Ardbeg 2001 Whisky Show 20 Year Old / Phenolic Phantom
One of four 2021 releases from The Whisky Exchange for their annual Whisky Show event in London. The series of four bottles is titled Adventures in Flavour and features a superhero theme. The exhibition took place between October 1st-3rd and the four releases in the series are titled Congeners, Phenols, Aldehydes and Esters.
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 on 28th June 2001 and aged for a total of 20 years. It was bottled on 30th August 2021.
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