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Postby Di Blasi » Mon Jul 24, 2006 9:47 am

Ha ha Aidan, good one! I suppose you'll have us all over to taste it then??
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Postby Aidan » Mon Jul 24, 2006 9:49 am

I'd have to see if I could spare a bottle.

Of course you're all welcome over for a tasting.
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Postby Whiskana » Thu Jul 27, 2006 8:27 am

Aidan wrote:I have 1352

0 left.


Damn! I thought I had one unopened in Helsinki... :shock:
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Postby Aidan » Thu Jul 27, 2006 8:30 am

You must have got it off me.
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Postby Di Blasi » Thu Jul 27, 2006 9:41 am

So we're at 1351 after Whiskana's in Helsinki!
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Jul 27, 2006 10:43 am

But back up to 1352 when Aidan's auction finishes on ebay this afternoon. :)
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Postby Aidan » Thu Jul 27, 2006 1:57 pm

Over 600 people viewed this item. 45 people tracked it in their watch list. And all it is is a crappy bottle of young ardbeg Ardbeg.
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Postby Mossy » Thu Jul 27, 2006 4:54 pm

The ebay bottle went for £106!!!!!!!!

Sadly I missed out on buying any of these because I had stopped collecting when it was released, D'OH!

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Postby Di Blasi » Fri Jul 28, 2006 11:14 am

I thought it would go for much more than that! Was it really Aidan selliing it?
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Jul 28, 2006 11:18 am

Yes - although I don't think his description on ebay called it a "crappy bottle of young ardbeg"
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Postby Aidan » Fri Jul 28, 2006 11:22 am

Yes, and Pepsi don't call their product sugary water. I could have called it a crappy bottle of sugary water and it would still have reached the same price. I don't know why it went for such a price, considering Irish postal rates are so high.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Jul 28, 2006 12:13 pm

Fair play to you Aidan. You sold a product to someone who was willing to pay that price and I hope your buyer is pleased with his end of the bargain - you are clearly pleased with yours.

I think you are probably right that this is a case of fur coat and no knickers which is trading on the back of previous Ardbeg limited editions which have sold exceptional and old whisky at low prices. But that's the nature of collectibles.

Ardbeggians who are new to whisky might, though, reflect that when I started drinking 15+ years ago:

    Ardbeg was perceived to make poor quality whisky that they couldn't sell, which led to repeated mothballing of the distillery

    Springbank was perceived to make very high quality whisky at all age statements (including the young ones) although it had not had that reputation for very long

    Glenlivet was perceived to have declined alarmingly, although people did still buy it and collect it based on its former reputation for very high quality - and some of the bottlings of very old Glenlivet did still show that high quality
I offer this merely to show that reputations can fall as well as rise. I hope Ardbeg continues to prosper, especially as their reputation is founded on quality of current bottlings rather than silly gimmicks. But it is not a sure thing!
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Postby Lawrence » Fri Jul 28, 2006 3:49 pm

Well said Nick, reputations rise and fall.
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Postby parvus » Fri Jul 28, 2006 4:04 pm

Perhaps i'm confused or reading things incorrectly, but why is there a recent trend towards a spicy animosity directed at Ardbeg, and it seems to come out as a sort of irrational tall-poppy based scarasm or similar.

This isn't directed at you Aidan, or anyone in particular, but perhaps i'm just picking up on it because i'm such an Ardbeg fan, with no hint of that changing any time soon, perhaps it's a bit of Ardbeg fan naivety, but why do people seem to be souring towards Ardbeg?

Who knows, perhaps i'm not making any sense.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Jul 28, 2006 5:53 pm

There is always a natural backlash when there is a spike in a product's popularity. The folks who are not so crazy about it can't figure what the fuss is about, and naturally assume it's all hype, since to their taste it can't be about the actual product. Human nature. It's the same reason people say snarky things about, say, Britney Spears, even though she's plainly one of the great musical artistes of our times.




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Postby Aidan » Fri Jul 28, 2006 6:15 pm

I've nothing at all against Ardbeg. They make very good whisky that's a pleasure to drink. I personally think that this particular Ardbeg is not worth the money some people are prepared to pay for just the name Ardbeg.

I don't know what it tastes like, but I bet if Bunnahabhain made this exact whisky, nobody would give it a second thought. Tales of people crying when they try a particularly complex ardbeg make me think they are fibbers or have a serious mental problem.

I didn't buy this originally to sell on now, but it will get me part of the way for paying for a Kildalton.

...and, I would like to think that the one I sold got a good price because 10% of it goes to Concern International. A small amount, I know.
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:15 am

MrTattieHeid wrote: Human nature. It's the same reason people say snarky things about, say, Britney Spears, even though she's plainly one of the great musical artistes of our times.




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But of course, she is a corner stone of the music of today
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Postby Aidan » Sat Jul 29, 2006 6:41 am

All music has its merits. While I'm not a Spears fan, a huge number of people get great enjoyment from her music. Now if she claimed she was Mozart... that would be a different story.
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Postby les taylor » Sat Jul 29, 2006 7:31 am

Still at 1351 then.
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Postby Di Blasi » Sat Jul 29, 2006 11:58 am

Thanks for the reminder Les. We have a ways to go...
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Postby Aidan » Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:00 pm

I bet we dont' get down to 0, unless my bottle is bought and sold within the members over 1,000 times.
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Postby Janieclare » Thu Aug 24, 2006 11:09 pm

:D I have two - one to drink and one to keep until tempted . . . .
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