Ardbeg 10 Year Old Warehouse Tin Edition (70cl, 46%)
This Ardbeg's core expression presented in a tin resembling the distillery's famous warehouse overlooking the Atlantic ocean.
Ardbeg 10 Year Old is a favourite of many whisky lovers around the world. Produced on the Kildalton Coast of Islay, this single malt matures for a decade before being bottled without any chill-filtration. A whisky full of coastal air, smoke and more.
You would not think it to see it now, but Ardbeg had a difficult time of it for much of the 20th century. The distillery was bought in a joint venture between Hiram Walker and DCL in 1959, both intending to supply their blends. The subsequent years were very successful, but DCL backed out in 1979 (closing many of their other distilleries a few years later), and Hiram Walker then struggled in the 1980s era oversupply when interest is blended Scotch was waning. They closed it down for the majority of the decade. It re-opened briefly in the 1990s before being revived for good by Glenmorangie plc in 1997.
The "Guaranteed 10 year old" was the standard Ardbeg single malt release during the 1970s and 1980s, however the last of these were sold by Allied Distillers in the early 1990s. When Glenmorangie plc first took over at the distillery, the gap in stock due to its numerous closures meant that the first age-statement distillery bottling they could release was a generous 17 year old. This now classic 10 year old expression made its triumphant return in 2000 however.