Ardbeg 1973 Samaroli - Fragments of Scotland

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A hard-to-find 1973 vintage whisky, bottled in 1988 by Duthie for Samaroli as part of the Fragments of Scotland series. The distillery is not mentioned on the label but it is known to be from Ardbeg.

This whisky scored an impressive 94 points on

Bottle No.61

Please note some wear to the duty stamp, back label and box.


Colour: sweet white wine. Nose: a bit less complex than the Carato but also smokier. Espresso coffee, apple skin, caramel crème, but little fruit this time. Yet, it’s got the same aromatic profile as the Carato’s. Just beautiful. Mouth: wow, a stunner again! Powerful, bold, nervous… Great vivacity! Some vegetables (turnips?), some white fruits (apples, pears, white peaches), some oysters (Islay’s of course), some pastry, some vanilla crème and lots of spices. Add to that some fabulous notes of roots (gentian, wild carrots…) and you’ll get one of the most complex – and powerful – whiskies I ever had. What a beast! With just a little more subtleness it would have made it to 95 points or above. So, 94 points. (and thanks, Bert).


    Distillery Ardbeg
    Classification Single Malt Whisky
    # Released bottle 61/-
    Vintage 1973
    Age -
    Bottler Samaroli
    Bottling Date 1988
    ABV/ Volume 57.0%/ 75cl
    Rating/SGP 94/-
    Cask Number -


    Category: Rare

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