Countdown started for Ardbeg Perpetuum

The new release of the Islay distillery has been announced officially

It’s Ardbeg Day on May 30th and the Ardbeg Perpetuum will make its first public appearance on that annual festival. Not only in the distillery itself but also in several “embassies” in different countries the single malt will be presented to the fans. Lucky are those who could get their hands on one of the rare tickets because they will get their bottle of the limited edition there. All the others must wait until some bottles will be available in a few stores.

But why can you already read about bottles of Ardbeg Perpetuum that have been bought? This is easily explained: In the distillery itself (and only there!) there has been sold a special distillery release of the Perpetuum. This was bottled with 49,3% ABV in contrary to the coming “normal” release with its 47,4 % ABV.

Launch of Ardbeg Perpetuum to mark 200 years of Ardbeg

Not only the Ardbeg Day is the reason for launching the Perpetuum but also a very special jubilee: It’s the 200th anniversary of the Ardbeg distillery this year (by the way: as well for Laphroaig). This first anniversary release will be followed by some others more. Some details about the Perpetuum can be taken from the press announcement: Sherry casks as well as Bourbon casks have been chosen for this single malt. Some of the destillates are very old, some are young it is told. There is no age statement (as it is on several releases of Ardbeg single malt whisky) on the label that is decorated by a recumbent eight. It symbolizes eternity as the whisky connects the past, the present and the future of the distillery.

Official Ardbeg Perpetuum tasting notes

Colour: Deep amber

Aroma: Mellow, rich and enticing, with the unmistakable Ardbeggian combination of tar, soot and pine resin. This leads into dark chocolate, treacle toffee, coffee grinds and a distant, nutty/oaky note. A splash of water initiates a burst of fresh, briny sea-spray with a hint of salt, some linseed oil, and then some more of the classic Ardbeg pine resin/lime top note. A remarkably fresh bouquet for such a peaty whisky.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and mouth-coating, slightly chewy

Taste: Intense, robust peat smoke, savoury smoky bacon, cinnamon and nutmeg, but also an incredible creamy, sweet vanilla/milk chocolate note, which soothes the palate. The never-ending aftertaste, sees more linseed oil (a hint of the sherry casks in the recipe), some creosote and tar, but understated, always gentle