I had a 2014 ten year just to get my palate used to the taste, I am no Ardbeg fan and still think most Ardbeg are scored too high generally but I will admit there was some quality in the old stuff on show in this tasting. On personal preference, even with these highly rated drams I found it all just a little bit dull at the end and while I scored the 1972 OB 93-94points and a clear winner with the Ardbeggeddon on 92 (would have been higher but for a lack lustre nose which dragged it's score down), the supposed best Ardbeg of all the 1976 was 3rd also on 92 but the Ardbeggeddon had a better taste & finish.
I do these tastings for a reason, apart from my personal enjoyment it sometimes debunks for me the myths of how good some whisky is supposed to be, this is one of those times. The whisky here was good, I am not saying it isn`t but Ardbeg has always been and always will be not as good as everyone else thinks it is in my humble opinion, it does not reach the heights of say 1970's young, peated Glen Garioch or the best Brora, not even close apart from the 72 OB but that is just one man's humble opinion.
As a side issue the 10 year from 2014 could hold it's head up and the Lord of the Isles for the money is rubbish and dull as dishwater, I think I am being generous awarded it 85p.
Tasting order (lowest abv first)
1-Ardbeg 10 year 46% 2014 OB WB ID 67284
2-Ardbeg Lord of the Isles 25 year 2001 46% OB WB ID 14204
3-Ardbeggeddon 1972 Douglas Laing OMC 29 year 48.4% WB ID 5102
4-Ardbeg 1972 30 year cask 2782 49.9% OB WB ID 1295
5-Ardbeg 1973 27 year 50% Douglas Laing OMC 240 bottles WB ID 5581
6- Ardbeg 1974 23 year cask 1045 50.9% Signatory dumpy WB ID 7382
7- Ardbeg 1976 25 year cask 2395 54.9% OB WB ID 1292
1st-Ardbeg 1972 30 year cask 2782
2nd- Ardbeggeddon 1972 Douglas Laing OMC 29 year 48.4%
3rd- Ardbeg 1976 25 year cask 2395 54.9% OB
4th- Ardbeg 1973 27 year 50% Douglas Laing OMC
5th- Ardbeg 1974 23 year cask 1045 50.9% Signatory dumpy
6th- Ardbeg 10 year 46% 2014 OB
7th- Ardbeg Lord of the Isles 25 year 2001 46%