Celebrate Ardbeg Day 2020 as a home edition and get to know Ardbeg Blaaack

This year, the party will not be celebrated on Islay, but at home via live stream


This year's Ardbeg Day is approaching: on May 30, 2020 fans of the iconic Islay single malt will celebrate the 20th anniversary of this traditional festival. For the first time, the event cannot take place at the distillery and at the Ardbeg Embassies. Because of the corona restrictions, people will be celebrating at home and videos, games, music and other entertainment will be broadcast.

From 7pm BST (8pm CEST), Ardbeg invites fans to the Facebook fan page. Distillery Manager Mickey Heads will present the Ardbeg Blaaack, which is being released on the occasion of this day. The whisky was matured in former Pinot Noir casks from New Zealand and bottled at 46% ABV. We had already informed you about the Ardbeg Blaaack Committee Release here and reported on the background of this single malt.

“We were looking forward to marking Ardbeg Day this year with our dyed-in-the-wool fans here at the Distillery, and at celebrations around world,” said Mickey Heads, Ardbeg Distillery Manager. “Sadly, global events overtook us. However, we’ve put our heads together and come up with a back-up plan to keep our Committee Members entertained, safe at home. I’ll be shepherding the Ardbeg team in an online extravaganza instead – expect tastings of some much-loved whiskies, fun, conversation and maybe even a few Blaaack-inspired surprises.”

Producer’s tasting notes for the Ardbeg Blaaack

Aroma: On the nose baked fruit pudding knits together seamlessly with cedar wood and aromatic cigar box. Oak tannins and rich truffles then break away to reveal subtle notes of smoky jam tart. With a splash of water, intense aromas of bitter cherry and a curiously zesty note emerges. Naturally, this dram then travels in a different direction with lovely fragrant violet notes.

Taste: A velvety and surprisingly furry mouthfeel drives your palate into a complex symphony of contrasting flavours. Aniseed, soot and summer fruits – such as cherries, strawberries, apricots and pears – give way to crumbly pastry, dark chocolate, coffee and almonds.

Finish: A long, lingering sooty finish.

A few words concerning the Ardbeg Wee Beastie

By the way, another new Ardbeg has recently been released: The Ardbeg Wee Beastie joined the Islay distillery’s core range as a 5-year-old heavily peated malt. Unfortunately, the circumstances of the Covid 19 pandemic thwarted scheduled deliveries and caused delivery bottlenecks. However, since the whisky has been announced as a constant product, we can hope for a larger availability in future.