May 31st, 2010 - The Ardbeg Supernova SN2010 will be available for purchase!

Ardbeg Supernova 2010

(Feb. 6th, 2010) - Ardbeg Rollercoaster Launches for the Committee (on Feb. 15th).

"The Ardbeg bottling of the decade!"

Ardbeg Rollercoaster

The Ardbeg Rollercoaster will be officially released on February 15th, and initially rumors place the US price at approximately $89.99 USD. It goes on sale at the Distillery on the same day for £50 GBP, and there will be a limit of 2 per Committee member. Since the allocation in the US is spread out through various retailers, it might be limited to 1 per Committee member. However, if up to 3,000 bottles hit the US, then they will probably offer more than 1 each.

This whisky was bottled at 57.3%, and it contains casks from 1997-2006, with the breakdown of cask types and percentages listed below.

1997 Cask: 2nd fill - 9.5%
1998 Cask: Refill Hogshead - 12.2%
1999 Cask: 1st Fill Barrel - 14.2%
2000 Cask: 1st Fill Barrel - 10.9%
2001 Cask: Refill Barrel - 6.2%
2002 Cask: Refill Barrel - 8.9%
2003 Cask: 1st Fill Barrel - 11.7%
2004 Cask: 1st Fill Barrel - 10.6%
2005 Cask: 2nd Fill Sherry Butt - 10.4%
2006 Cask: Refill Hogshead - 5.4%

Click on the picture above to visit Ardbeg's page on the Rollercoaster. Tune in later for The Ardbeg Project page of both the UK and US releases.

(Sept. 1st, 2009) - Ardbeg Corryvreckan Launches

"Inspired by Europe's Largest Whirlpool"
Ardbeg Corryvreckan
The iconic whisky distillery Ardbeg - which has won the coveted World Whisky of the Year title two years running - announces today (Tuesday 1st September) the launch of Ardbeg Corryvreckan - a whisky inspired by the famous Corryvreckan whirlpool.

Corryvreckan is Europe’s largest, and the world’s second largest whirlpool. It lies near Jura and Islay, Ardbeg’s island home.

Considered by the Royal Navy as one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the British Isles, the Corryvreckan whirlpool can be heard from a distance of 10 miles. The whirlpool’s raw, magnetic power exactly mirrors Ardbeg - the peatiest, smokiest and most complex of all the Islay whiskies.

Dr Bill Lumsden, Head of Distilling and Whisky Creation, explained: “Like the whirlpool, Ardbeg Corryvreckan is heady, intense and powerful. Its ‘finish’ is long and deep, leaving the connoisseur with a lingering thought of a mysterious and daring journey.

Experiments initiated in 1999, and continued ever since, have created parcels of Ardbeg stock slowly maturing in French oak casks on Islay. These are at the heart of Corryvreckan’s perplexing character, teasing spicy and sumptuous sweet fruity notes from the maturing whisky.”

Ardbeg Brand Director, Hamish Torrie, added: “Ardbeg Corryvreckan has already had a tremendous welcome from our loyal followers, the Ardbeg Committee, in 2008, when we released 5,000 preview bottles. Their hugely positive reaction has encouraged us to add Ardbeg Corryvreckan to the regular Ardbeg range.”

Ardbeg Corryvreckan will be available from 21st September at a price of around £60 (pounds sterling) in shops and online at Bottled at a strength of 57.1% ABV and non chill-filtered, to impart full body and texture, Ardbeg Corryvreckan is the epitome of what Ardbeg stands for: “the untamed spirit of Islay”

Press Release from Ardbeg Distillery, Glenmorangie plc, LVMH - (1 September, 2009)

(Aug. 30th, 2009) - The Ardbeg Project named Chief Article.

We were named the Chief Article on the Committee section of Ardbeg's website.

Chief Article

Tim Puett
Committee Member 39321
San Jose, California, USA
Age 39

"Ardbeg crazy" Tim owns a website called The Ardbeg Project (TAP) that records all the Single Malt Whisky ever produced and bottled by the Ardbeg Distillery. For this remarkable combination of obsession and evangelism, Tim has rightfully earned his anorak. Here he spills the beans on how it came about...

In late 2007 my boss gave me a bottle of Ardbeg 10 Years Old. I knew immediately that this was the start of my Single Malt journey, and the beginning of an Ardbeg obsession.

I quickly realised there was a lot of information about Ardbeg bottlings out there, but it wasn't easy to find in one place. I started adding different Ardbeg expressions to a Google spreadsheet, and I would record the unique bottle codes to confirm the years and label varieties. Eventually I thought it would be nice to have a Master Bottle Code List, including picture references. But it was all fairly unorganised, so in late 2008 I thought about making a website to keep track of everything.

I see 'The Ardbeg Project' as a community oriented project to celebrate what has become my favourite Single Malt Scotch. I've had help from online friends in Florida, Texas, Arizona, Kansas and California. Gordon Homer ('Spirit of Islay') helped me with the Committee bottle and Feis Ile information and Geert Bero ('Ardbeg Collection') confirmed all of my Single Cask information. Thomas Kruger ('Whisky Auction') gave me permission to use his pictures. The guys from PLOWED Society and many whiskymag forum members emailed me bottle codes and other information so I was lucky enough to have help from virtually around the globe. Over 45 countries have visited the site since it was announced in May, and I hope to have contributions from many more in the future.

Currently I would say I'm about 30% done. I would like to think that I can finish it without visiting Ardbeg, but it would be good to see the Old Kiln and the folks at Ardbeg for "research purposes". In this economy I'll probably have to wait a year or two for my first visit to "Mecca". I'll definitely be finished by 2015, in time for Ardbeg's 200th Anniversary, and by then I hope to have a trip planned to help celebrate the momentous occasion with the folks at Ardbeg!

September 2009

Above passage taken from Ardbeg Distillery Website, Committee section - (30 August, 2009)

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