Hi Guys ,
Isn't it funny how everyone worries about the future releases and whats going to happen with Ardbeg when they don't seem to worry about other Surrounding distilleries . After all Laphroaig seems to be wandering around aimlessly (and managerlessly .....is there such a word ?) , their core expressions apart from the recently released quarter cask have been stuck the same for a few years ( 10, 10CS , 15 and 30 ) with the occassional special (40 , feis ile bottling , odd committee one) . Lagavulin have been on the same "Classic" bottlings ( 16yo , 16DE ) with the 12LE and 25yo making appearances from year to year .
Now compare this to the releases since Glenmorangie re-opened it (i'll not count the VOA as this was technically an allied bottling )...
17yo , Provenance , 1975 , 1978 , 1977 , TEN , LOTI , Uigeadail , AVY , there's also the TENCS and 1990 which were mainly for Japan but the 1990 also sold at the Old Kiln . Then there were the Committee and feis Ile releases ( most were single cask but the Committee Reserve , Very young and Kildalton were larger volumes ) . Not bad for a place that inherited a stock that was to cover "contractual obligations to blenders "
Are we expecting too much from the Big A ? To me they've blew the competition away since 1997 and long may they continue .
I'm Glad Harry got in with the "he's only the manager" line as i had to use it only last week when someone said Stuart was setting the cost of the bottlings too high .......
I'm glad Ardbeg are using mainly ex-bourbon as it shows the whisky off to it's best and i hope they never go down the road of putting / finishing in other casks . I've had a discussion with Stuart about this and we both came to the conclussion that only ex-rum does the spirit any justice (we were drinking the OMC rum finished Ardbeg , he even gave a tip of putting a drop rum into a glass of TEN ) . As for what releases in the future , who knows ? As stated in other postings I'm really looking forward to the Glenmo distilled 10yo , the "Young" has been a revelation .
I'm hoping we'll see more Vintages of the 90's as the 1990 was superb .
It's been a hell of a journey since the re-opening and long may it continue with the Thomsons at the helm of the Distillery !
Have i been rabbiting again ?