Ardbeg 1980 Kildalton

Ardbeg 1980 Kildalton
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Ardbeg 1980 KildaltonArdbeg 1980 Kildalton
Winning bid: £620.00
Lot number: 085-2748

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.

Distilled: 1980

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.

Featured in: The 85th Auction (April 27 – May 6, 2018)