Ardbeg celebrated its 200th Anniversary this year on May 30th. One of the lucky locations chosen for their big events was Jack Rose, one of our favourite places in Washington DC. Keep reading to learn a little more about Ardbeg 🙂
“The Ardbeg distillery has been producing whisky since 1798, and began commercial production in 1815. Like most Scottish distilleries, for most of its history, its whisky was produced for use in blended whisky, rather than as a single malt. By 1886 the distillery produced 300,000 gallons of whisky per year, and employed 60 workers. Production was halted in 1981, but resumed on a limited basis in 1989 and continued at a low level through late 1996, during the period when Ardbeg was owned by Hiram Walker. The distillery was bought and reopened by Glenmorangie plc (owned by the French company LVMH) with production resuming on June 25, 1997 and full production resuming in 1998. The distillery was reopened by Ed Dodson in 1997 and handed over to Stuart Thomson, who managed it from 1997 to 2006. Michael “Mickey” Heads, an Islay native and former manager at Jura who had worked at Ardbeg years earlier, took over on March 12, 2007.
The name is derived from the Scottish Gaelic: Àrd Beag, meaning Small Headland.”
On Thursday, May 28th, Jack Rose Dining Saloon hosted one of the many ArdBeg Day events happening worldwide. Closing off its rooftop patio for an invite-only event filled with unlimited scotch tastings, Ardbeg cocktails, and fancy snacks, Jack Rose made sure its event had all of its corners covered. Being a non-scotch drinker, I found more interest in their cocktails but B very much enjoyed all of the tastings. In the above photos, we went downstairs to give the Ardbog and the Auriverdes a try since they’re no longer in circulation for sale (except for one distributor in DC who made the smart decision of over ordering them a while back… B’s still thinking of placing an order).
Overall it was a fun night as all nights are when we go to JR. This Thursday we’ll be there for yet another event… a good send-off before our long-awaited trip.