Ardbeg Traigh Bhan

19 years old

Produced in small batches to be released every year, this exceptionally rare and ever-changing 19 year old draws its inspiration from Islay’s Traigh Bhan beach, known locally as the Singing Sands.

Ardbeg Traigh Bhan is a bottling that perfectly embodies the place to which it owes its name. In a whisky of incredible contrasts where calm meets storm, experience seductively smooth beginnings, before powerful notes emerge in an intense crescendo.

The epitome of an aged Ardbeg – matured in American oak and Oloroso sherry casks – Ardbeg Traigh Bhan effortlessly accomplishes… the impossible balance.

Impossibly balanced

A HEAVENLY VISTA

A place where the unexpected is to be expected.

From the Ardbeg Distillery to Port Ellen and beyond, follow the rocky coast and you will discover the heavenly vista of Traigh Bhan (pronounced tri-van). This captivating beach has soft white sands that sing beneath your feet, and a spellbinding hum that ebbs and flows with the winds and tides.

But beguiling as this place is, do not drop your guard. Bathing here is ill advised in the seemingly tame crystal waters where jagged, volcanic rocks pierce the sands along the shore.

The essence of Traigh Bhan is captured in this exquisite bottling. Like so many Ardbegs, it’s an iconic Islay location that has given birth to another iconic Islay dram.

Traigh Bhan

Especially rare

In a rare occurrence for Ardbeg, this aged whisky will be released every year and each one of these exclusive, small batch bottlings will feature a unique batch code.

Every bottling of Ardbeg Traigh Bhan will have its own batch symbol. Inspired by various distinguishing features around the Distillery, batch codes will change with each release. For Ardbeggians who have made the pilgrimage to Islay, you may recognise where we got our inspiration…

An Islay local doing a spot of balancing

the batch code... decoded

TB/01-15.03.00/19.MH

TB – Traigh Bhan, the beach known locally as the Singing Sands and the place that inspired this bottling.

01 – The batch number. With this number, you can identify each release of Traigh Bhan.

15.03.00 – The date indicating the age of the youngest spirit distilled each year. The year of the millennium bug threatened computer systems around the world, thankfully on the Isle of Islay we were unaffected…

MH – The initials of a Distillery member who helped create the bottling for that year. This year’s bottling features our Distillery Manager, Mickey Heads. When this whisky was disgorged, Mickey remarked that the aroma was the loveliest he’d experienced in all his years.

With subtle changes in the batch recipe annually – as well as the ABV% – Ardbeg fans will enjoy exploring the finer details of this transformational whisky every time it comes around. This means that each bottle of Ardbeg Traigh Bhan is special, and once it’s gone, it’s gone.

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Impossibly balanced subtlety

Gentle ripples of smoky pineapple, sour cream and wood smoke sing to your soul. Aromas of newly planed oak and supple dark leather combine as sweet toffee and liquorice draw you in.

A splash of water releases a swirl of extraordinary notes. Struck flint, herbal pine resin and coal tar effervesce towards citrusy lime and a hint of subtle, yet sweet vanilla cheesecake.

THE TASTE CRESCENDO

While Ardbeg Traigh Bhan is seductively smooth and sweet, the peaty power of this alluring spirit is undeniable.

An intensely salty mouthfeel plunges your palate into smoky depths, before drifting into sweet and sour notes of smoked chilli chocolate and paprika. Surging waves of toasted oak and roasted tea leaves emerge, before they subside revealing fresh peppermint fondant and salted white chocolate.

Bold but soothing notes of aromatic wood smoke carry you into a long, lingering finish – resonating far beyond the glass.

“Pairing whisky and food is all about finding harmony and balance.”
– Martine Nouet

A BALANCED DIET

Islay local, Martine Nouet, is a food and whisky writer and taster. Watch and learn as she both indulges and divulges, discussing the ebb and flow of Ardbeg Traigh Bhan, and the intriguing dishes that further intensify this impossibly balanced spirit.

Discover the impossibly balanced recipe

the ardbeg committee

When Ardbeg Traigh Bhan began on its peaty path to maturity in the year 2000, the Ardbeg Committee was only a few months old. Back then, we at the Distillery knew all of our Committee Members by name. We’d even receive regular faxes from some of them!

Nineteen years on, while times have changed, the Committee remains – albeit with a few thousand more members…

To find out about the next Ardbeg Traigh Bhan release you'll need to be part of the Committee. So if you’re not already a member, what are you waiting for?

Join the committee

AS A MATTER OF FACT…

See for yourself some of the momentous moments that took place at Ardbeg when this spirit was first distilled.