Tuesday, May 07, 2024


Ardbeg, has today announced the launch of the first release from a new limited-edition series, created during a milestone year at the Islay based distillery.

Ardbeg Vintage Y2K (46% ABV) is a 23 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky, which has been matured in a combination of ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso Sherry casks.

Ardbeg Vintage Y2K

Following decades of neglect, the Ardbeg distillery was bought by the Glenmorangie Company in 1997 and meticulously restored. As the clock ticked over from 1999 to 2000, the distillery was returning to full production. And while the rest of the world partied, with many distilleries shut down in fear of computerised chaos, its dedicated stillmen stayed up all night to keep the spirit flowing. 

Made using some of the very first spirit of the millennium, from its historic still which served Ardbeg for 51 years, before being retired in 2001, the latest limited-edition release, is said to deliver notes of smoke, lemon balsam, linseed oil, candied walnuts, heather honey and creosote on the nose. Followed by notes of sherbet, aniseed, toffee, digestive biscuits, peppermint, menthol, tar, coffee grounds, soot and tar on the palate.

Commenting on the launch, Dr Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg Master Distiller, said: “Ardbeg Vintage Y2K is a phenomenal souvenir of a pivotal year at Ardbeg. Crafted at the dawn of a new era in our historic still, this ultra-rare whisky has been stowed carefully at the Distillery ever since. Herbal, citrusy and sweet on the nose, before soot, peppermint and coffee explode on the palate, this retro collectors’ classic is pure Ardbeg nostalgia.”

Ardbeg Vintage Y2K, will be available from specialist retailers in July, for a RRP of £670.00.

Posted by Steve Rush