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Ardbeg 1972 Douglas Laing 27 Year Old Sherry Cask 75cl / US Import

Lot: 223597

Ardbeg 1972 Douglas Laing 27 Year Old Sherry Cask 75cl / US Import

Winning Bid: £1,330

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Lot:
Distillery: 
Ardbeg
Age: 
27 Year Old
Vintage: 
1972
Region: 
Islay
Bottler: 
Douglas Laing
Cask Type: 
sherry
Bottled Strength: 
50%
Bottle Size: 
75cl
Distillery Status: 
Operational
product Details

Ardbeg 1972 Douglas Laing 27 Year Old Sherry Cask  75cl / US Import

The Old Malt Cask series is one of the most established independent labels on the market. It was launched by Douglas Laing in 1998 and bottled by them until 2013 when the brand became part of the Hunter Laing portfolio instead.

This is a 1972 vintage Ardbeg, bottled from a sherry cask in July 2000.

You would not think it to see it now, but Ardbeg had a difficult time of it for much of the 20th century. The distillery was bought in a joint venture between Hiram Walker and DCL in 1959, both intending to supply their blends. The subsequent years were very successful, but DCL backed out in 1979 (closing many of their other distilleries a few years later), and Hiram Walker then struggled in the 1980s era oversupply when interest in blended Scotch was waning. They closed it down for the majority of the decade. It re-opened briefly in the 1990s before being revived for good by Glenmorangie plc in 1997. The lack of demand in the period prior to this, thankfully, saw a lot of casks sold to independent bottlers, many of which have gone on to become legendary releases.  

The rising demand for its product in the 1970s meant that Ardbeg was forced to stop using its own malted barley, instead buying it in from the neighbouring Port Ellen maltings. The result was a change in the style and profile of the distillery's whisky, and pre-1974 vintages such as this are incredibly sought after by connoisseurs and collectors alike.  

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