After 13 years at the helm, our legendary Distillery Manager, Mickey Heads has set sail for horizons new. The captain of the good ship Ardbeg has retired. Mickeys leaving has been hard to fathom for all of the crew, but to commemorate the skipper and his service, weve created an extra-special bottle of grog a treasure fit for the saltiest of seadogs. So to Mickey we say, yo-ho-ho and a bottle of Arrrrrrrdbeg! as we raise a toast and wish him good luck and Godspeed!
Colour: straw colour
On the nose: aromas of smoked banana and pears drift to some rye bread, sweet vanilla toffee and a gentle anise breeze. A splash of water opens up notes of lemon and lime, while a fresh note of sorbet and sweet pastries comes to the fore.
On the palate: lots of flavours. A blunderbuss ignites fruity aromas such as melons and kiwis. An armada of anise appears, accompanied by smoked toffee and a hint of sweet sourdough rolls.
Finish: A long finish leaves a salty spray with Brazil nuts and gentle smoke aromas that linger on the palate for a long time.
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The Ardbeg distillery has been producing whisky since 1798, and began commercial production in 1815. Like most Scottish distilleries, for most of its history, its whisky was produced for use in blended whisky, rather than as a single malt. By 1886 the distillery produced 300,000 gallons of whisky per year, and employed 60 workers. Production was halted in 1981, but resumed on a limited basis in 1989 and continued at a low level through late 1996, during the period when Ardbeg was owned by Hiram Walker. In 1997 the distillery was bought and reopened by Glenmorangie plc (subsequently taken over by the French company LVMH on 28 December 2004) with production resuming on June 25, 1997 and full production resuming in 1998. The distillery was reopened by Ed Dodson in 1997 and handed over to Stuart Thomson, who managed it from 1997 to 2006. Michael "Mickey" Heads, an Islay native and former manager at Jura who had worked at Ardbeg years earlier, took over on 12 March 2007.