It’s Ardbeg Night tonight and Dark Cove will be released

A new single malt whisky for the friends of the Islay distillery

Every year Ardbeg calls and the fans of the peated Islay malt come together to celebrate the Ardbeg Day. But this year there’s no Ardbeg Day but an Ardbeg Night. Of course there will be a release of a limited special edition being the top act of the event: Ardbeg Dark Cove 46.5% ABV will be presented and be available. It will be sold in Ardbeg Embassies exclusively for some days and afterwards (in Germany for example from 6th June, in the UK from 11th June onward) regularly in sprit Shops as well. Some weeks ago the Ardbeg Dark Cove Committee Realease with 55% ABV was presented and was highly demanded.

Ardbeg Dark Cove to commemorate smuggling on Islay

There’s a nice PR-story accompanying the new release as every year and it gives the reason for the proclamation of an Ardbeg Night: The Ardbeg Dark Cove reminds us of the Island’s dark history full of smuggling and hiding in the cliffs and coves. It was a paradise for whisky smugglers. Because of the immense smuggling own tax officers were assigned on Islay but they couldn’t stop whisky smuggling in full up to the end of the 19th century. There are Ardbeg Night events in several counties around the world. In Germany more than 500 Ardbeg fans will gather on a cargo vessel called Cap San Diego that lies in Hamburg Harbor. Those happy one’s got hold of one of the rare tickets and are looking forward to the presentation of the Ardbeg Dark Cove (non-chill filtered) for which the tasting notes were already published.

Official tasting notes Ardbeg Dark Cove 46.5% ABV:

Aroma At first meaty, earthy and spicy, with bold notes of dark chocolate emerging against orange, treacle toffee, coffee and oak, a smoky background and a mysterious floral note.

Taste The mouthfeel is almost tart, with raisins, dates, ginger and pepper spice surge and waves of smouldering charcoal, wood polish and creosote notes, leading to cured smoked ham and squid ink noodles.

Finish Long, spicy and rich with notes of toffee, coffee and tar.