Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Year Old Batch #4
Fans of the famous Islay distillery had to wait nearly twenty years for a new permanent age-stated bottle to be added to the Ardbeg core-range of products. First released in September 2019, Traigh Bhan is a small batch release, joining (when available) the classic Ten year old, Corryvreckan, Uigedail and the An Oa.
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.
Named after Islay’s Traigh Bhan beach, the whisky will be available in limited batches and produced on an annual basis. Each batch will feature a unique code on the carton and bottle which drinkers can enter into the distillery’s website to find out about that particular batch.
This is the fourth batch. It was distilled on 7th March 2003 and aged in a combination of ex-American oak and Oloroso sherry casks before being bottled at the usual 46.2% abv.
Batch No: TB/04-07.03-2003/22.CG
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