COUNTDOWN TO ARDBEG NIGHT
Ardbeg Night - Canada
AN ISLAND OF SMUGGLERS AND ROGUES
The first mention of whisky in Scotland was 1494, but the first licensed distilleries weren’t opened until the early 1800’s, leaving 400 years of smuggling and distilling, something long practiced at Ardbeg.
“For many years the [exciseman] had been searching for this nest of illicit traffickers without success; most of the band were known by sight, and endeavours had long been made to catch them when out in their boats. At length the [cove] where they carried on their nefarious practices was discovered, but the band was too strong for an open attack…”
- Alfred Barnard, The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom, 1887
Ardbeg is still smuggled today, but into suitcases heading out of Islay by committee members, and into parties lacking in decent whisky.
On 28th May 2016, day becomes night as the world celebrates the dark spirit of Ardbeg. We will hear dark tales of daring deeds and narrow escapes, smuggling and subterfuge, that once took place on the rocky cove where Ardbeg stands today. We’ll be sampling Dark Cove, and reliving Ardbeg’s murky past over a night with old friends and new; but Canada has over 3000 committee members, so book your place as soon as possible.
SHEDDING LIGHT ON YOUR LOCAL ARDBEG NIGHT EVENT
LE TOUR DE LÉVIS
(accessible via Metro stop Jean-Drapeau)
BC V6B 2J2,
CHVRCH OF JOHN
OUR NEW BOTTLING
Take this whisky and hide it well. For its heart has been matured in DARK SHERRY CASKS, imparting waves of treacle toffee, coal tar, squid ink, noodles and toasted coffee grounds. Inspired by our turbulent past, this whisky is a clandestine meeting of Ardbeg matured in ex-bourbon casks and a heart matured in dark sherry casks. The darkest Ardbeg ever.