Ardbeg Distillery | Port Ellen, Scotland
Every year from the end of May through early June, the Scottish island of Islay welcomes hundreds of Scotch-lovers for its Festival of Malt and Music. This weeklong tribute to everything whisky culminates in Ardbeg Day when the distillery opens its doors to Ardbeg lovers from around the world. Recognizing that not all Ardbeg fans can make the pilgrimage to the Land of Peat, last year Ardbeg launched Ardbeg Day celebrations worldwide along with a limited edition Ardbeg Day bottling so that fans could join in the festivities wherever they were.
Ardbeg Day was such a success, that they’re doing it all over again for 2013. Only this time, they’ve renamed it Ardbog Day in honor of the newest limited edition release – Ardbog! Crafted from ex-Manzanilla matured Ardbeg and bottled at 52.1% ABV, Ardbog is expected to be as well-received as last year’s Ardbeg Day and Galileo, which each won impressive accolades from the 2013 Jim Murray Whisky Bible and the 2013 World Whisky Awards, respectively.
In addition to the much-anticipated release of Ardbog, 2013′s events will enable many more fans to drink in the spirit of celebration! These events include promotions, tastings, parties, and plenty of fun activities happening around the world. Details and registration for the U.S. events can be found at: http://www.ardbeg.com/ardbeg/us. Much like Ardbeg, the celebration is expected to be big and untamed, so immediate registration is recommended to secure a spot in this very spirited affair!
Ardbog Tasting Notes
Color - deep ochre
Aroma - deep, enticing waves of pecan nuts, salty toffee & caramels, fudge, leather and a distinct whiff of herbs, lavender and violets. The smoke is soft and aromatic, and is interwoven with salty, savory notes, like Iberico ham (de bellota) and olives
Some water brings forth herbal, perfumed notes, smoked rhubarb, aged balsamic vinegar and some salty, ‘graphite’ notes reminding you of the Manzanilla cask element
Texture/taste - a full, oily/tingly mouthfeel leads into a powerful, salty, savory burst of flavors – salted cashews and peanuts, clove, aniseed flavored toffee, green olives and a curious hint of anchovy. A long, lingering aftertaste, in which the classic Ardbeg sweetness (like a hint of maple syrup) is kept in check by oak tannins, clove and coffee grounds
Ardbeg prides itself on being the ‘Ultimate Islay Malt Whisky’. Established in 1815, Ardbeg is revered by connoisseurs around the world as the peatiest, smokiest and most complex of all the Islay malts widely available. Despite its smokiness, Ardbeg is renowned for its devilishly delicious sweetness, a phenomenon that has affectionately become known as ‘the peaty paradox’.
Ardbeg and The Glenmorangie Company advocate responsible drinking and suggest that drinkers savor whiskies in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.