Ardbeg Auriverdes Limited Edition 2014 (70cl, 49.9%)

Ardbeg Auriverdes Limited Edition 2014 (70cl, 49.9%)

A limited-edition whisky that was released on 31 May in honour of Ardbeg Day 2014 – the distillery's open day as part of the yearly Islay Festival. Auriverdes is a Portuguese term created by the combination of auri, meaning "gold" and verde, meaning "green." The word is commonly used in reference to the national flag, or as a nickname for many of their sports teams on account of their uniforms. Coincidentally, these are also the brand colours of Ardbeg distillery.

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.

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