Monday, September 12, 2016


Ardbeg has today announced the launch of a limited edition 21 Year Old single malt expression, which is said to be a testament to the dedication of those who fought through the Islay distillery’s darkest days.

Ardbeg Twenty One (46% ABV) will be released exclusively to its loyal following Committee members, in recognition of their vital role in safeguarding the distillery’s future.

Ardbeg Twenty One

Ardbeg’s precarious past and its enduring hold on the future, are celebrated in their latest release, which began life on Ardbeg’s remote Scottish island home in the mid-1990s.  Its whitewashed walls were faded and crumbling and distilling at Ardbeg had dwindled to almost nothing.

A small group, including Mickey Heads, their current Distillery Manager, set aside a small number of casks for Ardbeg’s future, including some containing whisky distilled during those perilous days when the distillery’s future was still uncertain.

Today, Ardbeg’s future is in safe hands of the Ardbeg Committee, with its 120,000-strong members, from over 130 countries, formed to prevent the distillery’s doors ever closing again.

Commenting on the news, Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks at Ardbeg, said: “I selected the casks for this sumptuous, golden whisky as they combine the distinctive, peppery smokiness of Ardbeg’s award-winning malt with soothing, buttery qualities.  Born from adversity, Ardbeg Twenty One is the perfect dram to celebrate the resilience of Ardbeg and The Ardbeg Committee’s enduring loyalty.”

Ardbeg Twenty One, will be available exclusively to Ardbeg Committee members, via their website, from September 21st for £310.

Posted by Steve Rush