Friday, January 22, 2021


Ardbeg, has today announced the launch of a new limited-edition single malt Scotch whisky bottling, to help commemorate the retirement of its Distillery Manager Mickey Heads.

Ardbeg - Arrrrrrrdbeg! (51.8% ABV) is the first expression from the Islay based distillery, to be fully matured in ex-rye casks.

Ardbeg - Arrrrrrrdbeg! 

Mickey, who joined Ardbeg in 2007, retired in late 2020. During his tenure at Ardbeg, the distillery was awarded the IWC ‘Distillery of the Year’ title three years in a row. Mickey was also named Distillery Manager of the Year in 2014.

Ardbeg - Arrrrrrrdbeg!, is said to deliver notes of spice, melon, kiwi, aniseed, smoked toffee and sourdough biscuits. Followed by a long finish that lingers, leaving seaspray, brazil nuts and faint smoke listing on the palate.

Commenting on the news, Mickey Heads, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to spend the last 13 years heading the crew at the greatest Distillery on earth. I had the best team of people anyone could wish for and I’m proud that we’ve been responsible for producing so many wonderful Ardbeg’s along the way. As for this bottling, well I’m honoured that a place that has already given me so much would celebrate my retirement in such a thoughtful way. And to have my image on a bottle, that’s a dream come true!”

Ardbeg - Arrrrrrrdbeg!, will be available next month exclusively from and Ardbeg embassies, for a RRP of £145.00.

Posted by Steve Rush