It has been 200 years since Ardbeg single malt whisky was first distilled on the Scottish island of Islay and 15 years since the legacy of this whisky was safeguarded by the foundation of the Ardbeg Committee.
The future of the distillery was guaranteed in 2000 when it formed one of the most passionate and devoted whisky fan clubs in the world with the creation of the Ardbeg Committee - to ensure “the doors of Ardbeg never close again”. Today the Committee has 100,000 members in over 130 countries and Ardbeg Day has become a global annual event.
To mark these memorable events, at this year’s Ardbeg Day on May 30, 2015 with a ‘Past, Present and Future’ theme, committee members will have the opportunity to buy tickets (£199 per person) to attend the celebratory London event held at The Vinyl Factory, commemorating the distillery’s bicentenary and be amongst the first to taste Perpetuum, the new limited edition.
Dr Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg’s director of distilling and whisky creation, says: “Ardbeg’s character has endured for 200 years and we hope it will continue for centuries to come. The 2015 Ardbeg Day anniversary bottling, Ardbeg Perpetuum, celebrates this milestone year with a recipe that includes some very old and young Ardbeg, silky Ardbeg from bourbon barrels and some spicy Ardbeg from sherry casks. The resulting expression combines classic notes of dark chocolate and treacle with sea-spray, peat smoke, vanilla and a hint of sherry casks, to create an unforgettable single malt with an aftertaste that is never-ending.”
Ardbeg Perpetuum, launched for this bicentenary, will be available to purchase from May 30 at Ardbeg Embassies for a two week exclusive period. From June 13, Perpetuum will be available at Ardbeg Embassies, Whisky specialists and department stores with a RSP of £84.99.
Ardbeg Perpetuum is non-chill filtered and is bottled at 47.4% ABV.
For more details about Ardbeg Day visit www.ardbeg.com,
The Vintage House, 42 Old Compton Street, London W1D4LR www.sohowhisky.com
Royal Mile Whiskies, 379 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PW www.royalmilewhiskies.com
Cambridge Wine Merchants, 32 Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UJ www.cambridgewine.com
The Wee Dram, 5 Portland Square, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1HA www.weedram.co.uk
Luvians Bottle Shop, 93 Bonnygate, Cupar, Fife KY15 4LG www.luvians.com
The Whisky Exchange, Vinopolis, 1 Bank End, London SE1 9BU www.thewhiskyexchange.com
Gordon & MacPhail, 58-60 South Street, Elgin, Moray, IV30 1JY www.gordonandmacphail.com
Whiski Rooms Bistro, 4,6 & 7 North Bank Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2LP www.whiskirooms.co.uk
22 May 2015 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor