Ardbeg Kelpie

Peated Single Malt

Ardbeg // Islay, Scotland

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  1. dhsilv2

    Tasted
    1.0
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Ardbeg and fish? Lets give it a shot. Nose - Pepper, even smoke, a bit of a fishy brine at the back end. I'm also getting distinct slightly burnt caramel. Taste - I don't to just start with this is 46% and it's hitting me as having too much alcohol. That's really disappointing. Similarly, I'm getting pepper, spices likely from the unique european oak used here. It's astringent, punchy, and frankly it leaves me not wanting to go back for another sip. Upfront it's a bold sweetness but god each time it goes back into this harsh bitter note and then I get hit with alcohol burn as if this is an extremely young whisky. Alcohol brings out more of the fishy element, it still is bitter, peppery, and now the sweetness up front which was nice is gone. The finish is more cigarette ash smoke with some charcoal thrown in. I can't get past how young this tastes, it's got some new make grain like elements and just terrible casks. I keep hoping this will change and everytime I go back I feel like I enjoy it less. 1 star - there's good stuff here so i can't go below a 1 where I'm more or less saying it's undrinkable and bad, but this is a strong pass.
    99.99 USD per Bottle
  2. doubleyoueffess

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
  3. VonDouchebag

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Very, very nice indeed.
  4. jrmaier

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
  5. zvanwink

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
  6. Justin-Stair

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
  7. Xellos00

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
  8. bergy403

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
  9. brendos12

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nose: Cheetos/Cheese & Bacon Balls? Sophisticated palate - mild peppery spice, near menthol at the end. Long subdued yet consistent peated finish - felt like the toned down version of Ardbeg 10 y.o.
  10. Jason-Fiebig

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
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