What are the chances that Ardbeg will produce some of the new 10yo (2008) at cask strength?
Only Ardbeg knows the true financial success or failure of the Ardbeg ‘Very Young’ and ‘Still Young’. However, I wonder if they have created in bottling the VY and SY (and at what I assuming the ‘Almost There’ will be bottled) at cask strength, a niche for a new cask strength 10yo.
I realize one could argue that the Uigeadail is supposed to satisfy its customers who long for a cask strength Ardbeg. Yet, it seems to me that having followed the various bottlings of the new Ardbeg whisky over the past four years that there would be a market now for a 10yo cask strength, if only for 2008. This is especially relevant if they are indeed phasing out the Uigeadail line on account of not wanting to use any more 70's casks as they have done previously for this bottle.
While the parent company might be overly concerned that bottling a 10yo at cask strength would appear to be imitating Laphroaig rather than setting their own course, it just seems to me that they would be able to sell 10yo bottles at cask strength. Who knows, they may even grab some customers away from Laphroaig and so expand their own consumer base?