Whisky Focus - Ardbeg Twenty Something 23 Year Old Committee Exclusive Review

Ardbeg Twenty Something 23 Year Old Committee Exclusive

17th October 2017
Ardbeg Twenty Something will be available exclusively to Ardbeg Committee members.

Ardbeg Twenty Something 23 Year Old Committee ExclusiveArdbeg Twenty Something is a rare 23 year old whisky which will be available exclusively to Ardbeg Committee members from the 2nd November.

The Ardbeg Twenty Something was produced using the iconic still which visitors can see sitting outside the distillery today, matured in a combination of ex-Bourbon and Oloroso casks which have been specially selected by Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks at Ardbeg. The non-chill-filtered 23 year old whisky was bottled at 46.3% ABV and will be sold exclusively to members of the Ardbeg Committee at a price of £430 for a 70cl bottle.

The Ardbeg Twenty Something is being released to commemorate the 1980's and 1990's, a time in Ardbeg's history when the iconic distillery was almost lost forever, production had slowed to a trickle and the future of the Distillery hung in the balance. During this period, only a small number of casks were laid down with the belief and vision to keep Ardbeg alive. A young Mickey Heads, now Ardbeg’s Distillery Manager, was among this group of visionaries.

Today, Ardbeg endures thanks to the perseverance of that small group of whisky enthusiasts who believed in the Distillery – and in no small part to the loyalty of the Ardbeg Committee, whose quest is to "ensure the doors of Ardbeg never close again."

In recognition of their unwavering support, Ardbeg Twenty Something will be released exclusively to Ardbeg’s loyal fan base, the Ardbeg Committee, in gratitude for their enduring support of the Distillery.

Mickey Heads, Distillery Manager and Chairman of the Ardbeg Committee commented: "This magnificent whisky was created within the retired iconic still which stands proud outside our Distillery today. It’s a glimpse back into Ardbeg’s turbulent past and reaffirms just why the Distillery couldn’t be allowed to be disappear."

Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks at Ardbeg, said: "The ex-Bourbon and Oloroso casks I selected for Ardbeg Twenty Something have delivered a beautiful dram, bursting with rich, deep flavours. It has an incredibly smoky, silky quality which is outstanding. The fact that we’re releasing this 23-year-old in honour of the Ardbeg Committee makes it even more special."

You will also find the current Ardbeg core range including the new Ardbeg An Oa available from specialist whisky shops such as Master of Malt

Ardbeg Twenty Something Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Sweet wood smoke and vanilla cream mingle with sherry notes, burning pine cones and chocolate.

Taste: Rich chocolate continues with vanilla pods, dried fruits and fennel.

Finish: The long finish falls away with just a hint of spiciness.

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