Ardbeg Day – Let the games begin!


For all Islay whisky fans this time of year is the best time of year. The annual Fèis Ìle is well and truly under way, with all singing and all dancing events taking place around the island. Lots of fun, lots of whiskies and at the moment lots of sun! Sadly I was unable to attend this year (damn work!), but for myself, and all others unable to make it out to the island, there is a solution from the good folks at Ardbeg.

This year the Ardbeg team have declared that the 2nd of June will be Ardbeg Day! A very good day indeed! As well as having the traditional celebrations at the distillery they have created opportunities worldwide for people to join in and celebrate on the same day as the magic is occuring at Ardbeg. From Australia to Taiwan there are events taking place at your freindly neighbourhood Ardbeg Embassy! So if you are a part of the Ardbeg committee (free to join) just pop in to your local Embassy for a chance to try the Ardbeg Day release. It is a mighty, mighty delicious dram created to celebrate the inaugral Ardbeg Day events (and the EWB notes will follow).  For the embassies here in Edinburgh just head to either Royal Mile Whiskies or the Whiski Rooms on the mound to find your Ardbeg Day frivolities! Jason should be working at Whiski so be sure to keep an eye out for him, and no doubt myself or some the  others will be floating around!

The theme for the day is the Islay-lympics and Ardbeggians have the chance to take part in events at the distillery including Sheep tossing, bog snorkelling and distillery discus! Add to this the usual tastings, dancing, music and the food at the Old Kiln cafe, it all promises to be a cracking day out. Not jealous at all…well…maybe a little bit, but im sure I will make the best of the day here in Edinburgh! (If you want to know any more about the celebrations just click the Barrel Balance athletes below)

Do feel free to leave us a comment below if you have exciting plans for the day and no matter where you are in the world I hope you enjoy the celebrations as much as Im sure I will.

Cheers Folks

Graeme Gardiner

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  1. What do Sydney Harbour, the Australian Synchronised Swimming Team, a dog-paddle race and a single malt whisky have in common? If you were there you would immediately recognise the answer as being Ardbeg Day, 2nd June 2012, Sydney, Australia. Only in Australia would the pipers wear Ardbeg budgie smugglers and the warm-up event the Aussie Sync-swimming team. Then to the roar of the crowd, standing on the balcony sipping the finest Single malt in the world, the teams competing in the Islay-limpics took to the water for the dog-paddle relay. With the ice broken and the splashing settled the team from the World of Whisky, Sydney Embassy, pulled themselves from the pool victorious where in 1960 a young Aussie lass named Dawn Fraser set a world record for the 100m freestyle.

    But all frivolity must stand aside for more serious pursuits. With the skittles and corn-hole toss put away it fell to Damon to introduce the raison d’etre for this gathering of Ardbeg Committee Members and Single Malt lovers – the tasting of the special release Ardbeg Day Single Malt. Will it be worth the wait or will it be like a first kiss – all expectation but quickly passed? For me the Ardbeg Day has the first brief glimpse of a Uigeadail but quickly its oloroso roots take hold as it passes over the middle palate and the smooth power fills the mouth. There is a cultured balance between the peat and smoke that is to be expected but still appreciated. Vanilla cream with ginger overtones continues to fill out the mouth feel. The finish is not sharp but a gentle linger of smoke and coffee. Thanks Ardbeg for another small pleasure.

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