Ardbeg 1975

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
30 Jun 2009 5:10 pm

Average value

€ 1447.67

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116 × member ratings

214 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1975

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.92 points

  1. Waykid scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    An interesting and certainly very, very good one. Surprisingly soft and round, and showing rather the square of the effects of smoky distillate than smoke as such. For one who is not accustomed to these older classic-era A:s but to the contemporary youthful heavy hitters the character is really of a crimson velvet compared to marine blue raw denim. Because of this the low strength didn't really bother me. Excellent!
    • Nose
      Soft and round fruitiness with the Ardbeggian green apple and applehut, floorpolish and hazelnut, band aids. The smoke is very gentle and round, almost disappearing. Ammonium chloride - or salmiak if you like - grows stronger by the minute as it opens up. Very pleasant and refined.
    • Taste
      Immediate salmiak, also liquorice and salmiak-tar-lozenges, cough mixture, iodine and some old apothecary herbal notes. Herbal liquer as in Jägermeister. The smoke is really very gentle and somehow oblique: it stays in the background. Develops under these stars to a really nice, round and deep unity of a all these features.
    • Finish
      Long, pleasantly salmiak-malty.

  2. Thermidor scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    1975-2000 has a couple of common characteristics with the modern 10yo, but as could be expected deviates quite wildly in body and aftertaste, and in the way it settles in the mouth after swallowing. Less fiery and burning, and more just a blooming of cocoa mixed with ashes. 

    In a lineup consisting of the current Ten (85 pts.), Corryvreckan [2013] (88), Alligator (88), Elements of Islay Ar4 (91) and this 1975, I noticed that after the first sip from each glass I was constantly looking forward to coming back to this one. I'd ranked it as a good Ardbeg, but somehow the way it stood its ground against the younger, more upfront ones made me appreciate it that much more.
    • Nose
      The nose is layered, detailed. The top layer is slightly vinegarish. Ardbeg themselves mention cocoa which is noticeable (van Houtens comes to mind) and pine, which is also fitting. A bit of Laphroaig-style bandages too. Quite refined and although obviously quite peaty, still very gentle next door to a glass of the current 10yo. The 10yo is more overtly smoky and fireplace sooty, with salinity creeping in after a drop of water. Back to the 1975's nose: leather, window cleaner, and some kind of a grass. The tiniest whiff of vanilla/oak.
    • Taste
      Body: velvety, with very minimal peat burn. [insert generic whining about 43% although this body is still well intact] Liquorice, then an amazing hit of impossible to miss salmiak. Slight pineapple-like fruitiness. Very aromatic but not a heavy hitter. Rather it just slowly sinks in, developing a cocoa note, then cloves and old oak with a side of tar and pool water as it goes, ending with charcoal. Some vinegariness that's not an off-note. Ashes, then a surprise hit of uncooked pasta. With a little water the peat becomes stronger.
    • Finish
      After swallowing it slowly settles everywhere in the mouth and digs in as if rather tannic.

  3. gossm01 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    It has a relatively oily viscosity and its bouquet is of relatively strong intensity. I have aromas of dry peat smoke, citrus fruit, salt, spicy oak, apple, liquorice, menthol, light vanilla and ash. Relatively complex. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. The alcohol is very well integrated and it has a relatively heavy body.

  4. ZhengMoMo scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Delicate, elegant, full, round, but somewhat delicate
    • Nose
      Elegant, cream cheese, roasted nuts, fragrant pear, oak, light smoke, motor oil.
    • Taste
      Plump, pear juice, apple, orange mousse, sweet, sea salt, light smoky.
    • Finish
      Long, sea salt, lemon, tail gas.

  5. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Not a very long finish but i like the old profile! 
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. MikerG2k scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Prototypical "old style" Ardbeg. Green apples, fresh sea air, old driftwood, standing in a forrest after the rain. Ozone, subdued peat and a bonfire on the beach. I find the nose to be more rewarding than the palette. Its a little too soft and round for my taste. Nothing really sticks out. Its mingled perfectly together after centuries in glass. Its very silky, and yes - smooth... (yes I said it). The low ABV and the bottle-aging did not help either. A very nice easy drinking dram, but obviously too expensive for that. Great whisky and I'm glad to have tasted it, but this is more for people who like their Ardbegs tamed.

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    Actually this is one of the smoother Ardbegs. No big peat or lemony - thus not extremely typical. Nevertheless because it's so smooth it is pretty drinkable.
    • Nose
      Ripe bananas, faint notes of peat and smoke, some honey - actually the nose is pretty reluctant
    • Taste
      Very oily, liquorice and smooth, it's not burning at all, balanced notes of peat, smoke, oak wood and sweetness, I would say there are little grassy notes
    • Finish
      Medium long, smooth

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

    This Whisky was sold for an average of 543 € at Whiskyauction in Jan. 2016


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