Overall rating
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
30th Anniversary
Stated Age
44 years old
Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
53.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 Oct 2018 10:47 am by Whisky_Addicted
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 2955.77

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Whisky Reviews for Ayrshire 1974 Rare SV

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.42 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2018] I never ever had any really good Ladyburn so far but when I saw the extraordinary high scores for this super-extraordinary pricey release I could not resist and paid a lot of bucks for a small sample...

    ...and to be honest: I can not comprehend the hype around this completely overpriced dram. Because it is old and it was produced in a long-gone distillery does not make up an excellent dram, automatically. This whisky spent way too long in its cask and hence got very oaky-bitter-astringent. But even without this flaw the underneath profile is by no means comparable to the great old drams of the past (like mid-sixties Bowmore, Laphroaig or Springbank). To state it clearly: As a drinker I would not spent more than 100 (one hundred) Euro on a bottle of such quality - and even that is due to the nice nose only. No, this is not a joke!

    [January, 2019] I re-tasted the second half of my 4cl sample tonight simply to check that my taste buds were not corrupted when I did the first review. The oak is not that strong as it was during the first taste but still it is way too bitter-astringent for my taste buds. This time there is an unpleasant cardboardy-ness (old woods) during all of the still unimpressive finish. Tonight I score this dram three points higher on the taste (the wooden notes are not that dominant anymore) and two points lower on the finish (extremely cardboardy) - but as usual I leave the scores as they were with the first impression.
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a delicate old-stylish profile that is both fruity (bananas) and bready-waxy. A quite unusual combo that is very interesting. After some breathing many more aromas are released what could be expected from such an old gem. It gets more chalky-mineral over time while the fruitiness vanishes. This is a very fine and interesting nose but to be honest: It is not extraordinary (according to my olfactory cells)...
    • Taste
      85 85
      Serge stated "this one should have gotten too oaky ages ago but it's just utterly magnificent". I state "this one got too oaky ages ago, period!" and a good friend adds after he tried it "this tastes like fresh wood shavings that incidentally enter your mouth when cutting trees" (he worked as a lumberjack for several years). Okay, tastes are very different and I acknowledge others find this one excellent (at least they score it that way) - but on my taste buds all the nice flavours are buried underneath tons of heavy (bitter) tannins. Water releases more aromas in the nose but it increases the bitter wooden notes too, unfortunately. I like the neat dram better.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The dram arrives rather unimpressive on the palate with neither a warming nor a coating feeling but loads of bitter-astringent tannins. Hey, this is not enjoyable at all! The finish is of medium length and stays bitter-astringent until the very end. Again I can sense very fine flavours underneath the oak but how can one enjoy these while chewing freshly-cut oak all the time...

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur


    N: A beautiful floral/bready number with particular notes of dill, stock cubes….. Oh you really must try this. Dram of the day/festival on the nose.
    T: Water brings out the teak oils. The rest remains a subjective, emotional experience.
    F: Fruity, tempered liquorice wood, oaky barley and sweet peppery joy. Unusual is it not, to find a positive peppery quality in whisky, and here is a perfect example.
    C: With thanks to Des who poured me my first ever Rare Ayrshire at the first Old & Rare Show [blog]. Now priced at around £1500 I believe [double the price compared to not even two years ago], Des tells me this is Signatory’s last cask from Ladyburn. What a way to go!

    Scores an A

  3. Man of Skye scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    93 points by Serge on october 9th 2018.

  4. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    The nose is really amazing, the malt impressively - but the price is without words.
    The bitterness is still on the knife edge (for me).
    • Nose
      96 96
      Banana, banana skin, light honey, beeswax, pear, papaya, lychee, star fruit, canned pineapple, mango, almonds, marzipan, linseed oil, olive oil, Toblerone, fresh Hefezopf, light white wine, mild rosehip flowers, jasmine, slightly fennel, some dill , a hint of limescale, freshly ground daisy flowers, a bit of nutmeg, minuscule chalky, then more and more freshly pressed apple juice, also the banana becomes more intense - very lively for the age, super beautiful beguiling sniffing nose, great!
    • Taste
      90 90
      incredibly sparkling, fruity, spicy, very intense and lively, the tropical fruits dance on the tongue, the linseed oil is added, the malt sets in motion immense salivation, dark chocolate, nice pepper, nutmeg, fine espresso with mild acidity, the banana, Beeswax, pear come to the front, dill and fennel are very light, delicate bitterness clothes the mouth, more bitter, more salivation, more coffee, more nutmeg
    • Finish
      92 92
      long, very intense, very fruity, very banana-like, very spicy, again with a strong bitter kick (balanced though) - now also a lot of dill and menthol and the linseed oil and a hint of rose petals - all impressions still lively and surprisingly fresh for the age - a great composition - slowly the flavors disappear and it lingers after the bitterness - the banana!

  5. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur


    Fruit salad and fruit pulp at its finest! Mango, papaya, overripe banana, strawberry, kiwi and orange - and else? In hints more traces of fruit, then some nutmeg and old newspaper - that was it; Here we seem to have pure fruit juice in the glass, but of extra fine quality!
    Fruity-spicy and more impulsive than in the nose. The aforementioned fruit composition meets a salty spice, which is underlaid with fresh wood notes. Lively - with a little pepper and salt, the effect of the wood on the finish is more noticeable. Overall, it gets a bit tart, but with typical notes of espresso and a little nut - more than just good!
    Medium to long - fruity, spicy and tart. At 44 years of wood barrel storage, we were set to endless bitterness, but ended pleasantly in a beautiful harmonious-tart fruit cocktail.
    92 points
    N: 92P / G: 93P / F: 92P

  6. checkpointrk scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. dRambo scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Really great nose, in the mouth also very good, unfortunately on the finish clearly too bitter for my taste. Therefore no world class malt as hoped, but only a good malt.

    The PLV is therefore in my opinion, one way or the other insufficient.
    90 KHP
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      84 84


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