Blink and you’ll miss it. Earlier today, around lunchtime Master of Malt released their bottling of an Ardbeg cask they’d managed to acquire, somehow. This single cask release was limited to just 252 bottles and it sold out in under 2 hours. That’s pretty spectacular for a 3rd party bottling.
Aged Ardbeg releases are incredibly rare. Ardbeg themselves no longer sell to independent bottlers and hold onto what little stock they have left to age. Such its is popularity and worldwide demand, they don’t need to sell their casks. Apart from the standard Ardbeg 10 year old, or the odd special release without an age statement, we’ve been waiting since 1997 for older editions of Ardbeg.
One day I’m sure Ardbeg will plug that gap, but for those of us who desire older Ardbeg’s after having our tastebuds transfixed by samples of releases such as the 1974, independent bottlers are the only option other than paying through the roof at auction. What was pleasing about this release include being bottled at a whopping cask strength (56.3%) and an ex-sherry refill hogshead.
This bottle offers us an affordable taste (marvellous price of £79.95) of an aged Ardbeg from 1993 prior to the distillery changing hands. So plaudits to Master of Malt for their price point and here’s hoping they can turn up a few more special casks. For those of you who missed out, then they are still selling samples for £5.67. The tasting notes are very promising: