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1998 Vintage Whisky

Whisky, Harry Potter, and Princess Diana

In 1997, Hong Kong peacefully transitioned to Chinese sovereignty, maintaining its unique identity. The Kyoto Protocol was signed, uniting nations against climate change. J.K. Rowling introduced "Harry Potter," enchanting readers globally. Pathfinder sent images from Mars, expanding our cosmic curiosity. Princess Diana's legacy of compassion and philanthropy was celebrated worldwide.

Ardbeg, which had been silent, resumed production and introduced the Ardbeg 17-Year-Old, a peaty yet balanced expression that quickly gained cult status. This bottling has since been discontinued, making it a high-value item in the secondary market. Bruichladdich also grabbed attention with their innovative cask finishes, including wine and rum barrels, diversifying the flavor profile of Scotch whisky in a significant way. Independent bottler Compass Box launched this year, aiming to create unique blended malts and challenging the status quo. Compass Box gained notoriety for its bespoke, avant-garde whiskies like "Spice Tree," which combined malts from different distilleries in custom casks.

For those interested in the evolution of Scotch whisky, 1997 presents a fascinating tableau of innovation and tradition, a dance between large-scale producers and the smaller independent bottlers who also sought to leave their mark.

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