Overall rating
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Old Malt Cask
Stated Age
27 years old
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 Dec 2008 1:23 pm

Average value

€ 3050,00

8 × in wishlist

57 × member ratings

46 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1973 DL

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.65 points

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

    Peaty but fine - very drinkable
    • Nose
      92 92
      Citric, peat, smoke, little herbal, honeydew, little fruity, bonfire - very good
    • Taste
      92 92
      Little punchy, little sweetness, fruity, peach, apple, peat and smoke, spicy - very good
    • Finish
      91 91
      Medium long, warm

  2. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Peaty herbal citrusy grapefruit lime, superbly balanced old style ardbeg

  3. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Can Ardbeg duplicate this kind of style nowadays? It's a resounding NO. But as long as people keep on buying all their NAS's and 21/23 yo's with their astronomical price tags, they have no motivation to. 
    • Nose
      Very peaty and briny, smoky ash, somewhat vegetal, with a bit of fruity pungency -- if I didn't know better, I would have guessed this is a Port Ellen.
    • Taste
      Good power, nice peat, again somewhat vegetal, some smoke, always with a thin layer of nondescript, unripened fruits. Resembles a very, very good Port Ellen. Smooth. No off-flavors at all. Just about perfect for this kind of style!
    • Finish
      Medium-to-long finish, with a fine, lingering peatiness. A bit sweet at the end.

  4. helmutgw scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Excellent restrained whisky that has much to offer.
    You should not touch the water.
    • Nose
      Very delicate, phenol, fruit - no alcohol.
      Over time, the nose becomes even more sustainable!
    • Taste
      Light body, but very intense taste, much better than No. 5583!
      Charcoal, fruit - slightly soapy?
      He becomes perfumed with water.
    • Finish
      Long, sustainable, the charcoal is in the foreground.

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

    This Whisky was sold for 665 € at Whiskyauction in Jan. 2016and for 1.006 € in Aug. 2015

  6. tebond968 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg 27y 1973/2000, 50%, DL Old Malt Cask, 240 bottles
    Bingo! Great 'farmy' peat on the nose. That is the sweet and sour variant that reminds of wet hay, stables and the associated manure. He is also blessed 'coastal', with which we talk about salt, seaweed and iodine, that kind of thing. But also oysters. And which English terms can we still use? Well, 'fruity' of course. Quince, lime and pineapple. Light tones of rubber too. And milk chocolate. And pine needles. Chocolaty indeed. But especially: f # *! Ng great! This is really powerful to smell. The taste is equally powerful. Very complex. Intense and thick on the tongue. The farm, the sea, the fruit (citrus and kiwi, yes), the light rubber, it is also here. Together with herbs such as liquorice and ginger. And cocoa. And nuts. And marzipan. And light tar. And dried grass. Complex, I already said it. Very dry. Impressively long aftertaste. Phenomenal, one of the best old Ardbegs I could already taste. 95/100 http://onversneden.com/2013/02/19/ardbeg-27y-1973-old-malt-cask/


Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky.


Whiskybase is founded in 2007 with the goal to create the biggest resource of whisky information in the world. A community driven website built by and for whisky enthusiasts.  

Whiskybase B.V. 
Zwaanshals 530 
3035 KS Rotterdam 
The Netherlands 

KVK: 52072819
VAT: NL850288836B01

Copyright © 2018

Forgot your password?