Ardbeg 1973

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
31 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
49.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Italy Italy
Added on
21 nov 2007 8:36 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 13999.00

40 × in wishlist

40 × member ratings

49 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1973

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.70 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Huh ...
    • Nose
      94 94
      Clearly recognizable and yes: rich peat smoke, which I would not have expected at this age. Mineral and maritime, at the same time with a mild fruity note of grated apples, lime slices and mandarins sprinkled with lemon water. Cloves, chervil and tarragon, in the distance warm tar and machine oil. All of this so finely interwoven and yet so clearly recognizable that it is a pure pleasure to be able to hold your nose over the glass.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Incredibly soft and creamy on the tongue, just a caress like silk on the skin. You can almost completely forget to think about the further composition of the taste while you are amazed at this velvety-soft feeling and try to hold it on your tongue. Here now mild peat smoke, which you can tell on the tongue that it had enough time to soften. Nonetheless, the peat smoke is clearly noticeable, beautiful in combination with lemon and lime, but without showing the ashiness of young Ardbeg. Here, too, minerally, maritime, salty. Atlantic coast, a mild summer evening, a small fire, sand underfoot. Hardly dry, the creaminess remains until the end.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Not to be expected otherwise, that this is not a short introduction without an encore. Stays for a very long time - really, very long. Can convey an unbelievably maritime feeling, is pleasantly salty and subtly fruity with limes and rose hips. The campfire and the peat smoke wave goodbye.

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  3. MaltMinute scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    Anything above 4 or 5 thousand euros for this is a joke. The sellers and retailers asking 5 figures should be ashamed of themselves. I'd go so far as to say do not support them with your business.

  4. mawean scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Typical Ardbeg honey and lemon note. Also some red fruits and espresso. Quite silky in the beginning. Plus a very strong/peculiar petrol note which enhances complexity. And which arrives rather punchy (in a good way). Quite long finish where peat, liquorice, salt and red fruits remain.

  5. jbo100 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Perfect harmony of peat, Diesel and red fruit, quite salty, extremely long finish on oranges and salt

  6. Jonas88 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Peat, tar, lemon zest, raisins, dried dates, some ginger. Peat is nice and bold, with some notes of poignant pepper, spices and HP sauce.
    Ripe pineapple, apples, raisins and honey - everything coated in very delicate and tender peat. Then salted almonds, some hints of camphor and herbs over the sea salt.
    Long, peated, a bit bitter, but then sweetish, with some fruit components. A great old-style peater.

  7. detachedblue scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Classic peat, thick and oily, musty, mud, dog shit, a touch of the farm, high esters, a lot of tar, cigar boxes, asphalt. Fresh components are here as well, dried herbs, rotten root vegetables, more lemony after a moment, fresh cream. More fresh fruits came through, more tropical fruits after open up, amazing!
    • Taste
      Mellow and rich, fresh double creams, a lot of tropical fruits, dried mango, and coconut, new shoes, the peat is obvious but rather dancing with the fruits, a lot of fried herbs, and refreshing banana liquor. Dynamic.
    • Finish
      Long, a little bit cardboardy, licorice, a lot of peat and tar. Huge chocolate spices.

  8. bokhanov scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Thick color, thick flavor, thick taste. It's not very simple. It is better to try.

  9. P.A.O.K.you_are did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    1973/2004 (49.5%, OB, Manager’s
    Choice for Italy, cask #1146)
    Colour: gold. Nose: much more classically
    Ardbeg, with lots of tar, peat smoke,
    liquorice, wet hay and wet dog plus
    a little eucalyptus and camphor as
    well as lemon juice and fresh almonds.
    Very bold and sort of electric. Huge
    notes of new tyres, coal smoke…
    This is just ‘Ardbeg’.
    Fab stuff. Mouth: a superb attack
    again, on espresso coffee, chestnut
    honey and of course lots of peat.
    Peated malt (grains), salted liquorice,
    hints of cloves and nutmeg plus some
    great oaky tones… Gets very
    medicinal… and a long finish
    on chlorophyll, peat, liquorice and
    a pinch of salt… Yes, just fab
    and, again, dangerously drinkable.
    95 points.


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