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Ardbeg Perpetuum

(70cl, 47.4%)

Ardbeg Perpetuum

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Ardbeg Perpetuum Bottling Note

In 1815, the Ardbeg distillery was founded by John McDougall on the Isle of Islay. In 2015, Ardbeg Perpetuum was released during Fèis Ìle 2015 in celebration of their 200th anniversary. Dr. Bill Lumsden has created a full-bodied Islay single malt, rich in coastal peat, smoked meat and well-rounded vanilla notes, using a blend of whiskies both young and old, matured in both bourbon and Sherry casks. Here’s to the first 200 years - and to the next 200 years too!

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Ardbeg Perpetuum Reviews

Absolutely fine

Perpentuum is is pretty fine for everyone who appreciates Whisky and not some sugar loaded liquer.

17th April 2019

Through the smoke, vanilla.

Ardbeg 10, but much more refined. Downside is the price.

19th January 2018

Vanilla and cracked pepper

sipping a glass now... I would in fact save a few bucks and opt for the Ardberg 10 year. With this Perpetuum, I do enjoy the smoothness and vanilla/peppercorn notes. A sweet, smokey hit, which I enjoy, but not as much as the 10 year. Steep price for diminished reward.

2nd July 2017

Kevin

Thin coatline with small beads and legs run slowly reflecting low oil content and higher ABV.
Colour slightly darker than 10 year old, suggesting a very short finish in a sherry cask, unless of course that was a Fino sherry and accompanying dryness which is present, but I suspect Oloroso.
Nose - slighter smoke than usual, chocolate hit, ashy and some gunpowder,, slight dried fruits mainly raisin, slight hint of banana and pear reflecting isoamyl acetate. A licorice background. Slight inside of a teapot aroma. The feinty aromas are typical of the Kildaltons and not surprising given that 60%+ of the phenols are in the feints.
Palate - salty, peat smoke is quite strong, chilli and pepper from 1st fill American Casks. A bit of a wolf in sheets clothing given the reduced Ardbeg smokiness in the nose.
Finish - slightly smoke, slightly sweet, tannic, medium length
Conclusion - is it worth the money? Not in comparison to other Ardbegs, but I have just opened the bottle and to be fair it will probably sharpen up considerably. I prefer the 10 year old over any of the other Ardbegs and Corryvreckan, Uigeadail and Dark Cove over this NAS. Still a nice enough peated whisky and more gentle than most others of the Kildalton strains.

29th October 2016

lovely dram

my first bottle from ARDBEG me and friend loved it will be trying others from them

12th October 2016

Paul

A complete insult to my taste buds and a regretful waste of good money.

20th August 2016

After reading those reviews..

Wow, after reading those reviews I am to scared to try a bottle of this. I want to continue loving Ardbeg. I've tried 10 Year, Corryvreckan and Uigeadail so far.

29th June 2016

Much better then the 10yo

Have added some sweetness to the original 10yo, very nice!

28th January 2016

Nice and sleek

A kind Ardbeg. Smoked ham comes to mind. I am enjoying my first bottle.

29th December 2015

It's not older,.....so what.

I shared a bottle of this with eight whisky friends at a holiday party last night. Sure, it seems on the younger side but I found it vibrant, fresh and well made. What's wrong with that? Nose - smoke, light peat, vanilla, some ash, white fruits. Palate - smoked pears, some white pepper, sweet/light peat, salted cotton candy, some lemon grass and a slight, salty smoked ham note. Finish - medium. What can I say,..is it the finest dram I've ever had? No, but I enjoyed it very much. Sure it's pricey but what do you expect from the current most fashionable scotch whisky maker? We polished off the bottle so I'll be buying another one today.

13th December 2015

Not a memorable dram

I'm a fan of Ardbeg but not this release. A lot like the 10-yr but with an added dose of single grain and maybe a touch of something older. The taste is pleasant but has none of the mouth-coating joy of a good whisky, just too thin. Just as soon have 2 bottles of the Girvan Patent Still Apps No.4 for the price and add my own Uigeadail. Hardly represents Ardbeg's 200 yr history to me. Two stars for failed expectations.

1st December 2015

Re: 13th Nov. '15 review

"It has a lot of older Ardbeg in there." Must be the LVMH marketing team talking since the bottle may be older than the whisky inside.

26th November 2015

ÓWK

It has a lot of older Ardbeg in there. Fantastic Ardbeg day whisky, must try for the Ardbeg fans!

13th November 2015

Very disappointing indeed

I'm a fan of Ardbeg or should I say was a fan. Bought this on a trip to the US, paid over $100 for a poor quality Scotch. Very young, lacks any sort of complexity and no finish. This is just a marketing ploy by Ardberg, selling an average Scotch at a high retail price. Its a good way to lose followers. I'll stick to other Islay Scotchs

4th November 2015

Over-Priced Again!

It's me again. I'm sipping some at this moment. The nose (aroma) of this whiskey is hideous! Smells like acetone with a sweetener in it. Thank Goodness the taste is nothing like the smell! The finish is not too bad either. Some smoke, which is what I like, and some vanilla and other sweetness. I would give it a higher rating if it were in the $50-$60 price range. Cheers!

4th October 2015

Re: Over- Priced

I meant Laphroaig, not Laphroaid. I've had a few.

4th October 2015

Over-Priced

Ardbeg makes some fine whiskey, Uigeadail being the best in my opinion. However, they are all over-priced, especially compared to the Laphroaid line of whiskeys which, to me, are just as good. I bought 2 bottles of this stuff at $89.99 each , which is supposed to be a bargain, and feel totally let down. Never again will I buy anything from Ardbeg except the 10 YO and Uigeadail. Good but, WAY over-priced.

4th October 2015

Options

This is a different expression from Ardbeg. Maybe they seek broader markets? Tasty enough, still peat forward, but the nose is more botanical. Puts it in an awkward spot. If you seek botanicals then you might prefer a rye. But if seeking salty+smoke you might prefer a different Ardbeg.

3rd October 2015

Was expecting more from a «special edition»

Ardbeg Uigeadail is my #1 scotch. I had big expectation for this one. Not as good as Uigeadail but still very interesting. Worth trying.

20th September 2015

Taste to young

It's a great scotch if it were prices 50% cheaper. It tastes way to young to have this status. Unfortunately it cheapens the brand a bit and uses our marketing to sell. How will next years special addition be?

20th August 2015

Marketing Ploy

I'm a huge fan of Ardbeg. One of my favorite distilleries in the world, perhaps my favorite Islay. That said, Ardbeg Perpetuum is insulting. It is extremely overpriced (I paid $115 US), and lower quality than the 10 year. Much lower quality, yet it's considerably more expensive than Corryvreckan ( (which is fantastic). It's simple, uninteresting, probably stupid young, and lacks detail and nuance. A monolith, boring, and hot -- to the point of being unpleasnant -- and falls apart with almost any amount of water. It's offensive that Ardbeg would take advantage of their supporters to this extent. It may be a while before I decide to support Ardbeg again with my dollars.

17th August 2015

Experiment that doesn't pan out

An interesting idea that combines a lot of Ardbeg's signature smokiness with unexpected sweet and fruity notes. If you like the Laphroaig Cairdeas (2014) you'll probably also like this.

For me though, the combination is strange and doesn't quite work. The nose is great, but the combination of sweet and smoke just doesn't quite work. There is a surprisingly strong ethanol flavor (at only 47%!) that sticks out. The finish is very dry and quick. It prevents it from being syrupy, but all of the goodness stops as well. It misses the signature long tail. Overall, an interesting attempt at something new by Ardbeg, but not something a need more than a glass of. I've had pretty much everything Ardbeg has produced over the last few years and this comes in at or near the bottom of the pile.

20th June 2015

Astoundingly Good!

if you know great whisky and you love Islay peat and sea salt, you will love this! a Masterpiece!

18th June 2015

My last bottle of Ardbeg

I had great expectations for this one. But.... wow. This is truly an unmatured and low quality whisky. You pay a lot for really bad whisky. My last bottle of ardbeg for sure.

10th June 2015

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