Ardbeg 1974 SV

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Vintage Collection - Dumpy
Stated Age
23 years old
Oak Cask
Number of bottles
51.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 jun 2015 7:39 am by Sir Ardbeg
UncoloredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 700.00

3 × in wishlist

7 × member ratings

13 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1974 SV

One user has left a review for this whisky. Average rating is 90.80 points.

  1. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 86 points Shoplink Moderator

    This was a very strange experience. At the first tasting together with whisky friends, I wouldn't give a damn for it. It was quite boring and reminded me a lot of the Teacher's 12yo from the 80's that I finished recently. By the way, both result in plus or minus the same distillation time, so it's actually not too surprising - perhaps considering the possibility of the same variety of barley used.

    Luckily, I had a large enough sample to take it twice more. And especially the second time it was a completely different experience. No, it wasn't a hit that would make me seek out a bottle, but it was definitely an interesting experience with some taste sensations that I haven't experienced in any other whisky before (eg horseradish).

    I'm going to repeat myself, but once again it was confirmed to me how very misleading - both positively and negatively - the evaluation of a whisky based on just one tasting can be.

    One way or another, however, I still don't understand the over 90-point rating here, which seems to me to be a little overshot, and in my opinion more influenced by the vintage and the distillery than by the exceptionality of the bottle itself.
    • Nose
      Vanilla wafers, light anise, pickled cucumbers (including dill), cinnamon, licorice, vanilla pudding, vanilla rolls, sage and orange peel.

      +H2O: Light lemon zest, cucumber salad, cake crumbs and butter.
    • Taste
      Very (albeit brutally) dense and quite sweet. In other words, syrupy. Alcohol beautifully integrated. Smoke just a little. Honey, pounded (flour) apple, licorice, horseradish, leek, hot radish, boiled ginger, mint and dark chocolate. Especially at the beginning, a strong burning sensation.

      +H2O: Toothpaste, hazelnut in honey and rancid butter.
    • Finish
      Relatively dry. Mint and menthol, anise, cumin and vanilla sugar. After a longer time, then a bay leaf.

      +H2O: Slightly bitter and slightly waxy. Citrus peel, sage tea, fennel and a hint of honeycomb. Anise and licorice linger, as well as mint and menthol.


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