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Ardbeg Spectacular & BizarreBQ: A Peaty Whisky Carnival of Unforgettable Smoky Flavours.

Ardbeg Spectacular rises like a mesmerizing pharos, captivating the senses with its ethereal allure. Helmed by the illustrious Bill Lumsden, the maestro of whisky alchemy, this limited edition release for Fèis Ìle 2024 and Ardbeg Day embodies the very spirit of celebration. It marks a bold departure for the revered Ardbeg distillery, pushing the boundaries of tradition to unveil a new era of innovation and excellence.

With a daring maturation in Port wine casks followed by a harmonious union with classic bourbon barrels, Ardbeg Spectacular promises a journey into uncharted territory, beckoning enthusiasts and the yet to be initiated to embrace the extraordinary.

A Unique Mélange of Aromas

As the amber elixir caresses the glass, the nose is greeted by an olfactory symphony of aromatic fragrances. Lavender dances alongside vetiver and incense candles, weaving a tapestry of sensory delight.

A subtle touch of leather mingles with almond nuttiness, while a whisper of wax adds depth to the ensemble.

Each inhalation is a prelude to the sensory feast that awaits.

A Palate of Provocative Delights

Upon the first sip, the palate is enveloped in a crescendo of flavors that defy convention by reimagining what Ardbeg can be. A burst of salty, savory, and smoky notes commands attention, reminiscent of a tempestuous sea. Salted caramel toffee dances with smoked pecan nuts, while fragrant woodsmoke permeates the senses. The palate evolves, revealing nuances of smoky pear crumble and indulgent fudge, inviting the imbiber to savor each moment of indulgence.

A Finale of Enduring Splendor

As the journey culminates, the finish leaves an indelible impression, a testament to the whisky's enduring splendor. Leather lingers alongside salted caramel, reminiscent of a well-worn leather armchair in a sunlit study. An intrigueing cooling mentholic sensation embraces the palate, a gentle reminder of the whisky's complexity and depth. With each lingering note, Ardbeg Spectacular invites reflection upon the fleeting beauty of the moment.

A Carnival of Flavors

Dr. Bill Lumsden's audacious vision has birthed a whisky carnival of unforgettable flavors, where tradition and experimentation intertwine in a harmonious dance. From the fiery depths of the peat to the ethereal heights of the Port wine casks, each sip is a testament to the artistry of the distiller and the allure of the Islay Phenolmenon.

So far, so good.

Let's step things up a notch and shed light at one of our favourite recent limited Ardbeg releases:

Ardbeg BizarreBQ: Where Whisky Meets Barbecue Mastery

Ardbeg BizarreBQ has ignited the flames of culinary creativity as it is a whisky born from the unlikely union of aforementioned Master Distiller Dr. Bill Lumsden and barbecue virtuoso Christian Stevenson, known affectionately as DJ BBQ. With a shared passion for smoke and flavour, these two luminaries have concocted a whisky that transcends boundaries, marrying the art of distillation with the mastery of the grill.

The Essence of Fire

At the heart of Ardbeg BizarreBQ lies the elemental force of fire. Drawing inspiration from the primal allure of the grill, Dr. Bill and DJ BBQ embarked on a daring experiment, toasting a trifecta of casks to perfection. From double-charred oak casks to Pedro Ximénez sherry casks and bespoke BBQ casks, each vessel imparts its unique essence to the final elixir.

The result?

A well-calibrated orchestration of flavors that tantalize the taste buds with a sweet, tangy, and smoky profile, perfectly suited for the barbecue pit.

A Meaty, Peaty Punch

Bottled at 50.9% ABV, what tickles the nostrils is redolent of maple-glazed bacon, molasses, and earthy herbs.

As the journey unfolds, the palate is treated to a crescendo of flavors that dance across the tongue with finesse. Cinder toffee meets gammon, warming chili spice, charred staves mingle with pecans, and a subtle strawberry sweetness lingers in the background.

The finish is a lingering embrace of smoldering charcoal, cinnamon, clove and spicy biltong, leaving a lasting impression for which the adjective "more-ish" would be an understatement par excellence.

If you've ever found yourself enchanted by the smoky allure of Ardbeg's 10-year-old classic, prepare to be spellbound by the enigmatic charms of Ardbeg BizarreBQ. This captivating creation elevates the distillery's essence to new heights, tantalizing your senses and reshaping your perception of peaty whisky.

So fire up the grill, pour yourself a dram, and embark on a culinary adventure unlike any other.


Words by AW.

Photos courtesy of Ardbeg.


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