Ardbeg Night - USA

SMUGGLING IS IN THE BLOOD

“[Ardbeg] was established in the year 1815, but long previous to that date it was a noted haunt of smugglers. For many years the [excise men] had been searching for this nest of illicit traffickers without success… At length the [cove] where they carried their nefarious practices was discovered…”

- Alfred Barnard, The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom, 1887

Fourteen years before John McDougall founded the Ardbeg Distillery, it is said that his own uncles, Alexander and Allan, were apprehended on charges of distilling whisky without a license – though the precise location of their clandestine activities remains a mystery to this day.

Less of a mystery is why John, having sampled his uncles’ whisky, decided to establish his own, legal distillery at the rocky cove where Ardbeg sits today. Thus, from a dark past, comes the greatest legend of all…

DAY BECOMES NIGHT

Inspired by our turbulent and murky past, we’ve decided to plunge Ardbeg Day 2016 into darkness and celebrate Ardbeg NIGHT.

Ardbeg enthusiasts across the country will come together to celebrate the Ultimate Islay Single Malt and – only once the excise man has turned a blind eye – slip quietly into the shadows to hear dark stories of smuggling on Islay while enjoying Ardbeg Dark Cove, our Limited Edition Ardbeg Night release, matured in a heart of rare dark sherry casks and bottled at 46.5% ABV.

So act fast and book a ticket for an event near you – with smuggling games to be played, rare drams to be had, and Ardbeg prizes to be won, you won’t want to miss out on Ardbeg’s darkest night ever!

United States of America

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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.

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