To be honest: The two Polish friends must have had a fake bottle (or faked samples) because this is a great old Ardbeg with both a complex and delicious profile. Unfortunately, faking old whiskies has become a serious issue since decades already so please take this into account when reading an unusual low score or bad review...
This whisky is a little under-powered with 40% abv but the strong aromas and flavours profile of the Ardbeg 1975 vintage creates an adorable dram, nonetheless. Maybe the mysterious bottle maturation improved this dram further but finally I do not care - I like it! A perfect dram to watch The Patriots vs. The Rams (which is a battle of the defense lines only - just a mere 3-0 at half time).
The colour is deep gold but this is not relevant because G&M still used caramel to adjust it around the time of its release. The nose offers a delicate and complex old Ardbeg profile that is somewhat weak due to the low abv first but enfolds nicely and grows stronger upon breathing. All the vintage 1975 trademark flavours are there (tarry road, cowhide, hospital...) in a complex and balanced setting - a truly old style Ardbeggan nose, I love it!
The taste is very complex and multi-layered in a harmonic medicinal-maritime-barley sugary profile. This is a dram to chew for minutes and explore all its facets in detail. No flaw or imbalance, it feels a little weakish due to the low abv but the strong flavours compensate for this easily.
The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating without any distracting moments. The finish is long and adds delicate toffee-marzipan and dark chocolatey flavours. There is a minor drying-bitter moment towards the end but this is not distracting at all (I rather like it). As expected water is not needed on this anyhow low-proof dram, it just flattens both nose and taste.