22nd August 2023
experiments with sweet Sauternes wine
casks for the debut offering in its new
Anthology Collection - Ardbeg Anthology:
The Harpy’s Tale 13 Year Old.
Ardbeg distillery known for its smoky
malt, has introduced the debut offering
from its new and innovative Anthology
Collection – Ardbeg Anthology: The
Harpy’s Tale 13 Year Old.
Matured for 13 years within a
combination of traditional ex-bourbon and
luscious Sauternes wine casks which were
then married together to create The
Harpy's Tale, this
whisky is said to unveil a one-of-a-kind Ardbeg
expression characterised by a
captivating interplay between robust
smokiness and opulent sweetness. Paying
tribute to this unique 'hybrid' profile,
the packaging draws inspiration from the
mythical Harpy – a half-human, half-bird
creature from ancient legends.
Ardbeg The Harpy’s Tale inaugurates the
distillery’s fresh Anthology Collection,
which promises a series of experimental
single malts showcasing exceptional and
rare Ardbeg expressions. Each whisky in
this collection matures in cask
varieties hitherto unexplored by the
Dr. Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling
and Whisky Creation, said, "We have
embarked on a bold maturation experiment
to fuse Ardbeg’s signature smokiness
with more nuanced, sweeter notes for our
new release The Harpy’s Tale – resulting
in a very unusual and complex breed of
Ardbeg. This is a dram that represents a
battle between sweet and smoke – one I
believe fans are yet to experience in an
Ardbeg dram, and one that I’m sure they
will be excited to taste for themselves.
"Collectively, the whiskies in the
Anthology Collection will form a
legendary, perfectly balanced and
delicious series of rare and unusual
Ardbegs, rich in both lore and taste. We
look forward to revealing more in the
Collection in the near future."
Ardbeg Anthology The Harpy’s Tale 13
Year Old has been bottled at 46% ABV and
you will need to dig a little deeper
into your pocket to taste this one, it has a RRP of £141 and will be available from
specialist online whisky shops such as
Ardbeg Anthology The Harpy’s Tale 13 Year Old Review
Bottled at 46% ABV.
oily with touches of extra virgin olive
oil, sweet briar wood and aromatic
herbs, such as coriander and sage, come
to the fore. A gentle suggestion of
smoked lemon peel appears for a brief
moment. A splash of water reveals more
oiliness, with linseed oil and an ever
so slight waxiness. A burst of perfumed
carbolic soap takes flight, leaving
behind it a faint whiff of crème brûlée.
soft, oily mouthfeel leads the way into
a rich, woody sweetness in dark treacle
and balsamic. Hints of oak moss break
free as smokier notes begin to emerge.
Aniseed lozenges, smoked apricots and
eucalyptus oil merge in a unique and
contrasting patchwork of flavours.
a long and lingering aftertaste of
sweetness and smoke. A touch of cumin,
cardamon and the merest hint of coconut
bring this incredible dram to a close.
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