Ardbeg 1974 Provenance

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
3rd Release
Stated Age
25 years old
Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
55.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottle code
L 0 089 4ML 1458 or 1505
Bottled for
US and Asian market
Added on
15 jul 2009 5:33 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 3926.40

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg 1974 Provenance

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.10 points.

  1. Bachess did not rate this whisky Administrator

    Expression: ProvenanceBatch: 3rd ReleaseVintage: 1974Bottled: 29 March, 2000Age: 25ABV: 55%Bottle Size: 750mlCask Type: BourbonNumber of Bottles: ~500Bottle # Range: 5010-5504Bottled for: US, AsiaBox: Wooden Presentation BoxInsert/Booklet: Parchment: 29 March, 2000Front Label: Black; Bottle NumberBack Label: US Gov't Warning; Japan LabelInitial Cost: 595 USDInfo from:

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  3. Whiskyisfordrinking did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    N: Ardbeg typical, the nose immediately recognizable as Ardbeg, bourbon cask, vanilla, smoke and sweet aromas, light oak, solid.
    G: cold ash meets vanilla and oak, unmistakably Ardbeg again, good power without burning.
    A: some dark chocolate, the smoke is set back, rather creamy, slightly woody, but meant in a positive way.

    Compared to today's bottlings, it's surprising how easy it is to guess as a typical Ardbeg.

  4. pere scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    I think this might be even a notch better than any of the bourbon single casks that I've tried. The taste is not as powerful or clean and crisp as in some single casks, but the complexity is on the next level.

  5. MaltMinute scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    This is one of those exceptionally rare malts where the quality ALMOST justifies the absurd price. Take the flavour profile of 70s Ardbeg and elevate it to its most perfect form. Certainly the best OB Ardbeg I've ever tried. A truly breathtaking dram.

  6. Vince scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    A legend. I can think of very few labels that capture so well the importance of provenance as well as this one on this whisky. I think this term fits what should be associated with producing top quality whisky so well; quite different from the engineered, wood finish and non-age statement whiskies churned out en masse now.

    Incredible layering of aromas and flavours, but no overwhelming peat hammer as in modern Islays. Smoky, salty liquorice? What a finish! Very balanced but extremely powerful at the same time (understated power--just like a huge ocean swell, seems peaceful and rolling, but can lift massive ships with little effort).

    Tried in a Tokyo hotel many years ago; a real eye opener in terms of what whisky could taste like!

  7. Ginger2015 scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Flawless whisky after 19 years in the bottle.

  8. checkpointuk scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    best of the 4 Provenance versions

  9. tebond968 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg 1974 'Provenance', 55%, OB March 29, 2000 for Asia & US, third release, bottle no 5060, 75 cl
    Pfiew, what smells this heavenly! Sweet peat smoke, old waxed leather, oak furniture, light silty, mature oak, soft herbs such as liquorice, ginger and cinnamon, freshly baked croissants, honey, hot apple pie (or is it apricot pie? No, it is both), lapsang souchong tea , a little bit of iodine ... wow! I know that an enumeration of associations does not say much, it only shows that this whisky has a complex nose. But you must smell this, this is so good, beautifully woven, nothing sharp, and it keeps on evolving. Smells come, stimulate your senses, go away again and re-emerge. So heavenly. The taste is certainly as complex and equally good. Well, 'good' is a slight understatement here. Sweet peat, salty, light medicinality, beeswax, olive oil (first pressing - yeah right), soft caramel, apples, mandarin, pepper, ginger, milk chocolate and cake. Not that all that is, but I do not want to dig further, but to enjoy further. The whole is very oily, slightly greasy. Very long aftertaste, on the most sublime peat, salt, herbs and fruit. Ardbeg at its absolute top and yet beautiful two points more than the 'Europe'. 96/100


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