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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1974 GM
4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.67 points
- The nose and palate are very harmonious here. Balance and Complexity. Brackish. Seaweed, saltwater, ocean spray and classic mesquite bbq smoke entwined. Peat is gloriously integrated into the mid palate leaving space for fruit notes at the front, lychee, pears and passionfruit. Some fruits are quite sour too from the distillate. Marvelous! The finish retains the mesquite peat with star anise, red chilli pepper and vanilla cream puffs mix with barley sugars and sea air. Glorious dram.
- With minimum abv and rather shy peat and smoke this Ardbeg is also drinkable for beginners. It reminds me a little bit on the classic Arbeg 17yo but that one has more spectrum.
Rather reluctant peat and smoke but definitely Ardbeg-like, honey, hints of vanilla, white pepper, spices, green apples - not bad
Very oily, smooth, white pepper, notes of Arbegish peat and smoke (means like bonfire), not that sweet than on the nose
Medium long, warm, getting more toffee notes
- N: Curious salt/sweet/oily peat quality, cardboardy, sweet and spiced [turmeric and cardamon]; slightly toasted/charred with onions, white butter, vanilla essence, cinnamon toast, ‘back’ bacon and apple & [custard] pear juice, Wensleydale cheese, spiced cider toddy, crystallised dried pineapple and papaya with a touch of oak smoke all play a part too.
T: Light, runny-honey before the oily peat kicks in with a touch of pepper. Becomes a little chalky after a while with sadly little surprises after. Nice mouthfeel. Oak levels are good….
F: … with honeyed malt in equal measure, Sweet=sour peat with nettle tea and an aniseed=licource finish. Adding water makes no difference whatsoever.
C: Good nose. The rest is rather simple but tasty. Once upon a time a fine everyday drinker, but now an occasional and expensive auction purchase made on an irrational whim. There aren’t many low-average older Arbeg’s around but this is certainly one of them.
Scores a B-