Whisky Focus - Ardnahoe Distillery Teams Up With Scottish Folk Rock Band Skerryvore

Ardnahoe Teams Up With Scottish Folk Rock Band Skerryvore

13th June 2024
Scottish folk rock band Skerryvore appointed as Ardnahoe distillery's global brand ambassador.

Scottish folk rock band Skerryvore pictured at the Ardnahoe distillery

Islay's Ardnahoe Distillery is teaming up with veteran international Scottish folk-rock band Skerryvore, appointing the band as the distillery's first global brand ambassadors. The partnership was announced at the annual Fèis Ìle whisky festival, where Skerryvore gave a surprise performance at Ardnahoe, located in the northeast corner of the renowned whisky island.

As ambassadors, Skerryvore will host special whisky sessions during their North American and European tours in the coming months, introducing Ardnahoe and other bottling's from Ardnahoe owners Hunter Laing & Co whisky range to a new audience of music lovers. They will also promote the whisky at regular shows and festivals.

Additionally, Ardnahoe plans to release a special 20th anniversary bottling for the band in 2025, celebrating two decades since Skerryvore first took to the stage.

Scott Laing, Director for Hunter Laing & Co, said: "It’s a huge honour to welcome the incredible Skerryvore aboard as Ardnahoe’s first ever global brand ambassadors. Like us, the band blends centuries of Scottish tradition with a fresh and modern approach - we feel it’s the perfect fit. Their surprise performance wowed the crowds at the Distillery during Fèis and we’re excited to see our partnership flourish and mature, allowing us to access a completely new audience in the places Skerryvore’s tour will take them to as they promote Scottish music and culture."

Daniel Gillespie of Skerryvore said: "We are thrilled to be partnering with Ardnahoe and really excited to begin our journey as brand ambassadors. It is a real privilege to be able to tour internationally promoting Scottish culture through our music, and there’s no better accompaniment to a good tune than an even better dram!

"With our 20th anniversary coming up next year there couldn’t be a better time to partner with a distillery to mark the occasion in style."

Last month, Ardnahoe launched its first bottling, the Ardnahoe Inaugural Release (£70), a limited edition 5 Year Old Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Crafted by three generations of the Glasgow-based Laing family since the 1940s, this release marks the first whisky from a new Islay distillery since 2009.

The Inaugural Release is said to boast classic Islay characteristics with Islay peat smoke on the nose, and flavours of custard, ginger, lemon zest, and baked apples on the palate, culminating in a long, smoky finish. Matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-Oloroso sherry casks, and bottled at 50% ABV, it is described as offering a harmonious balance of peat and smoke with a sweet fruitiness and remarkable depth of flavour.

I haven't yet tasted the Ardnahoe Inaugural Release yet so I cant comment on its quality or indeed how peaty and sherried it is but you would be hoping for something rather special given its price tag of £70 for a bottle, there is a short tasting note from the distillery below, you will find the Ardnahoe Inaugural Release 5 Year Old available f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Ardnahoe Inaugural Release 5 Year Old Review

Bottled at 50% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Shortbread, baked apples and Islay peat smoke.

Taste: Custard, ginger, lemon zest and baked apples.

Finish: A long smoky finish.

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