Ardbeg 1974 Signatory
Added on Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 at 10:18 PM
  Bottler: Signatory
  Age: 23 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1974 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 50.90 % Region: Islay
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Distilled 22.3.74     Bottled 18.9.97     Cask No. 1046     208 Bottles
Member Ratings and Notes

Smokey nose with caramel, cloves, light cotton candy, and hints of shoe polish. Maybe pencil shavings. Opens up into richer barbeque/hickory scents, with earthier smoke.


The palate, well, it's definitely nice stuff. Really drinkable and much lighter in flavor than I might wish for, but still very easy to like. Oaky cloves balanced well with the smoke, mildly sweet. Peppery finish. Even shades of Ardbeg Provenance. But...


Despite the 1974 vintage and Sig dumpy of it all, it's not as stellar as I'd wish for from the pedigree. Great, yes. Absolutely excellent, no. Though it is the way I like my peaty whiskies nowadays -- not a kick in the crotch, but still delicious. 


To note, I tried this on three occasions, both in a social atmosphere and in a nerdy controlled tasting, before posting "only" a B+ rating. How do ya like that price tag, by the way?! No, I did not buy this bottle for that price... but many thanks to the very generous S'tan who did!


Creamy nose of iodine, tea, peppers and fruit candy. The wood comes out more on the palate along with sea salt, spices and finishes with the tartness of lime wedges.


Retaste 2013 A-/B+

N: Butter cream, evergreen, mellow peat, tea, cracked white peppers and tangerines

P: Crisp and clean with a viscous texture.  Peat hits initially with coastal and eathy notes.  Vanilla creamsicles and honey add sweetness.

F: Lingering spice and peat

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