Ardbeg 1974 Provenance

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
1st Release
Stated Age
23 years old
Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
55.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 7 322 4ML 14:50
Added on
04 Nov 2007 5:24 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 4.781,40

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1974 Provenance

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.91 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Been a long day and decided to have a mini H2H just small samples of the following that I should of included in my big H2H but could not fit them in.
    These 3 are some of the best peated whisky I have had, last drops of the longrow and Caol Ila
    Plus I will also try this that I have never had before :-
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/675/ardbeg-1974-provenance (sample)
    Lets see how a mighty Ardbeg compares to some of my favourites?
    All whisky in mini Glencairns with glass lids
    Longrow is delicate, Brora has depth, Caol Ila has power, Ardbeg quite delicate with sweet peat and some nice fruit notes.
    The Longrow grows with time in the glass, as does the Brora, the Caol Ila actually diminishes slightly1 - Longrow2 - Brora3 - Caol Ila4 - Ardbeg1st tasting
    Longrow first as lowest abv
    Longrow, outstanding perfect balance and weight, Brora is smooth creamy but then swamps your tongue in peat, powerful.The Caol ila is restrained at first but then, takes your palate apart on a wave of massive and I mean Massive wave of peat, the Ardbeg is very smooth and creamy the peat is evident.2nd tasting
    Longrow, so smooth and creamy and the peat is really evident now and you would think it was over 50%.
    The Brora is thick and creamy, some fruit emerging but its not overpowering in any way.
    The Caol Ila, has crippled my tongue, hells teeth there is some power here.
    Before the Ardbeg and due to the power of the CI a breather and lots of mouth rinsing
    Ardbeg is very mellow, restrained but for me even at almost 56% underpowered but that could be due to the fact that its sweeter and well smoother I suppose so need another mouthful to be sure before I rate it.
    Taste wise its lagging behind but it is certainly nice.Result1 - Longrow
    14 year

    2 - Brora 20043 - Caol Ila 1974 SV4 - Ardbeg Provenance 1974 1st release.

    Wow that was a ride, the Longrow wins because it is so elegant but also packs a punch even though its the lowest strength.
    Even though the Ardbeg was last It will be my highest scoring Ardbeg to date but I was expecting more. I have been 100% honest here it is just that the Ardbeg was in with some big hitters and basically the referee stopped it as a contest but all 4 are quality yet all 4 are not worth the money at auction so where does that leave everyone.
    Let me think about that one, all I know is that Longrow is a work of art period and now its all gone, The Caol Ila is also a bottle kill so I am off out for a few beers and a curry to take my mind of that very sad fact 

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2000]  I had another dram during an Ardbeg rarities tasting at Rolandsbogen.  The price of this fine tasting was as low as 180 Deutschmark (90 Euro) plus 70 Deutschmark for an excellent four-course dinner. 

    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 this 90 points only.  My notes state it has unusual shy peaty aromas (for a 1974 Ardbeg) but a very complex and rounded profile.  It improves significantly with water added.  This low rating might be caused by the extraordinary line-up this evening (see below), in other tastings I scored this whisky significantly better (up to 93 points)...

    It was an extraordinary decadent line-up this evening:
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/25438/ardbeg-1975-rwd
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/22965/ardbeg-1975-ca
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/13870/ardbeg-ten
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/12324/ardbeg-10-year-old-guaranteed
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/1636/ardbeg-1974-gm
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/3143/ardbeg-1976-gm
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/43686/ardbeg-1964-gm
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/62/ardbeg-30-year-old-very-old
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/7342/ardbeg-1967-sv
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/7341/ardbeg-1967-sv
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/675/ardbeg-1974-provenance
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/1306/ardbeg-1976-cask-2391

    and as a bonus dram "one for the road"
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/4235/ardbeg-1972-dl

  3. Jack Marinello scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Peat, pine sap, candies with chalk
    • Taste
      Chemical fruits, harlequins, peat, rubber
    • Finish
      Long, on the flowers, roses. Difficult to describe. Superb!

  4. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle # 3864 sold empty at ebay.

  5. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Tasting note by Serge Valentin

    Ardbeg 1974/1997 ‘Provenance’ (55.6%, OB) A well known Ardbeg, always a huge pleasure to have another go at it. Colour: full gold. Nose: starts rather simply, on full smoke, peat and cooked apple. As often with these stunning Ardbegs, it needs a few seconds before it bursts into your nose… And here it goes: musk, ginger, sea air, iodine, wax polish, cooked apricots, old turpentine, old furniture, bandages, camphor… Need I say more? Even better than last time – this bottle was opened more than one year ago and was 2/3 empty. Incredible, it became even more complex! But wait, maybe the palate is a bit tired… Mouth: now it’s very quick in action! Smoky, peppery, gingery, very creamy and even sort of silky. Lots of Lapsang Souchong tea, grapefruit juice, dark chocolate… Also something a little ‘burnt’ (burnt cake, BBQ herbs, curry powder)… Not monstrously complex but extremely bold and balanced at the same time, with kind of a roughness that’s most enjoyable. The finish is ‘long like a day without bread’, peppery and spicy, with also some clove and quite some tannins. In short, still a total winner and a landmark bottling. 95 points. (unchanged)

  6. kimmosuo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The Whisky Show Old & Rare Glasgow 23 - 24 February 2019
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The price is kept artificially high so as not to affect my frating bit in reality the price mark would be around 60 tops.

    Yes it is nice, yes it is good but I was expecting something much much better from all the high score this bottle has had

    That said its still worth 90 points average so its a good one and my highest scoring Ardbeg to date.

    Notes from a sample
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    At this price you have a right to be critical, parts of this whisky are really realy good but in other parts I am left wondering "so what is all the fuss about"

    Do not get me wrong, this would be a 90 pointer even to someone who loathes this whisky but not worth anywhere near what it commands at auctions and for me lacking a little in taste, there is no abundance of flavours here that I can detect but I know I will be in the minority here.
    • Nose
      Fudge, vanilla, cream, a few meat notes biscuit and a creamy peatiness. Elegant for sure but also a little distant which loses a few points.
    • Taste
      The peat is actually quite strong and the nose gives no clue to this but the palate is one dimensional, cream and peat with perhaps some plum but what else is there?

      A decent mouthful held for about 20 seconds and it has massive creamy properties, I really like this mouthfeel but where are the flavours, its actually rather boring, so its peat and nothing else basically.
    • Finish
      Lets be right the finish length wise is impressive, it keeps going or so I thought, but then dies, falls off a cliff so to speak.

  9. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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  10. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [October, 1999]  I had this dram during a tasting at Rolandsbogen. 

    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 this dram 92,5.  Unfortunately no additional notes were taken.


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