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Overall rating
89.22/100
votes
12
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice
Vintage
1975
Bottled
1997
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Label
Map Label
Bottle code
IG/CDJ
Barcode
5020613147423
Added on
28 Aug 2010 4:21 pm

Average value

€ 918,41

2 × in wishlist

12 × member ratings

21 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1975 GM

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.22 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2019] Superbowl LIII tonight - and no Superbowl match without an old Ardbeg in my glass. This time I selected this unusual low-scored 1975 Gordon&MacPhail release which is mainly due to two very low rates by Polish friends. I have to check this, for sure - and so I did a deep dig in my cellar and retrieved a bottle that I bought for 50 Euro (98 Deutschmark) back in August 1998.

    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).
    • Nose
      92 92
      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!
    • Taste
      90 90
      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.
    • Finish
      91 91
      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.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tonight I compare two Ardbegs, from two different eras, but the same age of maturation. A very interesting experiment. Both Ardbegs are delicious, but completely different. The modern Ardbeg has dominant bourbon cask notes, while the 70’s distillate has very subtle cask influence, slightly grassy even. It’s impossible to compare them really, since they are so different. I prefer the distillate driven subtlety of older style malts in general, but the modern Ardbeg is very well balanced and undeniably a great malt. This side by side showcases exactly the trend of the industry currently, and in this case the modern malt wins out. A good reminder that although a different style, great malts are still being made. Thanks to my friends for the samples!

    Ardbeg 22 1993-2016 55.3% (Cadenhead) bourbon hogshead

    Nose: (93) Smoked vanilla bean ice cream, tarragon, luxardo cherries and big bourbon notes, pecans, brown sugar, iodine, new leather, menthol.

    Palate: (92) sweet and creamy, iodine and cherry lozenges, Black licorice, menthol, rich mouthfeel, decadent and easy drinking for the abv. Well balanced.

    Finish: (89) Iodine, dark sweet cherries, bbq meats - brisket bark, quite sweet and the cask starts to dominate. Black tea tannins.

    91/100

    Ardbeg 22 1975-1997 40% (G&M)

    Nose: (92) Sweet Peat, grassy, more on the medicinal side, gauze, old herbal medicines, toasted bread, fennel, licorice, mint, green peppercorns, vanilla bean, crushed rocks and a mineral chalky note. Great nose

    Palate: (89) Lemon butter and scallops, a sprig of tarragon, spearmint, requires some work in the mouth, you must chew it for at least 30 seconds to pull all the flavours out. It’s very tasty, but thin.

    Finish: (88) Spearmint, vanilla bean, tar, asphalt, lemon zest, fennel and fresh herbs. Short but pleasant.

    90/100

  3. MaltMartin scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Dirk and Greg are right. Forget those low scores, this Ardbeg is very good and quite punchy for its 40% ABV.
    • Nose
      The nose starts with hints of earthy peat and some burnt wood. Cigar boxes. I even detect some meaty notes at the background (more common with Mortlach). Not the expected lemon and lime in connection with sweet peat.
    • Taste
      Now more on sappy oak with a peaty edge. Anchovies and kipper sea-shells. Brown seaweeds, smoked oysters and salmon on a barbecue. Brimstone. But also oaky notes of sandalwood. Sultanas and toasted almonds as well.
    • Finish
      Quite long. Iodine and kelp. A little pine and mint at the end.

  4. lincolnimp did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    How can 2 members score this 25 points and everyone else score it 87-93 points, what is the beef with this bottle?
    If you are going to score a whisky so low there really needs to be a written note to justify it, what is wrong with this whisky in your view etc?
    We have discussed on the forum how artificially high scores have an adverse effect on the total score, it is no different with artificially low ones, perhaps you guys had a spoiled bottle or sample.

  5. Menko scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A realy nice whisky. I've had the privilege to drink a glass at the best whisky bar in Holland: 'het Kompas' and bought a bottle as soon as I had the chance.   
    • Nose
      Smells like a typical Ardbeg.
    • Taste
      Brilliant! The age smoothed out the sharp edges and left a very interesting and complex tase 
    • Finish
      The taste stays....For a long time....

      Could have done with some more alcohol, 40% is  a bit on the save side, but absolutely worth while!!

  6. Przemyslaw Kopanczyk scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    http://www.worldwhiskybase.com/a/49-ardbeg/827-ardbeg-1975-1997-gordon-macphail-connoisseurs-choice-40.html
    • Nose
      8,7 Delikatnie dymna z nutą kawy, pomarańczy, miodu oraz ziela angielskiego z akcentem lasu iglastego.
    • Taste
      8,8 Lekko ostra z nutami śliwki, cytryny, toffi, ziela angielskiego, soli morskiej oraz białego pieprzu.
    • Finish
      8,7 Długi, rozgrzewający z odrobiną wanilii, goździka, czarnego pierzu oraz wędzonego mięsa.

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