Tuesday, April 16, 2024


The Ardbeg Distillery has today announced the launch of a new experimental limited-edition release, ahead of its annual day of celebrations (Ardbeg Day) on Saturday June 1st, as part of the Islay Festival of Music and Malt (Fèis Ìle).

Ardbeg Spectacular (46% ABV) is a non-age-stated single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a combination of ex-Bourbon barrels and Port casks.

Ardbeg Spectacular 

This latest release which is the first from Ardbeg to include whisky matured in Port casks, is said to deliver notes of fragrant lavender, incense candles, leather, wax, almonds, woodsmoke, damp peat moss and hints of menthol on the nose. Followed by notes of peat smoke, eucalyptus oil, mint chocolate, toffee, smoked pecans, sweet pear crumble, fudge, creosote and tar on the palate.

Taking inspiration from the whisky’s deep, dark cavalcade of flavours, the Islay based whisky brand is inviting fans to join its very own “Dark Circus” on Ardbeg Day. For one day only, at the distillery and at local events across the globe, whisky fans can delve into an offbeat and smoky Ardbeggian take on the circus, through intriguing tastings and events.

Commenting on the news, Gillian Macdonald, Ardbeg Master Blender, said: “Ardbeg Spectacular is a high-flying spirit, very befitting of Ardbeg Day. Its years in bourbon and port casks create a spectacle of flavours, the like of which Ardbeggians will never have tasted before.”

Jackie Thomson, Distillery Visitor Centre Manager, added: “This Ardbeg Day we will celebrate our whisky in the most spectacular style – from this new limited edition, to our core range favourites like Ardbeg Ten Years Old. I’m looking forward to entering into the spirit of the circus with fans at the Distillery, online and across the globe on 1st June, as we come together to juggle big, bold smoky flavours and marvel at the phenolic phenomenon that is Ardbeg!”

Ardbeg Spectacular, will be available from April 23rd, from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £110.

Posted by Steve Rush

Monday, April 15, 2024


The Ayrshire based Lochlea Distillery, has announced that it will be giving the public the opportunity to buy casks of its single malt Scotch whisky.

This will be the first time that the distillery has gone public with its Private Cask Programme, which up until now has only been offered to private customers who joined their waiting list from 2018 onwards.

Lochlea opens up its Private Cask Programme to the public

From the moment of purchase, owners can make the most of and enjoy their personal whisky journey, visiting their cask at the distillery, attending a dedicated Cask Owner’s Day, sampling their liquid as it goes from spirit to single malt whisky and being a part of the Lochlea family and award-winning brand’s journey from an early stage.

Two types of casks are available for consumers to choose from: first-fill Bourbon barrels and first-fill Oloroso Sherry hogsheads – depending on their preferred flavour profile. All casks are kept under bond at the distillery for at least 10 years, after which it can then either be stored for longer, bottled under the customer’s own personal label or sold back to the distillery as desired.

Commenting on the news, John Campbell, Lochlea’s Production Director said: “Our Private Cask Programme is an incredibly special chance to be a part of our ambitious, exciting and innovative distillery and brand. As a family-owned distillery, we want to ensure that our customers feel close to us. Those deciding to take the step to purchase their own Lochlea cask can witness and explore each stage of the whisky-making process, with our experienced team by their side at every step of the journey.”

Lochlea’s Private Cask Programme is open now for a limited period only to those looking to purchase a cask for their own exploration and enjoyment. Those interested should contact the distillery team for more details via: casks@lochleadistillery.com

Posted by Steve Rush