Ardbeg, in a rather unique move to entertain its fan base, recently partnered with three cutting edge artists to debut Planet Ardbeg, a 40-page sci-fi anthology said to be inspired “by the unique flavours and ‘origin stories’ of three Ardbeg expressions.
This new graphic novel, according to those behind it, tells tales such as “‘“Guardians of Oa’ by Sanford Greene, which draws its influence from the rounded balance and smoky power of Ardbeg An Oa, is an action-packed epic about a copper city coming under attack from a monstrous creature. Meanwhile, Ronald Wimberley’s ‘The Best Laid Schemes’, which channels the feisty and formidable flavours of Ardbeg Wee Beastie, is a fast-paced neo-western featuring giant botanicals and even bigger beasts.
“Finally, ‘Take it with a Grain of Sand’ by Emma Ríos, captures the complex peaty essence of Ardbeg Ten Years Old, and tells of a mystical quest through a land lost to time.”
“When we first started thinking about making this graphic novel,” said Ronald Wimberly, creative director on Planet Ardbeg, in a prepared statement, “I thought about Planet Ardbeg as a time machine. Time is important with whisky, and with Ardbeg An Oa, Ardbeg Wee Beastie and Ardbeg Ten Years Old what you’re talking about is three different time experiences.”
“It’s amazing to see the different smoky characteristics of these whiskies brought to life in graphic novel form,” added Colin Gordon, Ardbeg’s Distillery Manager. “Each story in Planet Ardbeg is brimming with imagination and creativity. It’s a must-read for Ardbeg fans everywhere.”
Planet Ardbeg will be available to buy at the Ardbeg Distillery Visitor Centre, in selected comic book shops, as well as via Ardbeg.com in certain markets. A digital version will also be available exclusively for members of the Ardbeg Committee to read for free online.
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