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Ardnahoe Distillery Appoints Folk-Rock Band, Skerryvore, As Global Brand Ambassadors

Skerryvore enjoying a dram of Ardnahoe whisky. Credit: Ardnahoe Distillery

Following the release of its inaugural single malt whisky in May 2024, Ardnahoe Distillery has appointed its first-ever global band ambassadors: the Scottish folk-rock band, Skerryvore

The partnership was announced at the annual Fèis Ìle whisky festival during a surprise performance from Skerryvore at Ardnahoe. 

As part of the collaboration, Skerryvore will bring whisky tasting sessions to the USA and Europe during their upcoming tours, introducing both Ardnahoe and other Hunter Laing & Co. bottlings to a new audience. 

Ardnahoe Distillery has also revealed plans to release a special 20th-anniversary bottling for Skerryvore next year. Skerryvore, formed on the Isle of Tiree by brothers Daniel and Martin Gillespie in 2004, first took to the stage in 2005. 

Speaking about the partnership, Scott Laing, Director for Hunter Laing & Co., said: “It’s a huge honour to welcome the incredible Skerryvore aboard as Ardnahoe’s first ever global brand ambassadors. Like us, the band blends centuries of Scottish tradition with a fresh and modern approach – we feel it’s the perfect fit. Their surprise performance wowed the crowds at the Distillery during Fèis and we’re excited to see our partnership flourish and mature, allowing us to access a completely new audience in the places Skerryvore’s tour will take them to as they promote Scottish music and culture.”

Daniel Gillespie of Skerryvore added: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Ardnahoe and really excited to begin our journey as brand ambassadors. It is a real privilege to be able to tour internationally promoting Scottish culture through our music, and there’s no better accompaniment to a good tune than an even better dram!

 “With our 20th anniversary coming up next year there couldn’t be a better time to partner with a distillery to mark the occasion in style.”

Ardnahoe Inaugural Release 5 Year Old 

Ardnahoe Distillery released its inaugural whisky, a 5 year old single malt, last month to critical acclaim. 

The distillery, which is the newest on Islay, was built in 2018 with the first spirits running from the stills in October of that year. Its first single malt was highly anticipated and did not disappoint. Featuring “shortbread, baked apples and Islay peat smoke” on the nose, and “custard, ginger, lemon zest and baked apples” on the palate, the whisky delivered a complex yet well-balanced profile. 

Purchase your bottle of Ardnahoe Inaugural Release 5 Year Old here

About Skerryvore 

Skerryvore put on a surprise perfomance at the distillery to announce the partnership. Credit: Ardnahoe Distillery

Skerryvore, formed in 2004 on the Isle of Tiree, Scotland, is a dynamic Scottish folk-rock band known for blending traditional Celtic music with contemporary rock and pop influences. 

Founded by brothers Daniel and Martin Gillespie, the band has evolved to include a diverse lineup of talented musicians. The band now comprises: the Gillespie brothers, Fraser West, Alec Dalglish, Craig Espie, Alan Scobie, Jodie Bremaneson, and Scott Wood. 

Skerryvore’s energetic performances and innovative sound have earned them international acclaim, leading to tours across Europe, North America, and Asia. Their discography includes multiple albums that showcase their rich musical heritage, creative compositions, and a commitment to pushing the boundaries of folk music.

Beth Squires

Beth joined Mark Littler Ltd full-time in October 2020 following the completion of her university degree. Since then she has gained wide-ranging knowledge of all things whisk(e)y, and has written extensively for both company and external publications. Beth is passionate about industry innovation, marketing, and sustainability. With a particular affinity for independently bottled rare scotch, Beth is also a whisky bottle investment specialist.

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