Ardbeg 1973 DL

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
The Old Malt Cask
Stated Age
27 years old
L 2919
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 oct 2008 6:39 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1440.00

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71 × member ratings

53 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1973 DL

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.57 points.

  1. checkpointrk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

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

    Very fine and balanced - great!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Peaty, smoky, something leathery and dirty but good, hints of vanilla, and lemony - very good
    • Taste
      94 94
      Oily, creamy, fine peat and smoke, some smoked fish, seaweed, iodine, medicinal, herbal - great
    • Finish
      92 92
      Medium long, warm

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Brilliant typical 70s ardbeg with a perfect balance, excellent

  4. megabreit scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      93 93
      smoky, maritime, caramel, slight hints of beeswax
    • Taste
      91 91
      Espresso beans, caramel, dark cherries in chocolate, charcoal fire
    • Finish
      93 93
      long and glowing, slight bittern notes mingle with the chocolate sweetness, everything is taken away by a cloud of iodine containing smoke

  5. Teresa scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. Archer scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A great whisky with an ingenious nose and equally exciting palate and finish. The 50% are incredibly mild. An absolute nose and palate flatterer.
    wlk 19-5
    • Nose
      93 93
      A fruit compote with a subtle smoky note - red apple, ripe pears, crushed banana, a splash of lemon. Ashen, dry. The smoke then becomes more intense and clearer over time, bringing with it salt, phenol, warm tar paper and wattiness. Slightly herbaceous with thyme, rosemary, and juniper berries. Nutmeg. Now next to the fruits from the beginning also smoked orange slices. Grapefruit. Very appealing nose with a great fruit-smoke-mix.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Mild, but very spicy and smoky on the tongue. Fascinating, at the age. Tart wood, salmiac pastilles. Warm tar, sea salt, warm sand on a summer's day by the sea, Hansaplast. If you take a nose again after a sip, the smoky note will only be stronger. A touch of lavender. Banana sauce, pineapple juice. Nougat chocolate and espresso beans, mild herbs, sugar beet syrup and honey. Malt. Sweet, salty and tangy at the same time.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long and slightly dry. Smoky with light fruits, herbs, some licorice, malt and cafe au lait.

  7. Noface83 scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    Yes, that's a big movie whose strength lies in the nose. You want to smell it forever - but fortunately it tastes good too!
    • Nose
      94 94
      Strong earthy aromatic smoke, some salt and lemon (only the oyster is missing), also bright fruits and a dry sweetness (almost like a fino), some leather / tobacco and beautiful old oak. Old, mineral and grassy but at the same time wild, sour and strong smoky. Great part - it is better not at all smokers!
    • Taste
      90 90
      Supple as a lemon drop that was in the bog since World War II. Fiery smoke (scorched heather), fresh tobacco, mineral dry white wine, caramel, many dried herbs. Tame but full and aromatic.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The finish is long with warming smoke, herbs, liquorice and dry sweetness. Oak is there but not too bitter. He is super balanced and stays in the mouth forever.

  8. Przemyslaw Kopanczyk did not rate this whisky Expert Senior
    • Nose
      9,2 Mocno torfowa z nutami cytryny, goździka, dębu, tytoniu i spalonego oleju z akcentem słomy.
    • Taste
      9,2 Dymna z nutami pomarańczy, ziela angielskiego, soli morskiej oraz białego pieprzu.
    • Finish
      9,3 Bardzo długi, pikantny z nutami torfu, imbiru oraz białego pieprzu z akcentem cytryny i mięty.

  9. ASWhisky scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    very maritime, the typical charcoal fire
    a very nice to drink Ardbeg
    completely from the nose to the finish

    Ranking: 1.Nase, 2.Abgang, 3.Mund
    92 out of 100 points
    yes! I'm in heaven
    • Nose
      You come from the beach over the salt marshes
      The smell of the warm Wadden Sea has accompanied you throughout the day
      it gets dark and the wind cools the autumn air
      the meadows are mushy and smell of salt and bog water
      on the horizon you see a wood fire
      the dry summer scrub casts long flames
      it smells herbaceous and spicy
      You push one of the small soft liquorice into your mouth
      and look forward to a warm evening by the fire
      In the kitchen, the white sugar melts sticky to a brown tough caramel mass
      You reach for the wooden spoon
      Your hands smell of medicine from the iodine of the sea
    • Taste
      very soft and pleasant on your tongue
      Chocolate with sweet caramel and medicine fills your mouth
      light a soft, beautiful fire in your throat
      a charcoal fire
    • Finish
      At first the sweetness becomes bitterly bitter
      like bitter woody herbs on the palate
      malty sweetness flows in the mouth and leaves the palate chocolaty
      it leaves wood and peat smoke with lots of malt
      and sweet, soft licorice


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