Ardbeg Day 2018

Groovy baby! It’s Ardbeg Day, a day that elicits more excitement and joyful glee from whisky fans than Christmas morning to a bunch of chocolate-addled toddlers. This year’s special edition was a retro-themed expression called Ardbeg Grooves, and as such we donned our John-Lennon sunglasses, brought out the bedazzled peace-symbol necklaces and shuffled into Cause & Effect Cocktail bar in Cape Town to get groovy.

The Lineup

Wow, no holding back. We smashed our way through the entire core range, starting with the venerable Ardbeg 10 (46%), a firm favourite and possibly the best entry-level peat monster ever made (prepares for argument).

Next, Ardbeg Uigeadail (54.2%) followed immediately by a hop on the Corryvreckan train (57.1%). These two expressions alone make for a world-class whisky evening.

We then delved into the newest entry in the stable, An Oa (46.6%) – the lighter, creamier, more buttery Ardbeg expression that’s likely to be a real heavy hitter at whisky competitions around the world. Excellent stuff!

Finally, this year’s Ardbeg Day special edition – Ardbeg Grooves (46%), a retro themed exploration into charred burgundy casks and nostalgia.

This game was the source of much joy and heavy a hangover.


Thanks to Ardbeg and RGBC for hosting a totally radical Ardbeg Day, and for Cause & Effect Cocktail bar for the stellar hosting, food and good cheer!

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