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Overall rating
94.62/100
votes
94
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
27.10.1972
Bottled
05.05.2003
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Oak cask
Casknumber
2782
Number of bottles
246
Strength
49.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
13 Jan 2008 2:48 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 6100,00

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1972

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.62 points

  1. 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.

    http://whiskyfacile.com/2012/01/26/ardbeg-19722003-ob-for-velier-499/

  2. 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).

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points Moderator

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

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points 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.

  5. Przemyslaw Kopanczyk scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    http://www.worldwhiskybase.com/a/49-ardbeg/135-ardbeg-1972-2782-30-year-old-49-90.html
    • Nose
      9,4 Mocno torfowa, medyczna z nuta pomarańczy, jęczmienia, owoców morza i soli morskiej z akcentem miodu.
    • Taste
      9,4 Słodka, dymna oraz medyczna z nutami cytryny, imbiru, białego pieprzu oraz soli morskiej.
    • Finish
      9,5 Bardzo długi, dość słodki oraz medyczny z nutą goździka, tytoniu, pomarańczy oraz soli.

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

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

  7. 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! https://whisky2010.usukeba.com/u/whisky2010/1fyharsdm25922

  8. 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!!

  9. 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

  10. AmbG_Grant scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

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

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