Ardbeg 1974 RWD

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
R. W. Duthie & Co. (RWD)
Sherry Wood
Number of bottles
59.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
Samaroli, Brescia
Italy Italy
Added on
03 dec 2009 12:54 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 7957.27

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1974 RWD

10 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.23 points.

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Thankfully the palate was better than the nose and this is only 9 years old and there is plenty of cask influence.
    Nice stuff but nothing special in normal terms but when you consider this is only 9 years old that puts it into perspective in a positive way.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Like a farmyard, hay, manure ( a little like old Brora OB 1st-4th release) , peat, salty brine, a little honeycomb, warm biscuits fresh out the oven, but there it is the unmistakable Ardbeg sweaty cheese smell that spoils things and then it goes to sweaty socks.
      Being honest the nose does improve with air and is perfectly acceptable, even to me (not an Ardbeg fan)

      Shame it was going so well, never mind
    • Taste
      93 93
      Neat, it is sweet at first with a load of grapefruit, honey and then a slight salty note. My first thoughts are that at 59% this is easily drinkable.
      Hints of lemon follow, it then gets ashy and the peat gets very intense with a nice sherbet fizz and hints of nectarine
      With water it gets very creamy and the fruit increases on lemon sherbet.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Good length, remaining fruity and vibrant

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  3. Ardbeg1 scored this whisky 95 points Specialist


  4. Maltkanzlei scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Unlikely to be more powerful, but also sweet and fruity like an Ardbeg should be. Unfortunately, I only had a 2cl sample and would not like to score even higher for this short pleasure. But I could also imagine ratings of 92/93 points.

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful pure brutal Ardbeg, I found the 15y a bit more subtle as expected but both are wonderful expressions.

  6. kimmosuo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The Whisky Show Old & Rare Glasgow 23 - 24 February 2019
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I thought this was funny regarding what Angus MacRaild, said about this bottle:-
    `The most grisly, intense, fatty and peppery manifestation of peat you can imagine.
    Makes Octomore taste like Speyburn with a limp!`

  8. tebond968 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg 9y 1974, 59%, Samaroli, 2400 bottles - Islay - 94/100
    Perhaps the most powerful nose I have ever seen! One that will cut your legs under your body. Fortunately, I was sitting. If the first alcohol and sharp peat (and even freshly laid asphalt) is pulled away, you get smoke and charcoal. Typical barbeque conditions. But that does not stop there. The nose is gradually sweeter and fruity (apple?) And after that, balsamic vinegar also comes through. Complex, but especially impressively powerful. The same can be said of the taste. It is characterized on the one hand by lots of peat and smoke, but on the other hand it is also quite sweet, with vanilla and liquorice. It is a bottling at 59%, so it may sound a bit awkward to call this a stiff whisky, but it is still so and not so much because of the alcohol percentage, but because of the incredible intensity and strength. And then we have not had the aftertaste ... long, I mean very long, smoky ... blissful! Yes wadde, this is really a whisky bomb. Great whisky as it is no longer being made, resulting in a deserved 94 points. And then the best was still to come ...
    And this was the 18-year-old Bowmore from the Bucket, euh Bouquet series. According to some who had the honor to taste this whisky before, the best whisky ever. So both Luc Timmermans and Dominiek Bouckaert - two gentlemen who have already drunk one and the other - have scored this Bowmore just 100/100. Let us say that my expectations were high ...

  9. ASWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    the whole species is reminiscent of the new Bruichladdichs
    the implementation is only much better
    He looks young and powerful with a nice fresh sweet mouth
    and a good mature finish
    very nice to drink

    yes! I'm in heaven
    • Nose
      boiled pear, cereal, a flasback at WilliamsChrist pears Brand
      spicy in the background, cinnamon
      altogether very bright notes
    • Taste
      bright fresh smoke, some peat
    • Finish
      cooling smoke
      a lot of natural chocolate
      sweet hot apple

  10. P.A.O.K.you_are did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Ardbeg 1974/1983 (59%, Duthie for Samaroli, 2400 bottles, sherry)
    This is another ‘revisitation’ – we first wrote notes in 2005 - so
    we’ll be quick. Colour: dark gold. Nose: pungent, earthy, almost brutal.
    Barley and ashes. With water: not much changes. The years in glass do
    not seem to have tamed it. An unforgiving whisky. Mouth (neat):
    extremely rich, sharp, almost violent. It’s not easy to enjoy this
    wrestler without water. With water: even with water. The barley comes
    out. Rough smokiness. Finish: very long, but it’s the whisky that wins
    in the end. You brute! Comments: the darker side of old Ardbeg.
    Spectacular and excellent, but extremely rough and uncivilised.SGP:457 - 90 points.

  11. Cast Olila scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  12. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      95 95


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