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New release Ardbeg Twenty Something celebrates the enduring spirit of Ardbeg

16 October 2017

Ardbeg Twenty Something is a rare 23 Year Old whisky from the Ardbeg Distillery’s darkest times

In November, whisky lovers will have the opportunity to experience an Ardbeg like no other. Namely, Ardbeg Twenty Something – a superb 23 Year Old whisky bottled to honour Ardbeg’s enduring legacy.

It’s a dram that hails from a time when the iconic Ardbeg Distillery name was almost lost forever. In the 1980s and 1990s, production slowed to a trickle and the future of the Distillery hung in the balance. However, when the stills were often empty and the filling store silent, a small number of casks were laid down by a handful of whisky enthusiasts with the belief and vision to keep Ardbeg alive. A young Mickey Heads, now Ardbeg’s Distillery Manager, was among their number.

Today, Ardbeg’s spirit endures thanks to the perseverance of that small group of visionaries who believed in the Distillery – and in no small part to the loyalty of the Ardbeg Committee, whose quest is to “ensure the doors of Ardbeg never close again.” In recognition of their unwavering support, it is Committee Members who will have the opportunity to experience Ardbeg Twenty Something, when a limited number of bottles go on sale in November 2017.

Mickey Heads, Distillery Manager and Chairman of the Ardbeg Committee says: “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 be disappear. Ardbeg Twenty Something is for all those who believe heart and soul in Ardbeg whisky, which is why it’s fitting that this most rare of drams – a 23 Year Old – will be enjoyed by Committee members.”

Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks at Ardbeg, said: “The ex-Bourbon and Olosroso casks I selected for Ardbeg Twenty Something have delivered a beautiful dram, bursting with rich, deep flavours. It has an incredibly smoky, silky quality which is outstanding. The fact that we’re releasing this 23 Year Old in honour of the Ardbeg Committee makes it even more special.”

Ardbeg Twenty Something