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Ardbeg 1974 'Provenance'

(55.6%, OB, B18/11/'97, Europe, 1997)
Average Score: 93
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
DistilleryArdbeg
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameArdbeg
Year Distilled1974
Bottling NameProvenance
Alcohol By Volume55.6%
Other DetailsB18/11/'97, Europe
Issued1997
Average Score93


Maniac Ratings
Serge Valentin95
Olivier Humbrecht95
Robert Karlsson90
Konstantin Grigoriadis95
Davin de Kergommeaux93
Krishna Nukala88
Pit Krause94
Louis Perlman98
Thomas Lipka90
Keith Wood94
Benjamin Chen95


Retired Maniac Ratings
Johannes van den Heuvel93
Michel van Meersbergen92
Ho-cheng Yao91
Bert Bruyneel95
Luc Timmermans90


WhiskyFun Review
http://www.whiskyfun.com/archiveseptember05-1.html#030905


Tasting Notes
Keith WoodNose: Pears and peat with a little rubber. - Palate: Smooth fruit, mainly peaches and apricots, with just a little peat. - Overall impression: I was so looking forward to tasting this one which has often been described as the greatest Ardbeg ever and possibly one of the greatest whiskies of all time. Well, I wasn't disappointed, it is a truly great dram. Age has mellowed the peat and has developed a smooth fruity delight with mainly peaches and apricots. But the greatest Ardbeg ever? I still prefer the "Very Old, Aged 30 years" over this one, but it is a close call and this is a true great