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Jun012011

Alligator Come and Gone

Ardbeg's Alligator has come and gone!  I can't say I'm sad about that either.  While I get as excited as the next person when it comes to these special releases, the scarcity and the collectable nature of these bottles seem to bring out the rage in people.  I think we did a fair and reasonable sale of our generous allocation.  We made sure that NO ONE got more than one bottle (I had to watch every order and cancel the repeats......you sneaky guys) and we made them available online, via phone, or via email.  The Alligator batches lasted for more than an hour each, so there was no real rush.  You couldn't sit around and twiddle your thumbs, but it wasn't a mad dash or anything.

That's the nature of these bottles.  There were some unhappy people who missed out and to those people I can say this in consolation: this won't be the only time we see the Alligator.  I wouldn't be surprised to see a few more pop up in the near future.  However, you cannot assume they'll be here waiting for you.  These are like U2 concert tickets and there's nothing Ticketmaster can do once they're gone.  It's first come first served.

The days of trying something special and coming back for it later are over.  If you've heard about it, read about,  or seen it on a blog, then so have thousands of other people - and they're all shopping at K&L too. 

-David Driscoll

Reader Comments (7)

Thanks for the update David. I got an email from Ardbeg this morning for their Committee members about the Alligator release, with the words "Committee members in the US are able to enjoy the special Committee bottling of Alligator. So if you’re brave enough to catch a bottle or two*, you can snap them up now at your nearest Ardbeg retailer." At that time, I had no idea what that meant. I was wondering, how could US retailers manage to sell a Committee bottling to Committee members only? Now I sort of understand.... so this release was a first-come first-serve for everyone, and not just Committee members? Sort of a dumb way to manage a Committee release. No big loss, as the general release should come out in a few months. But Committee members could understandably get a bit peeved in being misled for the last several months about this being an exclusive to members only

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHarold

I've always liked Ardbeg, but is this really worth all the drama and angst? This is a real question, not a snarky comment.

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSamuel Muindi

In the long run, definitely not. There's always another limited release around the corner.... most likely next year. Just bummed that I got a cryptic email this morning, and didn't even know where to look for these. There's a ton of good whisky to try. Next!

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHarold

It's definitely worth the drama for Ardbeg if that's what you are asking. Just as with chill-filtration and bottling at 46% ABV, Ardbeg will gladly put out what customers think they want. A good many want collectable, rare whiskies (even if they really aren't).

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEugene

$100 for a tweeked 10yo ardbeg? my money says buy one of the KL special casks instead

June 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

There are more than 1,000,000 members. It's not like you have to be accepted. You just have to type in your email address. There were not 1,000,000 bottles, so the committee member thing isn't really relevant.

June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid D

This looks like the Pappy Van Winkle of Scotch !

June 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersnakeman

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