Ardbeg 1974 Provenance

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
2nd Release
Stated Age
23 years old
Number of bottles
54.7 % Vol.
750 ml
United States United States
Added on
13 dec 2010 10:39 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 5740.49

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1974 Provenance

15 users have left 15 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.13 points.

  1. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
      Vanilla fudge, soft peat, wonderful balance. It's not the freshest or most beautifully aromatic 70's Ardbeg I've had, but it's still great stuff, obviously.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Very layered, wave after wave of ripe fruits and peat, with sea salt and maritime notes predominating after a quick while. Lemon herbal liqueur. Vanilla cream. Quite fudgey, with a very oily texture. This is so balanced, it doesn't even feel 50% ABV. Delicious.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Finishes beautifully.

      A bit underwhelming, to be honest, for a whisky with such provenance. While lovely, it doesn't awe me.

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  3. Gil firth scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Must be one of the best whisky ever to be released.
    Sea breeze! Crabs! Wet rocks! With ripe green apples and sweet bourbon cask notes. Endless finish and thicker body that honey.
    Thank you ardbeg. Thank you.

  4. MaltMartyr scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Sherry, peat balance, dark red fruit, syrupy mouth feel.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Sherry, peat, campfire, honey, anise, citrus, ethanol, orange zest,
    • Taste
      92 92
      Chocolate, peat, anise twig, honey,
    • Finish
      89 89
      citrus, black pepper, dark chocolate, peat, cherry cough syrup.

  5. checkpointuk scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Big big Whisky

  6. checkpointrk scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Exellent !!
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  7. bcrossan scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    Menthol, crisp, mellow peat. Amazing whisky

  8. MaltMinute scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    This is one of those exceptionally rare malts where the quality ALMOST justifies the absurd price. Take the flavour profile of 70s Ardbeg and elevate it to its most perfect form. Certainly the best OB Ardbeg I've ever tried. A truly breathtaking dram.

  9. WhiskyU scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Definitely was a very nice lunch-whisky. Thanks, Pitsch :)

  10. detachedblue scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A great Ardbeg, golden barley peat, very elegant, the mouthfeel is intense.

  11. u485tfu scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Smell: sweet smoky, spicy, honey, cinnamon, somehow Christmassy and strong, dark chocolate, camp fire smoke, because you can smell it only a whole evening.

    Taste: without water, explosive on the tongue and in the nose, like a very young whisky, then warming. The whole mouth is filled with taste. You immediately taste the sweetness of chocolate and the smoke, no cold smoke as often with Caol Ila, but a warm smoke from a campfire, with a light chocolate bitterness. The spice notes that you could smell are no longer so present when tasting. With water, the explosiveness goes away, but there are no essential components added, you taste more bitter, but not too much, all embedded in sweetness and campfire smoke.

    Finish: The flavors are preserved for a long time, the campfire smoke and the dark chocolate tastes even after 30 min.

    Summary: Smell fantastic, taste great, but slight prints for lack of variety and complexity, such as barrel 2395, which for me is the best Ardbeg ever. No doubt but a great, intense, perfectly matured whisky, distilled in the best time of the distillery.

  12. Allandale scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Rich and creamy but dry on the tongue.
    • Nose
      Sea air. Seaweed. Oak, rope, leather .
    • Taste
      Huge flavour development . Malty , toffeeish, sweet, fruity.
    • Finish
      Distinctly sappy, smoky, and very warming. 

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

    This Whisky was sold for 2.455 € at Whiskyauction in March 2016

    and for 1.664 € in Jan. 2015

  14. Furtia scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  15. Sjors scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

     A very expensive, but a recommended Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      Sweet and peaty, with fruits, apple, peach. Some beeswax

      and leather, slightly medicinal tones and spices like nutmeg

      in the background.
    • Taste
      Smoky, peaty and creamy. A bit peppery. Lovely tones of dark

      chocolate, fruits like apple, peach, tangerine and grapefruit.

      And some spices appearing too.
    • Finish
      Very long finish on smoke and peat, with the dark chocolate

      and fruits still melting on the tongue.

  16. Bachess did not rate this whisky Administrator

    Expression: ProvenanceBatch: 2nd ReleaseVintage: 1974Bottled: 19 May, 1998Age: 23ABV: 54.7%Bottle Size: 750mlCask Type: BourbonNumber of Bottles: ~1000Bottle # Range: 401-500, 701-1000, 1401-2000Bottled for: USBox: Wooden Presentation BoxInsert/Booklet: Parchment: 9 April, 1998Front Label: Black; Bottle NumberBack Label: US Government WarningInitial Cost: 595 USDInfo from


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