Ardbeg 1990 Single Sherry Cask #86 / Fortnum & Mason
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.
This whisky was distilled on 30th August 1990 and laid to rest in single ex-Sherry Butt #86 before being bottled in April 2007.
One of 300 bottles selected exclusively for Fortnum & Mason of Piccadilly, London.
Fortnum & Mason is a high-end British department store which was founded in London’s St James Market in 1707. It was established by William Fortnum who was a footman in the royal household of Queen Anne. The household insisted on lighting new candles each night which put William in the position of being able to resell partially used candles to the public. He teamed up with his then landlord Hugh Mason and together they opened their first store. As the company grew, they became known for providing the highest quality of food and drink. They also catered for British officers fighting overseas during the Napoleonic Wars and they also supplied Florence Nightingale's hospitals in the Crimean War. Today the company runs five store locations from their headquarters in London’s Piccadilly.
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.