Overall rating
Single Malt
van Wees (vW)
Bottling serie
The Ultimate - Rare Reserve
Stated Age
37 years old
Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
52.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
04 Jan 2012 10:06 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 853.50

17 × in wishlist

40 × member ratings

52 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ayrshire 1974 vW

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.68 points

  1. dr.mad scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    a bottle where I had a lot of expectations, but these are not fulfilled
    • Nose
      85 85
      the smell is somewhat reminiscent of Rye whisky. an undertone indicates a great amount of age
    • Taste
      82 82
      nice vanilla notes that slowly fade and then the wood comes.
    • Finish
      80 80
      yes that taste that lingers reminiscent of licorice

  2. JohnGlen1961 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  3. Allandale scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    An old lady, but very good. Not to oaky. Complex.
    • Nose
      Aged wood,but not to much. Bananas,coconut, lots of vanilla,but also apple pie, white chocolate, some sweet oak. Complex.
    • Taste
      Sweet, nice sweet like a indeed pina colada, also again bananas, coconut, cinnamon, at the end some peppery. Added water: more vanilla. Very nice. Almost perfect.
    • Finish
      Middellong very fruity and fresh.

  4. UsquebaughNL scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Ladyburn 37 yo 1974/2011 'Rare Ayrshire' (52.1%, Van Wees, The Ultimate, bourbon, cask #2604, 155 bottles) We’re approaching our 10th Ladyburn, hurray! (hold your horses, S.) Sadly I can't remember if Ladybrun was triple distilled or not. Colour: gold. Nose: cask-aged pina colada, more or less. So bananas and coconut, then rather a lot of vanilla, meringue, apple pie and white chocolate. Also touches of sweet oak as such, but it’s not planky at all. In a way, it’s well the Auchentoshan with more age, and possibly from a slightly more active bourbon barrel. With water: it’s really amazing how close to the Auchentoshan we got, this one has just got more vanilla. Maybe melons and peaches as well. Mouth (neat): very same profile, that is to say that of some ‘cask strength’ pina colada. Bananas and coconut plus a little cinnamon and white pepper from the oak, but even after 37 years, it did not get too oaky. There’s quite a lot of vanilla, though. With water: perfect. Jelly babies all over the place plus sponge cake and just touches of oak spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Only very minor flaw, it’s maybe a little lactic, kind of. Must be the American oak. Finish: not that long but very fruity. More a fruit salad than sweets this time. Comments: typical Lowlands style, with an amazing freshness after all these years. Some very good wood must have been involved at some point. But will this be the last Ladyburn we’ll ever try? Could well be, sob sob sob…SGP:641 - 87 points.


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