Ardbeg 1974 Connoisseurs Choice (bottled 1996)
Bottled by Gordon & MacPhail under their “Connoisseurs Choice” range, this Ardbeg Single Malt Whisky is becoming very rare.
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. It was 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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