Tuesday, July 02, 2024


The Islay based Ardbeg Distillery, has today announced the launch of the second expression from its Anthology Collection.

Ardbeg Anthology: The Unicorn’s Tale (46% ABV) is a 14 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a combination of Bourbon barrels and Madeira wine casks.

Ardbeg Anthology: The Unicorn's Tale

The Ardbeg Anthology Collection, comprises unusual single malts from the distillery, which cross classic Ardbeg with experimental stock for new flavour combinations. In homage to these whiskies’ “hybrid” style, each malt’s name and packaging are inspired by a different mythological creature - which some say they have glimpsed on the isle of Islay.

Ardbeg Anthology: The Unicorn’s Tale, is said to deliver notes of baked banana bread, syrupy sponge pudding, treacle, burning cedarwood, tropical fruits, eucalyptus oil and soft aromatic smoke on the nose. Followed by notes of lime, peach, smoked fruit, baked bread, antiseptic lozenges, creosote, aniseed, barley, nutmeg and peat smoke on the palate.

Commenting on the launch, Dr Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg’s Director of Whisky Creation, said: “At Ardbeg we love to experiment with how we can push our spirit’s smoky balance into new worlds of flavour. Some time ago, we decided to try maturing Ardbeg in unusual cask types for the distillery to create sweet and smoky ‘hybrids’– and so the Anthology Collection was born. The Unicorn’s Tale is the second release in this series, which has been created by marrying classic Ardbeg matured in bourbon casks with a parcel of whisky wholly matured in sweet Madeira wine casks. The outcome is a whisky bursting with notes of banana bread and tropical fruit, fused with Ardbeg’s hallmark flavours of camphor, lime zest and wood smoke. This 14-year-old whisky may appear sweet in nature, but its smoky side is not to be underestimated!”

Ardbeg Anthology: The Unicorn’s Tale, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £130.00.


Posted by Steve Rush