Single malt whisky - tasting notes

07 Apr 2012

Ardbeg 1974 (cask #2749)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Ardbeg

Ah, single cask Ardbeg, from the Provenance vintage. Bottled for the Norwegian market.

 

Ardbeg 1974 #2749 NorwayArdbeg 31 yo 1974 (51,0%, OB 2005, bourbon cask #2749, 120 btl.)

Nose: trademark soot, charcoal and relatively soft peat. Bacon on the barbeque. Some flax rope. A few rounded notes like blackberries, honey and soft vanilla. Nice. Old cupboards and some leather. A deliciously subtle hint of medicine as well. Great nose, complex and nicely delicate. Mouth: more peat now, more coastal notes as well. A little sharper altogether. Camphor. Zesty lemon. Plenty of oily notes. Smoke. Too bad the honey and roundness seems to be far away now, it could have brought some extra balance. Finish: long on camphory peat and lemon oils.

A lovely nosing Ardbeg with a sharper and seemingly thinner palate. Typical high-quality Ardbeg but not on the same level as the Provenance(s). Around € 900 the last time it appeared on WhiskyAuction. Thanks Geert.

Score: 91/100

Ardbeg 1974 (cask #2749) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-04-07

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  • WhiskyNotes: It says 'single cask Scotch whisky' on the label, so yes, technically it can even contain a bit of Girvan grain. Not that it matters a lot though.
  • kallaskander: Hi there, could be a teaspooned blenders cask... technically not a single malt then.... that seems more probable than letting an IB bring out the fir
  • Glenn Vanbellingen: If you put the 12 y origin at 40% head to head with the 12 y origin 46% you see it immediately or better you taste it immediately.

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