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Ardbeg Anamorphic Committee Release

24th October 2023
Ardbeg announces their latest Committee exclusive offering, Ardbeg Anamorphic.

Ardbeg Anamorphic Committee ReleaseFrom 10 am on November 2, 2023, Ardbeg Committee members based in the UK will have the exclusive opportunity to acquire the latest Ardbeg Committee-exclusive whisky, Ardbeg Anamorphic.

Ardbeg Anamorphic has been meticulously crafted through a pioneering and rather unconventional cask treatment process, a creation originating from the imaginative mind of Dr. Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg's Director of Distilling and Whisky Innovation.

For this exclusive limited release, the distillery embarked on a daring experiment aimed at stretching the boundaries of flavour extraction from charred casks. Following the removal of the heads from traditional Ardbeg bourbon casks, deep scoring was applied to reveal more wood surface during the toasting stage. Subsequently, the barrels underwent an intense charring process, referred to as 'high mocha,' before being filled with Ardbeg spirit. The outcome Ardbeg tells me is a multi-dimensional whisky that transitions and evolves among four distinctive flavour profiles: sweetness, smokiness, herbal notes, and spiciness.

Dr Bill Lumsden said "Our high mocha toasting is what’s responsible for unlocking Ardbeg’s hidden 4D flavour. Aromas of earthy peatiness lead into an Ardbeg from an alternate universe. Bittersweet mocha slowly emerges, while fiery chilli chocolate interlocks with floral chrysanthemum and jasmine. As soon as I tasted Anamorphic, I knew the Ardbeg Committee would find it as intriguing as I did. As enigmas wrapped up in conundrums go, this whisky takes Ardbeg to a whole new level!"

The captivating packaging of Anamorphic presents impossible illustrations that cleverly reflect the whisky's flavour characteristics. Additionally, it incorporates various figures from the Distillery community seamlessly woven into the design.

Ardbeg Anamorphic is bottled at 48.2% ABV and will be priced at £165, it is only available online exclusively to Ardbeg Committee Members from the Ardbeg website from 10am on November 2, Ardbeg will send members the all-important link to buy just before the sale opens at 10am. There will also be a very limited number available to buy at the Distillery on Islay. If you are not already an Ardbeg Committee member you can sign up for free at Ardbeg.com.

You will also find the current Ardbeg whisky range available f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Ardbeg Anamorphic Committee Release Review

Bottled at 48.2% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Earthy, dusty and slightly biscuity on the nose, this is a most curious Ardbeg, almost from an alternative universe. The sooty/tarry notes are clear but restrained, and are balanced out by some silky vanilla. Water opens up a myriad of herbal and floral notes – smoked vetiver root, aniseed, fennel, chrysanthemum and jasmine, to name but a few.

Taste: The mouthfeel is peppery and warming and precedes an explosion of fiery, spicy flavours – chilli-flavoured chocolate, bittersweet mocha, briar wood, birch tar, ground black pepper and smoked artichokes.

Finish: The sooty/tarry notes build up to a crescendo of rich, smoky flavours with an incredible lingering aftertaste of charcoal bitter almonds and molasses.

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