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Overall rating
92.91/100
votes
25
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Special Selection
Vintage
09.10.1975
Bottled
30.07.1989
Stated Age
13 years old
Number of bottles
288
Strength
54.8 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Bottled for
Intertrade Import
Added on
10 Nov 2011 5:01 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1380,00

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12 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1975 GM

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.91 points

  1. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Very good old style ardbeg close in profile to the sestante versions

  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

    Trying this again I think it is a solid 90 points now so up a point from previous tasting

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Now it is time to punch my taste buds about with some teenagers on steroids of the peat variety from Islay, Island & Highlands, all cask strength., 12-15 years so no oldies. 

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/69185/ledaig-1973-ses 

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/68656/glen-garioch-1975-rwd 

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/17666/caol-ila-15-year-old 

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/27001/ardbeg-1975-gm 

    Serge likes all these and rates the Ardbeg and Geerie at 96 %95 points, I actually rate the Ledaig higher than he does, not really the weather for this but what the hell  

    I know the ledaig is excellent but a few drops of water make it even better, worth 94 points. 

    The Geerie on the palate is better than the ledaig but the Ledaig has a slightly better nose. 

    I am expecting the  Caol Ila to be oily after this. The Caol Ila is oily but a tad drying but with water it is better, a class act. 

    Before the Ardbeg I would have them in this order, Glen Garioch, Ledaig, Caol Ila 

    Result 

    Glen Garioch 

    Lediag 

    Caol Ila  

    Ardbeg 

     

    This is provisional but I need to taste the ledaig again to make sure it in front of the CI and Ardbeg. 

    Tasted the Ledaig again and to be honest I am splitting hairs between the Glen Garioch and Ledaig but the Garioch just noses it but both are brilliant whiskies. The Caol Ila is a solid 3rd and a quality dram, the Ardbeg brings up the rear because it is lighter and not as full bodied plus has less character than the other 3. 

    All are fine whiskies but the Garioch and Ledaig were noticeably better that the CI and Ardbeg still the Ardbeg is worthy of 88-89 points so there are no duffers here. 

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Better with a little water.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Perhaps some water will elevate this a little?

    The nose is a little sharper than when neat but the palate is much sweeter and actually much better, everything is nicely balanced.

    Takes a little time but quite good after all.
    • Nose
      This is quite medicinal and light, to be honest the nose is closed and a distant.

      Lemon drizzle cake, light peat, hint of vanilla, candle wax and ah yes the spoiler, the Ardbeg cheese note but it is not as bad as other Ardbegs I have had.
    • Taste
      Kappow, that is well peaty mixing with some cake and cream notes but there is also some cardboardy bitterness that spoils things a little.

      Starts to get creamy and the peat just numbs the tongue but there is some nice sherbet lemon fizz but it is a little one dimensional in parts but the sweet peat is very good indeed, the jury is out at the moment.
    • Finish
      Good length, very lively and getting a little sweet

  7. japanfan scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    WF: close to perfection. 96 pts

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