A vintage 1996 Ardbeg with a so-called classic ‘map label’ in the Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice range. The map label disappeared from later Connoisseurs Choice bottlings. After roughly 8 years of maturation, this is a relatively young Ardbeg. But it’s a Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice for a reason. Scotland’s most famous and leading independent bottler is known for their amazing whisky selection. They mature all their whiskies in their own casks, in this case a refill bourbon cask. This cask was selected by La Maison Du Whisky for the French market.