‘World’s Best Single Malt’, Ardbeg Galileo named ‘Best Islay
Single Malt’ and Jackie Thomson, Ardbeg distillery visitor centre manager named the ‘Global Icon
Visitor Centre Manager of the Year’.
Ardbeg completed a hat-trick of prestigious awards at the renowned World
Whisky Awards held in London on 21st March.
Ardbeg scooped the World’s Best Single Malt 2013 accolade and received further
recognition when its latest limited edition, Ardbeg Galileo, was also declared
Best Islay Single Malt.
However, two awards were simply not enough, as Jackie Thomson, Ardbeg distillery
visitor centre manager, was named Global Icon Visitor Centre Manager of the
Year, confirming her growing reputation in the industry.
The latest Limited Edition release Ardbeg Galileo was launched to celebrate the
Islay distillery’s world-first experiment in space on the International Space
Ardbeg, the Ultimate Islay Malt, has never done things by halves, and these
three prestigious awards just go to prove it.
Dr Bill Lumsden, director of distilling and whisky creation, explained: “As
Ardbeg’s visitor centre manager Jackie Thomson lives and breathes Ardbeg. Her
enthusiasm and passion for the Ultimate Islay Malt is clear to the thousands of
smoky malt drinkers who make the pilgrimage to the distillery.
“We’re all so proud of Jackie and her achievements. She embodies Ardbeg’s
commitment to providing an unforgettable experience, and everyone who meets her
Allan Little, Ardbeg senior brand manager, said: “Receiving these awards is
amazing. We’re over the moon to be recognised as the World’s Best Single Malt
2013, Best Islay Single Malt and Jackie is an inspiration to us all every day.
“We are thrilled she has been acknowledged as the Global Icon Visitor Centre
Manager of the Year, as she’s the ultimate visitor centre manager.”
Ardbeg prides itself on being the ‘Ultimate Islay Malt Whisky’. Established in
1815, Ardbeg is revered by connoisseurs around the world as the peatiest,
smokiest and most complex of all the Islay malts.
Galileo is the limited edition 12 Years Old Single Malt Whisky, which is
a special vatting of different styles of Ardbeg laid down in 1999. The spirit
has been matured in ex-Marsala wine casks from Sicily that add fruity aromas to
Ardbeg’s famed smooth and peaty house style.