Ardbeg 1972

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
30 years old
Oak cask
Number of bottles
49.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
V.E.L.I.E.R Italy
Italy Italy
Added on
13 jan 2008 2:48 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 8528.37

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1972

15 users have left 16 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.54 points.

  1. prz22 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Royal, elegant, classical, magnificent Ardbeg!!
    Must have for any Islay fan..
    • Nose
      97 97
      Truly magnificent: Kiwi, Lemon, Sea Salt, Grand Cru Smokiness, herbs, grass, teas, multilayered peaty sweetness, some minerals, chardonnay wine, flower's dust in fresh spring garden, old leather, oak trees, amazing...
    • Taste
      98 98
      incredibly balanced.. everything what nose promised and more: salty tobacco, kiwi nuts, vanilla stones, dusty books, oily leather, creamy, smoothness, fresh, perfect!!
    • Finish
      97 97
      Long, evolving, developing as seperate layers, smoke, oak wood fireplace, sweet warmth, 30 years of smart, well done oak maturation felt on tongue, throat.. beautiful!!

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  3. Glenbalvallan scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Tasted with kundalini

  4. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    One of the best Ardbegs I've ever tasted. Definitely better than the 1975 Christmas bottle, as I find this one a touch more tropical - almost as good as the 1976
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    A top draw whisky, excellent
    • Nose
      93 93
      Classic Ardbeg I suppose, the crisp peat is mixed with with white fruits, seaweed, brine with a touch of garage workshop about it :)
      Seems to grow in strength.
      Very simple and very effective
    • Taste
      94 94
      Crisp and clean peat with a dirty oily side, stewed apple, a little lemon and then a wave of peat washes over your tongue but not aggressively, just perfectly weighted.
      Gets a little creamy but the fruit is stating to dominate and it is top draw
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long, lingering on peat and apple with some lime and lemon

  6. lyndondd428 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    N: to welcome us there is a clear but refined smoking by 30 years of aging, immediately integrated and soon overshadowed by a dense range of aromas. Let's try to go in order: the marine world is all there, between iodine notes and dried algae, and next to this a very slight peat. Then, pure delirium, the universe of the world: sweet almond, vanilla (the noumena of vanilla, a ur-vanilla!), Fresh coconut, cider / apple juice, ripe kiwi; Meringue. Orange marmalade; creamy (lemon cream, prepared for cakes). Then there is also a vegetal, herbaceous side, even if with flushes: licorice, anise; tea leaves. Closing your eyes, it seems to enter a pastry shop; then close them again and it feels like being by the sea; close them again and stand in front of a fireplace ... Total experience. You never feel the need to add water, we think about the weather and the air to keep this whisky in constant evolution.

    P: WOW! Never tasted such a thing. Of great consistency with respect to the nose: we are not repeating what is written on the nose, but the range of sweet flavors (still among almond, vanilla, orange marmalade, tropical fruit) affects the tongue in flames, while the general sensation on the palate is of a truly amazing salted smoking. This intensity is perhaps the only deviation from the nose, which foreshadowed a less marked smoke: it is precisely the intensity of the smoking that strikes after 30 years in cask ...

    F: never stops, a long ending until the next day ... Infinite and powerful. Ash, peat, extinguished fireplace. Tips, here and there, of mint and lemon. A little salt. Bitter orange juice.

    The summary of all the words spent so far is: spectacular. The opportunities to taste whisky of this quality and this age are physiologically reducing over time, but we can guarantee that it is worth it. It is a different experience, superior, as well as educationally useful: it helps to move the bar of need upwards and to relocate much of what is usually drunk into a dimension of 'normality'. Everything is harmonious in this whisky: complexity, balance, intensity of aromas ... Everything blends perfectly, it is one and a hundred whisky together.

  7. GLEN MAUR did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting note by Serge Valentin

    Ardbeg 1972/2003 (49.9%, OB for Italy, VELIER, cask #2782, 246 bottles) An old glory that I already tried on Islay at the time but it’s time for a quieter and more thorough tasting. For some reason, part of this batch was shipped back from Italy to the distillery where they used to sell these glorious bottles for as little as £50 (shhhh, just between us, no ‘official’ price). Now it’s worth £1,000+ at the greediest sellers’. Free market, yeah, yeah… Colour: pale gold. Nose: simply a wilder version of the newer DL. The profile is exactly the same, only ‘louder’. Mouth: right, right, it’s all happening on the palate. Once again, the profile is very similar to the DL’s but this official is much bigger, oomphier, more satisfying and, well, punchier. You know that a whisky is great when you become short of descriptors, that is to say when the only descriptor you can come up with is ‘great old Ardbeg’. That’s exactly what’s happening now. Finish: maybe not the longest ever (old sherried Ardbegs may be longer) but totally wonderful. Comments: a breed that’s currently disappearing, that’s why these bottles fetch such high prices at auctions. Somewhat like a dead painter whose prices skyrocket at Sotheby’s or Christie’s, just because everybody knows that there will be no more. Ever. It’s probably the case here. SGP:368 - 95 points (up one point). (and thanks, Angus du Rangen).

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      97 97

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points Photo Moderator

    This Ardbeg is immaculate. For sure one of the best Ardbegs around. Great!
    • Nose
      Fresh and rich citrusy and lemony, of course plenty of peat and smoke and also something medicinal, then ripe tropical fruits like pineapples, green bananas, green apples, little sweetness with oak wood notes
    • Taste
      Punchy and powerful, so clean and straight, oily and liquorice, peaty and smoky, salty and maritime, the citrusy and lemony is back again. Full notes of oak wood.
    • Finish
      Long and very warm - the smoke doesn't go away. The oak wood comes out stronger.

  10. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 2.625 € at Whiskyauction in Jan. 2016

  11. newman346 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg 27 / OCT / 1972-05 / MAY / 2003 OB for VELIER 70cl 49.9% vol. Oak cask # 2782 Bottle No.137 / 246 This is Ardbeg 1972 who strikes me as soon as possible. Besides, on the 72nd day the stone comes out for the first time with a bonus on the day of drinking with BAR! Color: No sign of unexpected Munmun system. Truly? 1972? Nose: Winter construction site tearing down Juwat's nose Attack: It is not a brute force, a pleasing tingling sensation.Pepsi cola has no stickiness. Body: Sharp inside from inside. Taste: Metallic feeling. Concrete feeling is gentle and Schwaszwa carbonate system. With the passage of time Juwat is unable to eat bleeding feeling. It is not bleeding like Caol Ila, it feels blurred. Juwat lemon gish. Finish: Ultri-type thin feeling of the most modest oily everyday. Strong dead leaves feeling of exquisite exquisite. Long time no sake → Bar → Bar night. Northern night starts with B and ends with B!

  12. Rossi99 scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    I think I might know the words, sharp like a blade, mean.....I can feel a blade with musk cut your tongue so smoothly that you cannot feel it until you realize that hurts!!!
    A dram that you will remember in a very good way!!

  13. platice scored this whisky 96 points Member Junior

    WHAT A BEAST!!!!!!!
    extreme Ardbeg... either you like it or you fall in love with.

    stunning finish... the perfect Ardbeg
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      96 96

  14. AmbG_Grant scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      98 98

  15. checkpointuk scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur
    Color: straw yellow
    Nose: Old Style Ardbeg with strong peat flavors. Maritime (sea salt, seaweed and oysters), lemons and creamy sweet malt with honey refined. Now medical notes of iodine and gauze bandages are added. DELICIOUS!
    Taste: Creamy, sweet, smoky-peaty medicine. The sweetness is whirled up right at the beginning by a salty-peppery spice. Then the powerful peat, accompanied by medicinal aromas, gets stronger and stronger. Wonderfully balanced!
    Finish: Very long and very, very peaty.
    Comment: Relatively similar to the 1974 Ardbeg Kingsbury!
    95 points (nose: 94 / taste: 94 / finish: 96)

  16. corbuso scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very clean and light Ardbeg but with extremely strong medicinal and iodine flavours, as well as some lemon. Do not keep it too close from your medicines...

    Very good, but rather extreme. Some will love it, some less....

  17. magic_slim scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Pure old Ardbeg close to perfection.
    • Nose
      Powerful, fresh and very lemony. Camphor and sea spray, apples with lemon juice. Wonderful.
    • Taste
      Warming and clean. Mild peat, lemoncake and fresh white pepper. Lovely.
    • Finish
      Very long, peaty and pleasant. Wow - how tasty this is !


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