This is the 2018 Ardbeg Committee Release
Regarding this 2018 release, Distillery Manager Mickey Heads said:
“The grooviest thing to come out of Ardbeg Distillery for Decades”
“The Ardbeg Village of the 1960s was a very different place – a groovy wee community, with its own post office, billiards hall, two choirs and even a football team. These days the Ardbeg community is a worldwide one, and Ardbeg Day is the best way for us all to come together and raise a dram to the ultimate Islay single malt.”
This rare bottling is matured in Wine casks: “From the experimental folk at Ardbeg, comes this intensely mellow dram produced from the grooviest casks ever. Smoked spices combine with distant bonfires fading into a mellow haze of apples and smoked pear.”
Colour: Berbere (African spice blend of a reddish/orange hue)
Nose: Intense aromas of smoked cinnamon and paprika, antique leather and saddle soap, with classic Ardbeg scents of pine resin, tar and briny sea spray in the background. A distant hint of a fragrant bonfire by the shores of the distillery and, finally, an unusual savoury note, like chilli-seasoned meats. A little splash of water releases some beautiful, unexpected aromas: lavender scented soap, ground white pepper, floral and herbal notes entwined. Fresh flowers mix with coriander leaves and mint.
Palate: A powerfully salty mouthfeel drifts into sweet vibes of treacle toffee, vanilla popcorn, salted fruits with soot and tar. Again, those distinctive savoury notes of smoky BBQ, paprika and mustard spice, fading into an unexpected haze of smoked pears and apples, almost like pear cider.
Finish: Smoked paprika and bonfires with a mellow sweetness throughout.