Ardbeg 1974 RWD

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
R. W. Duthie & Co. (RWD)
Stated Age
15 years old
Number of bottles
57.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
Italy Italy
Added on
19 nov 2013 11:43 pm
Cask Strength

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51 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1974 RWD

4 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.47 points.

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo Moderator

    This one belongs to the top of the Ardbegs - very rich, balanced and complex. It has everything but doesn't go to any extreme. This is real balance.
    • Nose
      Sweet smoky and peaty, old books, citrusy and lemony notes, more on tropical fruits, fresh, rich and complex
    • Taste
      Ahh, yeahh, finest peat and smoke in best Ardbeg style. It's actually not too sweet, rather herbal and austere. Water is recommended which makes much smoother and more waxy. Citrus and lemony notes again.
    • Finish
      Long and hot, it keeps the intensive aromas alive for a while. A subtle sweetness follows after.

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  3. hs305 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2021] Oh, how I love the old Ardbeg style from before 1976 when they created heavy peat levels using their own (not fanned) maltings and kiln - so I am more than happy to open this small sample tonight...

    ...and yes, this is great stuff with an unbelievably complex and impressive profile. This is among the best Ardbeg ever did and very different to today's Ardbeg style, no wonder all these old vintages fetch extremely high prices at auctions. Ardbeg from 1972-1975 is certainly a must try for every malt whisky connoisseur, at least once in your life.
    • Nose
      95 95
      The colour is amber and the nose offers this hard-to-describe early seventies Ardbeg profile which a good friend called "licking a tarred road in front of a cowshed at the Islay ocean shore on a hot summer day". But he forgot the "peat-fired barbecue with crispy bacon stripes" and the "used antiseptic bandages". Got me? This all sounds horrific but actually it is great to sniff (according to my olfactory cells) and extremely interesting to explore.
    • Taste
      96 96
      The taste is multi-layered on all the flavours one could imagine given the nosing profile. The barley sugars provide a strong sweetness to back up the rather bitter peaty and wooden notes and this is a great combination. I suggest to chew each and every sip as long as one can because it offers new impressions almost every second. Hard to describe them all, so I leave this to more competent taste buds.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Th e dram arrives warming without distracting moments on my palate and immediately coats all of my mouth with a thick creamy texture. The finish is endless and adds more sweet barley sugars, spicy woods and medicinal impressions until the very end. Nothing to complain about, this finish is close to perfection. Some water turns the nose punchier and releases chalky-mineral notes while the taste gets much more peppery hot. A bigger reduction strengthens the farmyard and medicinal impressions both in the nose and on the palate which I really enjoy. I like this dram both neat and reduced to about 45% abv (but not in-between).

  4. GlenfieldPark scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior


  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Creamy and zesty, sweet peat, more subtle than the 9yo as expected, a beautiful liquid.

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      96 96


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