Ardbeg 1974

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Calculated age
32 years old
Bourbon cask
Number of bottles
54.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Germany Germany
Added on
21 nov 2007 8:36 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 5309.13

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36 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1974

2 users have left 2 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.82 points.

  1. detachedblue scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    There is certainly too much hype here. Most ratings here are very high, kind of strange for being the first review.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Very clean and citrusy peat here, banana cream, distillate drive, a dirty old leather shop, a touch of overripe pineapple here, very balanced peater, good.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Big, extremely salty and intense, seashells, oysters, some old phenolic characters, residue from a petrol tank, amazingly fresh and balanced, some rich leather, banana and mint cream, some herb medicine, turning a bit bitter at the end.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, oily, burned popcorn, some bitter oak, very spicy.

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  3. PersonalWhiskyCoach did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ardbeg 1974/2006 (54.5%, OB, bourbon, cask #3326, 110 bottles) 
    One hundred and ten bottles, how rare is this one? Now all these 1974s that they had bottled around 2005 came out with a very low outturn, for no reasons that I could understand. So they've all become extremely rare. This one I had never tried, by the way. In life, you just have to wait… Colour: deep gold. Nose: this is like coming home. Smoked bananas and tarry ropes, grapefruit liqueur, fresh concrete and old garage, fresh almonds and shoe polish… I don't think you can do much better as far as heavier peaters go. Wonderful austerity. With water: our dear chalky Sancerre, with a drop of tar liqueur poured in. Mouth (neat): totally huge and concentrated, almost too extreme. I am joking, that's like claiming that Tyson was too strong. Loads of bitter oranges, huge tarriness, the feeling of eating a new pair of boots, a ton of mint, licking new Pirellis… Well this was Ardbeg as in Ardbeg. With water: in the own words of Roy Liechtenstein, wham! Please call the Anti-Maltoporn Brigade before it is too late. Finish: what a coda. One of the tarriest there ever was. Comments: this experience is almost animal, there's nothing to think about, no speculations to be had, the whisky just dominates you, whichever your reactions. Whisky for masochists? Perhaps…
    SGP:568 - 94 points.


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