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Overall rating
86.86/100
votes
24
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Old Malt Cask
Vintage
10.1975
Bottled
05.2001
Stated Age
25 years old
Number of bottles
363
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
21 Oct 2008 6:51 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1735,69

2 × in wishlist

24 × member ratings

28 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1975 DL

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.86 points

  1. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A 1970's Ardbeg with rather poor scores. What's going on here?
    • Nose
      91 91
      Bright, salty peatiness, lemon sweetness, and I also detect some lemon poppy seed cake. A bit buttery.
    • Taste
      92 92
      OK, nothing wrong with this one so far. Not exactly elegant, sure, and in fact a bit rough for a 70's Ardbeg, but this is pretty classic. Sea salt, oily, lemony, kippers, peat, with a good, albeit generic, type of sweetness. It's not the bright mentholated fruitiness like some great Ardbegs possess, but in no way is this is an 85 pointer.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Nice long finish. Still not sure what is wrong with this one. Would pay more for this than let's say the official 1977's.

      PS: After doing further research to see what accounted for the middling scores despite this being a rather good 70's Ardbeg, I realize that Serge's score for this Ardbeg was, guess what, also an 85! Ahhh... it all makes sense now.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    As a non Ardbeg fan this is a peat heads whisky for sure and it takes water well.
    I agree with Dram Dracula that some scores appear low and for me on a personal level this is one of the best Ardbegs I have tasted because it just keeps on growing.
    Great stuff but you really need to give this some air and plenty of time to get the best out of it.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Well it is definitely an Ardbeg with the tell tale crisp peat and lemony smell mixed in with brine and seaside rockpools.
      It is a sweet peat mixed with a little ginger and very slight black pepper.
      I am not a fan of Ardbeg but there is nothing wrong with the nose on show here.
    • Taste
      90 90
      A massive, fizzy wave of peat washes over the tongue, quite oily in texture, a full fat palate for sure and there is also a little cardboard , it is as if there is a barrier to the flavours coming through, but this is only a first impression.
      Quite creamy, loads of black pepper and neat the peat basically assaults your tongue with the pepper adding considerable bite but this really does add to the experience so my initial slight negative has gone.
      There is a little grapefruit, green apple, lemon, pepper, hints of ginger.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, and full on is probably the best way to describe this one.

      With water:-
      More lemon on the nose and sweeter and better than neat.
      The palate was tamed or so I though but then the peat tried to burn the end of my tongue off, the water tricked me here.

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

    This Whisky was sold for 450 € at Whiskyauction in Aug. 2015

  4. The Macallan scored this whisky 65 points Connoisseur

    Quite allright, with some oaky, salty flavors but not my liking

  5. Furtia scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

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