Overall rating
Single Malt
Kingsbury (Kb)
Bottling serie
Celtic Series
Stated Age
26 years old
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
20 Feb 2008 3:34 pm
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 8264.21

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36 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1974 Kb

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.89 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2016]  A good friend of mine called this Ardbeg "the ultimate beast".  Another described the initial taste as "licking a freshly tarred road"...

    I simply say this is one of the most complex and flabbergasting Ardbegs I ever came across.  The nose alone is worth dying for ... you will remember it for the rest of your life.  And the palate does not stand back to this - it is all in there that we love in our best Islay drams: sweetness, maltiness, iodine, tar, seaweed and literally hundreds of additional, hard to describe flavours.  It is like a trip into promising but unknown territories - ALWAYS SURPRISING, STUNNING, AMAZING - you name it...

    PS:  When I bought this bottle no. 44 the price was very okayish - around 230 Eurobucks back in December 2000. But even today's unreasonable price is more than justified compared to most of all the expensive crap that is sold nowadays...
    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      95 95

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Yes, I'm in heaven

    never again a boring sherry whisky!
    • Nose
      after pouring without movement

      Cowshed / white pepper

      a while later with exercise

      oily Ardbeg smoke / smoking wood ash

      Lemon flower Pepper spray on warm sweet cow dung

      Tobacco, camphor and iodine

      and all over again, but sweetish
    • Taste
      nice soft and cool start


      Lemon-cold ash

      sweet bright caramel

      Gauze bandage soaked in iodine

      Menthol very cool notes

      Only in the throat does he begin to smoke and to warm

      Your tongue will be sweet and warm

      the smoke caresses your palate

      sweet tobacco smoke
    • Finish
      soo long

      constantly changing notes

      from smoky to soft

      from sweet to sour

      bitter herbs on sweet caramel

      the perfect smoke on the palate and on the tongue

      sweet lemon aroma pervades the smoke

      a bream on the grill

      with lemon juice you drizzle her soft juicy meat

      Herbs and fruity oil in the smoke

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

    A great fruitiness that is not totally overpowered by peat and smoke - perfect balance - for sure in the same league like the best original bottlings such as the cask 2395 - fantastic!
    • Nose
      96 96
      Very fruity, mango, apples, apricots, just reluctant peat and smoke, but clear hints of a bonfire, honey, little sea breeze, also little fragrant, whiffs of smoked ham and bacon - great!
    • Taste
      97 97
      Oily, creamy, sirupy, good sweetness, more punchy now and more peat and smoke, bonfires, very fruity, tropical fruits, little vanilla, spices, also a bit herbs - superb!
    • Finish
      95 95
      Medium long, warm, fruity, good balance of a slight bitterness and sweetness - very good!

  4. Jim_my_whisky did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    From Whiskyfun,

    Ardbeg 26 yo 1974/2000 (50%, Kingsbury, 278 bottles) Colour: straw. Nose: ‘a peat blast’ as they say. Very smoky, ashy… Lots of coal, matchsticks, garden bonfire… And then it’s camphor, turpentine, creosote, tar, eucalyptus… Fantastic. And citron, lemonade, grapefruit. Magic, and what a perfect balance. Mouth: superb attack, clean, lemony, peaty, nougatty… Camphory, coastal, crystallized lemon, tar… And a huge smokiness. State of the art, with a long clean pure finish. What’s more, it’s highly drinkable. Perfection by Kingsbury - again. 95 points. (thanks to Bert)

  5. Jazzhawk scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Sensational arber with the well-known aromas in highest intensity, a grandiose bottling
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  6. nallacam scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
      Massive and full, petroleum, grease, auto repair shop, old jerry can, charred rubber, overheated engine, cinnamon, dried green waste, mineral, docks, seaweed, ripe mirabelle, overripe stone fruit, flint ... wonderful nose!
    • Taste
      92 92
      Smoke spreads in the mouth, nice oily, cold campfire, the fruit is in the background, sweet and creamy, very pleasant mouthfeel
    • Finish
      91 91
      Lingering, elegant, no bitterness, light ash taste spreads, sounds slow and pleasant .... great cinema!

  7. Rubber scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. ALouis scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Color :

    Nose :
    A typical 70s Ardbeg, on a peat present but not
    dominant, on cold ash and tar, with a characteristic
    seafaring on algae, oysters and coaltar and for
    finish some citrus, lemon and grapefruit and slight notes
    sweet, honey and nougat. Superb.

    Mouth :
    Very elegant, on a fine and chiselled peat, the citrus, the
    zest of lemon, iodine and pastry notes of lemon pie

    Endless final
    on a superb invasive but delicate peat.


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