I think you are probably right that this is a case of fur coat and no knickers which is trading on the back of previous Ardbeg limited editions which have sold exceptional and old whisky at low prices. But that's the nature of collectibles.
Ardbeggians who are new to whisky might, though, reflect that when I started drinking 15+ years ago:
- Ardbeg was perceived to make poor quality whisky that they couldn't sell, which led to repeated mothballing of the distillery
Springbank was perceived to make very high quality whisky at all age statements (including the young ones) although it had not had that reputation for very long
Glenlivet was perceived to have declined alarmingly, although people did still buy it and collect it based on its former reputation for very high quality - and some of the bottlings of very old Glenlivet did still show that high quality
This isn't directed at you Aidan, or anyone in particular, but perhaps i'm just picking up on it because i'm such an Ardbeg fan, with no hint of that changing any time soon, perhaps it's a bit of Ardbeg fan naivety, but why do people seem to be souring towards Ardbeg?
Who knows, perhaps i'm not making any sense.
I don't know what it tastes like, but I bet if Bunnahabhain made this exact whisky, nobody would give it a second thought. Tales of people crying when they try a particularly complex ardbeg make me think they are fibbers or have a serious mental problem.
I didn't buy this originally to sell on now, but it will get me part of the way for paying for a Kildalton.
...and, I would like to think that the one I sold got a good price because 10% of it goes to Concern International. A small amount, I know.
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