Hop on the Ardbeg Rollercoaster!
So, Ardbeg is issuing another “committee” release dubbed as “Rollercoaster” .
As in the Corryvreckan release , they have stared spreading the rumors on various blogs / twitter and other social media venues, with a link to their Countdown page on the Ardbeg site. As more and more details are released, we’ve learned that this (very weird named) malt will be a vatting of 10 Ardbeg casks from each year from 1997 until 2007. The Oldest being a 10 year old, and the youngest a 3 year old baby Ardbeg.
the actual casks and content are as follows:
1997 Cask: 2nd fill
1998 Cask: Refill Hogshead
1999 Cask: 1st Fill Barrel
2000 Cask: 1st Fill Barrel
2001 Cask: Refill Barrel
2002 Cask: Refill Barrel
2003 Cask: 1st Fill Barrel
2004 Cask: 1st Fill Barrel
2005 Cask: 2nd Fill Sherry Butt
2006 Cask: Refill Hogshead
As you can see, this is going to be a very young malts vatting, but as you can guess, i am counting the minutes to its release (in very small quanity mind you ~ 2500 bottles). Peat is best when young (although some will surely disagree with me), and what is better than a youngish blended malt (yes, this is how we’re supposed to be calling it now instead of “vatted malt”).
The malt will be bottled at 57.3% (yay!, this is how we like it, Cask strength) , No color additives (another yay!) and will cost £50 on the Ardbeg site (American friends, no shipping to the US, but i bet you will be able to get it through some retailers).
Young, strong and hip. Ardbeg’s new image. We like it.
Samples have been already sent to American market whisky ‘Celebs’:
- John Hansell at his WDJK blog was lucky enough as to get a sample bottle of this nectar, and has posted a quick review here.
also below you can find a video by whiskyguild with tasting notes and a bit of information about the dram:
Enjoy & Slainte!