Ardnamurchan’s maturing spirit has officially become whisky exactly three years after the Scottish distillery laid down its first casks.Ardnamurchan Spirit 2016 AD has sold out four times over since its release in 2014. While prices of the spirit at auction have reached “well above” the original retail price only a few months after its release. Adelphi, parent company of Ardnamurchan Distillery, says there are “already strong mounting expectations” for its whisky given the quality of its young spirit. According to the company, the whisky won't be released until its aged a minimum of seven years, meaning a release date of 2021. The Scottish distillery will also release a second bottling of mature spirit, due to be on shelves in September. “This is a hugely important milestone for Ardnamurchan,” said Alex Bruce, managing director of Adelphi and the Ardnamurchan Distillery. “We have been overwhelmed by the support for the distillery from all over the world, and this is a testament to the great team we have working with us, and their absolute attention to quality. “The 500 litre ex-Sherry butt no. 1, filled on the 1 August 2014, is now surrounded by a full warehouse of sister casks, all enjoying the superb west coast maturation climate.” Located at Glenbeg, Lochaber, on the Ardnamurchan Estate, Ardnamurchan Distillery was opened by the Princess Royal in July 2014. The Ardnamurchan Distillery is said to be one of the first to be wholly reliant on local renewable energy, using woodchip for heat and hydro-generated electricity.