Courtesy of Ardbeg

A Rare Release

May 07, 2009

Ardbeg whisky is Tiger Woods on his best day—it doesn’t get any better. And this month the distillery, on the Isle of Islay, will release a rare, single-cask 1974 vintage. I found it huge and monstrously smoky, even fiery, with a lingering touch of sweetness.

Here’s the catch: The vintage only comes as sets of two numbered, handblown bottles, nestled in a fine English-style rifle case alongside eight sterling silver cups, an Omas fountain pen and hand-bound leather books for tasting and marksmanship notes. Just fifty of these cases are available, at twenty thousand dollars each (visit, making this scotch ideal for the rarest of occasions— a maiden voyage at the Old Course, perhaps.

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