Given the success and cult-like fan base that Ardbeg has recently enjoyed, it is almost impossible to imagine that the distillery was closed, on and off, for 15 years until it was purchased by Glenmorangie. Sitting on the southern coastline, the current distillery was founded in 1815, the original having been destroyed by excise men. The Ardbeg spirit still is fitted with a purifier which many believe accounts for its fruity, zesty character.
Back in 1980 the distillery manager Hamish Scott tried a small experiment. He created asmall batch of unpeated and one of lightly peated whisky (we know; unpeated Ardbeg!!). He then combined these two spirits and created the Kildalton 1980.
Not to be confused with newer release "The Kildalton Project" (the only connection between the bottle is the Kildalton cross), this very unusual bottle of Ardbeg was only released for committee members and has become a bit of a legend with Ardbeg connoisseurs.
Bottled: September 2004
57.6% ABV / 70cl
Bottle Number: One of only 1300 bottles released
Please examine the images of the bottle, packaging and labels carefully and satisfy yourself as to their condition before making a bid.