Monday, October 16, 2017


Ardbeg, has today announced the launch of a new 23 Year Old Committee Members bottling, which is said to commemorate a time when the iconic Islay distillery was nearly lost forever.

Ardbeg Twenty Something (46.3% ABV) was produced using whiskies matured in both ex-bourbon and ex-oloroso Sherry casks, which were laid down to mature during a time when the distillery was on the brink of closure.

Ardbeg Twenty Something

In the 1980s and 1990s, production slowed to a trickle and the future of the Ardbeg Distillery hung in the balance. During this period, only a small number of casks were laid down with the belief and vision to keep Ardbeg alive.

Today, Ardbeg endures thanks to the perseverance of that small group of whisky enthusiasts (including a young Mickey Heads, Ardbeg’s current Distillery Manager) who believed in the Distillery, and in no small part to the loyalty of the Ardbeg Committee, whose quest is to “ensure the doors of Ardbeg never close again.”

In recognition of their unwavering support, Ardbeg Twenty Something will be released exclusively to Ardbeg’s loyal fan base, the Ardbeg Committee, in gratitude for their enduring support of the Distillery.

Ardbeg Twenty Something, is said to deliver notes of sweet wood smoke, vanilla cream, sherry, burning pine cones and chocolate on the nose. Followed by notes of rich chocolate, vanilla pods, dried fruits and fennel on the palate.

Commenting on the launch, Mickey Heads, Distillery Manager and Chairman of the Ardbeg Committee said: “This magnificent whisky was created within the retired iconic still which stands proud outside our Distillery today. It’s a glimpse back into Ardbeg’s turbulent past and reaffirms just why the Distillery couldn’t be allowed to be disappear. Ardbeg Twenty Something is for all those who believe heart and soul in Ardbeg whisky, which is why it’s fitting that this most rare of drams – a 23-year-old – will be enjoyed by Committee members.”

Ardbeg Twenty Something, will be available to Ardbeg Committee members from November 2nd, for a RRP of £430.00.

Posted by Steve Rush