Ardbeg Twenty Something 23 Year

Peated Single Malt

Ardbeg // Islay, Scotland

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  1. marcorod70

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Unique scotch. Don’t normally go for Ardbeg but this was nice. Camp fire and bacon. Smoke isn’t overpowering. Surprisingly smooth and long finish.
  2. jsgoldstein91

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
  3. byip12

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    that Sherry mix into bourbon really hits the spot. Heavenly. Maybe even better than the Ardbeg 21
    Ardbeg Distillery Ltd
  4. Marius-Maro-Du-Randt

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
  5. dhsilv2

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very sherry forward on the nose, this spent time in secondary casks, a lot of time. There's a musty almost stale room / saw mill note in here, likely a light well faded peat is driving this. It has an earthy element as well. But the fruits are dominating the nose, with perhaps some vanilla at the end. There's a very distinct spicy note as well. The finish is a bit acidic in the alcohol bite. Crazy complex. I'm now getting some cinnamon roll dough, not the cinnamon but the dough and a touch of that icing. Taste - Dough, vanilla, a legit funk of some sort and then it fades into this vanilla/earthy/light peat finish that lasts forever. The finish is over taking the opening in a way I've not experienced. Second taste I get more vanilla, light oak, the sherry and fruits are there but muted vs the nose. There's a lightness on the whisky....almost a water like note, despite being a creamy and viscous 46%. Cinnamon roll dough for sure but again I think it's a different spice. The finish starts taking on some of the dark fruits and spices on a second pour along with those vanilla oak and peat long linger notes. For 46% it's got some mouth feel but it comes up a touch short due to a weakness in the mid pallet This is certainly an A whisky but I'm not sure it's an A+ and ranging from 500-650 it's not a great value.
    625.0 USD per Bottle
  6. Michael-Smith1

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    140.0 USD per Pour
    Multnomah Whiskey Library
  7. hooeyspewer

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Definitely classic Ardbeg flavors but muted. Chilled out bottle of Scotch.
  8. Willeman

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    495.0 USD per Bottle
  9. DrBooze

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
  10. LeeEvolved

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    So, I opened this bottle way back in April, prior to Whiskyfest DC, as part of our hotel room bottle share. I figured we needed some high quality whisky to pregame for the festival. I bought this bottle last winter when it was initially released and I paid $600 to get my hands on one. I bought a second bottle about 3 months later after the initial craze died down, but I still paid $500 for it. Was it worth it? Let’s see... This bottle is not a continuation of the series Ardbeg started in 2016 with the 21 Year Old (as rumored). This was different stock they found onsite. It’s a blend of traditional ex-bourbon aged and ex-sherry cask aged. The 21 year was old stock bought back from an independent bottler. This 23 is bottled at 46.3% and is new gold in color and creates tons of skinny, fast running legs in the Glencairn. The nose had some incredible sherry sweetness right out of the gate. The smoke melded perfectly and there was some nice oak cask notes, BBQ and bacon with some grape wine influence. It was very complex and faded mostly to smoke after some time. The palate was smoked meats, chocolate, vanilla and sherry grapes. The cask gets left behind here and replaced with some salty notes and tons of smoke. The mouthfeel is luxurious and velvety smooth- which is totally expected with something this old. There’s not much alcohol heat and the smoke again slides to the front if you take your time with the sip. The finish is long with moderate spices and finally some barrel influence. It’s smoky and sweet at the same time and each sip makes you want to take another. This bottle was hands down the best Ardbeg I’ve ever tried. It isn’t as complex as the CorryV or the Uiggi, but they don’t hold a candle to how perfectly smooth and luscious this is. It’s hard to say whether or not this bottle is worth $500-600, but you could do a lot worse for sure. This one is battling for the top spot on my all time favorite list, so it’s easily a 5-star dram. If you want to try something close to perfection- pony up for a pour or a bottle and find out for yourself. It’s a beautiful dram. Cheers.
    600.0 USD per Bottle
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