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Ardbeg Day 2023 is Saturday, June 3rd!


The time of the year that many whisky lovers have been waiting for is fast approaching! Join Ardbeg in celebrating Ardbeg Day 2023, the ultimate global celebration of the Ardbeg attitude! Make a note of June 3 in your diary: that’s the day when many will be celebrating the spirit of the brand from the distillery on Islay to the four corners of the planet.

Ardbeg Heavy Vapours : The Special Edition for Ardbeg Day 2023

This is an exceptional limited edition. For the first time ever, the team has distilled its famous whisky without passing it through a purifier, capturing the heaviest, wildest vapours. This whisky, the brainchild of whisky creative director Dr. Bill Lumsden, embodies Ardbeg’s characteristic balance of strong peat flavours and fruity delicacy.

A whisky inspired by graphic novels

The unusual distillation process of expression and the resulting flavour has been brought to life in the accompanying graphic novel, created by acclaimed cartoonist and comic book illustrator Dilraj Mann. The plot follows Agent 46 (aka Jackie Thomson, Director of Ardbeg Visitor Centre and Chair of the Committee), a plucky interplanetary detective who seeks to locate the elusive Purifier and restore Ardbeg’s characteristic balance.

Ardbeg’s Director of Whisky Creation, Dr Bill Lumsden, commented: “A missing purifier is unprecedented for Ardbeg. This experiment was something I’ve always imagined trying – what would happen to the flavour and character of Ardbeg as we know and love it, by distilling in this unique way? Well, it’s now time for Ardbeg fans to find out; this is a full-blown dram where Ardbeg’s exalted balance has been disrupted in the most fantastic of ways – a truly captivating dram.”


Photo: Ardbeg

Colin Gordon, Ardbeg Distillery Manager, said: “The time has almost come again where we call on Ardbeg fans and whisky lovers across the world to celebrate Planet Ardbeg Day with us, be that on Islay at the distillery or at one of our events around the world.

“Our 2023 theme will be a celebration of our Planet Ardbeg graphic novel universe, where we’ll be uncovering the mysteries behind our latest Limited Edition release, Ardbeg Heavy Vapours. We can’t wait to celebrate this iconic date in the whisky calendar with our global community again soon.”

For those who can’t make it on the day, Ardbeg’s Director of Whisky Creation, Dr Bill Lumsden will be hosting an Ardbeg Heavy Vapours masterclass on The distillery website.

You too can take part in this immersive journey into the mythical world of Ardbeg, at the confluence of whisky and adventure, as they reveal the new chapter in the Planet Ardbeg series of graphic novels, inspired by Ardbeg Heavy Vapours! In Canada, the event take place in many cities!

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