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Issue 119 - The Editor's choice

Whisky Magazine Issue 119
April 2014


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The Editor's choice

Four Jekyll & Hyde Bottlings

This year is the 120th anniversary of the death of Robert Louis Stevenson, who penned The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, which was originally published in 1886. A first edition of the novella will set you back £4,000 – £6,000 these days. Here, we examine the fate of collectable malts with split personalities, those non-conformist drams that baulk at the prospect of fitting in with the rest of the range. Your nose may be familiar with the distillery character and others of their ilk but these rascals will discombobulate your olfactory senses and baffle your taste buds with their flavour transformations. Your expectations of the distillery profile will be flipped like a photographic negative. Some strut their unnaturally smoky credentials, whilst others reflect an uncharacteristically unpeated vibe. As Stevenson wrote, “It is one thing to mortify curiosity, another to conquer it.”

Ardbeg Kildalton 1980 57.6% ABV
Bottler: The Glenmorangie Company Ltd
Region: Islay
WM tasting scores: 7.25 & 8.25 (Issue 59)
Recent auction price: £700
Auction: Whisky Online Auctions
Date: October 2013
Comment: Notorious as Michael Jackson's lowest tasting score ever meted out to either an official or independent Ardbeg release in Whisky Magazine. A decade ago, this bottling of unpeated and lightly peated Ardbeg appeared as a limited release of 1,300 bottles and originally cost £90. Prices have been nudging up again after a static period and it has excellent potential for any c...

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