Ardbeg Almost There Islay Single Malt Whisky
Ardbeg Almost There, the third release in the series of bottles distilled in 1998. Following the Ardbeg distillery takeover by Glenmorangie.
Starting with the Ardbeg Very Young bottled in 2004. The series shows a work in progress over 10 years, climaxing with Ardbeg Renaissance, bottled in 2008.
The complete series consisted of :-
First, Ardbeg Very Young 58.3% bottled 2004.
Second, Ardbeg Still Young 56.2% bottled 2006.
Third, Ardbeg Almost There 54.1% bottled 2007.
And finally, Ardbeg Renaissance 55.9% bottled 2008 10 year old.
Ardbeg Malt Whisky Distillery History.
One of the original Kildalton distilleries, situated on the southern shore of the island.
The present distillery built on the site of an illicit distillery, of which there were many in the area, in 1815.
Ardbeg, unlike its neighbours Laphroaig and Lagavulin, has not enjoyed the same uninterrupted period of production since its opening.
In fact between 1981 and 1989 it was famously closed, whilst the then owners Allied distillers decided what to do with the distillery.
Re-opened in 1990 but only operated up to 6 weeks of the year from 1991 until 1996 when the distillery closed again…for good.
In 1997 the Glenmorangie company bought the distillery and all its stock, re-starting distillation in earnest in 1998, bringing much needed stability and expertise in maturation particularly. In effect they had resurrected a slumbering beast.
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