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Issue 132 - Last Orders for 2015

Whisky Magazine Issue 132
December 2015


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Last Orders for 2015

The end of the line for four great whiskies

Whisky is the perfect elixir for significant moments in time, whether it's the end of the night, the end of the year, or the end of an era. For whisky bottles, pulling off the foil and easing out the cork is a pivotal moment of finality in itself, though hopefully the irrevocable loss of the bottle's value as a collectible is more than compensated for by the opportunity to taste and enjoy the perfection within.

The distillers mark special occasions with commemorative whiskies too. These can include the end of an era such as the last year of production before closure, or a nostalgic glimpse into old working practices such as the last year of on-site floor maltings. The changing of the guard when an esteemed distiller or blender retires or the final year under a particular distillery manager are further occasions when special bottlings are produced. Industry-only limited editions still find their way out on to the collectors' market, even if they were only produced in small runs for special guests at a dinner. Even these endings find new beginnings.

Great whiskies should be opened and consumed on special occasions; ensure you give 2015 a proper send off. Now we face the final curtain with these four end-of-the-world whiskies. The end is nigh!

Ardbeg “The Ardbegeddon” 1972
29 Years Old 48.4%
Region: Islay
WM tasting scores: 9.2 & 7.7 (Issue 22)
Recent auction price: €2,225
Date: May 2015
Comment: Michael Jackson described this as one ...

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