Hey Matthew...I've been an Ardbeg fan since I got into malts, basically when I joined this site, at the beginning of 2008. I did try Ardbeg 10 last year, but I didn't know what I would be getting into at that point.
I've obtained alot of information about Ardbeg from the following people and places.Gordon (Spirit of Islay - http://www.spiritofislay.net)
is a veritable treasure trove of information about Ardbeg not only on bottlings, but more importantly on tasting notes and opinions of the nectar itself. His site is a great read and a cool place to hang out and chat on Wednesday (UK time) or Thursday (US time) in the chatroom. I wouldn't have had much information about all the Ardbeg Committee bottlings without Gordon's help.Geert (peatjunkie - http://www.ardbeg.eu)
has an incredible collection of Ardbeg's, and he helped me tremendously with many different varieties and bottling years of the different expressions. If you're ever in Belgium and want to taste some whisky, go to his hotel
- I wouldn't have learned anything if this forum hadn't been so helpful and friendly when I joined. Many members have helped with their knowledge, insight and current stock of Ardbeg's.Whiskyauction dot com
is a great place to find different varieties of bottles that are available, and their pictures are very detailed. I've never bought anything from that site, but I've heard good things.
I'm pretty sure most of the facts I posted previously are accurate, but the reasons why a 17 year old might have older whisky might be better explained by the more experienced folks here. I'd actually love to hear some other opinions on the reasons.