Acclaimed distillery manager celebrates ten years with Ardbeg

A famous Islay distillery is inviting fans from around the world to raise a glass in celebration of distillery manager Mickey Head's decade at the helm. 

Published 9th Mar 2017
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Mickey originally joined in 2007, when Ardbeg was in a very different place, having been saved from extinction by The Glenmorangie Company only a decade previously.

Islay native Mickey helped to lead the brand's resurgence building it into the global brand with a massive loyal following that people know and love today.

This great work saw Mickey singled out as Distillery Manager of the Year at respected industry awards in 2014.

In honour of the distillery manager's decade of dedication to Ardbeg, the Distillery is calling on smoky malt whisky fans to join in a worldwide three cheers, with a nose, taste and toast of their favourite expression, be it Ardbeg Ten Years Old, Ardbeg Uigeadail or Ardbeg Corryvreckan.

Ardbeg fans are invited to film and share their cheers with the hashtag #3cheers, to be part of a special anniversary surprise for Mickey which the Distillery is keeping under wraps for now.

On Islay, Mickey is holding some anniversary tastings of his own.

In Ardbeg’s first official tasting videos, he will nose, taste and toast Ardbeg’s three Ultimate whiskies, giving his insight into the expressions that Islay’s wilderness has inspired.

Mickey, who also chairs Ardbeg’s loyal fan club, the Committee, said: “I’ve loved every minute of my years at Ardbeg. The Distillery has grown stronger and stronger in the past decade, and today its untamed spirit is enjoyed by Ardbeggians around the globe.

"Here on Islay, I’ll be raising a glass of Ardbeg to celebrate how far we’ve come. I hope Ardbeggians will join me to toast The Ultimate Islay Malt. Sláinte!”

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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