Friday, 22 February 2019

Rumour: Ardbeg Traigh Bhan

Ardbeg Distillery is planning a new (pricey?) release with an age statement called Ardbeg Traigh Bhan. It is a small batch 19-year-old single malt matured in American oak and oloroso sherry casks.

The whisky is named after Traigh Bhan beach, also known as the Singing Sands of Islay.


Ardbeg Traigh Bhan


Identity Card Ardbeg Traigh Bhan

  • Official bottling from Ardbeg Distillery
  • 19-year-old single malt Scotch whisky
  • Matured in American oak and oloroso sherry casks
  • Alcohol: 46.2% ABV
Ardbeg Traigh Bhan back label

The back label reads:
The Singing Sands is the local name for Islay's beautiful Traigh Bhan beach. For this captivating place has white soft sands that sing beneath your feet, a hum that ebbs and flows with Islay's winds and tides.

This rare, small batch 19 Year Old Ardbeg has tantalising notes of PINEAPPLE, gentle TOFFEE and LIME SHERBET on the nose, with a sweet and sour mouthfeel of smoked CHILLI CHOCOLATE, PAPRIKA and chocolate cream. Aromatic WOOD SMOKE resonates through the long finish.


Source: Colas Public Registry

Entries from the TTB Public Registry (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau) are a fairly reliable source for upcoming new whiskies. Although not all entries make it to the market. There’s always the possibility a brand decides not to launch a whisky, even if the label has been approved. Until the distillery sends out a press release, this whisky should be considered a rumour…
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Monday, 18 February 2019

The Big Fat Feis Ile Releases List

The popular big fat list of Feis Ile - The Islay Festival of Malts & Music - special releases returns!

Ardbeg Drum

  • Official bottling(s) from Ardbeg Distillery
  • Alcohol: 46% ABV (regular release) or 52% ABV (Committee release)
  • Matured in ex-bourbon casks, finished in American ex-rum casks
Ardbeg Drum Committee Release
Ardbeg Drum - Ardbeg Committee Release

Ardbeg Drum
Picture: Colas Online

Laphroaig Cairdeas Triple Wood

  • Official bottling from Laphroaig Distillery
  • Alcohol: TBD (51.9% ABV?)
  • Matured in ex-bourbon, quarter and oloroso sherry casks
Laphroaig Cairdeas Triple Wood Original Cask Strength
Picture: Colas Online

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

The independent bottler SMWS already has plans to bottle a 10YO Caol Ila for Feis.

SMWS 53.286 - Salt strewn on smoky marmalade (Caol Ila)

SMWS 53.286 - Salt strewn on smoky marmalade
Picture: Colas Online

Source: Colas Public Registry

Entries from the TTB Public Registry (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau) are a fairly reliable source for upcoming new whiskies. Although not all entries make it to the market. There’s always the possibility a brand decides not to launch a whisky, even if the label has been approved. Until the distillery sends out a press release, this whisky should be considered a rumour…
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