When does a child become an adult? Is it when they take on certain responsibilities – a spouse, a job or their own child? Or perhaps when they are trusted to consume alcohol, tobacco, or over-the-counter drugs? How about when they are considered fully responsible for their criminal actions? Or maybe it’s when their body and their brain have reached maturity? These ages of adulthood are mostly subjective and they vary across countries, across time periods, and in some cases across individuals. There will never be one clearly correct answer and any one age chosen as the start of adulthood is arbitrary.
Today sees the release of The Whisky Exchange’s follow-up to last year’s April Fool release. And at a glance, it looks very much like more of the same. But whereas 2021’s release was labelled as “Extremely young, I wish I were older” this time around we have “Extremely old, I wish I were younger”. Can you guess where we’re going yet?
Release 2 from Ardnamurchan came earlier in 2021 whilst everyone was still locked up inside their houses. And whilst it was not quite the bunfight of the inaugural release from 2020, it still sold out rapidly – all 14,676 bottles of it.
The inaugural release of this West Highlands single malt was far from a limited affair – 15,978 bottles. Indeed, that’s about as large an opening gambit as one tends to get when it comes to new distilleries. However, despite the generous number of casks utilised to create this expression – it quickly transpired that 15K of bottles was apparently nowhere near enough to sate demand. That is not to say that there’s a magnitude of well over 15,000 clamouring Ardnamurchan whisky drinkers (as yet) – but rather, that just the one bottle was likely not enough for many – despite retail limits. Indeed, you don’t have to look all that far to see evidence of people with caseloads of this stuff. Whatever floats your boat guys.
The first part of a rather interesting trio. Edition A is drawn from a 2015 refill barrel of heavily peated spirit and bottled at 57.1%.
Edition B combines an equal mix of Edition 48A and Edition 48C with a reduction down to 53% ABV. Because reasons.
Edition C of the threesome comes sans peat and with an additional year of age. 163 bottles at an ABV of 57.1%. A real counterpoint to the heavily edition.