After 13 years at the helm, legendary Distillery Manager, Mickey Heads has set sail for horizons new. The captain of the good ship Ardbeg has retired. Mickey’s leaving has been hard to fathom for all of the crew, but to commemorate the skipper and his service, Ardbeg created an extra-special bottle of grog – a treasure fit for the saltiest of seadogs. So to Mickey we say, ‘yo-ho-ho and a bottle of Arrrrrrrdbeg!’ as we raise a toast and wish him good luck and Godspeed!
Wholly matured in ex-rye casks, gunpowder, smoked banana and pear drift into vanilla and rye on the nose. A spicy mouthfeel hoists up and ignites a blunderbuss of fruity flavors.
An armada of aniseed is tailed by smoked toffee and a distant hint of sourdough biscuits. The long finish lingers, with gentle smoke listing on the palate.