Ardbeg 1974

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Calculated age
31 years old
Number of bottles
51.8 % Vol.
700 ml
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Added on
02 mar 2008 5:02 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 4832.34

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1974

8 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.56 points.

  1. Proneor scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: peaty, slightly earthy. Lots of citrus and orange. A hint of mango, some kind of minerality, and somewhere in the depths kiwi and vanilla appear.
    Taste: Creamy - sweet, as well as peaty. The smoke is not strong, but distinctly distinguishable in taste. Also bananas, orange, some tropical fruits. A hint of caramel and chestnut honey. The oak is smooth, there is a pleasant bitterness.
    Finish: Quite long, with a slight peaty finish, creamy and fruity. Not overtanned, tannins in balance.
    An excellent whisky with a very high quality base. The balance of components is just excellent!

  2. Lemserig scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Classic Ardbeg from the 1970s: fabulous whisky! Excellent balance, very bright aroma, fine and rich taste and a very long finish. A lot of nuances, folded into a beautiful mosaic, requiring attention and perseverance. In fact, it is living history.

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Coastal smoke, candied citrus, canteloupe melon, banana, vanilla, superb fruity Ardbeg.

  4. Cipidos scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    A quite sweet and fruity Ardbeg but very drinkable - great
    • Nose
      92 92
      Peat and smoke, little citrus and lemons, bananas, hints of vanilla, honeydew, whiffs of oak wood, sea breeze, little bonfire - very good
    • Taste
      93 93
      Little punchy, oily, creamy, sweet, fruity, more tropical fruits and bananas, orange juice, of course the peat and smoke kicks in, cigars, tobacco, but always with some fruity in th ebackground - great
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, warm, stille sweet and fruity, hints of old books

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This was the result of a 1972-75 Ardbeg tasting tonight:-

    1 - Ardbeg 1972 29 year 50%, sherry finish, Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask, 432 bottles
    2 – Ardbeg 1974 31 year 51.8% cask 2751 Distillery Bottling
    3 = Ardbeg 1972 28 year 50.1% for Alambic Classic Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask, 234 bottles
    3 = Ardbeg 1973 15 year 57% Samaroli Fragments of Scotland
    4– Ardbeg 1975 13 year Special Selection 54.8% Intertrade Import (G&m)
    5 – Ardbeg 1974 24 year 51.3% casks 656+657 Signatory dumpy bottle

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Quality for sure but one dimensional profile wise, that said it is a nice experience bashing your taste buds about.
    • Nose
      93 93
      This smells like sherry but CTU says bourbon, not sure to be honest but t is dark for a bourbon cask and noses like there is sherry in there so need to check that.
      Unfortunately my nose is not the greatest these days.
      This Ardbeg is more mineral and earthy than a straight peater, there are hints of dark orange breakfast marmalade but more the rind than the conserve, there is obviously peat in there but there is a fair amount of stewed fruit which adds to the balance. I also detect charcoal.
      This is a really good nose, the slight orange note really elevates this one.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The peat is massive and in your face with , like the nose suggested, a mineral note.

      If you add a few drops of water, the edge it taken off the peat initially but don`t be fooled because it returns with a vengeance, mixing with brine, a little lemon and lots of white pepper, the problem is here that the fruit is subdued, this is a straight peater, a one trick pony if you will but there is no denying the quality of the maturation on show here
    • Finish
      91 91
      As long as you would expect from something this old.

  8. ctu scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    What a creamy bourbon matured single cask. Great whisky!
    • Nose
      94 94
      Peat, citruses, salted minerals, spicy oak, camphor, vanilla and honey.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Oily. Citruses, Verbena candies, peat, vanilla and honey. Ginger and white pepper. Oak.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, spicy, creamy.

  9. PWA did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Number of bottles is 141 and not 143


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