Single malt to celebrate Ardbeg's visit in the space.
Ardbeg Distillery is one of the “big” from Islay of Islay in Scotland. Its origins date back to 1798. Like many other Scottish whisky producers also Ardbeg did not avoid problems. In the 80s of the twentieth century distillery remained closed. In 1997, the Ardbeg was acquired by Glenmorangie Company (owned by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) and begun the process of modernization.
Today’s guest Ardbeg Galileo was launched to celebrate the sending distillate sample of Ardbeg Distillery in the space. The experiment is designed to investigate the effect of weightlessness on the aging process of alcohol. Regardless of the scientific value of this action, Ardbeg could take this opportunity to introduce Galileo with great fanfare. Thanks to that, this edition was sold out quickly and it is not easy available. In Poland, the price of a bottle ranged around 400-450 PLZ.
You can not miss that in the last competition of World Whiskies Awards 2013 in the category of World’s Best Single Malt Whisky Ardbeg Galileo is the winner – Congratulations!
Youngest used to vat elements were distilled in 1999 and bottled in 2012. In addition to traditional aging in ex-Bourbon barrels, some of its components were matured in ex-Marsala casks from Sicily (Marsala is a fortified wine from Sicily). We also have a natural color, un-chillfiltered and 49% ABV.
N: obviously there is a peat, just disinfected hospital, iodine, washed ashore drying seaweeds, delicate fruity notes, slightly sweet;
S: reflects the smell, plus smoked mackerel, generally maritime climates, fishing nets, also heavy oak notes, there are tropical fruits flavours, a touch of spicyness turnings into light bitterness;
F: long, heavy strong oak.
In my opinion, Ardbeg Galileo is more similar to the Laphroaig 15 years old, than to Ardbeg 10 years old (just a subjective feeling). One thing is for sure I like it very much.