Ardbeg Drum Committee Release
|Cask Type||Ex-Bourbon Cask + Ex-Rum Cask Finish|
- Brand: Ardbeg
- Product Code: AB23
- Availability: In Stock
The Ardbeg Distillery is situated on the south-east coast of the island, in a lonely spot on the very verge of the sea, and its isolation only serves to heighten the romantic sense of its position.
The Ardbeg Distillery officially founded the Ardbeg Committee on 1/1/2000. At the heart of committee is its goal to "promote the advancement of general knowledge and enjoyment of Ardbeg.” This is achieved in no small part through the distilleries renowned annual limited edition bottling’s titled “Committee Release”. These releases are bottled at cask-strength, non chill-filtered, and only available to Ardbeg Committee members. A lower ABV version of these editions are then made available to domestic retailers at a later date.
Presenting the 2019 Committee Release; ARDBEG DRUM. A limited edition single malt that started its maturation in American oak Ex-Bourbon Barrels before being transferred to Ex-Rum Casks from the Caribbean for a period of finishing. This bottling stands alone amongst its brothers as being the first ever expression of Ardbeg to feature Ex-Rum Casks.
Glints of antique gold catch the eye teasing and tempting the observer, encouraging them to dive right into and explore. An interplay of aromas begins with an almost smoked apple wood quality and freshly sliced pineapple undercurrent to drawing you through a misty peat smoke shrouded world where opaque notes of barbecued plantains, fragrant pine resin, cocoa powder, cinnamon, spiced ginger dates, and a glimmer of lavender reveal themselves for a split second and then mysteriously vanish. A bold peppery textured palate roles through oils, tar, creosote, cloves, liquorice root, dried vanilla pods, and bitter chocolate. A defined finish evokes a sensation of plummeting through glimpses of intense Islay smoke, spiced apples, and ristretto.