Knolly wrote:On the WOTY: I've bought some of the bottles from the BC release that Jim tasted and it is VERY good Uigeadail. Probably the best Oogie I've had and certainly my favourite current product from Ardbeg: but it's not the best whisky that i've ever tried. Also, chances are that this release is a lot bigger than just what BC received which is good news for everyone!
So the bottling do excist!!!!
What is the difference from the ordinary Uigeadail? The ABV? What's the batch-number? Pictures?
Or is it just an ordinary Ugg, sold in BC? Or a good e-bay object
Well, not exactly - here's what I suspect is the case:
The BCLS (BC Liquore store system) bought some of these bottles (probably a couple of hundred or something like that) in the Spring of 08. These would have - of course - all been from the same batch of Uigeadail. However, I'm pretty sure that they are not the only
bottles from this batch because the batch would have been vatted and it would be much larger than a couple of hundred bottles. This batch wasn't a special batch for the BCLS either - it was just their allotment from a larger batch.
What i suspect is that overall, this entire batch is very very good. Personally, I've had a few different batches of Oogie over the last 4 years and these current bottles are very yummie: definitely my
favourite Oogies so far. If correct, what this would mean is that bottles from this batch are spread much further than the BCLS system: another Whiskymag member found that he has a bottle with a very similar batch code: same year, day and bottle line (4ML) and it was bottled within an hour of the three bottles that I picked up in BC - and he bought his bottle in Europe.
Regarding the ABV difference: ALL the bottles that we've found in BC are standard 54.2% ABV: no one that i know of has a bottle that's 52.3% ABV. I am guessing that perhaps a mistake was made recording the ABV for the JM WB but who knows...
The BCLS has confirmed that it bought all it's Uigeadail in one batch. Ardbeg has stated that they've only shipped bottles with 54.2% ABV on the labels. All bottles that I've seen have similar year / date codes on them: only the time is different. And, i've checked out about a dozen bottles from several different BCLS stores.
Of course that doesn't mean that a 52.3% bottle doesn't exist, but so far no one has found one and given the facts it seems unlikely.
So, what does this mean for all of us?
Good news for enthusiasts: the batch is extremely yummie - not the best whisky I've ever had, but certainly very tasty and my favorite currently produced Ardbeg for sure. This is a very good whisky and a very drinkable cask strength bottle
. Just in case I didn't already make this clear, I really
like this whisky! It also means that this Oogie is probably fairly wide spread and some investigation should be able to turn up bottles from this batch outside of BC. Batch code is:
L7 325 20:36 4ML and the three bottles that I picked up were bottled within 5 minutes of each other. The bottle from Europe that I mentioned earlier in this post was bottled less than an hour later.
Bad news for collectors (or perhaps those looking to make a quick buck), I guess. I have absolutely no idea how big Uigeadail batch sizes are, but I'm guessing that there is a lot more of this whisky out there than people had originally thought. That being said, it's a great investment either way: perhaps bottles with this batch code will be worth something to collectors some day and if not, well the whisky is very good and will be enjoyed by those who choose to drink it!
And, just for the record, this post is simply based on what I've learned just by asking questions from the BCLS, friends and what's been posted here. Please take it with a grain of salt.