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Ardbeg 30yo 'Very Old'

(40%, OB, Black label, Green bottle, 70cl)
Average Score: 89
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
DistilleryArdbeg
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameArdbeg
Bottling NameVery Old
Alcohol By Volume40%
Other DetailsBlack label, Green bottle, 70cl
Issued1997*
Average Score89


Maniac Ratings
Serge Valentin89
Olivier Humbrecht91
Michel van Meersbergen92
Robert Karlsson87
Davin de Kergommeaux90
Ho-cheng Yao88
Peter Silver73
Craig Daniels92
Krishna Nukala90
Lawrence Graham93
Pit Krause87
Louis Perlman88
Thomas Lipka88
Tim Puett91
David Wankel88
Keith Wood95


Retired Maniac Ratings
Bert Bruyneel88
Luc Timmermans87


Tasting Notes
Keith WoodMost of you will be familiar with the 'in your face' massive peatiness of the 10y bottling and the blatant force of the Uigeadails, well this was a totally different beastie (oh dear, sorry, did I say Beastie?) as it is rich, smooth, very round, creamy and almost peat-less! - The nose was an open-air market-stall of summer fruits with hints of Atlantic air, but the palate was deliciously creamy with an abundance of apricot, peach, cream and just the faintest hint of smoke in the background. - Many may say this is not true Ardbeg character. I say it's taking Ardbeg into another, fully mature direction; That of fruit, richness and a complexity not found in younger expressions.