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Ardbeg 1975 25 Year Old

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Ardbeg 1975 25 Year Old

Postby Curmudgeon » Mon Dec 21, 2009 9:54 pm

At the weekend I was lucky enough to find a 1975 Ardbeg 25 year old to add to my collection. It was distilled in 1975 and bottled in 2000 and I believe it was one of the series of yearly vintages produced by Ardbeg in the 1970s. The label says it's a limited edition.

I would like to know how many bottles were released in this edition. Can anyone help?

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Re: Ardbeg 1975 25 Year Old

Postby johan brugge » Mon Dec 21, 2009 9:58 pm

Congrats on your purchase. May I ask where you bought it?
You might want to contact lohssanami on this forum or take a look at the following website.
http://www.ardbegproject.com/
He is an expert when it comes to Ardbeg.
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Re: Ardbeg 1975 25 Year Old

Postby Curmudgeon » Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:29 pm

Thanks for the link johan, I'll check it out.

I found my bottle at http://lincolnwhiskyshop.co.uk - I live within driving distance but you can order online too.

Apparently the shop owner had originally bought my bottle from another collector a while ago - it had just been gathering dust on a shelf until I acquired it.

Slainte!

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Re: Ardbeg 1975 25 Year Old

Postby johan brugge » Wed Dec 23, 2009 8:10 pm

Here is where I bought mine:
http://goodwhisky.flyingcart.com/index.php?p=home
I noticed it's not for sale anymore in his shop but at the time I bought it for 280 Euro + 25 Euro shipping costs. He's not cheap but some bottles are a bargain compared to other shops. I know he's Italian but this one is OK.
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Re: Ardbeg 1975 25 Year Old

Postby Spirit of Islay » Wed Dec 23, 2009 8:26 pm

No one except someone in the right place at Glenmorangie will know how many bottles were produced of the 1975 , there were 4 yearly bottlings of it from 1998 till 2001 , they will run into tens of thousands of bottles .
"Limited Edition" can be very miss leading , for example Glenfiddich labelled a bottle Limited Edition when it ran into over 60,000 bottles ! The only way you can say it is limited is the limited amount of production a distillery can do in a year......

At least with Ardbeg from that time you do know it will be a limited amount....
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Re: Ardbeg 1975 25 Year Old

Postby lohssanami » Thu Dec 24, 2009 3:02 am

Gordon (Spirit of Islay) hit it spot on!

Maybe one of these days, Ardbeg/Glenmorangie/MH will give me access to bottle numbers for all of their limited editions.

:lol:

Of the Vintages, only the 1965 and 1990 had the out turn reported, and these were also only distributed in one batch each.

The 1975, 1977 and 1978 were released in multiple batches over 3-4 calendar years each.

Also of note, the 1977 is the only one that mentions "Non-Chill Filtered" on the label, and I haven't confirmed whether or not the other bottles were NCF even though it wasn't on the label.

Here's the Vintage page if you want to check it out.

Ardbeg Vintage Releases
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Re: Ardbeg 1975 25 Year Old

Postby adogranonthepitch » Thu Dec 24, 2009 10:12 am

They still have it listed http://www.lincolnwhiskyshop.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=36&products_id=2070&osCsid=dbk9g1l85ilvtd1kkviek9vdi3

£350 for the 1975 is full but fair

This Ardbeg collecting is a slipperly slope Mr Lincolnshire whisky man!

Lots of love from the fat lad from Grantham
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Re: Ardbeg 1975 25 Year Old

Postby Curmudgeon » Thu Dec 24, 2009 5:16 pm

Thanks for the information everyone - very helpful. I guess 'Limited Edition' is something of a moveable feast unless you can be sure of the exact number of bottles released.

That won't stop me enjoying my purchase though - when the right occasion presents itself of course.

Slainte!

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Re: Ardbeg 1975 25 Year Old

Postby enzot » Mon Dec 28, 2009 4:10 pm

Hi

If you can find one the 1978 vintage bottled at 42.4 % vol is the one to buy as it's very rare.It's believed only 204 bottles of this were sold at the Distillery.It was never sold anywhere else as it was bottled under the 43% vol needed.

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Re: Ardbeg 1975 25 Year Old

Postby Spirit of Islay » Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:38 pm

Nick , there was a cock up at the bottling hall and a batch was put out at 42.4% instead of the usual 43% that Ardbeg usually filled their bottles at . I never bought any of it (D'oh !) , i think it's original price was £39.95 (the 1975 was £45) , at that time i was a little strapped for cash.....
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Re: Ardbeg 1975 25 Year Old

Postby johan brugge » Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:29 pm

You guys don't stop to amaze me with your knowledge about whisky. :thumbsup: I've learned a lot in a short time.
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Re: Ardbeg 1975 25 Year Old

Postby lohssanami » Wed Dec 30, 2009 3:06 am

Here it is, in case you like pictures with the text.

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