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19 Aug 2011

Ardbeg 1975 (Signatory cask #2464-67)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Ardbeg

Ardbeg distilled in 1975 is usually quite stunning. But not always…

 

Ardbeg 1975 (Signatory 2464-67)Ardbeg 18 yo 1975 (43%, Signatory Vintage 1993, cask #2464-67)

Nose: gentle start with mellow peat and a softly honeyed sweetness. Then it takes off in two different directions. There’s a medicinal / maritime side, quite nice, with seaweed, antiseptics and menthol. The other side is lemony but also a little fragrant and flowery. Overall very good but maybe not stellar like other 1970’s Ardbeg. Mouth: a bit too soft. Lemony and oily. Smoke, some earthy peat. Picks up strength but also less impressive notes, a mix of bitter oranges and soap. Bugger. Not as bad as Bowmore 1980’s kind of soap, but not what we were expecting either. Finish: rather long and warm, but by now I can’t focus on anything else but the soapiness.

One of the least impressive Ardbegs I’ve ever had. The nose saves it from a 70’ish score.

Score: 81/100

Ardbeg 1975 (Signatory cask #2464-67) 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-08-19
  • Geert Bero

    I share your points,signatory propably filled this in a fancy decanter ,so nobody would open it,well they we’re totally wrong!!!

  • Bert B.

    I also agree … have it here empty, but the whisky was dissappointing !!!

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