Ardbeg 1972 DL The Ardbeggeddon

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Old Malt Cask
Stated Age
29 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
48.4 % Vol.
750 ml
us United States
Added on
28 nov 2008 5:03 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 8915.45

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1972 DL The Ardbeggeddon

11 users have left 14 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.85 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2021] Unfortunately a small sample only, but hey - anyone out there who would not love to taste a sip of this dram no matter how small the size is...

    ...and this taste is excellent, while the nose is somewhat restrained. Nice stuff to quaff, but in doubt I would rather go for other sherried Ardbeg releases (e.g., the legendary dark and pale oloroso 1967 vintages).
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is burnished and the nose is a little reserved first, it seems as if the sherry contains most of the powerful Ardbeg aromas of naked 1972 vintages. This is not really a problem, the dram just takes its time to enfold and I suggest to wait at least 20 minutes (better more). After that an interesting mix of both strong sherry and peat aromas is joined by rather shy fruit and wooden notes. This is pretty nice, no doubt - but to be honest: I prefer both the more powerful naked (meaning unsherried) 70ies Ardbeg and the more complex sherried 60ies Ardbeg bottlings. Sounds decadent? Maybe, but it is as it is...
    • Taste
      94 94
      The taste is more interesting as the powerful malt-induced Ardbeg flavours dare to enter the spotlight right from the beginning. This is an interesting mix of sweet winey, bitter peaty, sweet malty and bitter wooden impressions in a back-and-forth procession along my taste buds. The different layers are not clearly separated but this does not harm the great tasting experience. Yes, this is Ardbeg at its best!
    • Finish
      93 93
      The dram arrives warming and coating on my palate without distracting moments. The finish is long (what else?) and adds more of the dark chocolatey and bitter ashy impressions without getting unbalanced. Again no drying or astringent moments, this dram was bottled at the right time! Water does not really help the nose to improve, instead it gets rather flat and unimpressive. The reduced taste flattens quickly too, so forget about adding water to this dram.

  2. prz22 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Old Ardbegs never seem to disappoint and this one is no exception!!
    • Nose
      94 94
      Dense, smokey,fruity, sherried, caramel, toffee, superb!
    • Taste
      94 94
      Great balance between fruit sweet peaty and chocolate, great sherry, great cask, wow!
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long, very dessert, balanced, absolutely great!!

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Ardbeg H2H

    I had a 2014 ten year just to get my palate used to the taste, I am no Ardbeg fan and still think most Ardbeg are scored too high generally but I will admit there was some quality in the old stuff on show in this tasting. On personal preference, even with these highly rated drams I found it all just a little bit dull at the end and while I scored the 1972 OB 93-94points and a clear winner with the Ardbeggeddon on 92 (would have been higher but for a lack lustre nose which dragged it's score down), the supposed best Ardbeg of all the 1976 was 3rd also on 92 but the Ardbeggeddon had a better taste & finish.

    I do these tastings for a reason, apart from my personal enjoyment it sometimes debunks for me the myths of how good some whisky is supposed to be, this is one of those times. The whisky here was good, I am not saying it isn`t but Ardbeg has always been and always will be not as good as everyone else thinks it is in my humble opinion, it does not reach the heights of say 1970's young, peated Glen Garioch or the best Brora, not even close apart from the 72 OB but that is just one man's humble opinion.
    As a side issue the 10 year from 2014 could hold it's head up and the Lord of the Isles for the money is rubbish and dull as dishwater, I think I am being generous awarded it 85p.

    Tasting order (lowest abv first)

    1-Ardbeg 10 year 46% 2014 OB WB ID 67284
    2-Ardbeg Lord of the Isles 25 year 2001 46% OB WB ID 14204
    3-Ardbeggeddon 1972 Douglas Laing OMC 29 year 48.4% WB ID 5102
    4-Ardbeg 1972 30 year cask 2782 49.9% OB WB ID 1295
    5-Ardbeg 1973 27 year 50% Douglas Laing OMC 240 bottles WB ID 5581
    6- Ardbeg 1974 23 year cask 1045 50.9% Signatory dumpy WB ID 7382
    7- Ardbeg 1976 25 year cask 2395 54.9% OB WB ID 1292


    1st-Ardbeg 1972 30 year cask 2782
    2nd- Ardbeggeddon 1972 Douglas Laing OMC 29 year 48.4%
    3rd- Ardbeg 1976 25 year cask 2395 54.9% OB
    4th- Ardbeg 1973 27 year 50% Douglas Laing OMC
    5th- Ardbeg 1974 23 year cask 1045 50.9% Signatory dumpy
    6th- Ardbeg 10 year 46% 2014 OB
    7th- Ardbeg Lord of the Isles 25 year 2001 46%

  4. karloff did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Jesus Christ Linc I must have wondered into the Ardbeg Twilight Zone. What with this and the Ten, I must be trippin.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I thought the nose was not that good , thankfully the all important taste was really good as was the finish.
    An uber rich Ardbeg that the peat compliments the sherry but is in the background a bit, lovely fruit.
    • Nose
      85 85
      This does not smell like most Ardbegs, the sherry is powerful , the dark fruits hit you and there is a little sulphur I believe mixed in with glue.
      I am struggling to describe this, it seems to get a bit beefy, Bovril cubes that sort of thing, but it is also a little floral and then a bit of hot chocolate.
      The fruit is rich plump blackcurrants & damsons.
      Wow that is a rollercoaster neat, not sure what to think?
      A bit lacking , nondescript at times to be honest, but a coffee and mocha notes rescues it by some margin
    • Taste
      94 94
      Heavy sherry, dirty peat, very drying on the palate is my first thought.
      The peat and sherry compliment each and the dark fruits are on the ripe side and very juicy, really nice and much better than the nose hinted at.
      This is on the creamy side, again juicy blackcurrants and damson and I wrong about the sulphur on the nose, there is no sulphur and this tastes very good.
      If I was being critical a little more sweetness, just a touch would have made this even better but there is no denying the balance on show here
    • Finish
      93 93
      Not that long , so juicy and so tasty

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Gréât sherried ardbeg a lot of toffee some candies fruits, the peat is perfectly balanced, one of the best ardbegs out there

  7. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur Colour: gold Nose: Waxy-creamy-thick with lots of vanilla, salty lemon and a truckload of honey and caramel. In addition aromas of apples, yellow-ripe mirabelles, rhubarb and heavy smoke. Dull leather, cardboard, peat and wet ash. Taste: Creamy thick, very sweet and at the same time very salty at the beginning. Sweet peat, vanilla, ripe apples, gentle lemon and gray clouds of smoke. Now come medical notes - maritime and becoming peatier. Honey and herbs in peaty broth. Finish: Long - peaty-sweet but also dull and tart. Cardboard coal, wood ash, fruity lime, honey, sweet peat and fresh herbs. Still slightly tingling on the tongue - fading peaty-maritime. Comment: Good? Yes, no question but up to the Olympus, it is not enough! 93 points N: 93P / G: 94P / F: 93P

  8. Allandale scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    A smooth body.
    • Nose
      Rich, soft, oily smokiness. Very appetizing.
    • Taste
      Against a firm,steely background: a dexterous interplay of grassy peatiness , oiliness , just lurking suggestions of lemony fruitiness, sherry, and oak.
    • Finish
      Lively,evocative, maritime flavours. A long walk on a sandy beach, with a a vigorous, salty spray.

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

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

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

    One of the sherry / toffee style of Ardbegs with a pleasant toffee / coffee note. Really great!
    • Nose
      Toffee, butter, toasted bread
    • Taste
      Citrusy and lemony notes, roasted nuts, a bit burning in the mouth
    • Finish
      Long, smooth and a tad bitter - not bad at all

  11. ASWhisky scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Definitely a legend
    Definitely an exquisite whisky
    I had a sip while bottling
    (for some reason that's always the best)
    the smell in the nose
    the voltage
    the swallow
    and I immediately described this Ardbeg in one sentence
    for the sake of the eternity of the word, I leave that out of here

    then I had to keys 2 cl ... mmh, one is probably too afraid with so little
    2cl ... mmh today it gets harder and harder
    open my 10cl sample and that's it
    This whisky is drunk, then he is great
    Yes, I'm in heaven
    • Nose
      stale fine peat smoke subtly in the background
      finest sweet caramel
      the sweetness of the barley
      lemon oil
      sweetish spicy herbs
      warm fruity apple with vanilla
      the notes are delicate and varied
      elegant, beautiful, oily,
      in fact, you can also find an adhesive note
      and in the emptied glass stall smell

      the nose is really an experience
    • Taste
      cool herbs (also a touch bitter) and chocolate in the start
      then sweetish woodruff
      Caramel, lemon oil
      cool wood ash
      mild medical note
      again the warm apple with vanilla
      hot and numbing on the palate
      from sweet and cool to hot and dry
      it produces all sensations in the mouth
      Spicy chocolate powder sticks to the palate
      Sweet peat smoke with a fiery touch streams out of the throat
      his notes eat into your mouth
    • Finish
      very long
      chocolate powder
      the finish is accompanied by cool wood ash in the background
      Your taste buds will become dry
      and yet it keeps flowing
      cool baked apple juice with vanilla and caramel
      from your cheeks
      a game between dry and damp
      with me has gained damp;)
      a feeling like muscle soreness on the palate stays with you

  12. tebond968 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg 29y 1972/2001 'Arbeggeddon', 48.4%, DL OMC for PLOWED, 227 bottles
    Hallelujah, this is blessed! Big! Enormously intense nose on creamy peat, smoked fish and other salty aromas. Asphalt, just like a bit of tar. Charcoal. Sweet apples. Vanilla. Smoked bacon. Wet hay. What farmy, indeed. What a complexity and so concentrated, enjoy in overdrive. It is thick and creamy on the tongue. The associations that catch me first are peat, smooth peat that is, honey, candy, citrus, salt, some oak, herbs ... light sherry tones. And what a wonderful bitterness! And then the aftertaste has not yet ... gigantic. Man man, what a dike of a whisky! 95/100

  13. ASWhisky scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    written on the front label

    "Pour yourself a dram of this Plowed Society exclusive bottling of Islay whisky. Distilled at the Ardbeg Distillery, Islay and bottled for The Whisky Shop commemorate The Ardbeggeddon gathering January 2002, Las Vegas, Nevada."

    matured in sherry cask

  14. Sjors scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    really love this one.
    • Nose
      Campfire smoke, seaweed, seashells and some wet hay.

      Sweet apples, vanilla and smoked fish even some asphalt.

      Very complex nose.
    • Taste
      Very creamy and oily mouth almost liquid peat,

      on honey, vanilla, sugar candy, citrus and again apples.

      Some oaky spicyness and tones of sherry.

      Superb balance.
    • Finish
      Long after taste with a peaty sweetness.


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