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Issue 60 - New Classics

Whisky Magazine Issue 60
November 2006

 

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New Classics

The autumn is always an exciting time for whisky collectors and connoisseurs. There are generally a number of exciting limited edition releases,targeted at the gift market,and this year is no exception.

In this article we are going to look at the some of the very latest and most attractive limited edition releases – but you will have to be quick as demand will be high. One of the most highly demanded is the Ardbeg 1965.

Renowned distillery manager Stuart Thomson is moving on, but his swansong is this dramatically packaged and, some would say, hugely hyped, 40 year old Ardbeg. The influence of parent company LVMH is certainly evident in the packaging: a hand-blown bottle containing grains of Islay sand; micro-particles encoded in the glass so that every bottled can be traced (more importantly, the whisky can never be forged) and all presented in a museum quality presentation case with white gloves to wear if you want to handle it!

Only 261 bottles are being offered for sale, and demand is already reported to be brisk. Unusually, even celebrities and VIP's are required to pay the full £2,000 that Ardbeg are asking for a bottle.

Ferrari's Technical Director Ross Brawn and an Admiral from the Russian nuclear submarine fleet are rumoured to be among the privileged few to get their hands on this rarity.

Most folk probably can't afford this particular luxury, but the website is fun.

Visit www.ardbeg1965.com to see their spoof of a French art-house movie celebrating this remarkable offering.

More realistically for most of us, a 30 year old Islay whisky is being offered by the renowned Bowmore distillery at around £300 in travel retail, in an edition limited to 1,800 bottle...

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