It was rumoured last year (along with the more recent Ardbeg Kelpie), and it seems it's finally been announced - Ardbeg are releasing an Official distillery release 21yo this month, and it's coming to Australia. It's been a long time since the last official Ardbeg 21yo, which was released all the way back in 2001.
90 bottles will make their way to Australia, to be sold for $565AUD. Considering the UK price of £310, that's a pretty fair price, with almost no "Australia tax".
Released exclusively for members of the Ardbeg Committee, the 46% bottling is said to come from Ardbeg's most perilous days, and celebrates the "dedicated few who kept the spirit alive" (it's hard to believe in the current environment that not too long ago, Ardbeg was facing an uncertain future, but that's how it was).
There's limited detail about the casks that make up the whisky, but the press release does tell us:
Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks at Ardbeg,said: “I selected the casks for this sumptuous, golden whisky as they combine thedistinctive, peppery smokiness of Ardbeg’s award-winning malt with soothing, butteryqualities."
Ardbeg Committee members in Australia can register their interest on 22nd September, with an e-mail to be sent on/around that day we believe.