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Antique Ardmore 16yr Malt Scotch Whisky - 1981

Item # 36295
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Item Notes

  • Limited Production: Only 1 bottle(s) per customer

Tasting Notes

Ardmore has been a traditional, peated Highland outlier for most of its 100 plus year history, making an older style of Scotch long abandoned in the region by other distillers. This classic style has been highly prized by blenders over the years, primarily for Teacher's, and up until very recently the single malt bottlings were non-existent. Gordon & Macphail long time partnerships with many historic producers allowed them to buy casks and reprint labels, a very rare practice for the independents. This very old bottle comes from whisky distilled in 1981 and bottled in 1997. Originally intended for the Italian market, this single bottle comes from a private cellar in Piedmont. Aside from some fraying of the old tax stamp paper and some staining from the decades in cellar, the closure is perfectly sealed and the fill is above the neck. This bottle is in very solid shape and will be a delight for whomever finally cracks that seal.

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