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Overall rating
94.00/100
votes
35
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Samaroli (Sa)
Bottling serie
Fragments of Scotland
Vintage
1973
Bottled
1988
Strength
57.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
20 Jun 2011 10:02 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 29210,00

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35 × member ratings

19 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1973 Sa

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.00 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2003]  I had this dram during a MaRa "Islay" tasting at Limburg. 

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 95+.  My notes state an extremely phenolic profile with lots of "old bottle flavours (aceton)".  Its profile is compared best to the legendary Kingsbury 1974 (WB id 1526).  I added the word "Monster-Ardbeg".

  2. 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

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This is very good and a peat heads dream but a little one dimensional for me, personally more fruit would have propelled this to 93 points even 94 but a solid 91 from me.
    Great to try an old wonder like this.
    • Nose
      This has some presence for sure, it is a heavy smell, peat, tar, brine & sherry with some lemon zest thrown in.
      Biscuit, diesel fuel, burning wood smoke with cured ham thrown in.
    • Taste
      Peat driven, the peat is massive exploding on your tongue if you leave it in your mouth long enough.
      If you do the peat subsides and it gets very creamy, what fruit there is (white fruits) is well and truly in the background,
      With a drop of water the fruit is released on sweet apple and lemon but then even more peat and it is a crisp clean type of peat with hints of pineapple cube sweets and a little biscuit,
      On the palate this is a peat smasher, it is peat driven
    • Finish
      Its long and it peaty, nothing else to say.

  4. GLEN MAUR did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting note by Serge Valentin

    (Ardbeg) 1973/1988 (57%, Samaroli ‘Fragments of Scotland, 648 bottles) Colour: sweet white wine. Nose: a bit less complex than the Carato but also smokier. Espresso coffee, apple skin, caramel crème, but little fruit this time. Yet, it’s got the same aromatic profile as the Carato’s. Just beautiful. Mouth: wow, a stunner again! Powerful, bold, nervous… Great vivacity! Some vegetables (turnips?), some white fruits (apples, pears, white peaches), some oysters (Islay’s of course), some pastry, some vanilla crème and lots of spices. Add to that some fabulous notes of roots (gentian, wild carrots…) and you’ll get one of the most complex – and powerful – whiskies I ever had. What a beast! With just a little more subtleness it would have made it to 95 points or above. So, 94 points. (and thanks, Bert).

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2003]  I found this dram in an advents calendar sampled by MaRa. 

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 95.  Unfortunately I did not take any notes.

  6. tebond968 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg 1973/1988, 57%, Samaroli, Fragments of Scotland, 648 bottles
    Very complex nose on peat, fruit (green apples) and herbs. Also minerally and the more and more farmy notes that come to the surface. Stables, wet hay. Brora early 70's style, so I always find a solid added value. Caramel. Seaweed. A completely different profile than I expected, different from the Ardbeg 1974's which I already tasted. Very firm and 'thick' on the tongue. The peat, the herbs, the (white) fruit, you will also find it here. But it does not stop there, a nice saltiness, licorice and some vanilla are added. Everything very concentrated. Blessed after taste, 'coastal' and 'peaty' and as long as a Belgian government formation. Very complex and intense whisky. 94/100 http://onversneden.com/2010/06/10/fulldram-supertasting-2/

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