Ardbeg - Serendipity

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Ardbeg - Serendipity

Postby Grass Snake » Tue Sep 12, 2006 4:27 pm

Is this stuff nice?

Also, is it likely to increase in value, given that it is unlikely to appear again?


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Postby Aidan » Tue Sep 12, 2006 4:32 pm

I think that most people will say that it's not great, but I think it's lovely. It seems to change a bit depending on when I've drunk it.

There is a lot of it about, so I'm not sure how much it will increase in value, but you'd never know. It probably will eventually, but who knows how long you'd have to wait.

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Postby martin grant » Tue Sep 12, 2006 5:07 pm

Not sure if it will increase in value greatly Snake, but I reckon as a dram it's pretty good. If you have been drinking a big whisky previously, such as an Ardbeg then the Serendipity lacks somewhat. However if you have just been drinking a lighter spirit then Serendipity is great. All depends what mood you are in as well.

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Postby bamber » Tue Sep 12, 2006 5:13 pm

I like it a lot, but as Aidan says, this is not the general consensus. I've got a couple of bottles hidden away, but I don't expect they'll gain much in value - just make a nice talking point in a few years time.

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Postby kildalton » Tue Sep 12, 2006 5:43 pm

Just a question...
Anyone has an idea about the number of bottles made?

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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Sep 12, 2006 6:12 pm

The number of bottles, or more accurately CASES, was made public at the time. But sorry, I can't rremember exactly, although 800-1000 (cases) does sound faintly familiar.


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Postby Aidan » Tue Sep 12, 2006 6:47 pm

Originally, they said that there were "several hundred cases" produced, but that's a little vague.

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Postby corbuso » Wed Sep 13, 2006 9:18 am

In any cases, it does not seem very successful. You can still buy it on the Ardbeg website more than 1 year after its release.

So the interest is not very high. People prefer single malts over vatted malts.

Personally, I don't like it and will not buy one bottle of it.


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Postby kildalton » Wed Sep 13, 2006 10:20 pm

Many thanks for the reply.

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Postby senselessthing » Wed Oct 18, 2006 8:40 am

While processing an order for a bottle I had the following exchange with the chaps at Glenmorangie.. I'm not sure I've seen this 16,000 figure before:

Q. I would be very interested to hear any more on the Serendipity story - what went wrong? What type of Ardbeg is in the mixture? If it a one-off or are you going to make this blend routinely? How much of the stuff is in existance?

A. Serendipity was a human error - mixed wrong whisky together. The Ardbeg was fairly old and precious, I don't think we're supposed to say how old, let's just say on the wrong side of 17 yrs (older). Probably not supposed to tell you that......definitely won't happen again. Around 16000 bottles made.

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Postby Di Blasi » Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:16 pm

I tasted it at the Pot Still in Glasgow, but was completely congested so can't give much here. As for the 16000 bottles produced, doesn't seem to be so collectable, unless it's all drunk up and hard to find in years to come. It is an interesting story and blend though!

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