Ardbeg Blaaack: New Committee Edition and Ardbeg Day Release

This year, the Islay distillery presents a whisky matured in Pinot Noir casks


The next Ardbeg Committee Edition is in sight: Ardbeg Blaaack will be released on March 3, 2020. The black sheep on the label and the whisky’s name that reminds us of the sound sheep use to make reveal that this release is indeed dedicated to those animals that can be found in large numbers in Scotland and especially on the island of Islay.

New Zealand is also known for its sheep, but sheep are not the only link to New Zealand the distillery can refer to regarding this new limited edition: The Ardbeg Blaaack Single Malt Whisky was matured in Pinot Noir casks from New Zealand. The Ardbeg Blaaack Committee Release was bottled at 50.7% vol. The press release we were sent today does not provide any information about the price, but it is presents

Tasting notes for the Ardbeg Blaaack

On the nose: British fruit pudding, cedar wood and the scent of a cigar box. Oak tannins with truffles follow and reveal subtle notes of smoked jam tarts. With a dash of water, intense aromas of bitter cherries with spices appear and turn into a wonderful fragrant bouquet of violets.

On the palate: A velvety mouthfeel drives the palate into a complex symphony of contrasting aromas. Anise, soot and summer fruits - such as cherries, strawberries, apricots and pears - pave the way to notes of shortbread biscuits, dark chocolate, coffee and almonds.

Finish: A long-lasting, smoky-sooty finish

20th anniversary of the Ardbeg Committee

The Ardbeg Committee has been existing since January 1, 2000, and now has more than 100,000 members. The free membership enables fans of the heavily peated whisky to purchase the limited Ardbeg Committee releases that appear annually. The Ardbeg Blaaack is therefore a kind of a jubilee bottling to mark the 20th anniversary of the Ardbeg Committee.

Those who do not have the opportunity to get hold of the Ardbeg Blaaack Committee Release online in the Ardbeg Shop on March 3rd can take comfort in the fact that a variation of the Committee Release with reduced alcohol content will be launched as a general release on the occasion of Ardbeg Day. It will not only be available at Ardbeg Distillery itsself and in the Ardbeg Embassies in several countries, but also from retailers in shops and online shops.

Images: Moet Hennessy