Ardbeg 1972

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
31 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
49.2 % Vol.
700 ml
France France
Added on
21 nov 2007 8:36 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 8082.97

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1972

7 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.56 points.

  1. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Edel-Altersardbeg, will probably. Some ultras of the younger bottlings are already too elegant, I think they are perfectly aged. It still retains a bit of freshness, has complexity and a fantastic finish.
    • Nose
      Unusually elegant and noble even for 70s Ardbeg, sweet ginger, anise, green tea, almonds, a subtle hint of orange peel and apple chips, old, dry leather, camphor, thyme, light, delicate herbal honey, vanilla
    • Taste
      Ginger tea, thyme, orange peel, full and elegant at the same time, almonds, camphor, liquorice, delicate and yet clearly present smoke, fine salt, olives, capers, a hint of pepper, fennel, green apple, nettle tea
    • Finish
      Perfectly rounded malt and leather, lamp oil, dry tobacco, walnut, peanut, long, ingenious, cardamom

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  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    creamy fruity and zesty, very good

  4. Streitum scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Fruity, apples, apricots, neat peat and smoke, then honey and vanilla. Superb!
    Taste: Creamy, sirupy, good sweetness, more peat and smoke, bonfires, very fruity, tropical fruits, plenty of vanilla, spices!
    Finish: Very long, warm, fruity, good balance of bitterness and sweetness. Great!

  5. Juhugustad scored this whisky 99 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Smoke, bonfire, citrus zest, apples, grapes, nuts with some grassy notes.
    Taste: sweet peat, spices, minerals, nice oak wood notes. Tons of fruits, grapefruit, orange zest, red apples, some raspberry.
    Finish: long, very long. Delicate and great even after 20 minutes.

  6. The Macallan scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Found this version well hidden during a whisky festival in Holland! (officially French Market)

    Nose: delicate smoke, with a lovely coastal saltiness, later some vanilla/toffee sweetness combined with some lovely estery notes.

    Palate:  a burst of peatsmoke with a salty, drying, sweet, some what bitter.

    Finish: very smokey, flavorish, drying, typical, Ardbeg style

  7. ALouis scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Color: Gold
    Nose : Superb nose expressive and elegant combining all the elements of a good islay: A fine peat and chiseled on antiseptic and hospital nicely mixed with citrus, lemon and grapefruit. It then evolves on more marine notes of seaweed, oyster and coaltar.
    With aeration the nose becomes more mineral and lemony. Palate : The palate is dull, complex and easy drinkable at the same time.The aromas of the nose are all there but everything is superbly melted, you mix carefully peat, more on the tar this time, lemon, seaweed, oyster, coaltar and beautiful mineral notes and you get this divine nectar. Endless finale on peat, lemon and wet stone. 32 years of cask and not a trace of wood, a typical Ardbeg of this vintage.

  8. magic_slim scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Pure old Ardbeg at its best.
    • Nose
      Powerful and fresh despite of its age. Very delicate peat with plenty of grapefruit flavor. Smoked fish and sea spray complete an extraordinary wonderful nose.
    • Taste
      Powerful and heavily peated. Dry with an earthy humus component and lots of smoke. There is a slightly bitter grapefruit component. Then there are camphor and some spicy chili notes. Very tasty.
    • Finish
      Long, dry and peaty without any failure.


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