Re: Ardbeg Uigeadail Box
Hey...now here is a question down my alley.
I can confirm John McGill's portion with a few additions.
L3 (2003) - Flip top box - white inside
L4 (2004) - Flip top box - black inside
L5 (2005) - Flip top box - black inside
L5 (2005) - Normal box
L6 (2006) - Normal box
L7 (2007) - Normal box
L8 (2008) - Normal box
I believe the box was changed sometime between Day 110 and Day 237 in 2005, give or take some extra stock that may have eluded use after the change. In the US, we have the importer on the box, and Brown-Forman imported through 2005, with Moet-Hennessy taking over in 2006. I have a couple of L5 110's with the flip top box Brown-Forman, and I have an L5 237 with Normal box Brown-Forman. 2006 and later are all Normal box Moet-Hennessy.
I've also not confirmed when the inside white lining changed to inside black lining on the flip tops, but it seems to be right around the end of 2003 and beginning of 2004.
I have seen an L6 on auction with a flip top box, but I can't confirm that is the actual box that was sold with the bottle. I once received an L3 Ardbeg 10 with a 2006-2007 box, of course not intentionally done to mislead me, but I noticed it anyways.
I'd also take Gordon's recollection of some being sent out without boxes as accurate since his information/memory regarding Ardbeg has been stellar.
It's really tough to pinpoint the exact date of changes on/with boxes, but rough estimates seem to be consistent with the above years.