A New Limited-Release from the Crown Jewel of Peated Whisky: Ardbeg 22 Year Old – Scotch Whisky News

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The Highly-Anticipated Release from Ardbeg’s “Twenty Something” Series
Ardbeg 22 Year Old “Twenty Something”
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
($549.99)

“It offers an incredibly flavourful, silky quality which is exceptional. I can think of no better way to celebrate those whisky lovers who helped keep Ardbeg alive during its darkest days.”
—Dr. Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg Director of Distilling

At long last, the highly anticipated third release from Ardbeg’s “Twenty Something” series is now available. Arguably the finest of the trio, the 22 Year Old is a masterful single malt that celebrates the revival of a brand that nearly went extinct back in 1996. For those who may not know the story, Ardbeg had fallen on hard times starting in the 1980s and produced only sporadically through to 1997, when they were purchased by Glenmorangie, thus beginning their renaissance. This bottling, which was distilled back in 1996, is one of the last produced in the previous era using the now retired still that currently rests in Ardbeg’s courtyard. In short, the 22 Year Old is a piece of Scotch history and a testament to those who kept the brand alive during its dark years. Matured in ex-Bourbon barrels and bottled at 46.4%, it is an exotic dram that Ardbeg’s distillery manager, Mickey Heads, describes as having “luscious tropical fruits, peppermint tea and sweet vanilla toffee…with mouth-watering sweet smoke.” Ardbeg is always a collector’s favorite, and we expect this rare release to be swept up in no time. Don’t miss out on one of the most coveted whiskies in the market.

Ardbeg 22 Year Old “Twenty Something” Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($549.99)

The Ardbeg distillery has become the darling of the peated whisky world over the last two decades. Things seemed bleak for the distillery in the 1980s. The distillery was basically mothballed from 1981 until 1989. It was only for the strong will and dedication of a small group of dreamers that any whisky was distilled there between 1989 and 1997. That’s the year that the distillery was purchased by Glenmorangie and the complex process of re-launching the line was begun. By 1998 the distillery was running at full steam. Only a few years later and the Ardbeg craze would be in full swing. Those early years saw the release of countless legends, both vintage and experimental, but creating a new whisky line without any stock is not easy. Now Ardbeg is one of our most popular single malts, but finding stock older than 10 years is next to impossible. After building an incredible array of NAS offerings, they’re finally able to offer mature stock from the intermittent ‘90s period. The “Twenty Something” line is drawn from the oldest and rarest Ardbeg still in barrel and represents a level maturity that has not existed on the open market for more than a decade. This is the third iteration of the ultra high-end offering and is probably the best of the three. This highly collectable rarity is already sold out in most of Europe and fetching very high prices on the secondary market. We’ve been afforded a relatively healthy allocation, but it won’t last long and when it’s gone it will be gone forever.

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