Ardbeg 1972 Single Bourbon Cask #2780 / Ping No.1
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 is 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.
An incredibly rare single cask Ardbeg, distilled on 27th October 1972 and bottled at over 31 years old on 14th October 2004, from single cask #2780, a bourbon hogshead.
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.
Known as Ping No.1, this release was part of a 4 bottle 'Ping Project' series bottled for established Danish Wine, Beer & Spirits Store, Juul's Vin & Spiritus. This bottle celebrates the 30th anniversary of employee Michael Madsen, whose nickname was 'Ping'.
Each bottling was released in a season of 2005. No.1 was Spring.
One of 245 bottles.
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