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Ardbeg 10, that sturdy staple of Islay, has long found a comfortable home in many a whisky lover’s glass. Yet, just when we thought we knew the brand, along comes Ardbeg 13 Harpy’s Tale. This isn't just another notch in Ardbeg's belt; it's a whisky with a narrative, something a bit poetic and deeply evocative.

The distillery underwent change in 2021, morphing from its humble original distillery to an advanced facility. Picture this: a high-ceilinged, sea-gazing stillhouse where even the maritime air gets an invite, adding yet another layer of Islay into each dram.

The whisky itself? It’s Ardbeg’s very DNA but with a whisper of decadence via Sauternes casks. The smoky, earthy backbone hasn’t been overshadowed; it’s been elevated. Distilled at 46% and non-chill filtered, the Harpy's Tale balances the peaty grit of Islay with unexpected notes of sweet elegance.

The Anthology series, of which this is the inaugural expression, finds its inspiration from Islay's mythical lore—tales of strange creatures like the seldom-seen Harpy; a mythical winged beast. Aged for 13 years in rare Sauternes wine casks and combined with classic Ardbeg ex-bourbon barrels, this expression is as rich in story as it is in flavour. The whisky showcases a unique marriage of soaring smoke and sumptuous sweetness, creating an experience as sensational as the tale that inspired it.

So, if you thought Islay's charm was solely in its mysterious allure and peaty drams, the Ardbeg 13 Harpy's Tale will make you think again. It's not just a whisky; it's a narrative-driven, multi-dimensional experience that will redefine what it means to enjoy a glass of Ardbeg.

Ardbeg Whisky
Anthology Series The Harpy's Tale 13 Year Old

Inspired by the seldom-seen Harpy a winged beast said to inhabit Islay this legendary edition is a first for the Distillery. The Harpy's Tale has been matured for 13 years in rare Sauternes wine casks and married with classic Ardbeg ex-bourbon. After over a decade in the cask, soaring smoke swoops into sweetness as Ardbeg's unmistakable character wrangles with the richness of the Sauternes casks. A supreme aged expression the taste almost as sensational as the tale
REGION / COUNTRY | Scotland
VARIETAL | Malts
ALC % | 46.00%
VOLUME | 700ml
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ARDBEG WHISKY

If Islay stands as the sacred sanctum of Scotland's rich, peat-smoked whiskies, then Ardbeg emerges as one of its prime ambassadors. Huddled within Islay's embrace, where the air itself seems steeped in the lore of peat-infused spirits, Ardbeg sits majestically; this distillery has not just withstood the test of time but has evolved to become the touchstone of Islay’s rich whisky narrative.

Its coastal location, near legendary counterparts such as Lagavulin and Laphroaig, evokes a profound sense of history. To truly appreciate Ardbeg, one must immerse in the transformative journey of peat, which imparts the signature essence that defines Islay whiskies.

A slow, millennia-long dance of nature, peat is not merely decayed vegetation, it's an alchemical transformation of mosses, heather and sedges over thousands of years, employed during the kilning process of the barley and drying the green malt. This process infuses the barley with that distinctive smoky flavour which is then carried through to the final spirit, making Ardbeg a true representative of Islay whiskies.

In Ardbeg, you don’t just find a whisky, you embark on a sensorial pilgrimage; a journey that celebrates the very soul of Islay. For those whose curiosity is piqued, Ardbeg offers a treasure trove with the likes of Uigeadail, Corryvreckan, the 10 Year Old, An Oa, and the vivacious Wee Beastie 5 Year Old.
LOCATION
Islay, Scotland
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
2023 Double Gold
Gold Medal Winner
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