This limited edition whisky commemorates Ardbeg Day 2015 as well as the 200th anniversary of the distillery’s founding.
The southernmost of the Inner Hebridean Scottish Isles, the island of Islay (pronounced EYE-lah) is only 240 square miles and home to just over 3,000 people. Still, the island is one of just five distilling regions in Scotland whose identity is protected by law. Ardbeg Distillery, which is situated on the southern coast of Islay, was founded in 1815 by the MacDougall family. By 1886, nearly one-third of the population of Islay worked at the distillery and today, it stands as a testament to Scottish heritage and tradition.
Each year, the distillery commemorates Ardbeg Day — a day celebrating the distillery's founding — with the release of a new whisky. Ardbeg Perpetuum Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the distillery’s release for Ardbeg Day 2015 (officially May 30th, 2015), which also happens to be the 200th anniversary of Ardbeg’s founding. This momentous occasion has prompted an extra-special release that is, according to Ardbeg’s Dr. Bill Lumsden, “inspired by the man styles, ideas and quirks of fate which have influenced Ardbeg recipes over time. Perpetuum combines different styles, different flavors, different dreams and different trials, all skilfully married together in a melange of the very best Ardbeg has to offer.”
Ardbeg Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made from malted barley, which is peated to approximately 50 phenol parts per million. Once the grains have been fermented, they are distilled twice, first through a copper-pot wash still and then again through a copper-pot spirit still. The spirit still is equipped with a purifier, which acts as small condenser and causes a portion of the evaporating vapors to be pumped back into the pot and then re-distilled. This purification process, which is rare in the industry, results in whisky that has a signature fresh and malty flavor.
Ardbeg Perpetuum is composed of both “very old and very young whiskies,” which have been aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. As a result, the whisky has a straw gold appearance with classic aromas of dark chocolate, peat smoke and salty sea air. The nose transforms into a dazzling array of canned peaches, honey, vanilla and chili on the palate, and leads to a never-ending finish filled with licorice, citrus, oak and more hints of smoke.
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94.8 (47.4% ABV)
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Straw gold appearance with classic aromas of dark chocolate, peat smoke and salty sea air. The nose transforms into a dazzling array of canned peaches, honey, vanilla and chili on the palate, and leads to a never-ending finish filled with licorice, citrus, oak and more hints of smoke.