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Concerning the Uige I was wondering what the years of production are? As well do they pull from various casks each bottling as I noticed that there is not a distillation date as there is with the Arigh?
There are some other threads on the issue of it being discontinued - apparently it is not though i'd imagine they will run out of 1990 spirit at some point so who knows....
You are correct on the Oggy, it is a vatting of different ages and casks.
BTW the ANB is also a mixture of different casks it just happens that they are all distilled 1990 in ex-bourbon casks.
From what I've heard, the distillery was just out of stock. No discontinuation yet.
You can always get really great tasting notes as well as other information on Ardbeg and other Islay distilleries from Spirit of Islay's site. Main page is http://www.spiritofislay.net, and the forums are at http://www.spiritofislay.net/warehouse4/. You can ask about the cask selection etc. for the Uigeadail over there.
As for years produced (bottled), this is what I have so far.
Airigh Nam Beist
2006 (700ml and 750ml)
2007 (700ml and 750ml)
2008 (700ml and I've yet to see a US release 750ml)
2003 (700ml and 750ml) 2003 on back
1st half 2004 (700ml and 750ml) 2004 on back
The label was changed sometime during the summer of 2004, removing the date from the back. This also coincided with adding the Post Code on the front label, and replacing the "Traditional Strength" in gold on front with "Non-Chill Filtered" in gold.
2nd half 2004 (700ml and 750ml) no date
2005 (700ml and 750ml) no date
2006 (700ml and 750ml) no date
I haven't personally confirmed 2007 or 2008 bottles, but I'm sure they have been produced. The US stocks don't change as fast as the UK/Europe so we seem to get a year or older stock on most Ardbeg's.
Hope this helps a little...
Willie JJ wrote:lohssanami wrote:You can ask about the cask selection etc. for the Uigeadail over there.
I can't give you any info on the ages of the Uigeadail casks (it may change from batch to batch), but as far as the cask type is concerned it is 15% sherry and 85% bourbon.
Actually, I think that the recipe have changed with the different bottlings of Uigeadail. According to Ardbegs brand Ambassador in Sweden it has gone up and down between 15% and 35% sherrycasks.
2003-2005 were the older larger lid box, which was much stronger than the current box. I've heard them referred to as the "Flip-Top" box.
2006-now the box is similar in cut as the 10 and ANB.
There may have been some overlap from 2005-6 with older boxes and newer bottles and vice versa.
There are other varieties as well to help ascertain the approximate date, but just PM me for details as I've posted that info a few times already.
Bunkermania: Thanks for the info on the 2008 Uigeadail! I just got a 2007 from Switzerland so I can confirm these dates.
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