Ardbeg 2005 Single Oloroso Cask #5460 / Feis Ile 2021
You would not think it to see it now, but Ardbeg had a difficult time of it for much of the 20th century. The distillery was bought in a joint venture between Hiram Walker and DCL in 1959, both intending to supply their blends. The subsequent years were very successful, but DCL backed out in 1979 (closing many of their other distilleries a few years later), and Hiram Walker then struggled in the 1980s era oversupply when interest is blended Scotch was waning. They closed it down for the majority of the decade. It re-opened briefly in the 1990s before being revived for good by Glenmorangie plc in 1997.
This is a single cask release, distilled on 29th of November 2005 and matured in Oloroso sherry butt #1321. Bottled on 10th of March 2021 as a 15 year old, this was a surprise addition to the Ardbeg Feis Ile line-up in 2021, launched at Ardbeg Day that year.
One of 595 bottles.