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Ardbeg Kelpie Committee Release

Lot: 249530
Ardbeg Kelpie Committee Release
Ardbeg Kelpie Committee Release
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Winning Bid: £180

Ardbeg Kelpie Committee Release

Distillery:
Ardbeg
Age:
N/A
Vintage:
N/A
Region:
Islay
Bottler:
Official
Cask Type:
Black Sea Virgin Oak
Bottle Strength:
51.7%
Bottle Size:
70cl
Distillery Status:
Operational

Ardbeg Kelpie Committee Release

The Ardbeg committee release for 2017, this was matured in virgin casks crafted from oak grown on land in the Adyghe Republic - a Russian federal subject just north of Georgia, on the northeast coast of the Black Sea.

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. 

Officially launched in January 2000, the Ardbeg Committee is a fan club that loosely tasked with safeguarding the distillery from a return to its darker days of the previous century. Open to anyone to register, the club has access to exclusive releases like this one, which are never available to the general public. Membership also have access to a private room at the distillery and are asked to adhere to semi-tongue in cheek set of Committee rules, one of which warns of grave consequences for those who mix their Ardbeg with anything other than water.

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