1 – ARDBEG nas Corryvrecken [Distillery bottling at Cask Strength]

ARDBEG Galileo 15Q4 – ARDBEG nas Galileo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

ARDBEG Kelpie 17Q2 – ARDBEG nas Kelpie [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Sweet nose (maple? bourbon?)
Tasty but a little hot
Short hot finish
This is a delight. Definitely a buy.
17Q2-Randall
July 29th, 2017

ARDBEG Rollercoaster 11Q1 – ARDBEG nas Rollercoaster [Distillery bottling at Cask Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Balgam
Light in color
Very smokey & peaty
Fergie
Peaty full smokey palet
Smokey
Big peaty taste . A keeper.
11Q1-Hoopie
April 2nd, 2011
Bluff
Smoke iodine BBQ ashtray
Long warm
Really cool bottling, love the composition by year on the bottle.
11Q1-Hoopie
April 2nd, 2011
Bop
Light but consistent with palatte
Encrusted love
sweet peat
What fun good and good value
11Q1-Hoopie
April 2nd, 2011
Lakeview
Apple juice 🙂
Classic islaylic peat
Classic ardbeg but too young
smooth for an 8
Great stuff but too much mktg
11Q1-Hoopie
April 2nd, 2011

ARDBEG Rollercoaster 15Q4 – ARDBEG nas Rollercoaster [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

ARDBEG Supernova 11Q4 – ARDBEG nas Supernova [Distillery bottling at Cask Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Balgam
Natural
Peaty
Kim Jenner
Smoke
Harsh finish
Must cut just right
11Q4-Bop
January 21st, 2012
Bop
Pure peat but when cut it noses just like a lobster
Confusing
Harsh
Somewhat undrinkable even cut.
11Q4-Bop
January 21st, 2012
Lakeview
Lighter gold
A river of peat
Acidic
Peat sandwich
Bad Cranberries tune Linger
Beist is significantly more approachable and enjoyable
11Q4-Bop
January 21st, 2012

ARDBEG Supernova 2010 (SN2010) 10Q3 – ARDBEG nas Supernova 2010 (SN2010) [Distillery bottling at Cask Strength]

ARDBEG Uigeadail 13Q1 – ARDBEG nas Uigeadail [Distillery bottling at Cask Strength]

ARDBEG Uigeadail 04Q4 – ARDBEG nas Uigeadail [Distillery bottling at Cask Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
Smoky, peaty
Bold
Salty, intense. Little cream, then peppery
Definitely needs to be cut, it’s cask strength
04Q4-Ville
November 6th, 2004
Bop
3-dimensional nose–almost visual
Cherry–black cherry
Starchy, stout
Cask strength–needs water added. Cask strengths don’t need water all the time but when they do don’t be afraid to do it.
04Q4-Ville
November 6th, 2004
Centennial
Sweet, ultra comforting
Hologram of malt fulfillment
A round tripper vs. daytripper
Long train running
Excellent!
04Q4-Ville
November 6th, 2004
Irving
Light peat, light esthers
Intense, sharp
Strong, medium peat
Lingering heat
Disappointed
04Q4-Ville
November 6th, 2004
Lakeview
Peat and bourbon
Taste the bourbon and raisin
Peat that trails off into something great
Wow! Definitely cask strength but still not overpowering
04Q4-Ville
November 6th, 2004
Tao
Bacon
04Q4-Ville
November 6th, 2004