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Ardbeg 1978-1997 - Limited Edition



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Ardbeg 1978-1997. Limited Edition. 70cl. 43%.

One of a handful of small batch official bottlings of Ardbeg’s 1978 vintage released between 1997-1999 in the early days after Glenmorangie’s takeover of the distillery. In common with the 1975 vintages released around the same time, these 1978 Ardbegs were bottled at 43% and show a more delicate, sophisticated side to the distillery’s character, with a superb melange of soft smoke, wet turf, saline, soot, citrus, mineral and herby notes. A complex classic.

DISTILLERY:Ardbeg

DISTILLERY STATUS:Working

Bottle ABV:43%

Bottle SIZE:70cl / 700ml

BOTTLER:Distillery Bottling

SPIRIT TYPE:Scotland

LIMITED EDITION:yes

CASK TYPE:Single Malt

REGION:Islay

DISTILLED YEAR:1978

BOTTLING DATE::1997

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.

Total Lots Sold: 11



Highest Price: 2023
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Ardbeg 1978-1997 - Limited Edition
Ardbeg 1978-1997 - Limited Edition
LOT ID: 0923-602

Winning Bid
£410.00

End Date: 22 Nov 2023
Ardbeg 1978-1997 - Limited Edition
Ardbeg 1978-1997 - Limited Edition
LOT ID: 0823-907

Winning Bid
£550.00

End Date: 18 Oct 2023
Ardbeg 1978-1997 - Limited Edition
Ardbeg 1978-1997 - Limited Edition
LOT ID: 0723-932

Winning Bid
£575.00

End Date: 13 Sep 2023
Ardbeg 1978-1997 - Limited Edition
Ardbeg 1978-1997 - Limited Edition
LOT ID: 0223-689

Winning Bid
£550.00

End Date: 22 Mar 2023
Ardbeg 1978-1997
Ardbeg 1978-1997
LOT ID: 488

Winning Bid
£400.00

End Date: 04 Sep 2019
Ardbeg 1978-1997
Ardbeg 1978-1997
LOT ID: 949

Winning Bid
£370.00

End Date: 03 Apr 2019
Ardbeg 1978-1997
Ardbeg 1978-1997
LOT ID: 300

Winning Bid
£330.00

End Date: 03 May 2017
Ardbeg 1978-1997
Ardbeg 1978-1997
LOT ID: 645

Winning Bid
£245.00

End Date: 06 Jul 2016
Ardbeg 1978-1997
Ardbeg 1978-1997
LOT ID: 612

Winning Bid
£290.00

End Date: 01 Oct 2014
Ardbeg 1978-1997
Ardbeg 1978-1997
LOT ID: 613

Winning Bid
£300.00

End Date: 01 Oct 2014
Ardbeg 1978-1997
Ardbeg 1978-1997
LOT ID: 180

Winning Bid
£280.00

End Date: 07 May 2014