Ardbeg Kelpie

70cl / 46%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Ardbeg Kelpie
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The 2017 release for Ardbeg Day is Kelpie. A combination whiskies aged in virgin Black-Sea oak casks and bourbon barrels, this is rich and intense with notes of pepper, treacle toffee, Turkish coffee, dark chocolate and smoky bacon.
Distillery Bottling
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  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • White Pepper White Pepper
  • Clove Clove
  • Peach Peach
  • Dark Chocolate Dark Chocolate
  • Toffee Toffee
  • Meat Meat

Ardbeg Kelpie Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Colour: Burnished gold.

    Aroma: A wonderful, intense, ‘dancing’ nose, with lots of different, intertwined aromas – powerful, oily peat, dark chocolate, smoked fish, hints of seaweed, and a curious, sharp herbal note. Waves of spicy black pepper. A splash of water brings forth some classic Ardbeg notes, such as creamy coffee, smoked fudge and pine resin.  Even some hints of smoked coconut.

    Taste:  A peppery mouthfeel is followed by a crescendo of rich flavours.  Treacle toffee, Turkish coffee, smoky bacon and lots of dark, dark chocolate.  A curious burst of peachy, estery fruit, hickory wood, clove oil and a suggestion of black olives.

    Finish: Seemingly lasting forever, with deep, deep, almost subterranean flavours of clove, tar, and rich toffee.

8 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    20 January

    This is a fantastic whiskey. It's very smooth with no burn or need for ice to open it up. There's a lovely smoked salami aftertaste. Greg, you contradict your review. You give it 79/100 on your blog, yet 2/5 here, which equates to 40/100.

  • 5
    16 October 2017

    A magnificent smoke show of a whiskey. A real classic, buy whilst you can... this and the 21 are the best Ardbegs in decades. Wonderful stuff!

  • 5
    11 October 2017

    Peppery, oily smoke, intense but not as knock your socks off as the Corry. Not as much peat at the 10 but still very interesting. I'm so glad I bought it!

  • 5
    11 July 2017

    Tasting notes cover it but I will say it's nice not to have any hint of Sherry in my whisky.

  • 5
    6 July 2017

    Ardbeg is my favorite distillery. The 10 yr is a solid, go-to dram. The Oogie has richness and great balance. The Corry has an explosion of flavors that some think is too much but I love. With all that in mind, I thought the Kelpie would be tame and uninteresting. To my surprise, I took my first sip and fell in love. The Kelpie reminds me of my childhood in Oregon, starting with a buttery, almost lemon zest flavor that swells into a salty, briny salmon flavor with a finish of smooth smoke. I love it. And yes, it does pair very well with seafood.

  • 5
    28 June 2017

    Overall, it's a great Ardbeg but with some interesting subtleties. This does taste "different" from the other ardbeg line ups but exactly how is difficult to really describe. The maritime notes are undoubtedly more pronounced and by virtue the peat is less relevant. A really good example of how small shifts in production greatly change the profile. A must have for Ardbeg fans.

  • 2
    16 June 2017

    Save your money rather for a Uigeadail ! (sorry, Brent, I completely disagree with you)....It's a disappointing edition imho, overpriced & overpraised, unbalanced & wood technology driven...I've reviewed it in my website: ( & rated it 79/100

  • 5
    7 June 2017

    Great release! Got this one, could not get my hands on the committee release. When I first opened it up, VERY intense. Less peat smoke than TEN but more smokey like on the palate. Quite spicy white pepper but fades nicely to Deep oily dark cocoa. Medium viscosity. After 24 hours had another dram and it was more divine. Made me craving a nice espresso. After one week, just had another dram and all I want is another bottle. Better than uigeadail. Don't remember Corryvreckan. I'm sure I stand alone with these. A must for an Ardbeggian.