Ardbeg 1973 DL

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Old & Rare - The Platinum Selection
Stated Age
36 years old
Number of bottles
44.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 jun 2009 6:02 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 2390.00

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1973 DL

6 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.34 points.

  1. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Dark gold
    Fruit combined with wet ashes, coal, lead, old cardboard, leather and a lot of smoke. Very sweet peat brew and delicious phenols pair with vanilla, green apple and grapefruit to create a fantastic Old Style Ardbeg nose - wow!
    Powerfully building up after a moment of thought. Peat, ash, smoky and still fruity and sweet. Grapefruit, soft lemon, some malt, cane sugar, charcoal, phenols, honey and green apple - great!
    Long - spicy, peaty, smoky and sometimes still fruity. Tart and drier on the tongue, which makes this old style Ardbeg even more interesting.
    93 points
    N: 94P / G: 93P / F: 93P

  2. checkpointrk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  3. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ruben scored it also 95:

  4. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 950 € at Whiskyauction in Jan. 2015

  5. Rossi99 scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    A very good old style Ardbeg..fruity, easy peat and the alcohol is well integrated..It's what an good Ardbeg should be, To my opinion.. Just simply beautiful~~ :) 

  6. WhiskyJug scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg 36 yo 1973/2009 (44.7%, Douglas Laing, Platinum, 78 bottles)
    more or less sixty litres, that's all was left in this noble old cask.
    Let's hope it's not too woody or tired. Colour: pale gold. Nose: it's
    not woody and it's not tired. Perfectly 'Ardbeg', starting with rather
    more lemon and apples than in the other ones that we just had, and also
    with more wax, almond oil and marzipan. Quite some soot as well, quite
    some shoe polish, then more grass, clay and chalk, the whole getting
    drier by the minute. Also pretty much the same medicinal notes as in the
    1974 (cloves, gin, tincture of iodine). Globally austere, it'll all
    happen on the palate I guess. Well, I hope. Mouth: hmm... Does Ardbeg
    keep above 30yo? Good questing, eh!? I must say I've had quite a few
    Ardbegs that had spent more than 30 or even 35 years in wood - many have
    been disappointing. I believe Ardbeg (well, old-style Ardbeg) shines at
    25 to 30 years of age but sort of nosedives after that, whish is... not
    the case here (S., you s** s**!) Still perfect, still pretty nervous,
    even if it became thicker and even kind of liqueur-ish after 36 years. A
    lot of earth, peat, leather, lemon marmalade, a saltiness, tar, ham,
    smoked salmon, salted liquorice, oysters... The bigness of this is
    actually pretty incredible. Finish: very long and kind of penetrating.
    Really an Ardbeg liqueur at very high strength. Funny notes of kippers
    in the aftertaste. Comments: I had thought that there was no more great
    Ardbeg (I mean really great) in the Scottish warehouses. Are 78 bottles
    enough to prove me wrong? SGP:367 - 95 points.


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