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Rare single malt emerges from Distillery’s most perilous days

12 September 2016

Ardbeg Twenty One celebrates the dedicated few who kept whisky’s spirit alive

Ardbeg’s precarious past – and its enduring hold on the future – are celebrated in the rare, Limited Edition Ardbeg Twenty One. Distilled at one of the most turbulent times in Ardbeg’s history, this 21 year old single malt is a testament to the dedication of those who fought through the Islay whisky’s darkest days to keep its untamed spirit alive. Ardbeg Twenty One is released exclusively to Ardbeg’s loyal following, the Ardbeg Committee, in recognition of their vital role in safeguarding the Distillery’s future.

This golden expression began life on Ardbeg’s remote Scottish island home in the mid-1990s. Its whitewashed walls were faded and crumbling, and distilling at Ardbeg had dwindled to almost nothing. A small group, including the young Mickey Heads (now our esteemed Distillery Manager), set aside a small number of casks for Ardbeg’s future – including some containing whisky distilled during those perilous days when the distillery’s future was still uncertain.

Some time later, The Glenmorangie Company stepped in to save Ardbeg from extinction, allowing the whisky to rise once more. Today, Ardbeg’s future is in safe hands: the Ardbeg Committee, formed to prevent the Distillery’s doors ever closing again, is 120,000-strong, with members in more than 130 countries. Mickey Heads, who is the Chairman of the Ardbeg Committee, said: “Ardbeg Twenty One is a shining example of Ardbeg’s enduring spirit. I’m so pleased we can share it with our members. The Committee have invested much in ensuring the future of the Distillery and it’s only right that they should share the rewards of its turbulent past too.”

Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks at Ardbeg, said: “I selected the casks for this sumptuous, golden whisky as they combine the distinctive, peppery smokiness of Ardbeg’s award-winning malt with soothing, buttery qualities. Born from adversity, Ardbeg Twenty One is the perfect dram to celebrate the relilience of Ardbeg and The Ardbeg Committee’s enduring loyalty.”

Ardbeg Twenty One will be on-sale on 21st September 2016.

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