Ardbeg 1974

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Calculated age
32 years old
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
53.9 % Vol.
700 ml
be Belgium
Added on
13 jan 2008 2:48 pm
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 3293.40

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60 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1974

6 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.34 points.

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Superb Ardbeg. Unparalleled complexity. A powerful and temperamental dram.
    A huge crush. 94.5
    • Nose
      95 95
      No god, what a nose.
      A good hot brioche straight out of the oven, some butter. A little breadcrumbs, also hot.
      Mandarin, yuzu, lime. A certain type of exoticism. Hot pineapple in syrup, passion fruit.
      All-flowered honey, creamy and white, almonds.
      Embrun, a nice sea breeze. Light bandage, camphor, licorice. Salted butter caramel which is accentuated with aeration.
    • Taste
      95 95
      In the mouth it is an explosion of fruit.
      Passion fruit, orange, clementine, pineapple, dried apricot, yuzu, pomegranate, currant. Yum. Creamy honey
      We add a creamy and light peat, a little cold ash, tobacco, smoke.
      And a big dose of medicinal, on camphor, tiger balm.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long and sweet finish on exotic fruits, citrus fruits, cold and creamy ash, smoke, tobacco, camphor.

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    Powerful with good balance between sweetness and peatiness, little fruitiness - fantastic!
    • Nose
      94 94
      Intense, yellow fruits, peach, lemon, vanilla, honey, little floral, seabreeze, iodine, fine peat and smoke, whiffs of cigar ashes and soot - great!
    • Taste
      95 95
      Punchy, subtle sweetness, quite a fruity note, vanilla, more honey, little peaty and smoky, little citrusy, cigar tobacco, little herbal - excellent!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, warm, spicy, herbal, not drying

  3. Volanne scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Fresh almond milk, camphor, putty, and a dash of sweetened lemon juice. Perhaps not that much complex, but I do like this style!
    • Nose
      Starts quite powerfull on medical gauze and iodine solution. Then gets much gentler, with these terrific notes of sweet almond milk soap (without the soapy side :) ) that I've already enjoyed in quite a few old Ardbeg glories (1967 pale oloroso, someone?). So classy and tantalizing!
    • Taste
      Camphor, almond milk (marzipan?), and gentle iodine is the perfect match for Ardbegs, if you ask me. Just add a hint of lightly sweetened lemon juice, perhaps a little putty, and you get the picture. No need for anything else.
    • Finish
      Long and tasty, sustained by the nice medicinal peat.

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Citrusy, peppery, medicinal peat, super punchy, excellent

  5. Przemyslaw Kopanczyk scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior
    • Nose
      9,2 Dość mocno torfowa oraz medyczna z nutą cytryny, soli morskiej oraz kobiecych perfum.
    • Taste
      9,1 Mocno torfowa z nutą pomarańczy, imbiru oraz liścia laurowego z odrobiną wędzonych ryb.
    • Finish
      9,2 Długi, torfowy z nutami cytryny, wanilii, tabaki, soli morskiej oraz białego pieprzu.

  6. magic_slim scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Oh my god! These old Ardbegs are absolutely terrific - like a multiple orgasm ...
    • Nose
      Powerful and slightly tingling. The peaty and lemony flavors that are so typical for old Ardbegs are dominating. Medicinal notes and camphor are strong as well.
    • Taste
      Bold, rich 'n' peaty. Oaky, peppery liquorice notes are coming up. Perfectly balanced. I love it.
    • Finish
      Very long, warming and satisfying. The peat lingers on and on and on ... until next year.


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