Whisky Review: Ardbeg Twenty One

Tasting Notes:

Ardbeg Twenty One ☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

Style: Sweet and Delicate


Milky coat of vanilla icing, dustiness sediments in the aroma. Toasted almonds, lemon aloe vera wrapped around by peat smoke. Briny, a handful of salted pecans, almost meaty with a deeper whiff at the back.


Balmy sweetness on the palate. Fragrant tropical fruits radiates with a touch of sea breeze. Lemon honey and aloe vera filling in, everything beautifully laced by subtle bonfire peat. Vanilla tinge, spice buzzing towards the end, finishes with a bit of milk chocolate bitter oak.


Citrus traces with iodine and seared scallops. Half dried medicinal peat washing up, hints of black pepper at the end.


Every Ardbeg lovers has been waiting for this since the relentless era of NAS has bestowed upon us. I am very happy that this whisky has exceeded my expectations. Exemplar quality, brilliant complexity and balance, delicate sweetness and texture. A dram you must try before you die.

[46% • 2016 • Aged 21 Years • Non Chill Filtered • Original Bottling • Limited Edition • **]


For Nicholas’ thoughts on the Ardbeg Twenty One, click here.