Nick Brown wrote:wonder whether to open them or whether they are better kept for posterity.
Why bother ordering them if your not going to drink them ?
Let someone else have them who'll appreciate them or are you hoping to make a few quid off them on e-bay ?
I can honestly say I have never sold anything - whisky or otherwise - on ebay or anywhere else.
lucabeer wrote:IMHO it's very weak and watery, very un-Ardbegish. Quite unexciting.
A bit like dry white wine with some extra punch, and very little peat.
Not very complex, either.
Interesting! I thought it would be like regular Ardbeg just taken half a tone down. Have to admit I'm interested, and if the LCBO ever put it on sale, I'd buy some for sure...
I liked it, having had a dram at the Oddbins Wine Fair earlier this month. I'm not a huge "Ardbeg" fan, but the "Glen Moray" tamed it just enough for it to be very pleasant.
Supposedly, the "Ardbeg" was pretty old and destined for bottling as "Lord of the Isles". If memory serves me, the "Glen Moray" was a 1992 vintage.
Aidan wrote:Ok - I've tried this and think it is very nice. I'll have to get an Ardbeg to taste it beside.
Very drinkable and moreish. High marks.
I look forward to some more feedback after you've spent some more time with your new friend there. Or do you consider the Serendipity friend-worthy?
However, I do know what lucabeer means by his description, it is thinner and drier than Ardbeg 10YO and I would honestly rate the 10YO above it .... BUT it is an Ardbeg, it is different and it is under £30 (just). I would sooner drink it than the Laphroaig Quarter Cask.
Score 88. Discalimer I love Ardbeg and am also quite keen on Glen Moray 12YO so this one could not really miss. It is available in Oddbins now
bamber wrote: Discalimer I love Ardbeg and am also quite keen on Glen Moray 12YO so this one could not really miss.
I like Marmite and I like strawberry ice cream but I'm not sure I'd want them on the same spoon. I was disappointed to see Oddbins in Queensferry Street advertising it as "Ardbeg Serendipity".
As an aside, I took a bottle of Bowmore 17 to the final Gaidhlig class of the year last night, and it went down very well indeed...
I found several sites refering to Caol Ila as the distillery in question.
There is Glen Moray 12yo in the mix, along with some "old" Ardbeg. At the Oddbins Wine Fair, a lady from Glenmorangie told me that the Ardbeg was destined for "Lord of the Isles". However, I heard yesterday from another Glenmorangie source that it was Ardbeg 17yo
There's no comparison with the Cardhu affair. 99.9% of Oddbins shoppers would never make the link between a bottle of "Serendipity" and a boxed Ardbeg.
As to whether its worth £30, each must judge. At the moment, there are some pretty good single malts on offer for less - eg Aberlour a'Bunadh at Waitrose for £25!
eelbrook wrote:99.9% of Oddbins shoppers would never make the link between a bottle of "Serendipity" and a boxed Ardbeg.
Actually, I think most Oddbins customers would know less about whisky than many people on this site, and I can imagine most would be taken in by the large cardboard label in the window display next to the bottle saying "Ardbeg Serendipity £x.xx". Ardbeg clearly promote this on their website as an affordable way to try (almost) very old, great Ardbeg. I do think it is misleading. I have never known Oddbins to knowingly mislead customers, so I suspect their confusion arises from the Ardbeg promotional material.
eelbrook wrote:There is Glen Moray 12yo in the mix, along with some "old" Ardbeg. At the Oddbins Wine Fair, a lady from Glenmorangie told me that the Ardbeg was destined for "Lord of the Isles". However, I heard yesterday from another Glenmorangie source that it was Ardbeg 17yo
They used quite old Ardbeg in the 17yr old. I dont know exact ages, but it part of it was 20-25 year-old in the 'old style' 17 year old.
Nick Brown wrote:
I have never known Oddbins to knowingly mislead customers, so I suspect their confusion arises from the Ardbeg promotional material.
I wouldn't be so sure about that !
Going back to when the first editions of the 10/15/20 Bruichladdichs came out , i'd just missed their release at the distillery (they'd actually got them on the friday , i found out in the Lochside bar on the friday night and was leaving on the Sat morning ferry ) so on finding out that Oddbins were the first to have them i went a great speed the following week to my local store , asked have you the New Laddie releases ? and got the reply "Oh yes" and then he produced the old bottlings !!!! After pointing out to the guy the error of his way (the not so subtle difference in colours of the tubes etc) he still tried to argue that they were the new releases ........Haven't used that store again !
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