Ardbeg 17 Year Old
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 Glenmorangie plc revival in 1997 saw Ardbeg receive its first official distillery bottlings. Due to the years of inactivity, this 17 year old was the first age-statement they could release. The classic 10 year old did not appear until 2000. The spirit used to make up this release would have been distilled and filled in to casks during the period when Hiram Walker owned the distillery, with production taking place between 1977 and 1981.
Now, years after being discontinued in 2004, it is still recognised as a sensational Ardbeg.
We would recommend viewing/close inspection prior to placing any bids. If this is not an option and you have questions beyond the offered description and images, please contact us for a more in-depth condition report. Otherwise lots will be sold as seen in the images.
Please note: Due to the various ages of bottles and their seals, condition of liquid is at the buyer's discretion and no claim can be lodged against failure/leakage in transit.