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Ardbeg 1994-2014 - 20 Year Old - Duncan Taylor - Single Cask 347613

LOT ID: 0124-640

End Date : Feb 14 2024 08:10 PM

Total Bids: 71   

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Ardbeg 1994 - 2014. 20 Year Old. Bottled by Duncan Taylor. Cask number 347613. One of 91 bottles matured in a Sherry Cask. 700ml. 53.0%. In presentation box.


Leather on front of box unglued at the bottom.


High Neck

Distillery:  Ardbeg

Distillery Status:  Working

Bottler: Duncan Taylor

Region: Islay

Distilled Year: 1994

Bottling Year: 2014

Age: 20

Bottles Produced: 91

Limited Edition: yes

Cask Number: 347613

Category: Single Malt

Country: Scotland

Bottle Size: 70cl / 700ml

ABV: 53.0%

Founded in 1815, Ardbeg is one of Islay’s iconic distilleries. Ardbeg was purchased by Diageo forerunners DCL and Hiram Walker in 1973, with Walker taking full control in 1977, the year the distillery’s maltings were closed. Ardbeg was mothballed for most of the 1980s; production began again in 1989 under new owners Allied Lyons, but only for two months a year until 1996 when the distillery closed again. In 1997 the dilapidated Ardbeg distillery was bought by Glenmorangie plc (now part of LVMH) and its fortunes turned. Ardbeg was restored and relaunched, kickstarting the craze for heavily peated single malt whisky.

Ardbeg was seldom commercially available before the Allied/DCL takeover - the old white label official bottlings are now very rare. Allied bottled a handful of black label Ardbegs in the 1990s including the popular Ardbeg 30-year-old. The breakthrough bottlings were the Ardbeg 17-year-old and Ardbeg 1974 Provenance released by Glenmorangie in 1997 - these were soon followed by numerous magnificent single casks from 1970s vintages that cemented Ardbeg’s reputation. Independent Ardbeg is uncommon nowadays.

Duncan Taylor was founded in 1938, originally as a cask broker. The Glasgow-based company was acquired in the 1960s by the American blender and entrepreneur Abe Rosenberg, who amassed a large stock of maturing casks. Following Rosenberg’s death in 1994 the Duncan Taylor business lay dormant until the early 2000s, when the trustees offered some casks to businessmen Euan Shand and Alan Gordon. 

Shand and Gordon were so impressed with Duncan Taylor’s stock that they bought the company in 2002 and began bottling some of Rosenberg’s best casks. A string of extraordinary bottlings of Longmorn, Macallan, Bowmore and Springbank were released under the now defunct Peerless range and today Duncan Taylor, with Shand in full control since 2006, is established as one of Scotland’s most interesting independent bottlers.


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