Ardbeg Fermutation, the new Committee release

Ardbeg has announced its new Committee limited release, called “Ardbeg Fermutation.” It is a 13 years old whisky, and its name comes from the unplanned, most prolonged fermentation period in Ardbeg’s history.

According to the distillery, back In 2007, a broken boiler couldn’t be revived again. As a result, there was a threat of ruining several washbacks full of liquid. Dr. Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg’s director of distilling and whisky creation, saw an opportunity. The washback lids were opened, and the mash was allowed to ferment for three more weeks. Ardbeg usually ferments for 72 hours before distillation; this is by far the most extended fermentation in Ardbeg.

“I’ve always wanted to experiment with longer fermentations, so I think an unintentional boiler breakdown was the best thing that could have happened,” said Lumsden. “For context, most Ardbeg is only fermented for 72 hours, making three weeks uncharted territory for us.” Being a Committee exclusive, Ardbeg Fermutation is only available to members of The Ardbeg Committee. You can join The Committee by signing up at their website. Membership is free, and all Ardbeg fans are welcome.


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