Today Ardbeg has announced the release of a new limited edition, the Ardbeg 21 year old. 

Ardbeg 21 year old (46% ABV) will be released exclusively to its loyal following Committee members, in recognition of their vital role in safeguarding the distillery’s future.

Ardbeg’s precarious past and its enduring hold on the future, are celebrated in their latest release, which began life on Ardbeg’s remote Scottish island home in the mid-1990s.  Its whitewashed walls were faded and crumbling and distilling at Ardbeg had dwindled to almost nothing.

A small group, including Mickey Heads, their current Distillery Manager, set aside a small number of casks for Ardbeg’s future, including some containing whisky distilled during those perilous days when the distillery’s future was still uncertain.

Today, Ardbeg’s future is in safe hands of the Ardbeg Committee, with its 120,000-strong members, from over 130 countries, formed to prevent the distillery’s doors ever closing again.

Commenting on the news, Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks at Ardbeg, said: “I selected the casks for this sumptuous, golden whisky as they combine the distinctive, peppery smokiness of Ardbeg’s award-winning malt with soothing, buttery qualities.  Born from adversity, Ardbeg Twenty One is the perfect dram to celebrate the resilience of Ardbeg and The Ardbeg Committee’s enduring loyalty.”

Ardbeg Twenty One, will be available exclusively to Ardbeg Committee members, via their website, from September 21st for £310.

Source: Whiskybusiness