Few names are as revered and decorated in the world of whisky as Ardbeg. While the origins of this immensely successful and popular brand date back centuries, there was a time not too long ago when the distillery was closed and its future hung in the balance. Once it was resurrected in the late 1990s, the brand wanted to ensure its doors would never close again and the Ardbeg Committee was born.
Any relatively experienced whisky drinker knows that whatever expression of the brand you sip, there is something about it that is unmistakably Ardbeg. This distinct character is the lifeblood of the Ardbeg Committee. Not only does it connect like-minded scotch drinkers, but it also provides members with invaluable access to Ardbeg and everything it has to offer.
The current 180,000+ members of Ardbeg Committee receive invitations to events held by the brand across the globe and exclusive newsletters reporting the latest news coming out of Islay as it relates to the Ardbeg distillery. The best of all, irrefutably, is first looks and access to new bottlings and limited edition releases from Ardbeg, some of which are committee-exclusive.
One of those releases, for example, is Ardbeg Anamorphic, an experimental release that comes from a new cask treatment technique. In this case, classic Ardbeg bourbon casks were scored, deeply charred, and refilled to develop a harmony and depth of sweetness, smoke, and spice.
Ardbeg Committee chair, Jackie Thomson, claims the best part of membership, though, is simply being a part of what makes a brand like Ardbeg so special.
“When you are a Committee member, you instantly become part of the liquid story – but also you become part of the fabric of Ardbeg,” she says. “Committee members are kindred spirits, and interacting with new and well-seasoned members of the Committee is a great privilege.”
Even if you don’t have the most experienced whisky palette, Ardbeg Committee is the ideal avenue. Rikki George, a committee member and Chicago board member, Women Who Whiskey says, “I appreciate that the Committee is thoroughly unpretentious, a departure for scotch in many ways. There’s a place for all of us, from beginner to expert, in the Ardbeg family, including the awesome gathering of members on Ardbeg Day,”.
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