Ardbeg 1972 DL

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Old Malt Cask
Stated Age
28 years old
Number of bottles
49.5 % Vol.
700 ml
de Germany
Added on
21 dec 2008 11:54 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1485.00

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64 × member ratings

44 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1972 DL

9 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.28 points.

  1. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Complex, balanced, superb peat, really what ardbeg is about.

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    Very peaty, dry smoky, austere - it's the balance that makes the difference - great!
    • Nose
      94 94
      Intense, peaty, cold smoky cigar, ashes, soot, bonfire, seabreeze, iodine, seaweed, little vanilla, little citric, little fruitiness, little metallic - very good!
    • Taste
      95 95
      Oily, creamy, little sirupy, little sweetness, more peaty and smoky bonfires, vanilla, some fruitiness, spicy, little herbal - great!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, warm, smoky, zesty, more herbal

  3. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Read my review below. I think wb automatically deleted my score for some reason, and when I tried to put the score of 95 in again, it’s asking me to review it first, when it was already reviewed before. Lots of glitches with wb.

  4. Griller76 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Perfectly balanced old-fashioned mature Ardbeg. Despite 49.5% Alc. Vol., He is not burning. The structure is balsamic-creamy. The medical-phenolic recognition note is there, but in a very pleasant way, in addition there are notes of very good tobacco, as well as a perfect caramel-like long-lasting sweetness.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Heavyweight peat smackdown No 2, Islay v Highlands v Campletown (Longrow)

    Longrow 14 year, palate and particularly the finish are monstrous for only 46%
    A stellar whisky

    Ardbeg 72 DL, superb nose, palate just a little behind but overall Longrow is better

    Ardbeg 1965, disappointing all round

    Bowmore, not bad but expected more, blind I would have said it was a heavy sherried Speyside dram.

    Longrow 73 RWD, nice enough but too bitter for me

    Caol Ila 69 , really nice, just lacking a little in complexity
    Glen Garioch 1975 SA, Brutal but brilliant

    Brora 72, Brutal but brilliant also

    As things were so evenly matched after the Brora I had to try the Geerie again and I actually think is shaded the Brora on taste but I also tried the Longrow 14 again and for 46% it is awesome and on a par with either the Geerie or Brora.
    The Geerie, Longrow 14, Brora, Ardbeg 72 & Caol Ila were all quality, the Bowmore was fine but far from impressive and the Longrow 73 RWD & Ardbeg 1965 were very disappointing compared to their high average scores

    1 = Glen Garioch
    1 = Longrow 14 year
    2 – Brora 1972 RM
    3 – Ardbeg 1972 DL
    4 – Caol Ila 1969
    5 – Bowmore 1971 Ses
    6 – Longrow 1973 RWD
    7- Ardbeg 1965 Cadenhead

    I think I need to re try the Brora 72, Glen Garioch 75 and Longrow 14 H2H again, in truth my palate is a little smashed after this level of peat

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    An excellent old Ardbeg, the nose is stellar, the palate cannot match it, but how could it, still a good quality palate.
    One of the best Ardbegs out there
    I need to re taste this in a couple of weeks on a fresh palate.
    • Nose
      95 95
      This is like an ash tray with a few sherbet lemons thrown into it. Sweet cigar smoke, lemon, lime, the peat is that crisp sharp type and there appears to be a lot of seaweed in the mix.
      A maritime Ardbeg of real quality.
      If you leave it for 20 minutes in the glass with a lid on it takes on some farmy characteristics, basically manure cow stables that sort of thing.
      will this be on the palate, if it is there could be a big score coming her, drum roll (just imagine please) :)
    • Taste
      92 92
      Holy cow, this is one of the most peaty Ardbeg I have tried but it is mixed with stewed, slightly bitter fruits and sweet peat, what a combination.
      but there is a little oak coming through here which detracts ever so slightly.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, fizzy with the peat growing and a slight metallic note on the finish

  7. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    A great old Ardbeg, very typical of the 70s style there. Enormously harmonious, intense, multi-layered, expressive. Fruit and smoke complement each other perfectly, and the starch is also perfect.
    A very, very great old Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Camphor, fresh garden herbs, some solvent, phenolic smoke. Earthy, peaty. Citrus fruits (lemons, oranges) and peach. Bandages. In the background, maritime undertones keep popping out. Shifts. Expressive, deep and complex.
      Great nose, I could sniff for hours!
    • Taste
      94 94
      Fine sweet, velvety, peaty-smoky. It quickly becomes more powerful and more masculine. The aromas from the nose continue. The proverbial fist in the velvet glove. Nice fruitiness to complement the smoky tones.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Smoky, ashy, intense, very harmonious and enormously persistent and long.

  8. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Wonderfully awesome. Shit so good, doesn't need to try hard at all...
    • Nose
      A wonderful pungency. I think this is what they call kippery. Funky, sourish, salty, citrusy peat. One of the best noses a whisky can have. Just wave after wave of wonderfulness. 
    • Taste
      Just tremendous. Thick, viscous, waxy mouthfeel. Doesn't lack for anything at all. Powerful without being overwhelming. Peaty but tempered with citrus and stone fruits. This is very concise. A higher ABV would be asking too much. 
    • Finish
      A very, cohesive finish. No off-flavors. Could be longer though.

  9. hs305 scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    [Mai, 2015]  I had this dram during an "Ardbeg Bicentenary" tasting at Bonn.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 95+.  I took no detailed notes.

    [April, 2019] Together with friends I emptied another bottle that I bought for 135 Euro in April, 2002. Finally, I can do a proper review now.

    And this is flabbergasting stuff, indeed! One of the most complex and quaffable Ardbegs I ever tasted, deadly dangerously quaffable to be precise. I could empty such a bottle in one go alone. But is this fun? No, it is much better to share it with good friends like tonight...
    • Nose
      95 95
      The colour is deep gold and the nose offers the early seventies Ardbeg complexity at its best. This is a peaty bonfire in-between an old byre and a freshly tarred road. Later a full load of hospital-alike aromas join in while the maritime notes take their time until they show up. This is the utmost complexity of flavours I can think of, there are additional autumn floral, oily, leathery and and and ... aromas. What an experience!
    • Taste
      96 96
      The taste is multi-layered and challenging to explore because every layer is quite complex in itself. There is a hide-and-seek of sweet, peaty and spicy-herbal flavours that is funny to follow but hard to catch. It is pure pleasure to chew and explore, but it is even more joyful to simply quaff this dram without "analysis paralysis". Water releases even more aromas in the nose and flavours on the palate - actually, I like this dram both neat and somewhat reduced.
    • Finish
      96 96
      The initial mouthfeel is impressive and bold with a warming and creamy coating effect and a minor drying moment from the heavy peating level (cold ashes). The finish is virtually endless and gets sweeter on molten sugars and citric fruits which is very delicious. Towards the end the peat creates some drying moments again but these are not distracting at all.

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

    This Whisky was sold for 875 € at Whiskyauction in Jan. 2016

    and for 716 € in Jan. 2015

  11. magic_slim scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Extremely tasty - ultimate Ardbeg close to perfection.
    • Nose
      A marvelous aromatic peaty nose. Clean, fresh and fruity reminding of old wizened apples and ripe lemons. Some camphor and black tea as well. So beautiful that I fall on my knees.
    • Taste
      Warming, clean and dry. Mainly peat, smoke and tea. Some influence from the wood as well - a little liquorice, spices (cinnamon) and hints of camphor. Simply perfect.
    • Finish
      Long and dry with a lovely peatyness.


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