Ardbeg At Vinopolis

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Tickets go on sale today for a single malt tasting session like no other.

Vinopolis at the Whisky Exchange in London will host a very special tasting session in October, featuring Ardbeg’s Brand Director Hamish Torrie.

Torrie will walk fortunate punters through the distillery’s current expressions as well as some of the lucky man’s stash – featuring some single cask ‘begs from the 70s.

While this tasting is a great opportunity to sample rare single cask Ardbegs, it is also a clinic on Ardbeg’s development over the years since being taken over by Glenmorangie in 1997.

Single malt fans interested in peated whiskies will not want to miss this very special afternoon. Tickets are fairly pricey at £99 a pop, and due to demand, allocation is restricted to two tickets per person. The tasting will feature the popular Uigeadail and the Very Young. Airigh Nam Beist is the third contemporary expression on offer along with an unreleased bottling from 1976 and an even older gem bottled in 1974.

If you aren’t so well versed in all things Ardbeg, here’s a short summary of the three contemporary expressions, which will be on offer on the 5th October.

Ardbeg Uigeadail 54.2% Around £50

Bottled at cask strength, this fine example is a marriage of sherry and bourbon wood. The result is a fine richness along with their characteristic smoke. Uigeadail (OO-ga-dial) is the loch that supplies the water for the distillery.

Ardbeg Very Young 58.9% £500

Very Young consists solely of spirit distilled since 1997. It was bottled at around 6 years old on its way to becoming the popular and supreme Ardbeg Ten. Prices have erm…Inflated somewhat.

Ardbeg 1990 Airigh Nam Beist 46% £150

The distillery closed during most of the 1980s, but they came back online part time through the early 1990s, with neighbours Laphroaig’s Iain Henderson overseeing production. It was during this time that they distilled the now legendary Airigh Nam Beist (arry-nam-bysht), launched in 2006. It has since been discontinued.

The Luxury Tasting Experience 5-7 October 2013 at Vinopolis; tickets now on sale!

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