Ardbeg 1974

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Calculated age
30 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
53.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Italy Italy
Added on
13 jan 2008 2:48 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 2743.00

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55 × member ratings

36 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1974

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.60 points.

  1. Proneor scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    A delightful piece of Ardbeg in good old style!
    Nose: Peat smoke, warm and slightly sweet. Further tanned leather, tobacco, aroma of camphor and basil. Lots of sweet tropical fruits, ripe bananas and citrus tones.
    Taste: Oily and slightly creamy. More tropical fruits, sweet mangoes, bananas and ripe pears. Peat, fire smoke, sea salt and a little iodine. Then a lot of oranges, some herbs and spices.
    Finish: very long, slightly bitter at first, oaky. Then comes the sweetness and vanilla. Peat and smoky fit well with rich fruity-banana notes. Amazing whisky.

  2. pere scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Maritime, salt, hansaplast, fruity sweetness, citrus freshness, heather, smoke, peat, seaweed, oil, a hint of creamy toffee, vanilla, a hint of coconut.
    • Taste
      Salty, smoky, peat, powerful, fruity sweetness, iodine, a bit roasted, oak, a hint of menthol.
    • Finish
      Smoke, peat, oak, dry hay, a bit drier, fruity sweetness.

  3. Hornbach scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Peat, smoky leather, apples, orange, a bit of chocolate. Camphor too.
    Taste: Smoky, creamy, quite fruity. Notes of sweet vanilla, banana and apricots. Nice and tender.
    Finish: Rather long. Peaty, fruity. Roasted nuts, some oak. Well balanced. Great!

  4. Tsui1981 scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Fantastic stuff!
    • Nose
      95 95
      A good portion of peat and sweet smoke, citrus and oranges, bananas, some tropical fruits, hints of vanilla, honeydew, salty sea breeze, a bit of medicinal notes - great!
    • Taste
      94 94
      Oily, creamy, sweet, fruity, more tropical fruits and sweet bananas, orange zest. Peat and smoke are strong too. Tobacco, some leather, a bit of salt in the end - very good!
    • Finish
      96 96
      Very impressive. Long, warm, peaty - but still sweet and fruity. Also oaky in a pleasing way, some drying mint and cigar tobacco - absolutely fantastic!

  5. Fyferpj scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    Lots of peat, some medical notes, herbal, chocolate, creamy walnut liquor- very intense and aromatic.
    Rich and smoky, vanilla, thick cream, peaty walnut liquor, sweet banana, creamy and heavy, very delicious.
    Long, minty and peaty, banana cream, roasted walnut. Absolutely great!

  6. detachedblue scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
      Very complex old-style peater, hugely peated, gun powder, huge banana, huge leather, also have sweet tropical hints, creamy, powder of dried herb medicine. Sweet caramel, cigar leaves and toffee, more and more coming through over time.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Not as rich as the nose suggested, very mellow, toffee, cigar leaves, very herbal and drying, farmy peat, a touch of the herb medicine, more underripe mango, banana skin as the backbone.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Bitter and oaky, very minty and tannic, rich espresso.

  7. Przemyslaw Kopanczyk scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior
    • Nose
      9,0 Ostra z nutą cytryny, soli, owoców morza, wędzonego sera oraz dymu torfowego.
    • Taste
      9,1 Dość mocno torfowa, delikatnie medyczna z nutami pomarańczy, soli morskiej oraz ziela angielskiego.
    • Finish
      9,1 Długi, rozgrzewający z odrobiną torfu oraz pomarańczy z akcentem soli morskiej oraz wędzonych ryb.

  8. Furtia scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  9. magic_slim scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Classical elegant and delicate Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      An immediate warming and elegant peatyness, fresh sea breeze, oysters with lemon zest, a little camphor - nice and clean.
    • Taste
      Classical Ardbeg with a light and clean peatyness, decent lemon flavor, mineralic notes plus a little camphor again. Absolutely delicious.
    • Finish
      Long, clean and balanced on peaty and mineralic notes.


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