Ardbeg 1974 Provenance

Overall rating
93.67/100
votes
185
Whiskybase ID
WB675
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
1st Release
Vintage
1974
Bottled
18.11.1997
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
5000
Strength
55.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 7 322 4ML 14:50
Added on
04 nov 2007 5:24 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 5647.82

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1974 Provenance

33 users have left 38 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.67 points.

  1. 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.

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  3. Moglue scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    The best Ardbeg I've ever had.

  4. Holle525 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful Ardbeg. Super nose, very balanced, alcohol hardly noticeable. Without fault and blame.

  5. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

  6. PituPops scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Didn’t deserve 96 ;)

  7. Vmarcinv scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nose - heavy, bourbon, vanilla, oak, a lot of smoke, gas station, thick mint infusion, iodine, hospital.
    Taste - rich, a lot of oak, smoke, salt, seaweed caked with oil, vanilla and spices in the background.
    Finish - smoked salty fish trailing behind you, charred, oak barrel heavily burnt, salt, pleasant sweetness is left at the end with light leather.
    93

  8. prz22 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Stunning, so smooth, so refined, so mellow, amazing!! Incredible cask, balance, fabolous bottling!!
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      96 96

  9. Thermidor scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    The best whisky bar in Helsinki seems to be coming to the end of their old stock, and visiting it this time made me feel like the end of an era is here. No more 1960s Bowmores, no more ancient Glenfarclas, and the only Brora left is the 16th release, 1980s distillate. Taking stock of the situation, I thought screw it, let's try this Provenance I've had on my bucket list for ages and then let the door close behind me one last time.

    So... what is it? An extremely clean example of 1970s Ardbeg. I do prefer the versions with sherry in them, since it does suit this distillate so damn well, but this is no mean feat either. In fact, after coming home and trying a glass of Talisker 20yo 1982 (92 pts.), I thought one extra point for the Provenance is in order because after trying it, I doubt I could ever mistake it for anything from any other distillery.
    • Nose
      Soft, rounded vanilla mixed with sea air, crushed seashells, sal-ammoniac, kelp, and soft tar. A few drops of water open it up and give me this soft, clean, worn oak note, much more rounded than for example the extremely dry wood you usually find in Rare Malts. This has some similarities to the 1975-2000 43% bottling (92 pts.), but I'll be damned if these herbal, salty, marine touches don't give this one an edge over it. This is not a particularly complex malt, but this bouquet is certainly unique. I don't remember another one exactly like this.
    • Taste
      Kelpy, marine peat, lots of white pepper, seashells. The peat keeps getting louder the longer I hold it on my tongue. It never becomes harsh, but certainly burning. Chamois and ripe cantaloupes. Some wax too. Medium salt, strong peat, and sea air. Water opens it up some, but it doesn't in my opinion change that much.
    • Finish
      Long, waxy sal-ammoniac, with seashore rocks, rock salt, and sticky tar in the tail. Water brings out some pears dipped in sea water. Lasting, kelpy, and again those chamois leather touches.

  10. MaltMinute scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    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.

  11. DannyDram scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Very broad, unique aroma spectrum, all delicately staggered. Not a massive, but magical Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Sweet fine smoke, fresh wood, subtle lemon, pineapple, peppermint, some menthol, dried fruit, raisins, ginger, vanilla, hazelnut. Very balanced, very harmoniously a lot of depth and with a pronounced intensity.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Citric, mainly lemon, smoke, pepper, ginger, almond, marzipan, vanilla, dried fruit. Nice creamy sweetness, superbly balanced. Very mouth-filling and powerful.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Blood orange, peppermint, raisins, slightly peppery, ginger, minimally peaty. Beautiful honey sweetness sticks, very harmonious. Very long finish.

  12. Benila scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

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

  13. Donald MacDuck scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

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  14. MikerG2k scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  15. sagara-kun scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    note 04/09/2020: 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 on the finish it is the explosion. Complete pleasure. A masterpiece.
    93-94

    note 14/12/2020: The nose is much more balanced after a few months aeration. I use another drink (cs cool against copita). This warm bread / citrus / medicinal balance works very well. The finish is still explosive and fantastic.
    94
    • Nose
      91 91
      A nose that definitely has a lot to tell. It evolves throughout the tasting. It's very integrated but requires a lot of ventilation.
      It all starts with a big dose of camphor which attacks the nostrils and sends us back to the hospital.
      Then when it subsides, we see other layers appear.
      A strong sea breeze and salty which brings freshness and delicacy.
      Freshly warmed white bread, yeast bread.
      A little kumquat, orange peel and lemon.
      Vanilla, light peat.
      Over time we have more and more fruit. The peat coils in the 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 haribos candies, citrus fruits. Orange, lemon, grapefruit.
      Harlequins!
      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's greedy, creamy, and delicious. Wow

  16. kimmosuo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  17. 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!

  18. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle # 3864 sold empty at ebay.

  19. 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
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/13186/longrow-14-year-old
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/11335/caol-ila-1974-sv
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/427/brora-3rd-release
    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
    Nose
    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 

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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)

  23. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:
    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2016/03/06/ardbeg-19741994-provenance-556-vol-ob/

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      89 89

  27. Cast Olila scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  28. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      96 96

  29. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points Photo Moderator

    The softness and mellowness is astonishing - one of my favorite Ardbegs!
    • Nose
      Fresh, fruity, citrus fruits, grapefruits, lemons, little vanilla, toasted bread, very soft notes of peat and smoke
    • Taste
      Wow! How smooth and creamy, oily and liquorice, citrus fruits, subtle sweetness, little toffee, meaty, ham
    • Finish
      Medium long, zesty - lots of pink grapefruits - I like them

  30. Przemyslaw Kopanczyk scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    http://www.worldwhiskybase.com/a/49-ardbeg/830-ardbeg-1974-provenance-23-year-old-55-60.html
    • Nose
      9,4 Dość ostra z nutami
      dymu torfowego oraz placka z jabłkami z akcentem cynamonu, kwiatów
      polnych, czerwonego grejpfruta oraz czarnego pieprzu.
    • Taste
      9,3 Mocno słodowa z nutą torfu, pomarańczy, imbiru, mięty oraz ciemnej czekolady z odrobiną ciemnej herbaty.
    • Finish
      9,3 Bardzo długi, rozgrzewający, dymny z akcentem imbiru, marcepanu, goździka, czarnego pieprzu oraz żółtego grejpfruta.

  31. Black Widow scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Three bottles of this Whisky was sold for 1.955 €, 1.985€ and 2.305€ at Whiskyauction in July 2015

  32. tebond968 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg 'Provenance' 1974, 55.6%, OB for Europe, 1997
    Gorgeous, elegant nose on soft, sweet peat mixed with lots of fruit (sweet apple and peach), some salt and leather. The tanning of leather. Old leather too. Beeswax, wax, the smell of old waxed leather. Really remarkable that leather. But he continues on herbs (nutmeg, clove and ginger) and light medicinal tests. Wonderful evolution. And so terrible (that word is actually a bit out of place here) is wonderful to smell. Stinging mouthfeel. The soft peat, the same spiciness, an equally delicious fruitiness ... sweet and sour apples, grapefruit, mandarin. The leather that also makes its appearance here. Dark chocolate melting on your tongue. Terrible (even that word is actually misplaced here) long aftertaste, on the delicious notes of taste. I can understand where that cult content comes from. 94/100 http://onversneden.com/2011/05/21/intermezzo-fulldram-supertasting/

  33. newman346 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Color: Shimmering, like a bullable Ardbegish bible. Nose: The emperor drifts, Shakitt iron is truly a dignity. Attack: The unique, spoonful feeling without a dip. Saltiness is no longer necessary. Sandiness is from behind. Phenolic feeling is also from behind. Faint feeling of liqueur is also faint. Body: A uniform heavy, tightened super heavyweight class. Iron wall is thick, feeling of armor too strong. Taste: I do not understand anything. Such two missing two heads. No odd feeling of wheat. Strange woody None. As if as Saka Seiya's golden saint's virgin Shaka. Just opening both eyes, Tianmai treasure bursts, everything is canceled. Consonant demon technique. With the passage of time, even though there is a nuance of the seawater system, it never turns into Oyaji Gish. There is no oilyness. Crisp and mellow. But it does not become a dish like melon taste. Dare to rise, peaty shower. Finish: The seventh impression, like an imaginary incarnation when winning Rao with a fist of Hokuto. Bloodless rhythm, which is not like iron, feels even transparent and sublime. Well, although label design is wrong, it is not buying jacket, but rather than this work, it is already feeling, Ardbegish after a long time! Ardbegish! ! Ardbegish! ! ! Ardbegish! ! ! ! https://whisky2010.usukeba.com/u/whisky2010/1fyharsdxxwmnr

  34. wheatfield scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Took some hard work peeling off the wax, but it came away in a strangely satisfying way, like an adult candy wrapper.  Honey gold pour, much darker than the new 10 year old.  Nose is a pleasant and dancing collage of peat smoke, baked apple, touches of used car oil, Thanksgiving spices.  Flavors are explosive and evolving.  Myriads of apple, from dry apple ice wine to baked apple pie, to tart green apple.  Layers and layers of peat smoke.  Diesel oil?  Yet so light and again, dancing along the palate.  Finish is lively, long, beautiful!

    I've been drinking slowly from this bottle.  As it breathes it becomes a bit darker in character. More honey elements and oddly, a good smack of dried herbs (basil, thyme, etc). Olive oil candy, if there's such a thing. Pretty fantastic subtleness here.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  35. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/vier-rare-islay-whiskys-aus-dem-jahr-1974-32680/ Color: Corn yellow - full gold
    Nose: Maritime, sweet honey notes paired with ripe apple aromas; Hay and peat bales are immediately present. Then, a little later, lime juice with lots of vanilla, carambola (star fruit) and slightly sour tropical fruits with spicy tobacco, a little salt and smoke.
    Taste: Oily and powerful, salty smoke and lots of peat with sweetish moments of honey, vanilla, jam and syrup. Aromas of grapefruit and lemon, which are already drying and are lined with black pepper, lots of soot and ash.
    Finish: Not that long! Dry, coal and ash, getting dustier. Again, the slightly sour tropical fruits and with concentrated peat and dry cocoa powder on the tongue.
    92 points (nose: 91 / taste: 93 / finish: 93)

  36. granella2003 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Spiced, rich nose with notes of baked apple and cinnamon. Hints of beeswax,
      potpourri and iodine. A little furniture polish, dried apricot, sticking
      plasters and parsley.
    • Taste
      Herbal and very complex palate with fiery peat
      smoke and citrus zest. Bitter lime juicy, caramel, toasted teacakes and cocoa
      powder. Hints of curry spice and cardamom.
    • Finish
      Very long finish with hints of burnt sugar, black
      pepper and mixed spices

  37. alectron scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Single dram note. 2013_02
    • Nose
      coal, shoe polish, circular saw blades (when cutting metal/sparking...), leather, faint sweetness, plums, dry  leaves, curry. (94)
      Later: develops a very nice & pleasant sweetness, but not quite as unique as before. (93)
    • Taste
      camphor, some rubber, chamomille & old balsamico, metal polish, stewed plums. (89)
      later: develops a funny perfumey-/soapy-ness (somewhat close to green tea-esque soapyness if steeped too long, but sweeter) out of what seemed to have been the chamomille. Interesting & very unique, but not quite my cup. (86)
    • Finish
      coal, cassis, caramel, camphor, lapsang,  very long and ever changing.  (95)

  38. The Macallan scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Remembered this one well. Tasted it in Scotland in just a few years after they bottled it.

    The smokey, somewhat exotic fruity and vanillins like aroma was a great experience. The flavor was delicate peaty with a burst of fruity/vanillins like flavor. The finish gives you a great smokey/woody, fruity dryish aftertaste. A stunning dram!!!

  39. Bachess did not rate this whisky Administrator

    Expression: ProvenanceBatch: 1st ReleaseVintage: 1974Bottled: 18 November, 1997Age: 23ABV: 55.6%Bottle Size: 70clCask Type: BourbonNumber of Bottles: UK/EU ~3600; Asia ~400; Total of ~4000Bottle # Range: UK: 1-400, 501-700, 2001-5009; Asia: 1001-1400Bottled for: UK, Europe, AsiaBox: Wooden Presentation BoxInsert/Booklet: Parchment: 18 November, 1997Front Label: Black; Bottle NumberBack Label: None; Japan LabelInitial Cost: 250 GBPInfo from: www.ardbegproject.com

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