Ardbeg to release Heavy Vapours whisky for Ardbeg Day 2023

A new, heavily peated whisky is being launched by fan favourite, Ardbeg.

Published 4th May 2023
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

In preparation for Ardbeg Day on Saturday 3 June 2023, Ardbeg is releasing a limited edition single malt scotch whisky - Heavy Vapours.

For the first time ever at Ardbeg, this whisky has been distilled without a purifier, which is responsible for Ardbeg’s balance between extreme peat and floral fruitiness, making Heavy Vapours the most full-blown Ardbeg.

A spokesperson for the brand said: "Defined by its distinctive profile of pungent earthiness, aromatic clouds of dark chocolate, a billow of aniseed and cinnamon, and a lingering tang of sharp peppermint, Heavy Vapours is the ultimate experimental Islay single malt scotch whisky matured in classic Ardbeg casks."

This creative experiment by Director of Whisky, Dr Bill Lumsden, has allowed the heaviest and untamed vapours to rise up the still during the distillation process before being captured, matured and bottled.

Expect intense, pungent and aromatic smoke rises with a sweetness on the nose and on the palette, Ardbeg’s darker flavours and notes rise with a cloud of disturbing ashy coal dust and a casting haze of cardamom, eucalyptus and coffee grits that lingers long and bold.

The expression’s unusual distillation process and resulting flavour has been brought to life in the accompanying graphic novel created by celebrated comic artist and illustrator Dilraj Mann.

Ardbeg Heavy Vapours is available to purchase online for £120 from 23rd May 2023, bottled at 46% ABV. The limited edition whisky will also be available to purchase from various whisky specialists including The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt.

Ardbeg Day 2023

Ardbeg Heavy Vapours

Ardbeg Day is a global celebration of all things Ardbeg, held annually on the last Saturday of Islay's Festival of Music and Malt, Fèis Ìle.

This year, whisky lovers are invited to celebrate the theme of Planet Ardbeg Day, where they can expect to be transported into Ardbeg’s mystical, graphic novel universe and uncover the mysteries behind the latest limited edition release.

Festivities are set to take place at the distillery and across the globe on Saturday 3 June this year, including a Detective Noir themed celebration of Planet Ardbeg in London, where guests will be plunged into an alternative universe, inspired by the comic book genre, and tasked with finding the lost purifier.

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The graphic novel follows Agent 46, a plucky interplanetary detective on a quest to locate the elusive purifier, but can she restore Ardbeg’s signature balance?

For members of the Ardbeg committee, a Heavy Vapour Committee Exclusive will be available to purchase online from 18 April 2023.

The Committee Exclusive will be bottled non-chill-filtered at 50.2% ABV, RRP £120.

To purchase this exclusive limited edition whisky, join the worldwide Ardbeg gang and register free of charge at the Ardbeg website.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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