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A Decade of Ardbeg Whisky

It’s been a decade since the inception of the Ardbeg Committee (officially founded on the 1st January 2000). It’s also been ten years since the release of Ardbeg 10 Year…

Ardbeg at The Worx

It’s been a decade since the inception of the Ardbeg Committee (officially founded on the 1st January 2000). It’s also been ten years since the release of Ardbeg 10 Year Old, so 2010’s a pretty momentous year for the distillery – we’re sure you’ll agree.

True to form, Ardbeg have been putting on some fantastic celebrations to mark their reaching double figures. We were lucky enough to be invited to one such shindig at The Worx last Wednesday, and we wanted to recount what turned out to be a cracking evening…

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Ardbeg and Glenmorangie Whisky Samples

For a huge number of us peat-freaks (yes, we here at Master of Malt include ourselves firmly in this category), Ardbeg whisky is the absolute pinnacle of Islay distilling, and…

ArdbegFor a huge number of us peat-freaks (yes, we here at Master of Malt include ourselves firmly in this category), Ardbeg whisky is the absolute pinnacle of Islay distilling, and often seen as in a league of its own when it comes to awards and ratings.


Since its acquisition by Glenmorangie PLC in 1997, the Ardbeg Brand has gone from strength to strength, winning awards and plaudits the world over, and garnering a fan-base unlike anything else in the world of whisky. Master of Malt have even heard tell of several devotees with enormous Ardbeg Tattoos covering their backs – what other whisky can lay claim to such unbridled fanaticism?

 

If anything, the huge uplift experienced by Ardbeg since its acquisition has somewhat overshadowed the ‘main event’ of Glenmorangie itself.

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Ardbeg Whisky

After one of the greatest montages in motion picture history (the training sequence in Rocky IV), came the epic fight between Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago (a fight that ended…

 Ardbeg Supernova

After one of the greatest montages in motion picture history (the training sequence in Rocky IV), came the epic fight between Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago (a fight that ended with a victorious Stallone and also what looked like the beginning of the end of the Cold War).

A similar title fight took place in the whisky world last year, when Bruichladdich flexed its peaty muscles with Octomore, and Ardbeg came back with a well-placed right hook in the form of Supernova – the peatiest Ardbeg yet – weighing in with peating levels of over 100ppm!

The interesting thing was Bruichladdich’s riposte – Octomore 02.1, a monstrously phenolic whisky at 140ppm. The odd thing is, it just doesn’t knock your socks off like Supernova does. The ‘Laddie just doesn’t seem as punchy, and perhaps this is because Bruichladdich’s style is much lighter and fruitier than Ardbeg.

When we first tasted Supernova we were beguiled by the medium weight nose of toffee and tequila. It leads you into a false sense of security. What comes next is a palate entry of mescal, smoked paprika and iodine, and then it develops into the biggest chili hit you’ll ever experience in the world of spirits. It’s just mind-blowing!

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Ardbeg Rollercoaster

After many weeks of unsubstantiated rumblings about a new bottling from Ardbeg, the rumours can finally be dispelled. Upon visiting Ardbeg’s website, one discovers an absolutely intriguing page, reminding us…

After many weeks of unsubstantiated rumblings about a new bottling from Ardbeg, the rumours can finally be dispelled.

Upon visiting Ardbeg’s website, one discovers an absolutely intriguing page, reminding us more than a little bit of Scooby-doo cartoons of yesteryear.

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Burns Night Whisky

As the Poet’s birthday approaches, literally hundreds of e-mails turn up in our inbox asking about the best whisky to buy for Burns’ night. It’s far from a daft request,…

Robert Burns

As the Poet’s birthday approaches, literally hundreds of e-mails turn up in our inbox asking about the best whisky to buy for Burns’ night.

It’s far from a daft request, as the matching of the Burns’ night staple, haggis, with an appropriate whisky is not at all easy.

Whisky writers Dave Broom and Charlie Maclean both cite Talisker 10 year old as their drink of choice with the “chieft ain o’ the puddin-race”. This choice makes a lot of sense, as the peppery nature of the dram helps to accentuate the peppery seasoning of the haggis. Some can find the intense peatiness a bit much though.

We decided to come up with some of our own suggestions. So, our mouths watering, we came up with a selection of drams to wash down a bite of haggis. Sometimes it just doesn’t feel like work!

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