Following on from Very Young and Still Young, Ardbeg Almost There showed the final stage in the evolution of young cask-strength Ardbeg 1998 before it blossomed into the Renaissance 10 yr-old. As you would expect, this is a mellower, more rounded, better balanced dram than the younger incarnations.
Ardbeg Renaissance is the end of the series that began with the 'Very Young' 6yo which now changes hands for silly money on eBay. This is the first 10-year old Ardbeg that is entirely comprised of spirit produced after Glenmorangie's takeover of the distillery in 1997. A fitting end to the series.
A hugely sought-after bottling even today, Ardbeg Very Young was the first general release of spirit produced at the distillery after the Glenmorangie takeover in 1997. The spirit for Very Young was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2004 at cask strength. A smash hit at the time and a very desirable cult classic ever since.