An Ardbeg distilled in 1974 and bottled in 1997. This is the first in the famous series of four Ardbegs, the Provenance bottlings, all from the same year and bottled between 1997 and 2000. 1974 is a popular vintage of Ardbeg, known for its lower peat content, resulting from poor weather that prevent…More info
An Ardbeg distilled in 1974 and bottled in 1997. This is the first in the famous series of four Ardbegs, the Provenance bottlings, all from the same year and bottled between 1997 and 2000. 1974 is a popular vintage of Ardbeg, known for its lower peat content, resulting from poor weather that prevented the machinery used by then manager Hamish Scott from working.
Scotland, Isle of Islay. Distillery operational. Owner: Pernod Ricard
Founded in 1815 by McDougall & Co. in the south-east of Islay, near the Kildalton Cross, Ardbeg's malt was for a long time overshadowed by its neighbours and competitors Lagavulin and Laphroaig.It was under the patronage of the McDonald family (Glenmorangie Plc), who bought the distillery in 1997, that it was able to develop its potential and introduce the public to the treasures sleeping in its vaults. Between September and November 1997, no less than three bottlings - two of which would become great classics - were released on the market, the Ardbeg 17 Year Old, Ardbeg 1978 and Ardbeg Provenance 1974. The following decade was rich in single cask, cask strength bottlings matured in sherry and bourbon casks, each more impressive than the next. And it was dressed in a new green bottle with confident Celtic-Gothic aesthetics that Ardbeg flooded the market for fans of malts dominated by aromas of smoke, peat and tiger balm.
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