Ardbeg Galileo part 2 – Competition and tasting notes


On Saturday the new release by Ardbeg came out. It was of course Ardbeg Galileo and we here at EWB were lucky enough to have a fantastic interview with the creator of the whisky Dr. Bill Lumsden, which you can check out here. For anyone who has not heard much about it we have a fantastic comment left on the interview post by Hamish Torrie, who has worked with Ardbeg for years, summing up the idea behind Ardbeg Galileo:

Ardbeg Galileo is our tribute, drawn from from one of Bill’s many “earthly” experiments, to our science experiment far up in the heavens on the International Space Station, where we are conducting a maturation experiment in to molecules called terpenes ( flavour compounds) drawn from our new make spirit. We were privileged to be invited to participate in this ‘world first’ by US based Space Research Company NanoRacks. The new make spirit is combined in test tubes called Mix stiks with shards of oak from our casks at Ardbeg ( only a nano half litre!) to see what the effect of near zero gravity would have on the spirit – we will then measure this against a control sample back on earth in a couple of years. Definitely NOT whisky up there but we thought we would celebrate the experiment and spread the word about what we were up to. Incidentally we do have lots of fun with names – this one came to me as I was driving to catch the ferry from Kennacraig to Islay and Ardbeg, somewhere near the famous “Rest and be Thankful” beauty spot as I was listening to a discussion on the radio about the famous Pisan astronomer Galileo Galilei.So inspiration occurs in curious places! His spirit of enqiry seemed to reflect what we are up to.
When the experiment comes down in a couple of years we will publish the results, who knows it may help us with future Ardbegs! in the meantime I hope your readers enjoy the lovely fruity sooty concoction that Bill has come up with and … this space!

I hope that some of you have had the chance to try this whisky so far and if you have not tried it yet, I hope you get the chance  soon! I will be talking about my own tasting in a few moments, but before that I have a little announcement for you:

We here at EWB have decided that we like our readers so much, we are going to give away a bottle of Ardbeg Galileo completely free! All  you have to do is declare your love for Ardbeg in the comment box below. Something along the lines of “I love Ardbeg as much as girls love Chris Hoban (or vice versa)” or “I love Ardbeg as much as Jason loves the company of fellow bears!”. Easy, free and tasty! We will randomly (out of a hat or a spaceship or something) select a comment towards the end of the month and the winner will receive their very own bottle of Ardbeg Galileo!  It also gets better,  because over the two following months we have a bottle of Uigeadail AND a bottle of Corryvreckan to give away, so watch this space for more free Ardbeggian goodness!

So, to the tasting! You may remember from the interview with Bill Lumsden that his perfect way to enjoy Ardbeg Galileo was in the evening, with a nice view and a spectacular red sunset. Sounds excellent, however, I may be able to trump Bill’s view with my own experience of tasting Galileo (sorry Bill). Last night in Edinburgh the festival season came to a close with a massive firework display at Edinburgh Castle. Me and my fellow flatmates decided to wander up to the Bruntsfield links, where you can get a fantastic view of the proceedings. Standing there I was wrapped up warm on this pleasant night, the beautiful fireworks display was illuminating the Castle and with smashing company to entertain me, I don’t think I could have chosen a better place to try some Ardbeg Galileo! It was immense, both the whisky and the occasion. The fireworks and the sooty, fruity whisky complimenting each other deliciously. Here are my thoughts:

Ardbeg Galileo
Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Marsala cask
49% ABV
£75 here

Nose: A wave of intense fresh and sweet aromas are what hit first. Charred toffee, pepper, mango and roast pear. Then it gets richer with yoghurt covered dried apricot, banana chips and raisins. All swirling around on top of an unmistakably sweet, sooty charcoal aroma, which seems delicate but prominent at the same time. Smooth, clean and warming.

Taste: It has a big, rounded and chewy property. An initial bite but also quite smooth. More of this creamy toffee flavour, banana bread and sticky dried mango pieces. The longer you hold it on the palate the more the spiciness gets released. A smoky Toblerone chunk, speckled with spiced raisins. The standard Ardbeg peat comes through but peppered with lemon zest. Reminds me of camping and having barbecued chocolate banana in front of the fire.

Finish: The continuing gentle peat is warming and sweet, acting as a base for a lingering zesty, chocolate covered almond. Long and satisfying.

There we have it then. That is my thoughts on the Ardbeg Galileo and to put it simply… awesome! Not sure it will replace Uigeadail as my favourite Ardbeg but it is approaching that kind of magic and taste that Ardbeg is known to create on its top form. My experience in front of the Edinburgh fireworks was made completely amazing when combined with this whisky and I am sure once you guys try it, you can see just how complex yet delightful it is.

Remember, we are giving you the chance to win a bottle of Ardbeg Galileo this month, just shout out some love to Ardbeg in the comment box below and we shall select one person out of a hat to receive a bottle of Ardbeg Galileo. It’s Easy: show some love, get some Ardbeg. Good luck!

Graeme Gardiner


  1. I love Ardbeg as much as free whisky :-)

  2. I love Arbeg, like my Mother loves her dyson. :)

  3. I’d rather have a dram of Ardbeg than a bottle of anything else…

  4. I love Ardbeg as much as Elliott loves E.T.

  5. I love Ardbeg, just I love my kids :-)

  6. From the bottle to the glass, from the glass to the lips, Ardbeg, world class. True

  7. I have enjoyed every taste of Ardbeg even more than the last, and I am sure that will continue with Galileo.

  8. I love Ardbeg as much as a fat kid loves cake.

  9. I love Ardbeg as much as yeast loves sugary wort!

  10. I love Ardbeg as much as anyone who gets a free bottle.

  11. I love Ardbeg as much as Kevin Pietersen loves himself.

  12. I love Ardbeg more than Boris Yeltzin Putin loves Vodka ;) [that's quite a bit]

  13. I love Ardbeg like Joanie loves Chachi!

  14. I love Ardbeg as much as the T-Rex loved munching that fat guy in Jurassic Park.

  15. I love Ardbeg critics like Galileo liked the Church.

  16. I love Ardbeg more than Father Jack loves drink…

  17. I love ardbeg as much as Kylie

  18. My Ardbeg bottles are like my wallet, always empty.

  19. I love Ardbeg from the bottom of my heart to the bottom of the bottle.

  20. Sitting on a boat, enjoying sunset and a chill sea breeze, Ardbeg adds the last drop to make this experience perfect.

  21. Want whisky? Should have gone to Ardbeg!!

  22. I love Ardbeg like George Osborne loves his ideology

  23. Giving all my love to Ardbeg

  24. I love Ardbeg as much as Graeme likes raptor impersonations! SWE need to get this on the bar now so I can get me some :)

  25. I(sle) of Ardbeg

  26. One day I will get to Islay to savour an ARDBEG

  27. Like wedding DJs love the Village People, I love Ardbeg – ‘It’s fun to sip on the Y.M.C.A’ (Yearly Magnificent Creation from Ardbeg)

  28. Ardbeg – I’d beg hard for a dram!

  29. Ardbeg’s so good it Ard-beggars belief!!

  30. I love Ardbeg as much as my wife loves shopping for shoes

  31. i love ardbeg whisky as much as homer loves beer

  32. I love Ardbeg as much as Shortie loves peat.

  33. i Love Ardberg as much as wolloping the aussies in the ashes

  34. I Love Ardbeg as much as Thor likes his Hammer

  35. I love Ardbeg as much as much as a scott loves his right to wear no underwear!

  36. I love Ardbeg as much as Larry King loves suspenders, I love Ardbeg as much as Charly Sheen loves doing coke off a porn star’s arse, I love Ardbeg as much as I love… breasts. There, I said it.

  37. Surely I appreciate my kids,
    My wife is quite nice,
    My car does the job,
    But it all doesnt come close to Ardbeg. It’s Ardbeg that I love.

  38. I scream YOU scream WE ALL scream for “Ardbeg Galileo matured in ex-marsala casks from Sicily balanced with first fill ex- bourbon casks bottled at 49% ABV and Non Chill-Filtered”!!!!!!!!!!

  39. I just got a bottle of Ardbeg Galileo! My friend Kari works at a local store that got only 6 bottles in today. She posted on Facebook and I was in the car immediately. Three bottles were already gone by the time I got there. What a loyal following!

    I’m going to gift this bottle to a great friend who I’ve pissed off royally. She loves the big smokey stuff, as do I. In fact some Ardbeg Supernova ’09 and some Ardbeg 10 were consumed on the night in question. That, and some other Islay and Islands single-malts. Then onto the food at another place… sadly the food was very good and it was a friend’s place that specializes in Tequila and Mezcal. They kept bringing us good stuff and insisted on comping most of the bill.

    I’m sure you can see trouble lurking. I swear it was the tequila!

    Anyway, so I’m holding the best bottle of single malt ever(and I do know the difference) and I’m gifting it to a friend. The best stuff needs to be shared, especially if it gets your butt out of trouble.

    I heart the Ardbeg. My head is pointed at the stars, even as I trip over life’s challenges here on Earth.

  40. I enjoy Ardbeg a reasonable amount and possess a measured appreciation for its merits.
    Hell yeah!

  41. Ardbeg…fantastic!

  42. Sometimes I remember that Nate Dogg is dead and a solitary tear rolls down my cheek. Drinking Ardbeg numbs the pain. That’s why I loves it.

  43. Today I love Ardbeg more than yesterday but not as much as tomorrow

  44. I love Ardbeg the way Michael Jackson loved kids!

  45. I love my wife and kids, but I love Ardbeg too (they say too much, but hey ho).

  46. I love Ardbeg as much as I loved counting the rednecks and hillbillys in Southwest US last week!

  47. Ardbeg – Out of this world! The ultimate Islay whisky and I love it!

  48. I love Ardbeg as much as Tiger loves himself…wait, is that possible?

  49. Despite everyone having the same chance of winning this bottle of Ardbeg, I wouldn’t imagine Gordon will be taking it home if I have anything to do with it! ;-)


  50. I love Ardbeg as much as I love the smell of fresh ground coffee in the morning (mostly, heh) :D

  51. Aye, go on then: I love Ardbeg an’ all.


  53. I love Ardbeg like Iron loves Oxygen.

  54. I love Ardbeg like Whitney loved crack.

  55. Oh Ardbeg, how do I love thee…. let me count the ways…

    one, two, three, four … fifteen.

  56. My Ardbeg adoration is bigger than the bankers’ love of their bonuses.

  57. Ardbeg tastes like Chuck Norris…who’s knitted you a jumper with the peaty nun-chuks.

  58. I love Ardbeg as much as Freddy Mercury’s singing!

  59. I love Ardbeg! Gotta put a ring on it!

  60. I love Ardbeg like the plague loves rats.

  61. I don’t like Ardbeg…

    I LOVE IT.

  62. Keep up the good work! :D

  63. I love EVERYTHING Ardbeg

  64. I love Ardbeg like Prince Harry loves Vegas!

  65. I rather love Ardbeg than my wallet…

  66. I love Sicily and I love Ardbeg… to the stars, to the stars, my love!

  67. I love Ardbeg more than Americans love McDonalds.

  68. I love Ardbeg more than words can say… hence I’m not saying. :-)
    Visited them in May and loved every second of it!

  69. Such is my love for Ardbeg I spent three hours making a masterpiece poster advertising the Galileo on its release day. Sadly we sold out before it was finished :( but i still finished the poster and proudly displayed it to let everyone know how epic Ardbeg are! :D

  70. I love Ardbeg even more than Sunderland AFC!!

  71. I love Ardbeg more than deuterium loves tritium!

  72. I love Ardbeg allmost as much as Dr Bill Lumsden loves his trade.

  73. I love Ardbeg! It’s wonderful whisky!

  74. Galileo hypothesis = All objects fall at the same rate when there is no air resistance. I love Ardbeg as much as Galileo would have been extremely pleased watching the falling feather and hammer and rock drop experiment on the moon ..obviously!!!;) And obviously even better with something fiery and charismatic and unforgettable in his hand – like a drop of ain’t heavy…on peat, (Pete my brother) but we haven’t tried it yet;)

  75. I don’t love Ardbeg. Ardbeg loves me. It calls for me every night from it’s cosy drinks cabinet. It shouts louder than his friend Hendricks, it teases me…. ‘drink me, drink me, drink me’. Temptation awaits. I don’t love Ardbeg. Ardbeg loves me. Teasing me. Tempting me. Ardbeg is my suitor. My stalker…. Ardbeg loves me! A temptation I can’t resist.

  76. I love Ardbeg Galileo like the moon loves the fog.

  77. I love Ardbeg as much as a loony loves jabbing himself with his girlfriend’s corkscrew that she – also bonkers – took out to crack open the bottle of whisky forgetting that there’s actually no need for a corkscrew.

  78. Da stili classici ma sobria che si basano su colori neutri e disegni di veramente stili occhio popping e innovativi che caratterizzano gli ultimi look per pezzi di tempo, si è sicuri di trovare proprio quello che serve per tutte le vostre occasioni importanti.

  79. I love the Ardbeg Galileo. Very Good Whisky.

  80. I love Ardbeg as much as Wimpy loves hamburgers.

  81. I Love Ardbeg it is the emperor of all whisky in the world and to Taste Ardbeg is like to see a Super Nova in the sky and if Ardbeg Galileo taste so good as Ardbeg Supernova, in that case must Ardbeg be God

  82. I love it when folks come together and share thoughts. Great site, stick with it!

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