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 ardbeg.com), making this scotch ideal for the rarest of occasions— a maiden voyage at the Old Course, perhaps.

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