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30 Apr 2011

Ardbeg 1972 (DL for Alambic Germany)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Ardbeg

A few Ardbeg distilled in 1972 are truly legendary. The one for Velier Italy, the Ardbeggedon for PLOWED… many of them appear in shortlists of connoisseurs.

The one we’re tasting now is quite famous as well. It was distilled in November 1972 and bottled for Alambic Classique, a German spirits importer founded by Hermann Suppanz.

 

Ardbeg 1972 DL Alambic GermanyArdbeg 28 yo 1972 (50,1%, Douglas Laing for Alambic Classique Germany 2000,
234 btl.)

Nose: wow. Let’s start by saying it’s quite organic and farmy, with notes of fern forest and wet leaves. Stables and sheep. Tobacco as well. Then some deep tarry notes and peat, nicely balanced. On a third layer, there’s something in between mint and dental filling material, if you know what I mean. Medicinal and mineral notes, maybe even some rubber or diesel. Leather. Algae. Quite dry, but wonderful. Mouth: quite dry again and rather salty. Liquorice and ashes. Lovely peat with camphor. Again some rubber. Cecina de León. Lots of algae. Not overly complex and missing punch in the middle, but still excellent. Finish: long, salty and dry.

Spitzenklasse, as they say in Germany. A true classic and as I said, it’s famous so the last bottle sold on Whiskyauction fetched € 740. Many thanks for the sample, Thomas!

Score: 94/100

Ardbeg 1972 (DL for Alambic Germany) 5 Ruben Luyten 2011-04-30
  • ALouis

    Both are amazing whisky:
    Ardbeg 28 yo 1972/2000 (50.1%, DL for Alambic Germany, 234 bottles)
    Ardbeg 28 yo 1972/2001 (48.8%, DL OMC for Alambic Germany, 252 bottles)

    Very good selection!!!!
    I bought the 2 bottles at 400 euros a few weeks ago 😉

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    I’d rather not know that kind of information 😉
    Nice catch.

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  • Tony: Yes, lower! It is almost unheard of for a more recent and older aged bottling to be 30% cheaper than the previously released one. Maybe that also help
  • Tony: True - I had it in my basket in one web shop as soon as it was announced, but it disappeared before I could check out! Luckily I have some of the prev
  • WhiskyNotes: I don't know, Gal. This kind of bottle is either sold out through pre-orders, or in a webshop five minutes after it appears online.

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