Ardbeg 1974 28 Years Cask 3475 - Bottle No. 124

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A cask-strength Ardbeg 1974 bottled from a single cask for Oddbins in 2002. Just 126 bottles of this were released.


Colour: gold. Nose: his is another dimension, quite unusual at that. Much more fragrant and less ‘austere’ than all the other 1974 Ardbegs we just had. Starts on orange liqueurs and rosewater as well as incense, but comes back into line after a few minutes (seconds, actually), getting splendidly mineral, almondy, peaty, mushroomy, seaweedy and, of course, smoky. Reminds me of the first Provenance, with maybe just a little less oomph but also a little more elegance. No need to say I like this a lot. Mouth: this one underlines what I was meaning regarding the ‘Symposion’, for it displays a much wider array of flavours. At random: ham, camphor and pine resin, salt, citrons, peat (no kiddin’!), marzipan, crystallised lemon zests, smoked fish, live oil... Whatever... Finish: long, a litlle more resinous now, with also unexpected pearish notes. Yes, pears. Comments: state of the art – and very entertaining at that, thanks to the (Williams) pears. SGP:646 - 92 points. (and thanks, Ho-cheng)


    Distillery Ardbeg
    Classification Single Malt Whisky
    # Released bottle 126
    Vintage 1974
    Age 28
    Bottler Official Bottling for Oddbins
    Bottling Date 2002
    ABV/ Volume 44.5%/ 70cl
    Rating/SGP 92/646
    Cask Number 3475


    Category: Rare

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