Ardbeg Perpetuum

70cl / 47.4%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Ardbeg Perpetuum
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Released during Feis Ile 2015 to celebrate Ardbeg's 200th anniversary, this is a blend of old and young whisky, matured in both bourbon and sherry casks, delivering the classic Ardbeg note of cured meats, smoke and sea spray.

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  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Pear Pear
  • Banana Banana
  • Salt (powder) Salt (powder)
  • Brine Brine
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Meat Meat

Ardbeg Perpetuum Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by The Whisky Exchange

    • Nose:

      Earthy peat and warm leather with old roof slates and gentle medicinal touches.

    • Palate:

      Fresh bandages and TCP followed by coffee lime peel, orange peel, spice and charcoal.

    • Finish:

      Warming, with lime peel, slate and ash.

  • Tasting notes by Billy A

    • Nose:

      Sweet earthy peat and warm leather to start. Mossy green notes develop along with a mineral dryness – old roof slates. Medicinal hints and traditional whisky warehouses sit behind that, with bung cloth, iodine and sea spray.

    • Palate:

      Big medicinal hit to start, with fresh bandages joined by TCP. Ground coffee and sharp green leaves are joined by lime peel, orange peel and charcoal. Some spice develops, with soft nutmeg backed up by a cinnamon tingle.

    • Finish:

      Warming finish, with lime peel, slate and ash.

  • Tasting Notes by Ed B

    • Nose:

      Sweet ham and bananas, soft smoke with a hint of mintiness. Overall, a smoky caress rather than a punch.

    • Palate:

      Ripe-fruit sweetness with a delicate carbonic kiss. Worryingly drinkable and approachable.

    • Finish:

      Not overly complicated, just a smothering dry finish. Lingers on the tongue.

11 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    6 January 2018

    Update. Half way down the bottle, so a reasonable amount of oxidation of the compounds. Has improved considerably over the initial bottle opening dram. Give this expression time. Flavours deepen with additional ullage in the bottle. Smoked ham comes through. Smokiness is stronger than initially in fresh new bottle dram. Fruits more pear, Apple, than dried fruits. Personally, not picking mch dried fruit myself and I suspect perhaps a Fino variation. Tangy lemon, green olive and grape more than dried fruit to my palate. Colour could come from allowing the flor to die. I detect chalkiness and salt which could come from Amontilado. Conclusion, well I have increased my rating. A very imaginative and curious Ardbeg. I could be wrong about casks but I don't think this is Oloroso or PX unless the finish period has been a couple of hours lol. Very nice Ardbeg and adds to the variety in their expressions. Imaginative finish IMO.

  • 5
    13 November 2017

    I drank this against 9 other Ardbegs several other top Islays in a very unusual context in Odessa, where for reasons I can't go in to there was a genuine concern that I was about to be in very serious trouble and possible physical danger. Stood out as the best of an excellent bunch and is certainly now my final supper whisky - if I ever find myself on death row this will definitely be my last round...

  • 3
    29 October 2016

    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.

  • 5
    17 September 2016

    i drank a boytle of this whosky.....i have to say it was yje best ardbeg i jave tried and i tried them all

  • 5
    19 June 2016

    Lovely whisky looking forward to getting another bottle

  • 2
    1 December 2015

    I'm a fan of Ardbeg but not this release. None of the mouth-coating joy I expect from a bottle of scotch at this price. Honestly to me it tastes like the 10-yr with a bit of young single grain added to it. I might barely give 3 stars but will only give it two because of the failed expectations promised by a limited release. It just doesn't deliver a memorable dram.

  • 5
    13 October 2015

    so good its unreal

  • 3
    25 June 2015

    Hmm... young, dry, salty and ashy. I thing Ardbeg special bottlings have reached the tipping point: this is not worth of high price tag anymore. A good malt, but not good enough. I really liked the Auriverdes, but this one reminds me lot of Bunnahabhain Ceobanach, except Ceobanach is little better.

  • 5
    12 June 2015

    A good one! Nice balance and development.

  • 5
    9 June 2015

    One of the best new releases

  • 4
    5 June 2015

    Ripe fruit, sweat, medicinal hint, along with plenty of the Ardbeg smoke and long peat finish . Good stuff.