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Ardbeg - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

(50cl, 48.6%)

Ardbeg -  Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

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Ardbeg - Batch 6 Bottling Note

Whispered about in the halls in only hushed, excited voices, this is a much anticipated release - and it's here. The sixth batch of Ardbeg single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. As ever, the label features famous collector Geert Bero reaching up to the Spirit Purifier, with our Peaty hiding away in the corner.

Batch 6 is a release of 58 bottles.

‘That Boutique-y Whisky Company’ bottles single malts, single grains, bourbons, blended malts and blends from a variety of renowned distilleries. These whiskies are adorned with cultish graphic novel-style labels.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Creamy in its delivery of light vanilla and toasted barley, before making way for classic sticking plaster peat wafts. A little bit meaty, with oak-y elements coming through too.

Palate: Well rounded golden barley gives structure to the bold, peaty Ardbeg character we're all familiar with. Hints of orange, black pepper and fudge decorate the mid-palate.

Finish: Peaty but sweet and comforting. Lasts very long indeed.

Overall: Another fantastic Ardbeg from That Boutique-y Whisky Company's selection. Hits all the notes you want an Ardbeg to hit and more.

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Ardbeg - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) Reviews

@A query

We buy full casks or (if we can’t get the whole cask), a split of a one.

At the moment we bottle whatever we have pretty much as soon as we buy it rather than releasing it in chunks. That’s not to say we won’t release one cask in several batches at some point - in fact it would be quite cool to release a series of bottlings from the same cask as it ages... Hmm...

15th September 2015

A query

Appreciate the response, chaps. It is a shame that casks of Ardbeg are so expensive.

As batch 6 totals less than 30 litres, are you being sold shares of barrels from a third party, are you buying barrels and releasing a portion at a time or buying up bottles of differing ages and mixing them together?

I only ask because option 1 or 2 would explain the extortionate prices, seeing as the distillery claim they aren't selling to indie bottlers any more. Market forces and all that.

Option 3 is a little more morally dubious.

12th September 2015

@Sad & @Really

We appreciate your frustration, and believe me - we share it. We like Drinking Ardbeg too.

The unfortunate fact is that purchasing casks of Ardbeg has become *incredibly* expensive in recent months/years, fuelled no doubt by the incredible success on the secondary market of the OB versions. You'll see this if you have a look at the price of any other independent Ardbeg from the very recent past (in fact just look to the left of this review and you'll see a whole panel of 'Also from Ardbeg distillery' whiskies).

This whisky (and every other whisky in the TBWC range) applies a strict policy of fixed markups - meaning that the price of each line is directly proportional to the cost of the ingredients, and absolutely no more.

We don't 'price-gouge', we don't opportunistically increase the prices where we see an opportunity, and we're not bad guys. Promise.

We suspect that part of the dissatisfaction at the price here may be driven by the fact that a lot of people assume that NAS=Young Whisky. In this case, that is absolutely, categorically not the case. In fact it's almost impossible for it to be further from the truth. The TBWC range is all Non-Age-Statement, but that absolutely doesn't mean that it's all young whisky.

The Folks at That Boutique-y Whisky Company

10th September 2015

How much???

Ardbeg is my second favourite single malt whisky, and I would not touch this overpriced NAS bottling with a barge pole.

10th September 2015

Sad.

The price is a joke guys. NAS and 370€ for 50cl.... So so sad this obvious greedyness. Enjoy drinking it yourself.

9th September 2015

Really?

50cl, NAS and Independent bottling for £272? Quite astonished when I saw this.

9th September 2015

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