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

€ 4558.39

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166 × member ratings

188 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1974 Provenance

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.96 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. 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)

  3. 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

  4. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Took a 3cl sample home from Old and Rare 2020 in London. After all that has happened in this BS of a year, the event seems like it was a lifetime ago.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Not superbly confident at first nosing, especially for such a reputable 70's Ardbeg. Vanilla, fresh mint, with the peat being more of a bench player.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Hello! Wave after powerful wave of salt, herring, diesel, kerosene, and peat. Quite punishing. Very pointed and focused, but unfortunately it never opened up like a "peacock" shall we say? A bit dry, yes, and certainly not very complex, but still, this is electric and wonderful stuff all the same.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Very long. Doesn't veer off path.

  5. sagara-kun scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    The nose, although very complex, scared me. It is very interesting for analytics, but a little less for fun.
    On the contrary in the mouth and the finish is the explosion. Complete pleasure. A masterpiece.
    • Nose
      91 91
      A nose that definitely has a lot to tell. It evolves throughout the tasting. It is very integrated but requires a lot of ventilation.
      It all starts with a big dose of camphor that attacks the nostrils and sends us back to the hospital.
      Then when it fades, we see other layers appear.
      A strong sea and salty wind that brings freshness and delicacy.
      Freshly warmed bread, bread yeast.
      A little kumquat, orange peel and lemon.
      Vanilla, light peat.
      Over time we get more and more fruit. The peat is wrapped in camphor. A little bit of burnt barbecue.
      The camphor returns, the circle is complete.
    • Taste
      94 94
      The mouth is an explosion compared to the nose.
      So sweet, creamy, spicy.
      A big dose of haribo candies, citrus. Orange, lemon, grapefruit.
      Big oily peat, camphor, liquorice.
      A bit of milk chocolate.
      Leather, black pepper.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long finish on candy and fruit zest. Cold ash, peat, camphor, mozartkugel. It is delicious, creamy, and delicious. Wow

  6. 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!

  7. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle # 3864 sold empty at ebay.

  8. MaltMinute scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    This is one of those exceptionally rare malts where the quality ALMOST justifies the absurd price. Take the flavour profile of 70s Ardbeg and elevate it to its most perfect form. Certainly the best OB Ardbeg I've ever tried. A truly breathtaking dram.

  9. DannyDram scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Very broad, unique aroma spectrum, all filigree staggered. No massive, but magical Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      96 96
      Sweet, fine smoke, fresh wood, subtle lemon, pineapple, peppermint, a little menthol, dried fruit, raisins, ginger, vanilla, hazelnut. Very balanced, very harmoniously deep and with pronounced intensity.
    • Taste
      96 96
      Citric, predominantly lemon, smoke, pepper, ginger, almond, marzipan, vanilla, dried fruit. Nice creamy sweetness, well balanced. Very mouth filling and punchy.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Blood orange, peppermint, raisins, slightly peppery, ginger, minimal peaty. Beautiful honey sweetness sticks, very harmonious. Very long finish.

  10. Benila scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Citric notes, dried fruit aromas, peppermint, rum praline, white pepper, pineapple
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94


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