Ardbeg releases 20 something year old whisky
Ardbeg Twenty Something is a rare 23-year-old whisky, made with liquid from a mix of ex-bourbon and ex-oloroso sherry casks. It is non-chill-filtered and bottled at 46.3% ABV
Cask 88 were excited to hear about the new malt whisky has been released today by Islay’s Ardbeg, commemorating a time when the distillery was almost lost forever. The subject of silent distilleries or stories of distilleries that we nearly lost is one that is close to our heart i.e. our recent post on the reopening of Port Ellen, Brora and Rosebank.
We recently visited the Ardbeg distillery with clients and thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to anyone.
Towards the end of the last century, Ardbeg Distillery had a turbulent 16 years due to an 8-year mothballing from 81-89 and a further 8 years of lower production from 89-97. During this period, only a small number of casks were laid down with the hope and vision to keep Ardbeg alive. A young Mickey Heads, now Ardbeg’s distillery manager, was among this group of visionaries.
Mickey 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 disappear.”
Dr Bill Lumsden, director of distilling, whisky creation and whisky stocks at Ardbeg, said: “The ex-bourbon and oloroso casks I selected for Ardbeg Twenty Something have delivered a beautiful dram, bursting with rich, deep flavours.
According to Ardbeg’s tasting notes, the new whisky offers sweet wood smoke and vanilla cream on the nose, mingled with sherry notes, burning pine cones and chocolate. On tasting, rich chocolate continues with vanilla pods, dried fruits and fennel. The long finish falls away with just a hint of spiciness.
In recognition of the unwavering support of the whisky’s loyal fans, Ardbeg Twenty Something has been released exclusively to members of the Ardbeg Committee, it’s international fan club that is free to join from its website. It is priced at £430 per bottle.
Cask 88 are big fans of Ardbeg whisky so if you are not already a member of the Ardbeg Committee and looking for a great choice in Ardbeg expressions, then check out our online shop as we currently have at least a dozen old and rare bottles for our consideration. Our carefully curated collection includes the most recent arrival of:
This Ardbeg 17 Year Old is an official bottling from the Islay based distillery. It weighs in at 40.00% ABV and has been lauded by fans and critics alike.
To the most expensive bottle in our current collection, which is:
A unique single sherry cask bottling of Ardbeg. Hand bottled at cask strength, only 528 released.
Year Distilled: 1976
Year Bottled: 2000
Bottle Number 478 of 528
The Cask 88 online store’s will have a bottle of Ardbeg that is perfect for your collection or as a perfect gift for Christmas or any big event. A great example is this striking Blasda Official bottle:
This Ardbeg Blasda is a limited edition, lightly peated expression from the Islay-based distillery. Since its release, it has received the plaudits of fans and critics alike.