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Ardbeg unveils third Twenty Something expression

LVMH has announced it will release the third expression in Ardbeg's Twenty Something collection – a 22 Years Old single malt.

This is a whisky that was born during a time when the Ardbeg Distillery name was almost consigned to the history books. In the 1980s and 1990s, production at the Ardbeg Distillery slowed and its future hung in the balance. However, while the stills were often empty and the filling store silent, a number of casks were tucked away by enthusiasts with the vision to keep Ardbeg alive. Mickey Heads, now Ardbeg’s distillery manager, was among them. 

It is Ardbeg Committee members who will have the opportunity to experience Ardbeg Twenty Something, when a limited number of bottles go on sale in October 2018.

Mickey Heads, Ardbeg distillery manager, says: “A sense of immense pride, hope and a touch of idealism were key ingredients in this whisky. Created with spirit from the retired still which now stands in the Distillery courtyard, this bottle is a magnificent reminder as to why Ardbeg should never be allowed to disappear. Ardbeg Twenty Something is for those who believed wholeheartedly in the Ardbeg Distillery, which is why it’s fitting that this rare whisky – a 22 Years Old – will be enjoyed by our loyal Committee Members, who maintain that same belief.”

Dr Bill Lumsden, director of Distilling, Whisky Creation and Whisky Stocks at Ardbeg, says: “The ex-Bourbon casks I selected for Ardbeg Twenty Something have delivered a beautiful dram, bursting with deep tropical aromas. It offers an incredibly flavourful, silky quality which is exceptional. I can think of no better way to celebrate those whisky lovers who helped keep Ardbeg alive during its darkest days.”

Ardbeg Twenty Something 2018 release will be available exclusively to Committee Members through launching on 4 October, RRP: £440.

28 September 2018 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, editor