NEW ARDBEG 19 YEARS OLD JOINS RARE BATCH SERIES – Scotch Whisky News

NEW ARDBEG 19 YEARS OLD JOINS RARE BATCH SERIES

< Islay Distillery releases Batch Two of Ardbeg Traigh Bhan >

This month, smoky malt whisky lovers will get the chance to add another exclusive and rare aged Ardbeg to their drinks cabinet, with the launch of the second batch of Ardbeg 19 Years Old Traigh Bhan.

This exquisite whisky is inspired by the beautiful beaches of Traigh Bhan (pronounced tri-van) on Islay. Known locally as the Singing Sands, the tides ebb and flow and the beach hums beneath your feet, but in the seemingly tame crystal waters danger lurks, as jagged volcanic rocks pierce the surf along the shore. This place, like the whisky itself, is where calm meets storm.

Matured in American oak and Oloroso Sherry casks, Batch Two is subtly different to the previous release of Traigh Bhan. This time round, the 19 Year Old takes on an altogether more silky-smooth character, thanks to a higher proportion of 1st-fill Bourbon casks, alongside refills and Sherry casks.

This sublime dram is the epitome of an aged Ardbeg. On the nose, faint ripples of sweet wood smoke and tart crème fraîche flow gently into bold notes of savoury fennel, celeriac and roasted tea leaves. On the palate, an intensely salty mouthfeel shifts like the tides into soothing medicinal notes, followed by salted peanut brittle, smoked pineapple and lime juice. Waves of aniseed lap over the palate, before rich fudge, birch tar and peat smoke crash down wildly.

The taste profile isn’t the only thing that changes year on year. Each Traigh Bhan whisky carries its own unique batch code, batch symbol and signature from one of the Distillery’s famous faces – this year it’s Jackie Thomson, the Distillery Visitor Centre Manager.

Jackie, said: “I’m really delighted to have my name on this bottling, the second exquisite batch of 19 Years Old. It’s an aromatic, balanced whisky and one which I really love. Not only is the dram incredibly rare and mellow, but the small quirks and originalities on the bottle itself make it highly collectible – something we know our Ardbeg fans love.”

Ardbeg’s Whisky Creator, Dr Bill Lumsden, said: “To me, this whisky is the epitome of an aged Ardbeg. It somehow manages to balance the complex with the classic. It’s a truly unique bottling and we hope Ardbeggians everywhere look forward to comparing notes with the previous batch. I know I did!”

Lovers of smoky single malts can visit ardbeg.com to find out more about the specific tasting notes of this batch of Ardbeg Traigh Bhan.

The second batch of Ardbeg 19 Years Old Traigh Bhan will be available from Ardbeg Embassies, whisky specialists and Clos19 from September, RRP: £199.

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NOTES: 

Tasting Notes:

Matured in American oak and Oloroso sherry casks, this sublime 19 Year Old whisky is the epitome of an aged Ardbeg.

ABV: 46.2%
Batch No: TB/02-18.09.00/20.JT
Colour: Pale Gold

Aroma:

On the nose, faint ripples of sweet wood smoke and tart crème fraîche flow gently into bold notes of savoury fennel, celeriac and roasted tea leaves. Plunge further and discover alluring aromas of charcoal and lightly burnt toast. A splash of water releases a gust of fresh seaspray, followed by eucalyptus oil and pine. Finally, this irresistible nose ends with an unmistakable top note of saddle soap and leather.

Taste:

An intensely salty mouthfeel shifts like the tides into soothing medicinal notes, followed by salted peanut brittle, smoked pineapple and lime juice. Waves of aniseed lap over the palate, before rich fudge, birch tar and peat smoke crash down wildly.

This is a dram that coaxes you in, and all assumptions are best left behind. Simply let this alluring spirit surprise and delight.

Finish:

Savoury and smoky notes collide in a sharp, intense, yet satisfyingly long finish.

Ardbeg:

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.  Despite its smokiness, Ardbeg is renowned for its delicious sweetness, a phenomenon that has affectionately become known as ‘the peaty paradox’.  During the 1980s and 1990s, Ardbeg suffered from an uncertain future and it was not until the brand was purchased by The Glenmorangie Company in 1997 that the Distillery was saved from extinction.  Since then, the Distillery has risen like a phoenix and today Ardbeg is well established as a niche, cult malt, with a passionate following.

Ardbeg Committee:

The legacy of the whisky was safeguarded in 2000 by the formation of the Ardbeg Committee.  The Committee is made up of thousands of Ardbeg followers worldwide who are keen to ensure that “the doors of Ardbeg never close again”.  Today there are more than 100,000 members of the Ardbeg Committee in over 130 countries.  Committee members are regularly consulted on new bottlings and expressions and are offered exclusive Committee bottlings.  Members also receive invitations to special gatherings, tastings and events.  The Committee, chaired by Mickey Heads, is free to join at ardbeg.com.

Awards:

Ardbeg is the world’s most highly awarded smoky single malt whisky.  Since 2008, Ardbeg has won more than 50 gold and double gold medals in key whisky competitions.  Ardbeg was voted ‘Scotch Whisky of the Year’ twice by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible (2008, 2009) and has twice been awarded ‘World’s Best Single Malt’ at the World Whiskies Awards (2010, 2013).  At the 2014 Global Icons of Whisky Awards, Mickey Heads was voted ‘Distillery Manager of the Year’.  The following year, Ardbeg’s expressions took the top three spots in Whisky Advocate magazine’s review of the best single malt Scotch whiskies under US$100.  Meanwhile, both Ardbeg Corryvreckan and Ardbeg Uigeadail have been awarded gold medals at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In 2019, Dr Bill Lumsden was awarded Master Distiller of the Year for the third time in four years. Ardbeg Corryvreckan won the Best Single Malt Scotch at the International Whisky Competition 2020, while Ardbeg Wee Beastie won Best Single Malt Scotch Under 10 Year Old, and the Ardbeg Distillery itself won the Distillery of the Year 2019 and 2020.

The Glenmorangie Company:

The Company is one of the most renowned and innovative distillers and marketers of Scotch whisky brands worldwide and is part of Moët Hennessy, the wine and spirits division of Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.  Headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, the Company produces Glenmorangie Single Highland Malt whisky and Ardbeg Single Islay Malt.  

Responsible Drinking:
Ardbeg and The Glenmorangie Company advocate responsible drinking and suggest that drinkers savour Ardbeg whiskies in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.

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