That is a very good point. The 17yo was basically wasted and they tried to make the best of the situation. Whether it was a bad cask or not they could of put it to better use and profit. And when I say bad I mean not up to the high standards used by all distilleries. I would reckon there are very few undrinkable casks out there, just great casks good casks and casked used for bulking up.
I suppose people naturally think the worst which is in human nature. And of course there is nothing better than a good conspiricy theory
Nice to see you on the boards Arthur