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. 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.
This whisky was distilled in March 2005 and bottled from single cask #700038 in July 2019.
One of 25 bottles produced by The Whisky Cellar of Edinburgh as part of the Private Cellars Selection. All 25 bottles are offered exclusively through the December auction in support of The BEN.
This lot has been generously donated by Keith Bonnington, founder of The Whisky Cellar,
"Here we have a truly unique and particularly rare independently bottled Ardbeg from The Whisky Cellar's Private Cellars Selection, offered exclusively to the Scottish Licensed Trade Benevolent Society. Distilled in March 2005, this iconic Single Islay Malt was aged fully 14 years before being bottled in July 2019. Single American Oak hogshead cask # 700038 was originally tipped and bottled by The Whisky Cellar for a private client. It surprised everyone, however, to discover that the cask had yielded 25 full bottles worth of spirit more than the cask regauge had suggested. This whisky is bottled at cask strength of 51.9% alc., with no added colouring and no chill-filtration. This is classically Ardbeg and a real icon of the Islay whisky scene. Very pale gold in the glass with an almost shimmering lime green in that special Ardbeg way. There are complex notes of burning bonfire embers, white chocolate mints, fresh grated lemon peel and ripe pineapple chunks."
Whisky Auctioneer is delighted to have partnered with Scottish drinks industry charity, The BEN. They have created a collection of rare and exclusive whiskies, donated by their respective companies in order to raise funds for those in the drinks industry who have fallen on hard times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The charity supports people of all ages who have worked in the licensed trade with beneficiaries receiving annual financial assistance as well as discretionary one-off grants for emergency situations. The BEN has been inundated with applications for support due to the devastating impact Covid-19 has had upon the industry. The BEN must generate funds annually, mainly from events and donations. Clearly at this time it is not possible to hold events and therefore it is critical that funds are generated using other methods to support the people of Scotland.
The BEN charity bottles are available exclusively through our December 2020 auction, which runs from December 23rd 2020 until January 11th 2021.
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.