Ardbeg will be closing out the Feis Ile with a Caribbean twist, asking Ardbeggians everywhere to swap their flat caps for elaborate headdresses to embrace the carnival theme. The event will be held on Saturday 1 June this year.
Inspired by Islay’s history of carnivals, the brand is releasing Ardbeg Drum, a limited-edition bottling. In a first for the distillery, Ardbeg have taken single malt from ex-Bourbon casks and rested it in ex-rum casks.
Distillery manager, Mickey Heads said: “The Ardbeg Day Carnival is about embracing all things tropical. From music and dance to food and fashion, we’re all set to revel in both culture and character. And we’re delighted to introduce Ardbeg Drum – a celebration of all of the mixed up, mashed up influences that make Ardbeg, Ardbeg.
“In Ardbeg Drum, a multitude of complex flavours parade across the palate – fragrant pine resin and woodsmoke dance alongside ripe banana and pineapple. Then lavender, liquorice and vanilla strut into a long, smoky finish.
“Preparations are well underway, but orchestrating a bash this breath-taking is no mean feat. The finer details are yet to be revealed, but rest assured, the Ardbeg Day Carnival 2019 will be a spectacle you won’t soon forget...”
The Committee bottling of Ardbeg Drum will go on sale on 5 March, RRP: £94, exclusively available to purchase only by Committee Members, who will receive a link to purchase their own special bottle. The main Ardbeg Drum bottling will be released just ahead of Ardbeg Day.