Heavily sherried with quite some tannins, but not really bitter. A great and very complex single malt. Because of the mothballing of Glendronach in 1996, in a few years time new batches will be older than 15 years. Keep an eye on it! – Score: 89/100
Every once in a while, the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) opens up a new battlefield because they see the traditional values of Scotch Whisky under attack. Examples include the lawsuit against the Glen Breton whisky from Canada or the threat against Compass Box.
Glemorangie plc bought Ardbeg in 1997 and re-opened the distillery that had been mothballed since 1981, with just a low level production between 1989 and 1996. After the relaunch, Ardbeg managed to attract a huge following of whisky enthusiats because of various reasons.
The worst dram I ever had so far, mainly for the moldy mushroom flavour. Very immature and unbalanced. The brewery makes excellent beer. They should stick with that in order not to ruin their reputation. The price of €50 per bottle is ridiculuos. Avoid. – Score: 20/100
In October 2004, French luxury goods conglomerate Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton S.A (LVMH) bought Glenmorangie plc from the Macdonald family who had been in possession of the company since 1918. The portfolio included Glenmorangie, Ardbeg and Glen Moray distilleries as well as the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS).