Third Ardbeg Twenty Something Release A 22 Year Old Scotch Whisky - The Whiskey Wash

Third Ardbeg Twenty Something Release A 22 Year Old Scotch Whisky

By Nino Marchetti / October 2, 2018

The Ardbeg Twenty Something series, of which we are now onto the third bottling, is a look back into past whisky stocks of this fan favorite Scotch distillery. At one time Ardbeg was on life support, with new whisky being made in extremely limited amounts and only a small amount of casks being laid down. Things are quite different there today, and with some of that old whisky still sitting around aging, it has been decided to put it into a limited edition offering geared towards Ardbeg Committee fan club members.

The third Ardbeg Twenty Something bottling, according to those behind it, is a 22 year old expression which spent its entire time in ex-bourbon barrels. It is a pale gold colored Scotch bottled at 46% ABV which will price around at £440, or around $575 USD, when it goes on sale exclusively to Committee members through the Ardbeg website on October 4th.

Ardbeg Twenty Something 22 Year Old

Ardbeg Twenty Something 22 Year Old (image via Ardbeg)

“The ex-Bourbon casks I selected for Ardbeg Twenty Something have delivered a beautiful dram, bursting with deep tropical aromas,” said Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks at Ardbeg, in a prepared statement. “It offers an incredibly flavourful, silky quality which is exceptional. I can think of no better way to celebrate those whisky lovers who helped keep Ardbeg alive during its darkest days.”

“A sense of immense pride, hope and a touch of idealism were key ingredients in this whisky,” added Mickey Heads, Ardbeg Distillery Manager. “Created with spirit from the retired Still which now stands in the Distillery courtyard, this bottle is a magnificent reminder as to why Ardbeg should never be allowed to disappear. Ardbeg Twenty Something is for those who believed wholeheartedly in the Ardbeg Distillery, which is why it’s fitting that this rare whisky – a 22 Year Old – will be enjoyed by our loyal Committee Members, who maintain that same belief.”

You’ll find some limited official tasting notes for the Ardbeg Twenty Something 22 Year Old below for your consideration.

  • Nose:  Luscious tropical fruits give way to sweet smoke, soot and tar.
  • Taste:  At first, fresh green apple with a crumble topping. Notes of peppermint tea and sweet vanilla toffee flow into white pepper, clove, aniseed and eucalyptus oil. Then finally, some salty, woody tones.
  • Finish: A long lingering, mouth-watering sweet smoke finish.