How can one distinguish between them?
(I'm pretty sure I have the later release, but as one of my bottles is from the batch the Ardbeg got back from Italy, one never knows...)
For example L7216 would be the 216th day of the year 2007. This is normally followed by something like 15:09 (time of day) then 3ML or 4ML (which I think is the number of the bottling line).
This may be able to help you work out the batch when you compare against others who own an A17, however I can't help you out there.
I find the etched bottled codes very handy as I was able to work out which batch of the Spice Tree, amongst others, I had bought.
The bootle I was looking at had the code on either side of the protusion on the backside. Quite hard to see, but a flash light and a lot of squinting helped.
It said L30420054ml - So bottled in 2003 I guess
The other bottle had the the code where it was supposed to be - exactly like you described it.
So my questions answered - and as suspected both my bottles are the newer type. (Which I suspect is the only one I have ever tasted.)
According to "legend", a bit of the so-called Kildalton stock (unpeated Ardbeg from 1981) went into the vatting, so the first release was certainly not as smoky/peaty as the usual Ardbeg style.
Owing to the long closures and periods of non-production, the holes in the stock range meant that the 17yo was always going to be a limited product.
I understand the Nam Beist bottling is intended as a replacement for the 17yo.
I know with the minis there is a difference in bottle shape, I think the dumpier one is the older one but I'd have to check.
Can anyone confirm whether mine is the old or newer stock.
Similar codes are used for older Glenmorangie bottles. Hope this helps - Bob
Do any of you remember what you paid when this was available in the retail market? Was the price comparable to the Nam Beist? Closer to the 10 in price?
Since I starting drinking SM's after A17 left the stores, I was just wondering for trivial interest.
Thanks for any thoughts.
It kinda sucks to see the Beist, a 16yo selling for an average of $110 today.
Wave wrote:It kinda sucks to see the Beist, a 16yo selling for an average of $110 today.
I agree. I only tasted the Beist once, but the interesting sweet/peat combination was really memorable. The price has put me off buying a bottle of it, though.
The Beast does seem to be a bit expensive, but if it tastes good enough to buy...then the price is right. However, you can get 3 bottles of the 10 right now at Shopper's Vineyard, at least thru the end of April, for the same price.
The hard part is finding a 17 for under $200, and since I've never tried it, I can't get myself to pay that much. Maybe I'll change my mind...who knows?
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