Last Year Ardbeg 10 was rewarded whisky of the year by Jim Murray, writer of the whisky bible. Back then Jim Murray said: "To me Ardbeg is - and always has been, the most complex malt on earth. Ardbeg 10 is just that magnificent". And now, another year later, it seems that Jim is still in love with Ardbeg. In the past year he tasted 1,500 whiskies and declared Ardbeg Uigeadail World Whisky of the Year by the Whisky bible 2009. Ardbeg Uigeadail received 97.5 points out of 100, the highest rating ever awarded by Mr Murray. A quote from the BBC report:
Jim Murray described the tipple as being "mind boggling complex" and said tasting it was "one of the great moments in my whisky life". The expert said in the guide: "From the utter silky brilliance of the delivery to the multi-layered middle, this simply oozes complexity, and on a level only a handful of distilleries in the world can even dream of reaching." Hamish Torrie, Ardbeg brand director, said the award was a tribute to the distillery team's dedication and skill. "For Ardbeg to get 'top dog' recognition for the second year in a row, after such a comprehensive look at all the new whiskies that have come out recently, is some feat," he said. "What really pleases us about 'winning the double' is that both are not rare, unattainable connoisseur whiskies costing hundreds of pounds. "Ardbeg Ten Years Old and Ardbeg Uigeadail are core to our range and widely available." Ardbeg has been produced since 1815 on Islay, off the west coast of Scotland, a site famous for its many whisky distilleries. Ardbeg Uigeadail takes its name from the hill loch which supplies the peat-laden water to the distillery.
Congratulations to the folks over at Ardbeg!!