Review #1285 – Ardbeg Drum Committee Release

The Schtick: I tasted this dram blind and then got the reveal at a later time, so keep that in mind as you read through these notes.

Review #1285 | Scotch Review #450

Distiller: Ardbeg

Bottler: Ardbeg

Selection: N/A

ABV: 52% ABV

Age: NAS

Nose: Big hit of sweet cream, lime, soap stone, ash and sea air. Fainy iodine, mostly ashy and burning wood. Minerality is real nice.

Taste: Thin, hot, loaded with ash and smoke. Bready, yeasty, fresh baked cake. Musty, some ash, a bit hot overall.

Finish: Short, very very ashy, loads of smoke, increasing heat.

Overall: Total peat bomb. It’s a bit thin, and a bit hot, but I expect that to pair with what I assume is very relative youth as well.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 5

10 Most Recent Ardbeg Expressions I Have Reviewed:



1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


  1. Dean

    Darn. I thought it would’ve been better. Well at least I got it at retail price. If not I would been very angry. Thanks for the honest review.

    1. Post

      While I didn’t love Drum, or Kelpie (both CR) – I did find Grooves and Dark Cove to be really great stuff. So Ardbeg is batting about .500 on these. Pricey releases though, so I prefer to try before I buy.

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