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Ardbeg 1974 Kingsbury 26 Year Old Celtic Label

Lot: 5078114A

Ardbeg 1974 Kingsbury 26 Year Old Celtic Label

Winning Bid: £2,900
(Reserve not met) This lot currently has: 24 bids

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Lot:
Distillery: 
Ardbeg
Age: 
26 Year Old
Vintage: 
1974
Region: 
Islay
Bottler: 
Kingsbury
Cask Type: 
Hogshead
Bottled Strength: 
50%
Bottle Size: 
70cl
Distillery Status: 
Operational
product Details

Ardbeg 1974 Kingsbury 26 Year Old Celtic Label

Kingsbury are Japan's most sought after independent bottler. They were founded in 1989 by Eaglesome, the high-end deli in Campbeltown that was purchased by J & A Mitchell & Co of Springbank distillery, and turned into one of the region's finest whisky merchants. They initially bottled Kingsbury's exclusively for the Japanese market, before the label was acquired by native firm, the Japanese Import System. They have released a number of some of the most collectible whiskies, including some classic vintages from Bowmore, and two dark sherry casked Ardbeg.

This 1974 vintage Ardbeg was bottled with their classic "cletic label" after 26 years in a single hogshead. Revied by Serge Valentin, this bottle scored an impressive 95 points on WhiskyFun.com

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.

One of 278 bottles.

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