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Overall rating
90.34/100
votes
45
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Mellow Matured
Vintage
1974
Bottled
1996
Stated Age
22 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Licenza UTIF 16 - Bologna
Added on
17 Apr 2016 1:51 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 778,00

5 × in wishlist

45 × member ratings

35 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1974 GM

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.34 points

  1. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    atypical
    • Nose
      medicinal peat
      menthol
      pine sap
    • Taste
      chlorophyll
      peat
    • Finish
      long

  2. aphex scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Sample from a bottle opened for a while.

    I love this kind of subtle and melted nose (thanks to the OBE). The mouth was unfortunately not so lucky with it but the pleasure is still there. That's what fantastic with old whiskies. I can't imagine how this bottle was a few years ago.

    Tasting notes from july 2017.
    • Nose
      Subtle peat with seabreeze. Aeration brings lemony notes, a touch of ashes and pine resin. Everything is melted.
    • Taste
      Very diluted but the lemony and ashy notes are still there behind a light veil of smoke. Light coastal notes.
    • Finish
      Long. Ashes, smoke, maritime notes.

  3. tebond968 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg 22y 1974/1996, 40%, G & M for Italy (Sestante), white label - Islay - 89/100
    The nose is very soft ... sea, salt, seaweed, very zubtile all. Light smoke too, and iodium. Juicy, sweet orange. Blessed! The taste is also soft and gives salt, smoke and peaches in syrup. Misses some punch. Yes, on the taste he loses some points. Not a very long but tasty, salty aftertaste.

    Conclusion? Very tasty whisky, but he could be something more powerful. And, I miss the soft, sweet peat that is so characteristic of Ardbeg from that period. I do not earn 94 points for me, but 71 much less. 89 it will be.
    The whisky level in Geert's bottle was already low, forgotten questions how long the bottle was already open. If the bottle has been open for several years, it is perhaps logical that the phenols are largely volgaged, and that my closed bottle still has these phenols. Or not, of course. Pfff ... open or not? Given the resale value, I will soon venture for it anyway, I think. The mellow matured whisky (frankly absolutely no idea what that 'mellow matured' refers to) in my bottle is still relatively high in the neck and the whisky itself is pretty 'limpid', that Italian tax label will have to believe it anyway. http://onversneden.com/2009/11/05/ardbeg-22y-1974-%E2%80%98mellow-matured%E2%80%99/

  4. checkpointuk scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/vier-rare-islay-whiskys-aus-dem-jahr-1974-32680/ Color: straw yellow / pale gold
    Nose: Very soft and fresh, salty lemon, seawater, slightly peaty malt and wet damming, round and discreet, with little aromas on the nose.
    Taste: Spicy-flowery and slightly soapy-perfumed, soft and flattened-round, later saltier and only slightly tingling. Lime and lemon are in the foreground. Peat and smoke are present, but like the entire range very, very thin.
    Finish: maximum medium length. Now a bit more peaty smoke, but still flowery-sweet. The lime fruit gets company of some ashes and coal. Without any wrong notes, the malt sounds dry and soft.
    Comment: Blind we would never have typed here on Ardbeg! It looks like there are two different bottlings with the same label! A very good and an oxidized, slightly broken version (unfortunately not visible externally). We definitely did not catch the very good version. This one was very flattened and with little flavors - a pity!
    84 points (nose: 83 / taste: 84 / finish: 85)

  5. checkpointuk scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/vier-rare-islay-whiskys-aus-dem-jahr-1974-32680/ Color: straw yellow / pale gold
    Nose: Very soft and fresh, salty lemon, seawater, slightly peaty malt and wet damming, round and discreet, with little aromas on the nose.
    Taste: Spicy-flowery and slightly soapy-perfumed, soft and flattened-round, later saltier and only slightly tingling. Lime and lemon are in the foreground. Peat and smoke are present, but like the entire range very, very thin.
    Finish: maximum medium length. Now a bit more peaty smoke, but still flowery-sweet. The lime fruit gets company of some ashes and coal. Without any wrong notes, the malt sounds dry and soft.
    Comment: Blind we would never have typed here on Ardbeg! It looks like there are two different bottlings with the same label! A very good and an oxidized, slightly broken version (unfortunately not visible externally). We definitely did not catch the very good version. This one was very flattened and with little flavors - a pity!
    84 points (nose: 83 / taste: 84 / finish: 85)

  6. checkpointuk scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    the bottle we tasted was very flad without great notes of old Ardbeg! Tasting notes follow... it seems there are two different types of bottles with the same Label - one really good and one defective (oxidised)!

    This one here is the same as the Ardbeg 1974 22y OB Mellow matured in the Base!

     

     

  7. checkpointuk scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    the bottle we tasted was very flad without great notes of old Ardbeg! Tasting notes follow...

  8. Missalotta scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    If you open up this bottle, in a very short time your room smells such as has burned.
    Thats a wee dram for special opportunitys. Phantastic

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