Ardbeg 1975 DL

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Old Malt Cask
Stated Age
25 years old
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 dec 2007 9:12 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 3312.17

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1975 DL

14 users have left 16 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.16 points.

  1. Vmarcinv scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    NOSE-delicate, completely unlike new Ardbegs, citrus, maritime, a lot of salt, subtle smoke, some flowers but also a kind of delicate metallic.
    TASTE - just like on the nose, delicate menthol, more smoke, turns into strong citrus bathed in sea water, a little honey and sweeter tropical fruits,
    FINISH - coherent, not so spectacular, there is a lot of smoke, citrus, mineral, some salty notes. It's not the longest ... why they lower him :(

    To sum up a great ardbeg very complex. I regret not in CS a bit - maybe the finish would be longer, but 94/95 for me. By far the best I've had.

  2. prz22 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Very smooth, classic, ardbeggish Ardbeg. Simple but beautiful.

  3. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
      Very sharp, with citrusy, sour notes. A fresh peat, somewhat vegetal in a good way, along with elevated maritime notes -- salt, sea air, fishing boat, kippers, Spanish sardines in olive oil -- in a background of soft, creamy vanilla. This is wonderful.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Very maritime, a bit grassy, more smoke here than the nose. Lots of citrus, more so lemons. Surprisingly soft. Feels less than 50%, and less viscous/heavy than I was expecting. Its reputation imply this is one of the best 1970's Ardbeg OMC's but I think there is at least one better:
    • Finish
      92 92
      Decent length, of sea and salt, and freshly caught fish. Not a stellar finish, but good enough.

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 97 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2003]  I emptied a bottle together with friends that I bought for 249 Deutschmark (127 Euro) in April, 2001.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 95++.  My notes state the most extreme Ardbeggish profile I ever came across - a must try to everyone that has the chance to do so...

  5. torstenB scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    For some reason i always get the overall Impression of italian Grappa instead of Ardbeg. For me the worst Ardbeg ever.
    • Nose
      antiseptc, i get flavours of grappa
    • Taste
      medicinal, grapes
    • Finish
      medicinal, perfumed

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    Beside the OB single casks certainly one of the best Ardbegs
    • Nose
      Citrusy, lemony, smoky - the typical respectively the best Ardbeg style
    • Taste
      Sweet honey and fruity with smokey peaty body - also very typical Ardbeg- this one is just especially thick and oily
    • Finish
      Long finish and very balanced with of all the typical Ardbeg aromas

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      94 94

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    Thick, smoky, smooth, sweet - just a fantastic whisky!

  9. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur Color: white wine
    Nose: Right at the beginning there is a metallic note (metal polish) in the glass. In addition an extremely high salt, lemon extract of the finest quality, gentle hints of vanilla and fruit gum as well as creamy lemon yoghurt and honey. The whole smoky and only slightly peaty lined. In addition, after a prolonged "breathing", orange joins in and revives the metallic character slightly more easily.
    Taste: Fruity-peaty-smoky with a lot of spice - great start! Lemons, pineapples, limes, oranges and honeydew melon, combined with a lot of salt, red and black peppercorns, caramelized smoke as well as peat, peat, peat ... and again peat!
    Finish: Not even as long as you would expect from the taste! The finish starts with the same flavor components, but a little sweeter (juicy orange and honey). Again, the smoky peat is the last thing you notice.
    93 points (nose: 92 / taste: 94 / finish: 92)

  10. ASWhisky scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    typical Ardbeg lemon / caramel note
    In addition, fruity floral notes and pepper sharpness
    only slightly maritime notes
    beautiful remains the combination of sweet caramel / yellow fruit with the salt of the sea
    an Ardbeg of the many might like
    and easy to drink

    I touched the skye

    in the tasting vs
    • Nose
      soft smoke with lemon / caramel notes
      Lemon and caramel are well interwoven
      fine sand silt
      fruity (yellow fruit)
      fresh potting soil with violet odor and mint oil
      old leather with fishy smell
    • Taste
      nice intense chocolate note
      Pepper on the tongue and palate on the palate
      which dissolves in floral notes
      Smoke develops mainly in the throat (menthol fish smoke with pepper sharpness)
    • Finish
      medium, rather dry
      a bit woody bitter
      Lemon, caramel
      Fish, maritime
      sweet barrel flavors with bitter palate (wood ash)

  11. Cast Olila scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      96 96

  12. whioli scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  13. Master Quill scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Drink up, oxidizes very quickly.

  14. ontherocks scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    I had this one several times in early 70ies Ardbeg verticals. It`s not the roundest or most balanced of them but definitely the most complex and interesting. That makes it my personal favourite.

  15. Furtia scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  16. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      96 96


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