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Overall rating
92.76/100
votes
21
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice
Vintage
1963
Bottled
1994
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Old Map Label
Bottle code
ID/AEA
Added on
13 Jan 2014 7:29 pm by whiskyism

Average value

€ 5.059,28

5 × in wishlist

21 × member ratings

15 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1963 GM

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.76 points

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

    Great balance and still powerful despite the low abv. Great!
    Basically on the same level as the Ardbeg 1964 GM
    • Nose
      95 95
      Toffee, roasted nuts, toasted bread, hints of acacia honey, caramel, peanut butter, milk chocolate, fine peat and smoke - fantastic!
    • Taste
      96 96
      Oily, liquorice, more toasted bread, subtle sweetness, cooked fruits, oranges, jam, bonfire, peat and smoke, chocolate, spices - excellent!
    • Finish
      94 94
      Medium long, warm, little zesty, little more coffee notes

  2. svenske2015 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Serge Valentin (www.whiskyfun.com) beschreibt ihn wie folgt:

    “Colour: orange gold. Nose: ah yes. It’s hard not to describe this baby just with ‘old Ardbeg’, it’s exactly the antithesis of any recent NAS Rollsancenovabeistdail. Despite the low strength, it’s actually much more aromatic and complex than most new versions, but also more dry, phenolic and empyreumatic. The first aroma that’s quite obvious in these old Arbbegs and that’s seldom to be found in new ones is camphor and even tiger balm, then soot, ashes and bonfire. Then more metal polish, graphite, cider apples, ‘old car engine’, high-end green tea… Anyway, this is simply beautiful. Mouth: good punch and a lot of salt in this one, all that on top of quite some leather and bitter chocolate. Does ‘the peacock’s tail’ after that, with some camphor, mint drops, orange blossom water, cured ham, liquorice, clams… and God knows what else. Like most of these 1963-1965 Ardbegs by G&M, it’s almost unbelievable that this was bottled at 40%. Probably more like 68%, rounded down to 40%. Just kidding. Finish: impressive, more on quince jelly and mint, always with this tar, this salt and this liquorice. Comments: extremely impressive, proof that you can have fabulous whisky that’s reduced to 40%, chill filtered and caramelised. SGP:357 – 95 points.”

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