NEW YORK, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Every year, hundreds make the long pilgrimage to Islay, Scotland to attend the island's Festival of Malt and Music, held during the end of May through the start of June. This week of joyful merriment culminates in Ardbeg Day when the distillery opens its doors to welcome fans from around the world. This year, Ardbeg wanted all of its fans to be able to join the party by raising a glass to the distillery wherever they are. To help make this vision a reality, Ardbeg is taking the spirit of celebration and bottling it in a special limited edition called Ardbeg Day!
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With just over 12,000 bottles, Ardbeg Day is an intriguing marriage of two different styles of Ardbeg which have been aged in sherry casks for 6 months. Bottled at 56.7% ABV, this is a hallmark example of the peaty, smoky complexity that puts Ardbeg in the top flight of single malt Islay whiskies.
Ardbeg Day begins with a burst of smoky, mint toffee to alight the senses as hints of banana, apple, dark chocolate, leather and cinnamon then delight the soul. A chewy and warming mouthfeel is followed by a plunge into robust, peaty and familiar Ardbeg flavors. The mood is then lightened with a suggestion of sweet, maple-cured bacon, creamy coffee, salted cashew nuts and an elusive hint of tangy citrus. The celebration comes to a close with creamy vanilla and milk chocolate.
The limited edition bottling can be found in well stocked Ardbeg retail accounts in the U.S. from June 2012.
Ardbeg and The Glenmorangie Company advocate responsible drinking and suggest that drinkers savour Ardbeg in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.
Ardbeg prides itself on being the 'Ultimate Islay Malt Whisky'. Established in 1815, Ardbeg is revered by connoisseurs around the world as the peatiest, smokiest and most complex of all the Islay malts widely available. Despite its smokiness, Ardbeg is renowned for its delicious sweetness, a phenomenon that has affectionately become known as 'the peaty paradox'.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Ardbeg suffered from an uncertain future and it was not until the brand was purchased by The Glenmorangie Company in 1997 that the Distillery was saved from extinction. Since then, the Distillery has risen like a phoenix and today Ardbeg is well established as a niche, cult malt, with a passionate following.
SOURCE Ardbeg USA