Ardbeg 1972 DL

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Old Malt Cask
Stated Age
28 years old
Number of bottles
50.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Alambic Classique
Added on
08 may 2008 10:24 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 2291.11

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63 × member ratings

45 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1972 DL

11 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.05 points.

  1. Whisky Jig scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    A tidepool filled with fresh honey and cold pressed olive oil. Sublime.

  2. NRGCLICK scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Probably the best Ardbeg I've ever had! I had this side by side with the 74 provenance.

  3. chokolin scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Although it is gorgeous, it is fascinating from the moment it passes through the nasal cavity with a generous scent that seems to be wrapped in bewitching.
    Very well balanced
    Low-sour citrus pulp, orange peel, and charred nesting honey.
    Salty peat seems to moisturize herbs such as sage and thyme.

    It is the smooth and mellow side that spreads the mouth with its slow and slow sides.
    It has a gorgeous and refreshing sweetness like watermelon.
    When Pete's saltiness is combined there, you can feel the sweetness and richness soft and stand out.
    Apricot, soft-dried figs melt from the back,
    As if to unravel the whole body before you know it
    A gentle lingering sound was transmitted.

    Sweet smoke is felt through the nose, and thickening is felt at the tip of the tongue, and it is unbearable to spread after taking a breath.
    From the mouth to the tip of the nose, the aroma of orangette and dried yellow peach fruits can be easily removed, and the light acidity of high-quality fruits can be felt.

    It's sophisticated to drink, but
    Over time, it shifts to a soft expression, and the nose goes through, and the lingering sound has a nice nuance.
    The center of gravity goes down and feels weight in places like sweetness, but what remains on the surface of the tongue is a milky taste, and it is also tossed about.

    Between the overlapping tastes, an unknown richness lurked, and I felt a mysterious power that spoiled me from the abdominal cavity to the waist.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      96 96

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    Very good balance, very drinkable and enjoyable - great
    • Nose
      93 93
      Citric, honey, peat, smoke, little bonfire, yellow fruits, sea breeze, iodine, little seaweed - very good
    • Taste
      93 93
      Little punchy, oily, creamy, good sweetness, fruity, honey, more yellow fruits, of course peat and smoke and bonfire - great
    • Finish
      92 92
      Medium long, warm

  5. Vince scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Great old-school Ardbeg with a depth and variety of flavor few modern whiskies can aspire to--maybe a bit too refined/elegant to qualify as legendary?

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Citrusy, herbal, maritime peat, a very subtle and balance ardbeg, excellent

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 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

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This does everything well, kit just lacks a little of everything profile wise to make it a stand out whisky but as Ardbegs go it is a good one.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Lemon, brine, pepper, peat, farmyard smells, hints of honeycomb, ice cream wafer, then a little grapefruit & crab apples (bitter).

      There are hints of sherry and also hints of age, a nice nose.
    • Taste
      91 91
      This is more fruit than peat, the peat is really subtle and it is a basket of stewed white fruits mixed with a little salt neat.
      A few drops of water alter things massively as the peat has been released along with some biscuit notes but not overpowering in any way.
      Well balanced
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long finish remaining peaty but with a nice fruit edge, the finish is the best part.

  9. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Fresh peat, lots of lemon, sea salt, old fishing boat, older tin box - without thinking, just by nosing, I thought this was one of those wonderfully austere Port Ellens! The taste is absolutely beautiful ... still not much fruit other than unriped citrus, also a bit of creamy vanilla, and continuation of everything found in the nose. No surprises, and that's a good thing! Soft, a bit peppery, very balanced, and a perfect ABV. The 50.1% also makes this very easy to find on whiskybase!

  10. tomy63 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    pale gold color, very maritime nose, seaweeds, oyster shell, iodine, peat quite medicinal and slightly rubbery. Mouth very salty and maritime too, dry, lemon, mineral, quite austere, we find the peat medicinal, beautiful scale, the 50% pass alone. Final very long, very salty, ash notes. An interesting Ardbeg, with a medicinal side to the Laphie, iodized at the Talisker, but it lacks a bit of greed to be perfect.

  11. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 1.410 € at Whiskyauction in Aug. 2015

    and for 893 € in Jan. 2015

  12. ALouis scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Color :

    Nose :
    Superb Ardbeg, a peat on tar, a good dose of lemon,
    a bunch of seafood, oyster, seaweed and iodine then some
    almonds in the background.

    A nice minerality
    come up the whole thing.

    With the petition he
    becomes a little more fruity.

    Mouth :
    We find the same ingredients, with elegance
    extra in the mouth, everything is perfectly melted and balanced.

    Peat on the
    tar is present, lemon, almonds, seaweeds,
    oysters, the coaltar and superb mineral notes.

    Endless final
    on peat, lemon juice and minerality.


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