The whisky, Ardbeg Twenty One, will be released exclusively to Ardbeg’s loyal following - the Ardbeg Committee - in recognition of their vital role in safeguarding the Distillery’s future.
The expression began life on Ardbeg’s remote Scottish island home in the mid-1990s; a time when distilling at Ardbeg had dwindled to almost nothing. A small group, including the young Mickey Heads (now the Distillery Manager), set aside a small number of casks for Ardbeg’s future.
Today the future of the distillery is safe following the formation of the Ardbeg Committee. The group of 120,000 fans, which spans across more than 130 countries, joined forces to prevent the distillery ever closing its doors again.
The Committee’s chairman, Heads, 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 resilience of Ardbeg and The Ardbeg Committee’s enduring loyalty.”
Ardbeg Twenty One is non chill-filtered and bottled at 46% abv. It is priced at £310 and goes on sale to committee members on 21 September 2016.