Whisky Focus - Caribbean Themed Ardbeg Day 2019 Celebrations In London

Caribbean Themed Ardbeg Day 2019 Celebrations In London

17th May 2019
Ardbeg Day tickets now on sale for the 2019 Ardbeg Day fun and celebrations in London's Regent's Park which this year has a Caribbean twist.

Ardbeg Day Carnival London 2019With Ardbeg Day 2019 on the horizon the peaty Islay single malt has revealed how this annual whisky celebration will take shape in London, for those wanting to share in the rum-bustious revelry away from its native Islay shores.

Each year, Ardbeg Day takes place on the last Saturday of Islay’s Festival of Music and Malt – this year: 1st June 2019. For this year’s celebration, Ardbeg is preparing to close out the Feis Ile like never before. In a spectacular Caribbean twist, Ardbeggians everywhere are invited to swap their flat caps for elaborate headdresses as Ardbeg Day embraces a dash of carnival colour.

The Distillery will be resurrecting Islay’s carnival traditions – London being no exception with celebrations taking place in Regent’s Park on the beautiful York Lawns for Ardbeg’s ‘Drum Roll Please…’

Ardbeggian guests can join the celebrations from 2pm onwards, for an afternoon comprising a jamboree of flavours, games and influences from both Islay and the Caribbean, all in celebration of the latest Ardbeg Day limited edition release – Ardbeg Drum.

Guests will be invited to arrive in their Caribbean-meets-Islay finery as they choose and will be greeted with delicious, thirst-quenching Ardbeg cocktails upon arrival.

Ardbeg DrumThe afternoon will unfold into a jamboree of extraordinary Islay and Caribbean experiences, kicking off with live music from a Steel band and the chance to learn how to ceilidh dance. Guests can then relax by exploring the various carnival games and experiences: from tug-o-war and welly tossing, to bespoke whisky tastings with Ardbeg’s global brand ambassador Paul Malone and an extraordinary colourful float race. All in tandem with sipping Ardbeg’s most mouth-watering cocktails and drams, served alongside stunning food with a taste of Caribbean flavours.

Ardbeg Day will mark the official release of Ardbeg Drum – a limited edition bottling imbued with the ultimate influence of carnival spirit, rum. In a first for the Distillery, Ardbeg have taken Ardbeg single malt from ex-Bourbon casks and rested it awhile in ex-rum casks from the Americas to coax out tropical tastes.

Ardbeg’s ‘Drum Roll Please...’ is open to everybody, so feel free to grab some friends and enjoy the spectacle en masse. Tickets for this special Ardbeg-filled afternoon in London Regent’s Park are priced at £38 per head and can be purchased here: www.clos19.com ticket price includes: a full afternoon of Ardbeg fun and games at Ardbeg Day, 2 x cocktails, a full tasting of Ardbeg’s range of whiskies including the new Ardbeg Drum and unlimited delicious Caribbean-inspired food throughout the day.

The Ardbeg Day release of Ardbeg Drum, RRP £98,  goes on sale from 30th May and will be available from www.ardbeg.com and Ardbeg Embassies such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

Ardbeg Drum Review

Ardbeg Drum (general release) is non chill-filtered and bottled at 46% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: In Drum, fragrant pine resin and woodsmoke dance alongside ripe banana and pineapple in a downright wondrous paradiddle of aromas, before parading into smoked apples and dry cocoa powder. Distant ginger, spiced dates and cinnamon sway into floating notes of lavender.

Taste: On the palate, waves of smoke, tar and creosote cascade into a dry peppery mouthfeel. Clove, liquorice and ginger strut towards rich notes of dark chocolate and smoked vanilla.

Finish: Intense smoke, roasted coffee liqueur and a treasure trove of sweet spices come together in one deliciously complex crescendo.

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