Celebrating the Bogs with Ardbeg Ardbog
Where would the Scottish isle of Islay be without its legendary peat bogs? For one we’d be without some of the tastiest whiskies in world from Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bruichladdich, Langavulin, Bowmore and Laphroaig just to name a few. Thus, to pay homage, Ardbeg have created a limited release to commemorate the source of the it’s legendary smokiness – The Ardbeg Ardbog.
The Ardbog is a 10 year old whisky, aged in ex-bourbon barrels and ex-Manzanilla sherry butts. Non chill filtered, it is bottled at 52.1% alcohol by volume. Already claiming the title of the peatiest and smokiest whisky from Islay from its standard range of whiskies, the Ardbog’s tasting notes describe a distinctively salty texture courtesy of the Manzanilla maturation, balanced by the sweet creaminess from the ex-Bourbon casks. There’s hints of coffee, leather, anchovies (!) and cloves alongside the inherent smokiness we’ve come to love.
The Ardbeg Ardbog will retail for around £80, or around $120 at selected specialist whisky retailers. But that’s not all, the Ardbog will be launched officially at the Ardbeg distillery on 1 June, in what forever shall be known as Ardbog Day. To commemorate this momentous occasion, Ardbeg will also be holding Ardbog Day celebrations around the world including in Australia, Austria, Japan, the US, UK, and Taiwan. Celebrations will vary from a march in London from Monument led by the Ardbeg Chopper and escorted by a giant flock of flying sheep, to an archaeological shindig in Sydney, Australia.
So check out the Ardbog Day celebrations near you (don’t forget to RSVP) and raise a dram in honour of deliciousness.
P.S. Don’t forget to check out Ardbeg’s special edition from last year – the Ardbeg Galileo which was Ardbeg’s experiment in space. It’s managed to take out the “World’s Best Single Malt” and “Best Islay Single Malt” at the World Whisky Awards…