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Expression: 17

Years bottled: 1997-2004

Age: 17

ABV (Bottle Size): 40% (5cl, 70cl)

ABV (Bottle Size): 43% (50ml, 750ml, 1L)

Distribution: Worldwide

Confirmed Markets: UK, Europe, Asia, US, Africa, NZ, Duty Free

Importers: Brown-Forman (US), Bacardi-Martini (Suisse), Moet-Hennessy (Suisse), Velier-Genova (EU)

Front Label Varieties: 70cl on left, 70cl on right, US , Japan, Suisse, Duty Free

Back Label Varieties: Velier w/Small letters, Velier w/Big letters, Velier added to Ultimate Whisky Experience, Ultimate Whisky Experience (white), Ultimate Whisky Experience (gold), Der Grune Punkt (white), Der Grune Punkt (gold), Bacardi-Martini (Suisse), US (gov't warning)

Initial Price: 29.99 (Distillery)





SPECIAL OFFER - ARDBEG WEBSITE (1999)

"Until December 31st 1999 a tasting glass will be supplied free with every bottle of 17 Year Old or 1975 vintage bought in our online shop."




TASTING NOTES - ARDBEG WEBSITE (1999)

Tasting notes:

Ardbeg's 17 Years Old - "Lord of the Islays"

Nose: The gentlest of peats, yet deep and confident with an enticing sweetness - a heady mixture of malt and vanillins. Vaguely salty and very complex with oak present but very much in harness. Just a hint of bourbon and even a fainter hint of tangy orange to widen the spectrum.

Taste: There is a much greater presence of peat in the taster than the nose suggests. The smokiness quickly hits the palate and then tapers off. That said, the middle shows an excellent chewy malt alongside a touch of cocoa.

Finish: The peat returns and guarantees and enormously long finale. The taste of the malt clings and hints of liquorice and dry toast are detected. This form of oakiness continues but never becomes sappy or too dry as the peat balances this out beautifully.




TASTING NOTES - ARDBEG WEBSITE (2001)

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Tasting notes:

Ardbeg's 17 Years Old

Nose: The gentlest of peats, yet deep and confident with an enticing sweetness - a heady mixture of malt and vanillins. Vaguely salty and very complex with oak present but very much in harness. Just a hint of bourbon and even a fainter hint of tangy orange to widen the spectrum.

Taste: There is a much greater presence of peat in the taster than the nose suggests. The smokiness quickly hits the palate and then tapers off. That said, the middle shows an excellent chewy malt alongside a touch of cocoa.

Finish: The peat returns and guarantees and enormously long finale. The taste of the malt clings and hints of liquorice and dry toast are detected. This form of oakiness continues but never becomes sappy or too dry as the peat balances this out beautifully.

 

Source: www.ardbeg.com - circa 2001








BOTTLE and LABEL VARIETIES



Bottle and Box with the two different Tasting Notes insert.


17 with box and Tasting Notes Insert for the 17.




17 with box and Tasting Notes Insert for Current Releases.




Front Label varieties.


40% on left side. 40% on right side.




Duty Free. US Brown-Forman.




Moet-Hennessy Suisse.




Japan.




Back Label Varieties.


Velier-Genova with small letters. Velier-Genova with big letters.




Ultimate Whisky Experience with Velier Sticker added.




Ultimate Whisky Experience in White. Ultimate Whisky Experience in Gold.




Der Grune Punkt in White. Der Grune Punkt in Gold.




Bacardi-Martini (Suisse). UK/EU






Brown-Forman (US).






Bottle Codes for the 17, including any other Expressions bottled on the same day or within hours of 17.


Bottle Code Expression Size Market Day Month Year
L 7 252 4ML 14:15 1978 700 UWE 9 September 1997
L 7 253 4ML 14:12 17 700 UWE 10 September 1997
L 7 254 4ML 11:48 17 1000 Duty Free 11 September 1997
L 7 315 4ML 13:02 17 700 UK (UWE) 11 November 1997
L 7 337 4ML 14:42 17 700 UWE 3 December 1997
L 7 338 4ML 11:40 17 700 4 December 1997
L 8 035 4ML 12:51 17 750 US (BF) 4 February 1998
L 8 068 4ML 16:29 17 700 UK (UWE) 9 March 1998
L 8 070 4ML 11:11 17 750 US (BF) 11 March 1998
L 8 071 4ML 08:21 17 750 US (BF) 12 March 1998
L 8 331 4ML 08:24 17 700 German 27 November 1998
L 9 098 4ML 11:04 17 1000 Duty Free 8 April 1999
L 9 188 4ML 11:03 17 700 Velier 5 July 1999
L 9 303 4ML 03:13 17 700 30 October 1999
L 0 107 5ML 1519 17 50 US 16 April 2000
L 0 156 4ML 1135 17 700 Velier 4 June 2000
L 0 284 4ML 1926 17 700 Velier 10 October 2000
L 1 182 4ML 1113 17 700 DGP 31 July 2001
L 1 214 4ML 2151 17 750 US (BF) 2 August 2001
L 1 253 4ML 15:33 17 700 Velier 10 September 2001
L 1 325 4ML 2326 17 700 German 21 November 2001
L2 030 4ML 13:09 17 700 UWE 30 January 2002
L2 065 4ML 13:58 17 700 UK (Distillery) 6 March 2002
L2 086 4ML 17:32 17 700 UK 27 March 2002
L2 177 4ML 18:16 17 700 UWE 26 June 2002
L2 226 4ML 13:57 17 700 German 14 August 2002
L2 323 4ML 0606 17 750 US (BF) 19 November 2002
L2 323 4ML 1035 17 700 UWE 19 November 2002
L2 331 1048 5ML 17 - Peat Pack 10, 17 50 UK 27 November 2002
L2 331 1432 5ML 17 - Story of Peat 50 Australia 27 November 2002
L2 332 0856 5ML 10 (OLD) - Peat Pack 10, 17 50 UK 28 November 2002
L2 344 4ML 2304 17 700 UK (UWE) 10 December 2002
L3 041 1829 4ML 17 700 UK (UWE) 10 February 2003
L3 042 0741 4ML 17 700 UWE 11 February 2003
L3 069 xx43 4ML 17 700 UWE 10 March 2003
L3 224 0744 4ML 17 700 Distillery 12 August 2003
L4 099 01:37 4ML 17 700 Swiss 8 April 2004
L4 188 10:47 4ML 17 700 Sweden 6 July 2004
L4 188 17:42 4ML 17 700 Velier 6 July 2004
L4 266 00:03 4ML 17 700 UWE 22 September 2004
L4 266 00:03 4ML 17 700 UWE 22 September 2004





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