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Ardbeg 1972

Overall rating
94.66/100
votes
40
Whiskybase ID
WB577
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
24.03.1972
Bottled
24.08.2004
Stated Age
32 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Cask
Casknumber
866
Number of bottles
239
Strength
48.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010494226270
Bottled for
Oddbins
Market
gb United Kingdom
Added on
27 Oct 2007 2:12 pm
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 11840.22

33 × in wishlist

40 × member ratings

55 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1972

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.66 points

  1. JCTang scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    Ardbeg 1972 32YO, Cask # 866, 48.3%. Color: golden yellow; smell: seaweed and lime in the nose, then burned ashes and high-quality leather, as well as spices such as star anise. The lemon jelly is very obvious, the honey is very obvious, mixed with the very fresh taste of sea water and mild peat. After being stored for a long time, the taste of pine needles will come out, and it will even be a bit like old vinegar mixed with a little sticky fragrance, and the peaty feeling will increase slightly. 94 points; tasting: the entrance is very oily, rich in layers, and very vibrant. The first part is very sweet, and gradually the citrus and lemon feel opens up, just like juice. A little bit of spice in the middle section, there is obvious salty taste in the latter section, I feel like eating oysters, 94 points; aftertaste: medium-length, peat, farmy ashes, slightly sweet, 93 points; 20220101

  2. Lynchpin scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Nose -
    Sweet peat smoke, old leather, oak furniture, soft smell of liquorice, ginger and cinnamon, honey, hot apple pie, apricots, a little bit of iodine... This Ardbeg has a very complex nose.

    Taste -
    The taste is certainly as complex and equally good. Sweet peat, salty, light medicinality, beeswax, soft caramel, apples, mandarins, dates, pepper, ginger cake.

    Finish -
    Very long finish, the most sublime peat, salt, spicy herbs and plenty of fruits.

  3. Allandale scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    One of the best I ever tasted. Thank God. 
    • Nose
      A real old classic Ardbeg with al his tannins and tones. You name it.Honeeyed sweetness, peat, oily, moss,kelp and eucalyptus. Phenolic rather than smoky. Complex. Endless.
    • Taste
      Complex, take your time then: with drop of water: peppermint, angelica,almond oil and pine apple. Again endless.
    • Finish
      Very long and ...endless. No end yourney.

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Dave Broom from scotchwhisky.com says:NOSE
    Classic old Ardbeg, with that mix of real honeyed sweetness and a peaty aspect, which seems to be sealed in halibut oil capsules alongside moss, kelp, engine oil and eucalypt. In other words it’s phenolic, rather than smoky, and all of this is fully assimilated into an elegant, oily mass. In time, a note that brings to mind smoked mozzarella. After it has breathed for an hour, you get the blast of wide, airy spaces next to the strand – and lanolin.
    PALATE
    The sooty element is now more apparent, alongside Bay Rum and bog myrtle, but it fluxes around the sweet core. Slightly fragile, as you might expect. With a drop of water there’s some peppermint, angelica, almond oil and pineapple.
    FINISH
    Long… endless. 
    CONCLUSION
    A superlative bottling.
    RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
    Listening to Martyn Bennett.

    Scores a 9.2/10

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